Wood flooring tends to last for more than a hundred years if they are maintained well. They might seem like a big investment initially, but you don’t need to replace them every 10 or 20 years like the other types of flooring. It also provides a good return on investment, as the value of wood flooring continues to increase with time.
Budget is always an important factor while choosing the type of flooring you want. But these days, wood floorings have both expensive and inexpensive options. It is an expense that is of good worth in the end, as wooden flooring can outlive you and increase the market value of your residence.
When you’re opting for wood flooring you will be presented with a wide array of choices. You can select one depending on your budget and availability. Not even a single plank has the same shade or color, which makes it more authentic while enhancing its aesthetic appeal. If you want then you can also stain them when you get bored of the same color. You could also mix and match the woods that will give the flooring an interesting look.
Some of the different types of solid wood flooring that are available include:
Your carpet and vinyl flooring need to be replaced after a certain duration, but wood flooring can look brand new with a simple maintenance coat or a resand. This helps to refresh the flooring to its original state while maintaining its luster and finish. Wood flooring is less prone to damage and looks more graceful with age.
They don’t tend to look worn out or dull, and the timeless style of wooden flooring ensures that it’s always in fashion. This trend has been used at homes for ages, so you can rest assured that you will be saving an ample amount of time and money in the future.
If you clean the wooden flooring, by vacuuming, mopping and keep it dry then it’s good to go. They don’t tend to attract too much debris, dust or dirt because of the non-electromagnetic nature of wooden flooring.
The general maintenance of wooden flooring is pretty simple while they are pretty resistant to liquid spills. Usually household with pets tend to have a musty and an unpleasant smell due to spills on the carpeted area, but with wooden flooring, this can be the least of your worries.
Wooden flooring does not nurture any type of parasites like fleas, dust mites or spores. They prevent from attracting any type of allergens, animal dander or molds, which causes allergies. Therefore the indoor environment is kept safer than what is usually prevalent with other types of flooring.
When there are children at home, they are more susceptible to allergies, and doctors tend to recommend wooden flooring to allergy sufferers. It is a healthy choice due to its hypo-allergic nature and does not trap unpleasant odors. With wooden flooring you can also install an underfloor heating system, that acts as an efficient and effective way to keep the house warm
One of the popular choices for kids rooms is usually wooden flooring. It is harmless and non-toxic, which is best for babies who have just learned to crawl. There is an improvement in their motor skills when they are exposed to wooden flooring.
As wooden floorings are simple to clean and maintain, this makes it a better option than the others. If there are scratches on the floor then you can simply sand them. Parents usually tend to appreciate wooden flooring, as the tendency of small things being hidden under the carpet is negligible.
Engineered wood flooring is available in a wide range of wood species, including oak, maple, hickory, birch, cherry and walnut, as well as exotic woods like African mahogany and tigerwood. It comes in a variety of widths ranging from slim to wide planks and is offered in specialty looks such as multitone, shown in this photo, or hand-scraped, shown in the previous photo.
All wood products — both solid wood and engineered wood — are prone to damage from flooding or standing water and should not be subjected to large amounts of water. However engineered wood is more stable than solid wood due to having multiple layers in its core, making it less likely to expand, contract or shift when exposed to moisture, humidity and temperature shifts. Its stability reduces the potential for warping that comes with all solid wood and particularly with wide planks of solid wood. The stability of engineered wood makes it a good choice in places where solid wood should not be installed, such as over concrete floors or radiant heating systems.
Luxury Vinyl Plank and Luxury Vinyl Tile are designed to mimic their counterpart’s solid hardwood and tile, but it is made entirely of vinyl.