When it comes to remodelling or renovating any part of your home, one of the most important factors is what timber flooring is best for you. This is because there are so many different types and styles available that it is difficult to know which one is right for you. But before you get started making decisions on what is best for you, it is worth understanding just exactly what it is you are looking for. For example, some types of wood are more durable than others, so you need to know which one is better. Here are some of the main types of wood flooring and what they are best used for.
Types of Wood Flooring
Sanded timbers are one timber flooring option that is both environmentally friendly and durable. As well as being the most common type of timber flooring, sanded timber is also the cheapest. Sanded timbers are usually left sanded naturally but are then coated with a protective finish. Engineered timber is finished with an electrostatic charge which prevents the timber from rotting when it is wet or dampened.
Another popular type of timber flooring is engineered floorboards. Engineered floors are made to mimic the look of natural timber flooring, but are produced at a much lower cost due to their production rate and reduced manufacturing costs. Compared to natural timbers, engineered floors have a higher strength-to-weight ratio and therefore cost less to produce. However, the main disadvantage of this type of floor is that it is more susceptible to cracking and settling than regular timbers.
Bamboo is now a very popular timber flooring option, due to its eco-friendly benefits and sustainable production methods. Bamboo is known for being one of the strongest and most durable materials available. It is also incredibly easy to work with, which makes it highly desirable in the construction industry. Unlike most types of wood, bamboo floorboards are manufactured without the use of nails or glue. This is another great advantage over timbers, which often need to be glued or nailed to the floorboard.
More Types of Flooring
The grain of a timber floorboard is the horizontal strip of wood that runs across the board. Lumber is evenly distributed horizontally, meaning that there is no ‘wavy’ behaviour when you walk across it. This is known as flat grain and is the most aesthetically pleasing form of timber flooring available. This flat grain is what makes engineered floorboards the most aesthetically pleasing choice.
There are two different forms of timber flooring: solid and engineered. While both are made from the same timber, they are treated in different ways, depending on the application. Solid timber flooring is more difficult to install because of the greater variations in grain pattern and surface treatment. Engineered flooring is easier to work with because the surface is flat and uniform all the way across.
Both solid and laminate flooring is available in a wide range of colours, styles and finishes. In addition to timber flooring, there are also many other types of real wood floor available. Laminate floors often mimic the texture of natural timber. Other real wood alternatives include oak, ash, birch, cherry and pine.
Good quality solid timber floors and laminate floors are designed to withstand high traffic and have high levels of durability. Laminate floors are easy to maintain and provide good value for money. Engineered flooring is now widely available in a wide range of styles and colours. Many real timber floors can also be restored to their former glory if desired. To ensure that you get the best flooring solution possible it is a good idea to speak to a reputable flooring installer.