There really isn’t a type of room that can’t make use of a hardwood floor or one in which hardwood floor doesn’t look good in. The only problems appear when you don’t know what type of hardwood floor is best fit for your room and end up choosing and installing the wrong one.
Over the last century hardwood floor production increased dramatically and new techniques have brought up several important qualities in flooring. Here they are:
Solid Hardwood Flooring
Unfinished Wood Flooring
Unfinished flooring lacks the last few touches of the finishing process, meaning that they will need to be manually sanded, buffered, stained and coated on the site that you install them on.
Of course, this may seem like an important disadvantage, after all, why would you want to buy a product that you need to work on later anyway when there’s a large choice of prefinished wood floors out there.
Well, this type of hardwood floor is perfect for areas that are still in construction. For example, if you’re building a new block of apartments and install prefinished dark color wood flooring in all apartments that you are about to sell, some of your future buyers might want to move in furniture that doesn’t fit the flooring color at all.
In this case, they’ll have to remove the floor completely and replace it with a new one. If you install unfinished wood flooring, they can choose the color and the type of polish that the floor will have and you can still alter those variables during the staining and finishing steps.
Prefinished Wood Flooring
Prefinished wood flooring is the most common type of hardwood floor you would find in a store as it is the most comfortable one to buy. It’s already sanded and finished and it only requires you to install it.
Obviously, the advantage is that you can simply choose a prefinished hardwood floor that matches your house, instead of installing unfinished floor then polishing it to match your rooms.
Solid Wood Flooring
This type of hardwood floor used to be very popular a few decades ago, but nowadays it’s losing in popularity because it’s harder to install, remove and refinish. Solid wood floors are completely made out of lumber and you can find it in three versions: strip, plank or parquet.
Engineered Wood Flooring
Engineered wood floors, unlike solid ones are made from several layers of veneer wood, glued together. This makes them very adaptable and resistant because you can basically place a different wood type in each layer, benefiting from its characteristics.
For example, if your furniture is made from birch, you could get an engineered floor that has the first layers made from oak, with only the top layer being birch. This way, you keep the strength and long life of oak, while being able to fit your hardwood floor with the rest of your furniture.
Engineered hardwood floors are also known to be resistant in harsh environmental conditions, such as increased moisture and humidity levels, higher temperatures and so forth. Because of this, they are ideal for installing in basements or cellars, where normal hardwood floors would die down easily.
Acrylic Impregnated Wood Flooring
Acrylic wood floors are prefinished and the main difference that sets them aside from other types of hardwood flooring is the way they are built. Acrylic and colour are forced into pores inside wood planks using high-pressure treatments, which creates an extremely durable and hard surface.
Colour and pigment from acrylic impregnated wood floors have a smaller chance of wearing down with time because of this effect. Acrylic floors are also extremely resistant to humidity and abrasion, which makes them ideal for rough environments.
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