If you would like to have new hardwood flooring, you will find many types available on the market. This can make it very difficult to make a choice. To assist you, below are three types of hardwood flooring, as well as information on how the flooring will be installed in your home.
Types of Wood
The first thing you have to consider is if you want real wood flooring or if you want engineered wood. Real wood generally comes in solid, thick timber planks. Engineered wood flooring is much thinner and is typically installed as a top layer over the current flooring. You do have to consider how wide you want the planks to be. For example, a wider plank will give your flooring a different look when compared to a thinner plank. It will also take the installer longer to install a floor with thinner planks as they will have to install more planks. This may result in a higher installation cost.
If it is in your budget to have any type you want, then real hardwood will be your best option. Real hardwood is very durable and lasts for years. However, if you have budget constraints, engineered wood flooring is much less expensive and still offers the same look as real wood flooring.
You also have to consider the installation methods. With traditional hardwood, the installer has to first install one or more layers of plywood and then install the hardwood flooring on top of the plywood. This will raise up your flooring a few inches. This can interfere with the floor moldings and even the way your doors open and close. Engineered wood is glued directly on the current flooring without any type of plywood, so the floor is not raised at all.
Another thing to consider is that engineered flooring can generally not be sanded or refinished after it is installed. In contrast, a thick hardwood can easily be sanded and then refinished any time you please. This means if any part of the flooring that is damaged in any way you can simply sand it and then refinish it. With engineered flooring, you would have to have the flooring removed, repaired, and then reinstalled. If you have a large family or lots of pets, hardwood may be the better option because it is easier to repair.
Talk with a hardwood flooring installation contractor near you for much more information about wood flooring and the installation methods.