Your Guide to the Different Types of Wood Flooring

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You can’t go awry if you are considering establishing wood floors. There is unmatched natural worth and value in each kind of wood floors and you can also go with different decor whether it be modern, traditional, country, etc. Wood flooring can also build in a different room, but there are also special considerations in this and this is the basements and the kitchens.

Unfinished or Finished?

If you like to match the color of existing floor or if you like to have a custom stain that is used before the final finish then the best option would be the unfinished wood flooring. The flooring produced various coats of protective finish after the wood flooring staining and installation. Also, the best choice when it comes to adding wood flooring in your kitchen is the unfinished flooring because it helps to stop the water from flowing between boards, and the finish will stick and seal the seams between on the boards.  

Meanwhile, prefinished wood flooring can also go instantly when it comes to its installation because it comes from the factory that is already sealed and sanded. The floor also ready to walk on shortly plus there is no odor and VOCs from the finishing on-site.

Solid or Engineered?

Solid wood flooring is 5/8 to 3/4 inches thick in size and it comes in all wood in which it can be refinished and sanded several times.  But it is not highly suggested on below-grade basements and it is sensitive to changes in humidity.

Meanwhile, there is a covered of real wood that is adhered to numerous layers of wood underneath in the engineered wood flooring, an example of it is plywood. This makes the best choice for different area of your home, including the below-grade basements and it also gives the engineered wood excellent durability over time. Engineered wood flooring can be refinished and sanded once or twice all throughout its lifetime but it still depends on the thickness of the hardwood veneer.

What Species Is Best?

The best choice on these wood floors is the maple flooring, cherry flooring, and oak flooring. Some varieties include bamboo (which is a grass), mahogany, ash, and walnut. But if you wanted to have more exotic species like jarrah, mesquite, and teak, you will be going to pay a premium price. You must also ensure that the wood flooring that you wanted will come from forests.

There is also another choice which is to reclaimed the wood flooring that you can see at salvage yards. However, you will go to pay half of what it can cost for comparable new flooring if you wanted to add some signs of age and wear. And also, you can always ask to be put on a waiting list if they do not have what you wanted. One more tip, if you’re going to renovation an older house, then the best option would be the wood flooring.


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