Hardwood Floors Versus Engineered Wood Floors
One of the reasons that wood floors are still so popular is that there's just no substitute for the beauty and warmth you get with real wood. While this flooring is available in an array of sizes and styles, there are two main types: solid wood floors and engineered wood floors. Solid wood floors are the traditional type in which each floorboard is made from a single piece of wood. Engineered wood floors are a laminated plank composed of many pieces of wood. Both can be made from any number of wood species and come in a range of colors.
Which type you should choose will depend on a number of factors, including your budget, the difficulty of the installation, what kind of subfloor you have and the nature of the room itself. The following will help you decide which of these two you might want for your particular floor.
Solid Wood Floors
Solid wood floors can be purchased as wide planks, narrow strips or square parquet tiles. The planks come in widths ranging from 3-7 inches, and are often used in large rooms that have big open spaces. Strip flooring is more traditional and common, and can be purchased in sizes ranging from 1 1/2-3 inches wide. Parquet floor tiles can be purchased either as preassembled tiles or ones that are custom-made from wood strips. Any of these types can be purchased either as finished or unfinished.
Homeowners will often choose unfinished hardwood strip floors in either maple or red oak, largely because they are attractive, affordable and you get to choose the stain color you want (if any). But even if you choose not to use the stain, the floor will still have to be sanded and receive a clear finish.
Engineered Wood Floors
Since engineered wood floors were first introduced in the United States in the 80s, they have quickly become one of the most popular types among homeowners wanting to carry out a do-it-yourself project. Engineered wood flooring is made up of multiple layers that are glued together into planks. The top layer is a thin piece of solid wood veneer. The advantage of this approach is that the laminated structure creates a much more uniform and stable wood surface that is less likely to shrink, warp or split. You can choose from either softwoods or hardwoods.
When you're checking out wholesalers for engineered wood flooring, you want to choose flooring with a top veneer that is 1/8 inch thick or more. It has to be thick enough to allow for sanding and refinishing. Each piece of engineered wood flooring is made to look as though it has veneer strips on the top surface. The planks will come with either one, two or three strips. While a one strip plank will look like a single board, a three strip plank will look like a hardwood strip floor. Contact a company like The Floor Club for more information.