I’m partial to wooden floors for two reasons; they’ll last the life of your home and they increase property values. They’re beautiful, natural and durable, especially if kiln dried. Their stability and uniformity add to their toughness and durability.
Wooden floors are also easy to clean and maintain. Dirt doesn’t stick and the color stays for a long time. You will have to wax they occasionally.
The only down side to wooden flooring is the price and the fact that installation is time consuming.
There are two types of wooden flooring, finished and unfinished. Factory finished means the wood was sanded and finished by the manufacturer and is ready for installation. Unfinished flooring means that your installer will sand and finish the wood on site.
Your choices of flooring are solid wood, engineered wood, strips and planks.
Solid wood flooring sizes range from 5/16 to 3/4 of an inch. It can be sanded and finished many times. Engineered wood is made from real wood, using multiple layers of wood veneer. Since the grain in each layer runs in different directions, the product is very stable. It expands and contracts less in heat and humidity. Engineered wood floors can’t be sanded and finished as many times as solid wood.
Strip flooring comes in set widths, but it’s thickness varies. Plank flooring comes in two thicknesses, but the widths can vary, ranging from three to eight inches.
Parquet floors are made up from geometrical designs, composed of individual hardwood slats. It’s held in place by an adhesive.
Once installed, it’s difficult to tell the difference between a solid wood floor and other wood floors. Solid wood floors require a little more upkeep, but can be refinished. They also maintain their value better. Whatever your style, hardwood floors add warmth and beauty to any home.