The Different Types of Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring seems to rise in popularity as sales have been increasing up to 84% in 2014, 66% in 2015, and it continues to rise steadily up to the present.

Hardwood floors aren’t really new in the market and they’ve been always the classy choice for homes. More than being stylishly looking, hardwood floors are easy to clean, safe for allergics, require minimal maintenance, and sustainable.

What are the different types can you choose from?

It can get confusing when you start looking for hardwood floors and you get the question: “What type are you looking for?”

Besides your chosen wood species, you should also have to choose your ideal hardwood flooring type. Here are the different types you should know:

Unfinished

When you say unfinished wood flooring, you’ll be getting raw hardwood that will be nailed to the floor and sanded right on the actual site. Being refinished on site makes the flooring smooth and uniform.

These floors are usually better installed in kitchens as they’re sealed on site with polyurethane that prevents water from going through the floors.

Pre-finished

Pre-finished wooden floors are already sanded and sealed in the factory. Putting these floors at home is easier and faster compared to unfinished wooden floors. You won’t even need to deal anymore with the finishing odors and VOCs at home.

Solid

Solid wood floors are basically made of all genuine wood and you can get it from 5/8 to ¾ inches thick.  Right from the name itself, it is known to be solid, hard, and durable compared to the rest of the wood types available.

It may sound indestructible, but changes in humidity can affect the material.

Engineered

Engineered wood flooring has layers of plywood-type base topped with a solid hardwood layer. It can be used for any home area.

It’s much more affordable than solid hardwood but the difference can be hard to see based on its looks. When it comes to quality, engineered wood floors are moisture resistant and more stable.

Laminate

Even though the focus is on hardwood flooring, you have to take note of laminate flooring which isn’t real wood at all. It is made from a thin pressed wood board covered by an image of wood, and a clear layer at the top to protect the image.

It’s strong against scratches. But when it’s greatly damaged, you may need to reinstall the entire flooring as laminate flooring can’t be refinished.

Whatever hardwood floor type needs protection

No matter what you choose among these flooring types, never forget to keep them scratch and dent free from your furniture. A small damage can ruin an entire flooring’s beauty so better grab some furniture pads to attach to each furniture leg.

Use furniture pads for chairs, tables, beds, drawers, cabinets, and all those other pieces of furniture which may leave marks on your hardwood floor may it be due to weight or friction.

Furniture Buffers offer furniture pads available in jumbo packs, which contain pads of different shapes and sizes. That’s less trouble for those who have to deal with different furniture legs at home.

May it be real wood or not, your floors can remain new after several years through all the furniture movement as long as these pieces of furniture have the soft and compact pads of Furniture Buffers.

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