The Benefits of Wood Flooring
Wood flooring is a very traditional flooring style as trees were used as one of the main raw materials to build houses and furniture. This was due to manufacturing techniques being limited and wood being one of the cheapest raw materials as stone was hard to source, manufacture and finish which left stone as an expensive option. The current trends have identified wood flooring increasing in popularity due to many households aiming to recreate a more traditional interior design with a country feel. There are multiple types of wood flooring, so here are the positives associated with specific types of flooring.
Solid wood flooring is the most authentic style of flooring as it is 100% natural wood and is manufactured from one cut of solid wood. Most solid wood planks have a tongue and groove joining method, however some new and more expensive products have a click installation method. Installation of a real wood floor is easy and will last a life time if treated correctly. Solid wood floor takes around 5 days to acclimatise and does not cope well with fluctuations in temperature or humidity. However, the main benefit of solid wood flooring is that it adds value to the property, therefore if you are planning to sell your house in the future then the value will go up if you mention the solid wood floor.
A great alternative for solid flooring is engineered wood flooring. This is the cheaper option as the core is constructed using multiple layer of plywood or HDF and then topped with a lamella of real wood. Even though this is the cheaper alternative, do not be fooled as engineered wood flooring is actually designed to withstand fluctuations in temperature and therefore makes the floor more stable than the solid alternative.
One of the main benefits of wood flooring is that if you ever want to change the tone of the board you can do. Unlike a stained carpet which may need replacing, you can simply sand and refinish the stained area of a wood floor. It is always recommended that if you are looking to refinish your floor, make sure you always test the finish on a sample board or on a small area of flooring that is not too visible.
In terms of finishes, there is a vast selection available, however the two most common wood flooring finishes are oiled and lacquered. An oiled finish will seep into the wood to protect the board and creates a matt appearance, where as a lacquer will sit on top of the wood to create a protective layer and create shinier finish. If you are likely to scratch the floor, then an oiled floor would be advised as it is easier to sand and refinish a specific area of the floor. A scratch will become extremely evident on a lacquered floor and you would have to sand and refinish the entire floor rather than just one specific area.
Flooring is a great option and is based all on flooring preference. Always order a sample of the flooring you wish to order so you can take it home and view the sample in your house.