Flooring in any home defines the look of the space. The beauty of wooden floors is that not only do they always seem like the right choice but they also come in many varieties and types so homeowners get to choose based on their budgets and tastes.
There are multiple factors one may consider when choosing hardwood flooring, but among the most common ones are:
- The overall climate – as light, humidity and moisture affect the color and quality of the wooden floors
- The maintenance, and how high or low maintenance flooring is feasible for the office or home.
- The overall cost-effectiveness. One can trade off the cost of purchase, installation and
- Maintenance of premium quality wood flooring for the best possible results but this depends on the personality and preference of the owner.
The ideal wooden flooring will be a fair combination of all the above-mentioned factors- beautiful, hard-wearing, and easy to maintain.
From solid to engineered, or even reclaimed wood, there are lots to consider. Also, the right kind of wooden flooring for one person may be different from another because people want different things.
Let’s look at the types of floorings available:
Laminate flooring is synthetic flooring that has particles of wood fibers ‘laminated’ with a clear protective resin that protects and shines it. Therefore giving it a clean, fancy, and smooth appearance and texture.
In addition, they are also great for DIY installation and there are many low-cost options available in the laminated flooring category. Since they are durable, scratch-proof, and liquid-resistant, they are also suitable for people with kids and pets. The lamination also adds to the durability, so they are the longest-lasting option available in the market, and even have very low maintenance costs.
The only thing that some may not appreciate about laminated wooden floors is that they do not feel like wooden floors, and the boards can have a repetitive pattern that may look too much like ‘fake wood’. However, there are many qualities and designs of products available these days and if you are looking for durable, budget-friendly, and low maintenance flooring options, laminated wood floors are worth considering.
Engineered Wood Flooring
Engineered Wood flooring involves real wood planks on the surface with a base layer of plywood for additional support and versatility. This can be made of multiple layers and so it is very long-lasting and durable. Because the top layer is of real wood, it feels and looks exactly like solid wood flooring.
It is also low maintenance and scratch proof so it is also child and pet friendly. Is also good for climates that tend to have humidity as it is low maintenance and hardly changes in appearance or texture because of weather changes.
Engineered wood flooring requires professional installation and maintenance. If the top layer is made of real wood, it can be scratched so it is recommended to use rugs, carpets, or felt pads.
Solid Wood Flooring
Solid wood flooring is a classic and popular choice but also the most expensive to purchase and install. The advantage of solid wood floors is that they are made of sturdy stuff that lasts many years and in case there is some change in color or texture, they can be refinished to look as good as new.
For people who have specific tastes in color; most types of solid woods can also be stained to any color of choice. They have a premium wooden feel and finish and are low maintenance as they are resistant to stains, liquids, and general wear and tear due to time and seasons.
They also have to be installed professionally. They are a popular choice but are more recommended for people who intend to stay on their properties long-term as solid wood flooring is an investment for many years. Since they are so premium, well-maintained solid wood flooring also adds to the worth of any property.