Planning a renovation or home remodel? There are definitely lots of things you need to take care of and choosing the type of flooring is one of them. Hardwood floors can make a home look elegant and inviting but there are several different types to choose from, each one with its own characteristics.
Solid vs engineered hardwood floors.
Solid hardwood flooring is made of solid wooden planks generally ¾” think. They have to be installed above the ground and are not suitable for concrete flooring where moisture can be a problem.
On the other hand, engineered hardwood flooring features several thin layers of wood that have been glued together and laminated, then treated with high heat. It can be installed anywhere, even in areas with high moisture like the bathrooms, kitchens and basements.
One you’ve chosen the type of flooring you want for your home, it’s time to decide on a material. You can choose from maple, white or red oak, Brazilian and American cherry hardwood flooring and each of these have their own unique characteristics.
American cherry for example is particularly easy to work with and has an elegant look. It’s often used in living rooms and dining areas.
Brazilian cherry has an exotic color that changes into burgundy as the wood ages. It’s perfect for high-traffic areas.
Oak has a natural pale color complemented with steaks of pink. White oak is harder than red oak and thus more durable. It’s not the type of wood you should use in high-moisture areas.
Maple is even harder than oak and is famous for its uniform texture. Use it in a minimalist setting.
While dark-colored hardwood flooring looks rich and elegant, it has a downsize: it shows every little scratch and every little bit of dust. Light-colored flooring, on the other hand, is much more easy to care for. It makes the room seem larger and doesn’t show scratches that much.