There are different wood flooring options available, and it can be challenging to find one that will fit different areas of your home. Different types of wood flooring have an unmatched natural beauty that suits different areas. Almost all wood floors suit different areas of the house except for bathroom, basements, and kitchens which call for special consideration. However, there are situations where one type of wood flooring can be a better option than the other. So let’s analyze the different types of wood floors.
- Unfinished and Finished Wood Flooring
Unfinished wood flooring is a good option for those who want to customize their floors before giving it a final finish- you may want to match the décor of existing flooring. After installation and staining, there are several coats of protective finish that are applied to this flooring to give it a fine finishing. This type of floor is ideal for the kitchen because the finish will seal and penetrate the seams between the boards, thereby preventing water seepage between boards.
Finished wood flooring comes from the manufacturer already sealed, meaning that the installation work goes on quickly. There are no odors or sticky glue upon finishing, as the floor is ready to walk on immediately after installation.
Talk to your retailer or installer to know the best option for your needs and lifestyle.
- Solid and Engineered Wood Flooring
Solid wood floor is made from solid slabs of wood cut from logs after a mature tree is harvested. Each board is made from a single wood, typically 18-20 mm thick. It is normally fitted using tongue-and-groove. Different types of wood have different hardness score. The hardness score indicates how easily the floor can be dented, worn, or damaged by every day wear and tear. Solid wood flooring can be sanded to restore its fine finish. The number of times it can be sanded is determined by the deepness of the tongue from the top of a board.
Engineered wood flooring consists of 3-4 layers of wood, stacked together at right angles to create a 14mm plank. It has a 4mm real wood veneer on top, meaning that it can be sanded and treated to restore the fine original finish once it becomes damaged, worn, or scuffed.
- Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring is made from compressed fiberboard plant that is covered by a tile, stone, or photographic image, as well as protective overlay. It is best-installed living area and playrooms. They are cheaper as compared to other types of floors and they come in wide varieties.
- Reclaimed Timber
This can be purchased as bundles of boards, planks or panels from salvage and reclamation yards, or as whole floors from flooring specialists. Before installation, reclaimed timber can be unappealing, but once installed, it looks incredible.
What Wood Flooring Is Best?
The best wood floors are made of wood species that are readily available and very hard. Maple flooring, Oak flooring, and cherry flooring are all great choices. Other species include cedar, walnut, mahogany and Bamboo. You’ll pay a higher amount for exotic species such as Jarrah, teak, and mesquite. Ensure that the wood flooring you choose is made from sustain-ably harvested trees.
The Bottom Line
Before choosing wood flooring for your house, consult your installer or retailer so that you can know which one best suits your house.