Today, there are so many types of flooring that we can choose from. Flooring that is made from materials like vinyl, plastic laminate, ceramic, tile, and carpeting. But a recent study has found that Americans are more inclined to buying wood flooring. They have found that from 2002 to 2011, wood flooring was being bought at 900 million square feet annually. This growth in popularity of wood flooring continues to do so because many people seek the beauty that wood flooring can offer and also the warm feeling of being able to walk on a wooden floor.
Now wood flooring comes in a number of different types each having its own style. But we can narrow that number into two basic kinds of wood flooring. Those two are solid wood flooring which is also known as hardwood flooring, and engineered wood flooring which is also known as laminate flooring. From the name implies, hardwood flooring, or solid flooring is made purely from a long piece of solid wood. While laminate flooring or engineered wood flooring is several layers or pieces of wood that are being pressed together to form the plank. Today, we are going to focus on hardwood flooring.
Now when buying hardwood flooring, you will find that they come in wide planks, narrow strips, or parquet squares. The most common choice here is strip flooring. They have dimensions of 1 ½ to 3 inches in width. If you buy the wooden planks, they will have a width of around 3 to 7 inches. But parquet is a different story. With parquet flooring, they are tiles that are already assembled in tiles or wood strips. People who go for this option are those who look to have beautiful weaves, patterns, and shapes in their hardwood flooring. All hardwood flooring choices can be bought with or without a finish and they have range of thickness from 5/16 to ¾ inch.
Hardwood flooring is a choice for many homeowners because of their traditional look. Common hardwood flooring choices are maple and red oak because these are the more affordable types of hardwood floors and they look attractive too. You may also opt to give the wood a stain or just leave it in its natural look. If you do go for unfinished woods, you will have to do the finishing yourself, which involves staining, sanding, and adding the top finish which is a clear coat.
But if you don’t want to do the finishing yourself, you may opt to buy the finished wood flooring. However, you should also be willing to spend more with finished wood floors. The advantage here other than saving you time and effort of doing the finishing yourself, is you can immediately move around the furniture and over the floor as soon as you finish nailing down the last board compared to doing the finishing yourself where you will have to wait until it is set. You can also find that prefinished floors can be bought in thinner planks compared to the unfinished ones so you won’t have to go through much trouble anymore.