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Types Of Wood Flooring: Solid Or Engineered Wood?

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Wood flooring instantly adds character and warmth to any room. It can transform a lifeless and sterile environment into a cosy and luxurious place to be. Despite the unwavering popularity of wood flooring, many people still find themselves stuck when it comes to deciding between the types of wood flooring to have installed in their home. After all, it’s not a decision to be taken lightly and there are many factors to consider such as your budget, style, purpose, and more.

Here’s a quick guide to the different types of wood flooring to help educate your interior decisions!

What are the different types of wood flooring?

There are two main types of domestic wood flooring to consider – solid and engineered. 

  • Solid wood floors are essentially what they say on the tin; they are made up of pure soft or hardwood and can be sanded and finished in a wide range of styles to suit your home. 
  • Engineered wood still largely consists of wood, however, is mixed with layers of laminate veneer to make the floor type both cheaper and more flexible.

Solid hardwood flooring

At Quicksand Flooring, we supply and install high-quality hardwood floors to homes and commercial businesses across the UK. Solid hardwood floors do require an investment, but if they’re fitted, sanded and finished by professionals, they can last for many decades without losing their charm.

Besides the fact that solid wood is hard-wearing, it can also easily be refinished every five to seven years and made to look as good as new, without the quality or health of the wood being affected.

Solid wood floors can be completely customised to suit the look and feel of your home or environment. Whether you are looking for a clean and smooth finish, or your home would suit a more rustic and natural wood, solid wood gives you complete freedom over the style, appearance and texture of your floor. What’s more, if your preferences or the style of your room changes, your wood floor can be easily sanded and refinished for a fraction of the price that a brand new floor would cost. 

solid wood flooring being refinished

The versatility and durability of solid wood floors mean they can hugely boost the overall value of your home. There is simply no other floor type that can become such a prominent feature of a home for many years, with minimal maintenance or upkeep involved. Many people may assume that homes with young children or pets should stay away from the idea of investing in solid wood floors, actually, though, hardwood is highly durable and small signs of wear can actually add to the authentic effect that solid wood creates.

Engineered wood

Though solid wood floors are the most effective in terms of durability and appearance, there are options to suit homes with smaller budgets. Engineered wood floors, comprised of compressed layers of both solid wood and plastic laminate veneer, give the appearance of wood but also provide increased flexibility in your floorboards.

When it comes to deciding between different types of wood flooring, engineered wood is the best option for those that don’t have sufficient budgets for solid wood or those that live in changeable climates. If the temperature around your home tends to go up and down frequently, engineered wood is a safer bet as it can expand and contract with the changes in temperature. Solid wood is not as adaptable and can end up cracking or splitting if installed in unsuitable environments.

All in all, despite engineered wood being cheaper and more flexible, it simply cannot beat the exquisite appearance of a solid wood floor. Should your engineered wood floor get damaged, your options are limited. Refinishing engineered wood too many times can be detrimental for the health and look of your floor.

engineered wood flooring samples

How to choose a wood floor:

There are many factors involved in finding the right type of wood floor for your home or building.

First things first, what’s your budget? Consider the cost of floor installation on top of your floorboard prices, as it’s important to always leave it to the professionals to ensure your floor isn’t damaged in the process and is fitted correctly. Despite engineered wood being cheaper initially, solid wood is far more durable making it much cheaper and easier to maintain in the long run.

Next up, think about where in your home the wood is going to be fitted. Solid wood is perfect for rooms that are used all the time like hallways, kitchens, living rooms and even offices as they can withstand any small damages and be refinished every few years if needs be.

Another thing to note is how much maintenance your floor will require. Generally, solid wood can be kept clean and maintained with regular brushing, wiping, and occasional refinishing. Having engineered wood throughout your home requires slightly more care and attention, as once your wood is damaged it can be harder to fix or hide.

Quicksand Flooring pride themselves on the wide range of hardwood floors they offer, allowing customers to choose unique designs, dimensions, grades and finishes. We understand that choosing the right wood floor can be overwhelming, so we support our customers throughout the entire process, offering our expert advice and expertise every step of the way. Get in touch with a member of our team today to clear up any confusion or concerns you may have with the installation of a solid wood floor.

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By |2020-02-20T15:58:33+00:00January 27th, 2020|Commercial, Domestic|Comments Off on Types Of Wood Flooring: Solid Or Engineered Wood?

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