Choose your wood flooring
Choose the right kind of flooring and know all your options
If you’re remodelling your home it’s very important that you choose the right kind of flooring and know all your options. Flooring plays a big role in your home’s interior look and feel and it’s important to find something that suits your budget and lifestyle best. If you’re looking for something stylish, that will add warmth and charm to your home, then wooden flooring is the way to go.
Houses with wooden floors tend to sell faster and for higher prices, and the floors last longer than other kinds of flooring. There are so many different kinds of wooden flooring to pick from that it might still take you a while to decide, but just to help you out, keep the following things in mind when doing so.
Type of Wooden Flooring
When it comes to wooden flooring there is a large amount of incredibly stylish options to choose from, but it all comes down to either solid wood or engineered wood. The traditional kind of wooden flooring is made of solid wood with each floorboard individually crafted. It can last decades and can be repeatedly sanded but – depending on the type of wood – it is susceptible to temperature and can shrink or warp.
Engineered flooring though consists out of laminated wooden planks that are created from pieces of wood. They offer greater stability and can be placed over concrete subfloors, but they can be hard to repair if damaged.
When you choose the type of flooring, you need to keep in mind what your lifestyle is like. Solid hardwood can be sanded and refinished often so if you have animals or children who can scratch or ding the floors, it can be fixed easily. Think about how often you host people at your house and how many people live in your home. If you have high traffic, then solid hard wood would be better since it’s more durable. Regardless of which type of wooden flooring you choose, if you take good care of it and maintain and treat it properly, most wooden floors will last you quite a few years.
Type of Finish
The final appearance of wooden flooring depends largely on the type of finish you choose. Even if you have the same kind of wood, different finishes will give it a completely different look. There are varieties of gloss levels and finishing techniques that will change the overall look of your wooden flooring.
Unfinished floors are sanded on-site which provides a good seal to prevent dirt and moisture to penetrate the areas between the boards. Prefinished engineered floors are quite durable and are easier to install and it has a more consistent flooring.
When it comes to gloss finishing, consider the amount of traffic through an area. High gloss tends to show dust and scratches easier, so try to limit it to lower traffic areas.
If you’ve decided on solid wooden flooring, its best to leave the installation up to professionals like Coastal Timber. They have all the necessary equipment and relevant experience, which will eliminate problems. Even if it might cost you a little bit more, you don’t want to try it yourself, mess up the wooden planks and end up spending thrice as much to replace the floor.
If you’re more of a ‘do-it-yourself’ kind of person, engineered wooden flooring planks are easier to install because they slot into one another, while ‘floating’ over a thin foam-rubber over the subfloor. If you’re on a tight budget, engineered products will cost you less.
Keep these tips in mind and you’ll soon be enjoying your perfect fit of wooden flooring in your newly renovated home.