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Create a sense of warmth and class in your home by choosing one of our wood flooring options. From plank styles to custom finishes to T-molding finishes, you will find a number of different ways you can create the perfect wood flooring for your house.
Engineered wood is typically less expensive than solid hardwood, but it's designed to be very stable and durable. Instead of a single piece of wood, it's constructed in layers with alternating grain and a thin hardwood veneer on top. This makes it strong, dense, and resistant to warping. It's a good overall choice and also a viable wood option for areas like basements where hardwood floors aren’t typically designed for.
It can be installed a number of ways, too. Engineered hardwood can be stapled or nailed in place like solid hardwood. It also can be glued in place or manufactured with click and lock construction. It usually can't withstand refinishing because the top decorative layer is too thin. Like solid hardwood, engineered wood also is rated for hardness.
The conventional hardwood flooring that you're probably most familiar with is a solid section of wood, like a wide or narrow plank, that's installed by stapling or nailing it in place. Solid hardwood may seem to be the expensive choice because of the cost of the materials as well as the labor involved, but there are benefits. Most other wood flooring options have a thin decorative surface veneer that isn't thick enough to withstand refinishing, while solid wood can be refinished multiple times. This makes it a very long lasting choice and a good investment.
Limitations of solid hardwood - You can't put solid hardwood just anywhere. Solid hardwood is durable but not naturally moisture resistant, so it's a poor choice for concrete slabs or any application that is below grade (below ground level), or likely to experience high humidity, like a bathroom.
Finished or unfinished - Finished hardwoods are available in hundreds of pre-stained and sealed options, while choosing unfinished wood and staining and sealing it allows you to put a completely individual stamp on your flooring choice. With so many stain colors and finish options, it can fit or make any décor. One advantage to prefinished hardwoods is that they typically contain several thin layers of factory applied finish in a quality controlled environment and are very durable.
Thickness - The thicker the plank, the more expensive it's likely to be, and the longer it will last in your home. Thicker wood flooring provides slightly more insulation, too.
Hardness - Hardwoods aren't all the same density. Some are naturally softer and more porous than others and not appropriate for all applications. For instance, oak is less dense than maple. Wood flooring materials are usually sold with hardness ratings derived from the Janka Hardness Test. The higher the number, the harder the wood. The rating is usually matched with a corresponding traffic category:
• High traffic - Kitchens, foyers, and hallways
• Medium traffic - Family rooms, game rooms, living rooms, and dining rooms
• Low traffic - Bedrooms and closets
If you've seen good looking wood flooring in very high traffic areas like restaurants or department stores, you were probably looking at an acrylic or resin impregnated wood floor. This type of flooring is pressure injected with a very hard drying polymer that makes it resistant to gouges and scratches. It's showing up in more homes and can be a good option for people with young children or pets.
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Laminate floors in some cases are actually not wood at all, although it looks similar. It's a photograph of a piece of wood applied to a synthetic backing and sealed in place. Many of the newer laminate floors are made of wood and can be clicked together. They have a cushioned backing to make them softer on hard surfaces like basements. They can also be easily removed and another floor can be installed. Laminate flooring is the least expensive option for getting a "wood" look on a tight budget and is a very popular option for rental properties. Newer laminates also are much more resistant to moisture than older styles that were often criticized for swelling and bubbling problems.