Hardwood flooring has been a very popular, and sturdy, flooring choice for decades. It raises the re-sale value of a home, is made from recycled materials, and it brings a warm feeling to the room that it is in. It is important to know how to choose the right hardwood flooring for your home and how to take care of it once it is laid.
Choosing the Flooring
Today’s hardwood flooring comes in all kinds of wood types and colors. Some wood types you may want to think about are wenge, rustic pine, oak, and bamboo. There are also many types of hardwood flooring. Solid flooring is a solid wood throughout the piece. It is sturdier than other types and lends itself to different stains well.
Engineered or laminate flooring is not a solid piece of wood. It is several layers of wood pressed together to make one piece in either 3 or 5 plies, or layers, with the grain going in several directions. This kind of wood is great for places that may be exposed to water, such as a bathroom or laundry room. Acrylic impregnated floors is flooring where acrylics are injected into the wood to make an almost concrete-like harness in the wood. This is great for high traffic areas that will get a lot of wear and tear.