Which Type of Flooring is Right for Me?
Deciding on Hardwood Flooring for your home is a popular decision in 2021 for many reasons - not least of which is style. Hardwood Flooring has been taking the world by storm, and at WoodFloorz.com we believe you’re better off for it.
But choosing flooring can be a daunting task. Which kind of Hardwood Flooring is right for your home? In this article, we’ll be exploring the main types of hardwood flooring and the differences between them in order to lead you in the right direction with your flooring needs.
This is probably what most people think about when they think about flooring. Anybody who may be unfamiliar with the immense manufacturing that goes into flooring may not know that there are different types other than Solid flooring. Solid is exactly what it sounds like: solid wood all the way through, milled from a tree into the shape, size, and species that the customer chooses in the end.
The advantages of Solid Hardwood Flooring are relatively obvious - offering a very elegant feel and look, Solid Floors are timeless.
Depending on the species of solid hardwood and the climate of your area in the world, some people worry about the frequency of warping or cupping in solid hardwoods more than the other types. This can certainly be detected early with proper care and equipment, but should be taken into consideration especially when purchasing solid flooring in a location of high humidity summers.
Solid floors need to be nailed down or glued, and generally cannot be placed on concrete.
Engineered floors are layered with plywood and a veneer (top layer), and are known to protect the wood from warping or cupping in high humidity environments. Plywood has been around for many decades, offering a cheaper way to make strong engineered wood, and engineered flooring has taken the strength and price advantages of plywood and added a top layer of any number of various species for good looks.
Some of the aspects of engineered floors worth considering are:
- Wear Layer
The Wear Layer is the top layer of veneer and can range anywhere from 1mm to over 7mm. You can expect to pay more for a thicker wear layer, as that buys more longevity for the floors, and a higher potential for future refinishing.
- Core Thickness
Again, the range here in variation can be huge between different types of engineered hardwood. We’ve seen them with as little as 3 layers, and as many as 12! This can certainly affect durability and price.
Though the type of LVT flooring can change per manufacturer, most offer the type of lamination shown in the image above. Generally speaking, Luxury Vinyl Flooring is not wood at all, but is a type of composite material that offers incredible durability in many circumstances, and can also be very affordable.
Luxury Vinyl is a great choice for bathrooms, kitchens, or basements as it can be applied to just about any existing surface and, in many cases, is entirely waterproof. The center layer is a strong composite plastic that is non-porous in many circumstances, and will not damage with everyday spills or even flooding.
The best of both worlds, the newest Hybrid floors offer the strong composite inner core layer, with a real veneer top layer of the customer’s choice in species, and an additional layer of water-resistant technology.
The technology here is new, and not offered by many companies yet, but we can expect this area of Hardwood Flooring Technology to grow quickly.
Other Things to Consider
As a guide to buying Hardwood Floors, consider the following:
- Is the area in which you’re hoping for hardwood heavily trafficked?
- Consider a stronger wear layer, durable finish, or even a Luxury Vinyl.
- Are you someone who loves the look and the feel of real wood?
- While nothing beats solid wood, many engineered options are gaining quickly
- Do you know what species of wood you like the look of?
- All wood grains are different, and so are people! Do some research on Oak, Maple, Cherry, Ash, Walnut, and Acacia - just to name a few.
- Will your floors be finished on-site?
- Floors come in either prefinished or unfinished, and all wood floors need to be finished for protection from the elements, and then taken care of as needed. Consider whether you’re in a rush to get your floors done, in which case you may desire a prefinished option.
We hope this give you some insight into what to look for and consider when purchasing hardwood floors!
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