|Wood is currently a very popular flooring option. Timeless and classic, it goes with
every house and every colour scheme. If you choose wood flooring for your home, you are sure to be pleased with the results. However, it can be hard to decide what kind of wood flooring is right for you.
There are four different types of wood flooring to consider:
1. Solid Wood Flooring
Each of these choices brings with it a unique set of benefits and drawbacks.
Solid wood flooring is the original wood flooring. Planks are cut from the log and are then kiln dried to a stable condition normally between 8 to 12% moisture level. They are then machined into various widths, lengths and grades. A profile is given either square edged or tongue and grooved. They are then finished at the factory with a lacquer or wax or in many cases are left unfinished to be finished on site by the
Engineered flooring is basically a hardwood veneer on a cross ply base. It is very easy to install and is far more stable than solid wood flooring and has many other advantages. The installation methods can be very different to Solid wood flooring. It comes in various thicknesses from about 10mm to 21mm.
Parquet flooring is solid blocks of wood that are laid together in various patterns to form beautiful decorative designs such as herring bone, checker board or basket weave. This very stable form of flooring is beautiful once laid and is therefore extremely popular.
Laminate flooring (which we don’t stock or install) is not actually wood. It is basically a photograph of a wood grain that has been laminated onto a hard cardboard backing and is normally between 4 to 6mm thick. In many cases the grain is so good that it looks just like wood. It is the easiest of the four choices to install, and is also the very durable, but if you do rip the surface layer it is not fixable. It is not sensitive to moisture and can therefore be put in areas that are not suitable for a wood floor. Many people do NOT like laminate flooring because it is not natural, but you can’t deny its durability and value.
Please see our numerous pages on the advantages and disadvantages of these flooring options as well as our advice on the different finishes available.
Whichever flooring you decide to purchase, you will need to take into account the unique circumstances of your life. The four types of wood flooring are very different and each offers a unique set of pros and cons. This can make it confusing, but it also means that there is sure to be one that is right for you.