Real Wood Flooring
With so many types of floors to choose from, it can get overwhelming to choose the best option. Real wood flooring has been a trusted and traditional choice since Colonial times…and for good reason. Solid wood flooring is elegant, durable, and classic and can enhance the decor of almost any room in your home. It also requires minimal maintenance; simply vacuum and wipe with a damp mop once a week to keep it looking gorgeous.
Solid Wood versus Engineered Wood
Generally there are two types of hardwood flooring: solid hardwood flooring, and engineered wood flooring. Solid hardwood flooring is a single piece of wood that comes in various strip sizes (1-1/2 to 2-1/2 inches wide) and plank sizes (4 -8 inches wide), random lengths, and wood types. Engineered wood is made of 3 to 5 layers of wood, laminated together, and is also available in various plank and strip sizes as well as wood types and pre-finished options.
Which Type of Real Wood Flooring Should I Choose?
There are a few simple factors to consider when choosing between solid hardwood, and engineered wood floors. First, you will want to consider the location of your flooring. On grade, or ground level rooms such as living rooms, kitchens, and family rooms, and above grades, or second level and higher rooms, such as bedrooms are a great locations for solid hardwood flooring because of the general lack of moisture in these zones. These rooms also look excellent with the timeless, elegant look of traditional hardwood.
Below grade, or below ground level rooms such as basements, or any sunken rooms would benefit from engineered wood floors, which are built to be more structurally stable and have better moisture resistance. Second, you may be concerned with the sustainability of the floor you are choosing. Look for the SFI (Sustainable Forest Initiative) and the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certifications to know that your new floor is environmentally friendly.
Other important factors to consider are budget and style. Hardwood has a wide cost range from about $3 to $14 per square foot depending on how exotic or rare the wood is. Engineered wood flooring can save you some money, but it is generally comparable to hardwood. So, what does it cost to install hardwood? Can you afford to replace your floors? Use our hardwood flooring hardwood flooring cost calculator to get a better idea of cost, or Schedule a free in-home estimate to talk cost with one of our experts. We are used to working with budgets of all sizes. Don’t let cost hold you back from that much needed renovation.
Installing Hardwood Flooring
Flooring manufacturers make hardwood and engineered flooring in various installation formats so that certain types can be installed as floating floors, without nails or glue. Certain engineered wood floors can be installed over existing floor as well. To discuss your exact flooring needs, visit the experts at The Vertical Connection, Carpet One, in Columbia. You can schedule your free in-home estimate today. You can install solid wood as a DIY project, but is typically best to hire professional installers to ensure that it lasts a lifetime. Let our professional flooring installers handle your project. Here are five additional reasons you should trust The Vertical Connection with your next home improvement project:
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