Types of Hardwood Floors
October 24, 2009
Hardwood floors have grown in popularity over the last few years. This is due in part to the demand for top quality products that are eco friendly, beautiful and easy to install. Hardwood flooring manufacturers have gone out of their way to educate the masses about their options and have made significant improvements to the installation methods. This has opened the door for more people to consider hardwood over other types of flooring options.
Check out the types of hardwood floors commonly found today.
- Solid Hardwood or Engineered? Those purchasing engineered hardwood floors will get the most bangs for their buck. These floors are more affordable and easier to install. They have assembly in the ply fashion, similar to plywood, with a wear layer placed over the top. Choose an engineered flooring material with a thick wear layer for the best results. On the other hand, spend a bit more and get solid hardwood.
- Refinishing Options? Some engineered woods can have refinishing while others cannot be. When selecting the best product for your home, consider whether you plan to refinish it at some point in the future.
- Random Length? Some manufacturers offer products called random length. This means that the lengths of precut wood within the box have random sizes. Do consider this option if you want the floor boards not to match evenly but do want a natural look. If you go with one length, you will have a nice, uniform appearance, but this is avoidable by installing them randomly within the space.
The various types of hardwood floors have helped to ensure that more people can select these types of flooring options. In fact, prices have even dropped considerably.