If you are thinking about reconstructing your home, you may want to start with the flooring. The flooring plays a very big role in changing the overall look of your home. While there are many different types of flooring available today, wood floors are the most popularly used ones. This is because wood installation creates this warm and cozy appeal. And the best thing about wood flooring is that there are different types of wood flooring to choose from. Here are some of them:
• Engineered Wood Floor
Engineered wood flooring is typically used in areas where solid wood flooring cannot be installed such as kitchen, utility rooms, powder rooms and basements, where moisture is a concern. Engineered floors are constructed using layers of wood that are pressed together and then glued together. Unlike solid wood, the grains run in many different directions for additional stability. Most of these engineered floor woods are available in three to five ply thick.
• Solid Wood or Hardwood Flooring
Hardwood flooring, on the other hand, have sizes that range from 3/8" and up to 3/4". These hardwoods are best used in places that received high heat since they are very durable and resistant to direct sunlight. Solid hardwood flooring comes in lots of different colors and designs. There are exotic colors, you can stain them or accent your flooring with borders or paint them to look like a work of art. Solid hardwood is great for ground levels and up. They last for a very long time. Although they may be priced a little stiffly, it is a great investment. This makes a very choice for all rooms.
• Floating Flooring
Floating flooring is either man-made or laminated floors. They are usually not affixed to the subfloor. They come with thin pads that protect the wood material from moisture as well as reduce the noise. Most of the times cushions are installed before the subfloor and then the floating flooring is then installed on top. The tongue and the groove boards are usually held together using a click and lock system or sometimes glue.
• Acrylic Impregnated Flooring
This is a process wherein acrylics are injected into the wood, which then creates solid hard and highly durable wood flooring installation. Most of the times, these are used for public places such as shopping malls, shops, and restaurants or just about in any place that receives the high volume of traffic like your kitchen, family rooms and what not. These may be a little expensive but they are tough that they have the ability to last a lifetime.
Wood floors also come in varying styles. Parquet is one of the most popularly used because it creates a geometric design that looks more impressive. Plank style, on the other hand, is wider in width and they are usually linear. Strip floors are also known as linear flooring. They make a linear effect that gives an illusion of a wider and more open space.
When looking for the right flooring for your home or your business establishment, it is always best to consult professional flooring companies before making a decision. They would be able to explain to you the different types of flooring as well as the different styles that'll work best for your taste.
Engineered wood floors
Actual customer; “I want real wood! I don’t want engineered wood!” So May times I come across clients that are against the idea of Engineered wood floors. Many times they think it’s an artificial wood such as laminate…or just a less superior product to traditional hardwood. The truth is engineered wood is certainly real and it’s also become the most commonly installed hard wood today! Engineered wood has the largest selection of color and style options available. It’s not so easy to find a 10 inch wide oil finished gray solid hardwood product, and if you do it will be pricey. Engineered floors are constructed of several layers. You have the back supporting/balancing layer, the middle plywood/compressed wood structure, the hardwood veneer, and finally the top coat sealers. Protective sealers can be made of, but not limited to very strong aluminum oxide coatings. All these lawyers create an ideal structure that can be installed over a concrete sub-floor, which most newer homes are built upon. Engineered is moisture resistant from the top and bottom, but it’s still very important to treat/seal your concrete subfloor before install. Engineered wood floors can also be nailed down over plywood subfloors, which we see in most older homes.
Let’s go back to the wood floor top veneer. This is where you have the actual wood product, whether it be Oak wood, Maple wood, or Mahogany. Veneers come several thicknesses ranging from about 1.5mm to 5mm . The engineered wood veneer determines how many times if any an engineered wood floor can be sanded. The thickness of the veneer also contributes to the cost of the engineered floor. Having a floor that is less than 3mm, means that you will not be able to refinish in the future. If the only engineered wood floor fitting into your budget has a thin wear layer, it’s not a huge deal. We have thousands of satisfied customers in Los Angeles county that have selected engineered wood on a budget. The reason why? Earlier I briefly touched on the protective coating over the engineered wood’s veneer. These coatings are applied in a factory, which allows them to apply many more coats than you can find on original/unfinished solid wood floors. Most prefinished engineered floors have 7 to 9 coats of finish. In comparison the average unfinished solid has 3-4 coats. Although you have an engineered product with less of the actual hardwood…the coating is superior. This contributes to the longevity of your floor.
Lastly I would like to touch upon the many wood species of engineered wood. Our flooring contractors often come across client that are stuck on the idea of the hardness of a specific species. They use the Janka scale as a guideline and they just get stuck. “I heard Maple is soft, and that walnut is a harder wood”. There is nothing wrong with the Janka scale and we certainly agree that some woods are softer than others. However I encourage customers to think on this: An engineered wood product that has a very thin walnut veneer isn’t necessarily better than a maple product with a thicker veneer and a superior wood coating process. The coating process is very important when considering an engineered product NOT specifically the species of wood.
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