We often get asked about the differences between the types of wooden flooring. Although there is so much information around Internet, we still think the topic needs some attention, so here is what our experts want to share and recommend.
First of all, let us share the benefits of having a real wood floor in your home, or working space. Wooden floors are, hands down, amongst the most beautiful types of flooring. They are a natural product and as everything natural, they have a unique look and you can’t find two similar flooring planks. Wood floors bring elegance, class and warmth to every property where installed and create a cozy and inviting setting. They come in a great variety of choice, where you can choose between colors, textures and wood species for the both types of real wood flooring – solid and engineered wood. There is practically something for everyone’s taste and style and you can match wooden flooring to any interior design, be it contemporary, traditional, shabby chic, industrial, simple, etc.
Another of the benefits of wooden flooring is its durability and stability. Wood is naturally very hard-wearing and resistant material. Although it can also be a subject of issues, especially moisture and humidity, which are wood’s worst enemies, the solid structure, if properly maintained, can last for more than a hundred years. Speaking of maintenance, wood floors are also very easy to maintain and clean and doesn’t require too much of energy, money and time. The only thing you have to do is not neglecting any imperfection, otherwise defects such as scratches, discoloration and loose planks tend to grow bigger with time and lead to some major problems.
Solid wood floors are, in general, the most popular option of wooden flooring. Solid wood, as the name suggests, is made out of one single wood specie and is a completely natural product. Solid wood materials are often categorised in different grades which show to specifics of the wood species, the natural knots and amount of sap and the overall look, color and texture. However, solid wood seems to be not the best option for areas with high interior humidity. Moisture and wood – these are definitely not the best friends. Moisture often is the reason for damaged floors, because it makes the timbers contract and expand and this often leads to issues. The impact of moisture can be from above or underneath. With that been said, you maybe think that solid wood is not the best option for kitchens and bathrooms, however it is pretty suitable there, if you make sure you protect it from spills. However, having a damp subfloor, or underfloor heating system installed is what really damages solid wood floors.
Engineered wood flooring comes with the same beauty and elegance as solid wood and although a real wood product, it is man-made to be even more hard-wearing and moisture-resistant. Engineered wood’s structure consists of layers of softwood, which are glued together crisscrossed and this minimises the affection of moisture and temperature extremes, so it is a pretty good idea to choose it over solid wood for basements, conservatories and areas, where high traffic is an issues, in general.