Hardwood Floors: Get to Know the Types

hardwood floorEven though the floor is the most used part of a home, not every homeowner thinks that keeping the flooring in good condition is important. Floor cleaning, when done improperly or not done at all, can lead to slips and trips.

One way homeowners resolve the matter is by choosing flooring materials that require low maintenance like hardwood floors. If you are looking for this kind of flooring, here are three options to further narrow your search.

The 3/4 Inch Solid Hardwood Floors

The plank of wood is ¾ of an inch thick. It is stronger and offers room for sanding and refinishing, since there is quite a thick slab to work with. However, with more wood comes a couple of complications, such as expansion and contraction. Protect this type of hardwood floor from moisture to keep it in good condition.

The 5/16 Inch Hardwood floor

This is a slight variation of the ¾ inch version. It is cheaper and more resistant to moisture changes. However, since it is so thin, you have to glue it to the substratum to keep it flat.

Engineered Wood Floors

Engineered hardwood floors consist of the hardwood surface and plywood or MDF backing. The additional layer makes it more versatile and resistant to changes in temperature, making this perfect for most parts of the house. It is also cheaper since the hardwood cover is a couple of millimetres thick.

Choosing the type of hardwood floor depends on what you have in mind for your house. Aside from the thickness, you can decide based from the grain of the wood. ChelseaFlooring.com.au mentions Blackbutt timber hardwood having straight grains, while engineered floorboards have a multi-layered core glued in a cross-grain configuration.

Engineered floors are cheaper, versatile and eco-friendly, but will not last as long as the 3/4 or 5/16 inch floors since you cannot re-sand and refinish them.

Hardwood floors, though expensive, could last a lifetime if you take good care of them.