There are a wide variety of flooring options on the market; if you’ve gone through the experience of building your own home or renovating, no doubt you are aware of this! The first choice is whether you want stone, tiled or wooden flooring, and within each of those categories, there are many more options. Today we’re going to talk about some of the options for wood flooring and why they may be the right alternative for you. Keep in mind that if you have any questions that aren’t answered in this article, you should get in touch with a timber specialist to find out more!
Solid Wood Flooring
Likely the most intuitive kind of flooring option, solid wood hardwood flooring compromises of boards usually fitted together, tongue and groove style, with each made up of a single piece of wood.
Structurally speaking, this has traditionally been the preferred option but with increased use of concrete foundations, this advantage today is minimal. Solid wood flooring boards are thicker than many of the timber alternatives, often being between 18-20mm.
In terms of appearance, this option is arguably the most appealing and preferred by many. In fact, it often adds value to a home. Also, given that most of the time it is the thickest of timber flooring varieties (though this differs from product to product) it often has a high level of hardness, reducing the impact of dents, scuffs and general wear.
However, it can be considerably more expensive. Given that larger boards need to be fitted together and is generally installed by nailing, there is more work on the provider’s end. In fact, because of the difficulty of fitting larger boards together, it is more likely to have gaps which can be problematic in some cases. When there are gaps, changes in humidity and temperature can cause the boards to expand and shrink.
Engineered Wood Flooring
Rather than having each board a single piece of timber, engineered wood flooring is made up of various, thin layers of wood that are essentially glued together at 90-degree angles, which are made for greater stability.
While it is less expensive and highly stable compared to solid flooring (given that fitting it together is easier) engineered flooring is notorious problematic on staircases and is generally avoided here. But this is one of its few flaws. Installation is usually quite quick and boards can be replaced easily if damaged. It is therefore very easy and relatively inexpensive to repair. These are a few of the reasons that explain why engineered wood flooring is most widely used in the world.
Laminate flooring is a synthetic flooring option that simulates a timber, tile or stone surface. Essentially, this is done through the use of a photographic image that covers fiberboard planks and is sealed with a clear layer of protection. There are a number or advantages that come with using it, not least of all the fact that it is considerably less expensive than genuine stone, tile or timber flooring options.
Of course, different laminate flooring products will differ in terms of quality and how realistic they look. Laminate flooring can be installed very easily, even by a DIY homeowner, and this tends to be one of the biggest advantages, along with the fact that nearly every other flooring type can be replicated. In addition to that it is highly durable and easy to maintain and clean, and its success, particularly in recent years, can be understood. But again, it’s not without its drawbacks. Poorly done laminate flooring doesn’t look good at all and is not attractive for house buyers. Also, there’s the fact that even the best can’t be compared to genuine wood flooring.
This article has summarised a few of the most popular wood flooring options and other alternatives. Hopefully, you now have a good idea of what will work for you in your house! There are many providers out there that can give you more information on these products and help you make a decision. O’Sheas Timber & Trusses is a renowned supplier of a range of timber products from timber frames and decking supplies to wood flooring products in Melbourne. Speak to us today and find out how we can help!