Hardwood flooring is one of the most popular choices for home flooring and has been for generations. Hardwood floors are beautiful, very versatile, and make every room warm and welcoming. Depending on your finish and wood choice, hardwood floors can be elegant and refined or have a vintage, rugged look. It’s all up to you.
To help you find the best fit for your home, we’ll take a look at the different types of hardwood flooring on the market and explain some of the pros and cons of each option.
Solid Hardwood vs Engineered Flooring?
If you are considering a hardwood floor for your home, one of your first considerations is choosing between solid hardwood or engineered hardwood flooring. So what is the difference between them? We’ll take you through the differences.
Solid hardwood, like its name suggests, are pieces of wood flooring made from solid lumber. Generally, they are thin solid strips that are usually about three inches wide or can be made into wider planks (typically between 4 and 8 inches across). Solid hardwood can be sanded and refinished, making it an excellent long-term option.
Solid hardwood is an excellent option for almost any room in your home. Still, it is not recommended for high moisture areas like the bathroom or basements because it can be damaged by standing water of excess moisture.
Engineered flooring is made from a thin layer of hardwood mechanically glued to the underlying plywood layer or softwood or high-density fibreboard layer. Engineered flooring is very stable and can be finished with various stains or finishes making it a very durable option – even for basements and bathrooms. It can also be prefinished at the factory, which can save a lot of time and money in your home renovation.
Recycled or salvaged Flooring is another option that is great if you like an older vintage look or are looking to match or repair some older hardwood floors in your home. Because hardwood floors are so durable, a lot of flooring removed from older homes is still in excellent condition. You’ll also pay a lot less because it is recycled. One thing to note, because recycled flooring is more aged, it can be less stable than newer or engineered flooring and is more likely to shrink and leave gaps in dry winter months.
Types of Wood
You can choose a type of wood that suits your style and personal preference. The best types of woods are readily available and are hard enough to withstand scrapes, bumps and general wear. Some woods like oak and maple are more common in hardwood flooring, but most wood types work well for flooring, and there are many options to choose from. It’s all up to you.
- Maple – Has a lighter colour with lightish brown grain lines. It is often used to create a clean and modern look.
- Oak – Oak is an excellent choice if you are looking for a more traditional flooring. It can come in white oak or red oak.
- Birch – A light coloured wood, great for brightening up darker rooms.
- Bamboo – Bamboo is a fantastic eco option because it grows quickly and is a tough and sustainable flooring. The colour can be light brown, darker red or brown.
- Walnut – Walnut is a tough wood and makes a great flooring. It starts a deep brown but can lighten with age.
Textures and Finishes
Because hardwood flooring is so versatile, you can get a stain or finish to match any look or style you want. This kind of versatility also helps if you are trying to match existing flooring or stain.
This flooring comes from the factory ready to install without any additional staining or finishing. It can be more expensive than untreated flooring but can save a lot of time and work, and you won’t have the smells from the stain or finish in your home.
Unfinished flooring is an excellent option if you want to match an existing floor or do a custom stain before applying a final finishing coat. For unfinished flooring, a final protective coat is applied after installation in the home.
- Wire Brush Finish – this finish is excellent for adding texture and dimension to your floor while also giving a harder and more durable surface than a smooth texture. It removes some of the softwood grains and is also suitable for hiding imperfections in the flooring.
- Hand-scraped – This is a finish that is designed to make hardwood floors look older and worn. It is also helpful for hiding imperfections.
- Smooth – A smooth finish is just like it sounds. The floor is sanded to give the top layer a soft and silky texture that highlights the wood’s grain. This smooth finish is the most popular finish for flooring.
If you are interested in hardwood flooring, call us today at Duby’s Home Centre to discuss the available options. Our expert staff are industry experts and can help you find the best look and fit for your home.