Leather Flooring

Leather Tiles used for Flooring Leather Flooring - Many homeowners probably have a piece or two of leather furniture in their homes. You probably didnít know that leather could also be used as a flooring material.

Leather is a completely natural material that is cut from part of a cowhide. It can add an aura of richness and versatility to any room in the home. In addition to being used as flooring material, leather can also be used on walls as well.

As it ages, your leather floor will look even better!

Flooring Fact


Don't use leather floor tiles in high-humidity areas like bathrooms or kitchens, it doesn't like damp.

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Though not as durable as other types of hard flooring, leather is a relatively durable material. Leather flooring is made from the same material that leather shoes are made out of. Some leather floor tiles are treated with a wax so that they become water-resistant. Looked after and fitted in the right rooms, it will probably outlast you.

Suitability

Although when treated, leather tiles become water resistant, it is still not advisable to use leather in areas of high moisture. This is an easy way to ruin your leather floor. Because of its softness and richness, leather tiles are most often used in bedrooms, living rooms, libraries and dens. They can also be used in rec rooms.

Leather tiles are very warm and soft underfoot and come in the same variety of colors as other leather products. They do not conduct heat or cold and they provide exceptional sound insulation. Leather tiles should be installed in extremely dry areas with lots of sunlight. This type of environment helps the leather to age extremely well.

Professional Installation or D-I-Y?

Your leather floor should be installed by a professional contractor that specializes in installing leather tiles if you have any doubts about your ability to fit it correctly. However, there are products available that are specifically made for the DIY market. Fitting mistakes can be extremely costly, however so be honest with yourself before you start - it may save you in the long run.

You should always get more than one estimate for installation of leather tiles. Though leather is universally expensive, costs may vary by contractor, type of leather and treatments involved.

Here are some questions you should ask when interviewing potential contractors:

1. How long will installation take?

2. How many color/texture choices do you have?

3. What if the floor becomes damaged?

4. Is there a warranty on the work?

5. How should I maintain the floor?

Maintenance

Any leather should be meticulously maintained, but especially floors. This means vacuuming regularly. You should mop only with a slightly damp, well-rung mop. DO NOT slather water and/or soap on the floor! You should also wax 1-2 times each year. Your floor dealer will be able to recommend a special cleaner and wax for your leather floor.

Advantages/Disadvantages of Leather Flooring

Advantages
  • Relatively durable
  • Extremely versatile
  • Rich, unique look
  • Does not conduct heat or cold
  • Soft and warm underfoot
  • Great sound insulator
Disadvantages
  • High Maintenance
  • Expensive
  • Needs to be protected from moisture

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