Among the best choices for the flooring of your home or business is one of wooden flooring. It is flooring that besides being easy to maintain is also durable and gives your floor a lot of character and appeal. For your convenience, we have collected and compared different types of wooden flooring that include solid floors, and those that are engineered or are laminated boards.
1. Laminate Flooring: Natural Looking and Cost-effective
Most of us are constrained by budgets and look for floors that are natural-looking and inexpensive. If you are, then look at laminate flooring. It is flooring that is built using layers of compressed fiberboard on which a photographic image is then attached. You can have photographs that imitate stone or natural wood. This layer is then protected by an overlay that acts as a wear layer. Laminate floors are ideal for most rooms, and more so for those that have high traffic that calls for frequent cleaning, like a kid’s room, study, or living rooms. Never use laminate floors in rooms like the bathroom or kitchen which are often wet, though there are some laminate floors that their manufacturers claim are waterproof.
The cheaper variety of laminated floors will be smooth but will not look natural. Buy a laminated floor that has embossed patterns and beveled edges.
2. Engineered Wooden Flooring: DIY Friendly and Versatile
Every engineered floorboard will be made up of three or more layers of plywood, all of which are laid at right angles to each other. The topmost wear layer will be made of 6mm thick of high-quality natural timber. This layer can be sanded for refinishing if it ever gets damaged, scratched, or worn. Solid flooring is not as stable as engineered flooring and is more prone to changes in temperature and humidity. Engineered flooring can be used in any room from bedrooms to hallways, and living rooms. Avoid its installation in laundry rooms, bathrooms, and shower rooms, as water spills and excess humidity can cause it to get damaged. There is an advantage, that it can be installed over high humidity areas like an underground basement, or even over underfloor heating. Click-and-lock engineered floors are DIY friendly and do not require any adhesives. The tongue-and-groove versions will need to be nailed or glued to any sub-flooring.
3. Solid Wooden Flooring: Warm and Luxurious
Solid wood flooring provides a room with a lot of warmth and charm. These floorboards are cut from authentic trees, and it is possible to sand and finish them many times for reviving their look and shine.
Properly maintained solid wood floors of walnut and oak can last for decades and add to the charm and luxury of a home. You can use solid wood flooring in any room of your home but are well-advised to see that that it is not exposed to excessive moisture. Laid in kitchen or bathrooms will soon lead to the warping. Wet wooden floors can be both slippery and dangerous.
4. Reclaimed Wooden Flooring: Eco-friendly and Affordable
Wood that is reclaimed from older properties can be reused as wooden flooring. You have to be lucky to find your local store having a reclaimed wooden floor that is well preserved and has a lot of character. Reclaimed wooden floors can also be found online. Some of these reclaimed wood floors can also be installed over underfloor heating. Take the age of your home into consideration when you buy reclaimed wooden flooring.
5. Parquet flooring: Durable and Elegant
Parquet flooring, recognized as a geometric pattern of short wooden blocks, is now becoming increasingly popular and has a long history of use in aristocratic homes. Patterns like chevron or herringbone reflect light and give an enhanced look to the natural wood. Parquet flooring is not as expensive as hardwood flooring, because it is made from smaller pieces of wood and this makes it environmentally friendly.
Fit parquet flooring into any room, except rooms that can have water spilled on them, like kitchens or bathrooms. Putting it in a hallway can make a statement, but it can get lost in rooms where your furniture covers up most of the area.
6. Cork Flooring: Sustainable and Soft
Cork is material that is harvested from the bark of oak trees. This makes flooring sustainable and eco-friendly. For use as flooring, the cork is compressed and made into sheets with the help of resins.
Cork is soft and has a cushioning effect, which makes it ideal for use in playrooms or rooms used by children. It is also warm and cozy. There will be no problem if it is used in a bedroom. It never absorbs dust or mites and is therefore a good flooring for people who have allergies. Avoid the use of cork floors in bathrooms and other rooms that have high humidity.
For choosing a wooden floor, the factors you need to take into account are the length and width of the boards, their color, hardness, and finally the price. A choice of solid, parquet, or engineered flooring can enhance the looks of your home and give it charm and warmth. Reclaimed wood floors and cork flooring are sustainable and can help to preserve our prized forests.