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.
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.
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.