Hardwood floors have been a popular option for many years and with good reason. Hardwood flooring has many benefits including its ability to add style to any room. However, many people do not know much about hardwood floors. If you are considering adding hardwood flooring to your home, learning more about the different types of wood will help you choose the right one for your home.
Wooden flooring is basically any item made from solid wood, which is specifically designed for application as hardwood flooring, either decorative or functional. Typically, wood is a very popular choice for flooring and comes in different styles, grades, and varieties. You will find hardwood flooring in almost any room of your home. In fact, wooden floorings are often seen in bathrooms and kitchens where moisture is a problem. There are also many other applications including hallways and entryways, hallways, stairways, basements, garages, and workshops.
Oak flooring is one of the most popular hardwood floors and comes in two basic types, solid and engineered. Solid hardwood floors are more durable because they are built to last longer than engineered ones. Engineered oak flooring provides a solid wood look but does not have the durability of solid wood species. Solid hardwood floors are typically three to five millimeters thick. Engineered hardwood floors are available in different cuts, such as plank, tongue-and-groove, or planks.
Vinyl wood flooring tends to be less expensive than solid wood flooring but it is still a worthwhile addition to your home. The main benefit of using vinyl wood flooring is that it requires the least amount of care and maintenance. This type of flooring also tends to last longer than most other types of hardwood floors installed in homes. It is also easier to find vinyl flooring that matches your specific room decor.
Oak hardwood species are renowned for its strength and durability. Oak is known for its grain patterns and is one of the most durable woods. The oak solid grain patterns provide strong resistance to all kinds of damage, which makes it ideal for use in high traffic areas. Oak solid flooring can also withstand scratches and wear from heavy furniture and shoes. Some people stain oak wood flooring to make it more beautiful and durable.
Cherry has a bright pinkish tone to it when it is newly cut. Cherry is known for being a highly durable wood, making it an ideal flooring product for any room of your home. When solid cherry is stained, the color can even become deeper over time. When you stain cherry flooring with a durable finish, you get a finish that will stand up against scratches and spills. This makes it an ideal option to be installed in high traffic rooms like bathrooms and kitchens.
Pine is another popular choice for new flooring. It is also known for its ability to withstand scratches and stains, and it is very easy to install with a glue down or nail down method. Because it is a soft wood, it is also recommended for use in high traffic rooms where it is likely to be touched and walked on by people on a regular basis.
Hardwood flooring can be installed on top of existing floors or on the outside of existing floors. To install it over an existing floor, you will need to remove the existing floor covering (such as tile or carpet) and then rip the old flooring away from the wall or subfloor underneath. A hardwood floor installation consists of laying the floor boards parallel to the walls and at an angle so that they overlap slightly. If you have a large area to fill, you can overlap several boards together and then nail or screw them into place at their full length to fill out the area.