Solid hardwood flooring is indeed very strong. But somehow, it lost its luster when engineered wood flooring and laminated wood flooring were born. Home owners preferred to use the newer versions of wood flooring. So now that hardwood flooring is back, will homeowners change their minds? Well, it seems like they have.
What’s the difference between solid hardwood flooring and engineered wood flooring anyway? Engineered wood flooring has a plywood base and the top is hardwood. On the other hand, hardwood flooring is solid hardwood at the base and top. But there are other types of woods that are used in flooring installations as well but these are called softwoods like pine.
Where can you install solid hardwood flooring? Because of the name, it’s easy to think that this type of floor is indestructible. So people think that they can install it anywhere in the home because it’s “solid” and “hard.” However, you can’t really do this. Hardwood flooring can’t be installed in places where there is moisture. It can destroy the wood over time.
It will be ideal to use this type of wood flooring in bedrooms, dining room or the family room. While you can also use this in your kitchen, tiles are more preferred in kitchens. There’s always the possibility of moisture and making the floor wet in the kitchen. And since hardwood flooring is quite expensive, you really don’t want to take the risk of destroying your wood flooring anytime soon.
When it comes to bathrooms, using hardwood flooring is definitely a big no-no. The whole place has too much moisture and water that can easily seep into the wood and destroy it. However, if you really like wood for the kitchen and bathroom, it’s best to go with laminated flooring.
Talking about aesthetics, solid hardwood flooring really adds visual value to your home. Further, it increases the resale value of your home too. The most preferred colors are red oak or maple as these are the most attractive finishes. These are unfinished hardwood flooring which requires sanding, staining and applying the top coat.
So what do you think? Are you ready to go back to using hardwood flooring? If you are investing in your home and want to sell it someday, you should definitely make the investment now. You can’t go wrong with it.
Willow Wood Hardwood Flooring
6445 Willow Wood Ln, Tampa, FL 33634