Which Type of Wood Flooring is Best?
There are a few things to keep in mind when you begin to choose your hardwood floors. Assuming you’re not just going to repair and replace 3/4-inch wood flooring, you will want to match the room and home design to make sure it fits in with the look that you want. Another consideration is what is involved in the installation. Keep in mind it’s also commonly accepted that some rooms are not suitable for hardwood floors, these usually include bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchen areas.
Examining Flooring Classifications
Beyond the appearance of the floor, the next step in choosing which type of wood flooring is best involves looking at flooring classifications. They really refer to manufacturing processes and these are almost decided for you based on the location and the use of the floor. The main varieties are solid wood, engineered wood, acrylic impregnated, and laminate. Solid woods are simply wood and generally should be used on the ground floor or above since they normally can’t be installed over a concrete floor or in areas of excess moisture.
Engineered wood is a layered product made with specific durability in mind. Recent versions have had a wear layer added to them so that the floor is durable where it contacts the subfloor and yet will have a real hardwood floor appearance on the top surface. As a result of their durability, these can be used in basements and other rooms which may have unsuitable conditions for solid wood.
Acrylic impregnated wood flooring
Acrylic impregnated wood flooring is a newer manufactured product that can be compared to laminate flooring in many ways. It is wood with an acrylic injected into the grain to create a durable surface suitable for high-traffic areas such as halls. Laminate flooring has been gaining a lot of popularity because of its low cost, ease of installation, and durability. Laminate flooring is made of layers of materials that range from wood products to plastics and aluminum oxide top layers.
Choosing the Floor Styling – Strip, Plank, and Parquet
The next classification or division you can use for an easy approach toward choosing your flooring is the floor’s styling. When choosing the styling you should consider who will be installing the floor. Strip flooring is generally considered the easiest to install and may be a practical project for nearly anyone. The next is a plank style and is more customizable. It can prove more difficult to install, but most individuals can probably handle this, especially with some experienced help. The last styling, parquet, is highly customizable but can prove very difficult for individuals without experience, so if you want parquet floors you may want to enlist the help of professionals.
Endless Finishes and Options
Many wood flooring companies now let you install prefinished wood flooring in almost any kind and finish so that once the floor is laid down, you are all done. No need to sand, stain, and seal the floor. Another consideration is if you need your floor to be fastened or glued down to the subfloor or if it can be a floating floor. A floating floor is usually used in homes that are built with slabs. The reason that a floating floor is used is so that the material can expand and contract without causing the material to cup or buckle.
With this information, you should be able to begin making your selection of hardwood flooring, but if you have doubts don’t hesitate to get help. When properly chosen and cared for, hardwood flooring can be an asset and a pleasure for a lifetime.