You’ve already made the decision of installing hardwood flooring in your home. After all, nothing compares to wood flooring in adding warmth and beauty to your living space. But when shopping for wood floors, you need to consider that not all woods are created equal.
Here are some factors to consider when contemplating solid wood flooring.
Solid vs. engineered wood
As the name implies, solid wood is made from a solid piece of wood. It is extremely durable and can add value to your home. It can also be sanded and refinished several times; thus, allowing you to make the most out of your investment. It also encompasses a greater range of wood species. Although it does have a top layer that can shed some moisture, it doesn’t hold up to moisture that well. It will contract and expand when installed in high humidity areas like the bathroom, kitchen and basement.
Engineered wood is typically made from multiple layers of wood that are glued and pressed together. The top layer is made of hardwood veneer. It is also a durable flooring material and can be sanded later on. But unlike solid wood, it can only be sanded once or twice. One of the biggest selling points of engineered wood is its moisture resistance. For homeowners who are looking to install wood flooring in the basement, bathroom or kitchen, choose engineered wood.
There is no doubt that wood flooring is durable. In fact, it can last for several decades up to a century when properly cared for and maintained. However, some wood species are softer and are more prone to dents and dinks.
If you are planning to install wood flooring in high traffic areas like hallways, kitchens and living room, choose wood floors with a higher Janka Hardness rating. The higher the number, the harder the wood is.
Solid hardwood is an expensive flooring material. In addition to the material, you also need to factor in the cost of installation. If your heart is set on wood, but you are on a tight budget, reclaimed wood would be a great choice for you.
Reclaimed wood are usually sourced from barns and old houses. These woods are then transformed into floors and furnitures. Since the material is recycled, manufacturers can sell it at a very affordable price. These woods were sourced from trees that were allowed to grow for over a century. They have more character and are more durable than hardwood flooring. With reclaimed wood, you’ll have durable, gorgeous-looking floors without the premium price tag.