Advances in wood flooring during the past few years mean that you now can have wood flooring anywhere in your home or business. Where you want to put it, however, will determine the type of wood flooring you can use.
There are many categories of wood flooring products, many different species of wood, and an almost endless array of colors, patterns, and installation options. Due to such a large variety of options, we personally take our clients through the process of selecting the floor that will perform best, look great and fit your lifestyle and budget. There are two types of wood floors available on the market today: Solid and Engineered.
Solid wood flooring is exactly what the name implies: a solid piece of wood from top to bottom. The thickness of solid wood flooring can vary, but generally ranges from 3/4″ to 5/16″. One of the many benefits of solid wood flooring is that it can be sanded and refinished many times. Solid wood flooring can be installed above or on grade.
Engineered wood floors are real wood floors that are manufactured using three to nine layers of different wood veneers. The sub layers can be of the same species, or of different species. The grain of each layer runs in different directions, which makes it very stable. This means that the wood will expand and contract less than solid wood flooring during fluctuations in humidity and temperature. The top layer of engineered wood flooring consists of high-quality wood. While this type of flooring can be sanded and finished, it cannot be done as many times as solid wood flooring. Engineered wood flooring can be installed above, on or below grade.
Laminate floors, not to be confused with laminated wood floors (engineered wood), consist of a melamine top layer veneered to a fiber core. The top layer is essentially imprinted with pattern, texture, and color so that laminates imitate the look of traditional tile, stone, or wood plank floors but are far less costly, faster to install, and easier to maintain. Most laminates can be easily installed over existing floors, making this an easy and fast way to freshen the look of any room.
Cork is the bark of the Cork Oak Tree, grown predominately in the Mediterranean countries. The bark, which becomes the cork flooring, was designed by Mother Nature to protect the tree during its average 500-year lifespan. Bark is inherently fire resistant to temperature changes prevailing in the Mediterranean as well as more than 38 species of insects including termite and microbes.
Reclaimed hardwood is old wood that has been newly milled into flooring planks from boards or structural beams taken out of old barns, warehouses, factories and other buildings. If you love the richness and warmth of wood floors but are concerned about depleting the environment, try reclaiming a bit of history to get those beautiful and truly unique floors without ravaging nature in the process. This lumber produces reclaimed wood flooring, real rustic wide plank country floors, which possess a rich color, patina and character marks associated with old growth rustic timber. It offers an environmentally efficient and a truly unique look.