One is the traditional types of wood flooting often referred to as solid wood, while a close alternative is referred to as engineered wood. Wood flooring are available in two variants that fall under the definition of ‘real wood’. Hardwood floors are a beautiful feature in any home and are becoming more popular as they are becoming more affordable.
With DIY being such an integral part to many home-owners’ lives, it may seem like the cheaper alternative of lock-in wood floors may be a bargain. However, when it comes to wood flooring
you get what you pay for and if you want a floor that will last a lifetime, than you want to do it right the first time.
In the vast number of projects, either solid or engineered would fill the role of flooring solution well, however in unusual cases only one type should be fitted. So what makes solid hardwood flooring better than the cheaper alternatives out there? To start, these floors will look noticeably better and the quality is worth the investment. Solid wood is also more durable and with age this becomes an important aspect to consider. A sturdy floor that will last through many years of wear is preferable to having to replace a pre-existing floor, and with solid wood you will have the option of being able to sand down and re-finish the floor if you desire.
Solid wood offers many unique and beautiful options for your wood floor preferences as well. Any reputable retailer will offer a selection of various woods in an array of colours to suit the style of your home. Many will also offer choice woods that have been treated or distressed; so if you are looking for a particular, rustic feel in your home, you don’t need to wait years for the wood to age, simply ask what options they offer for distressed or unfinished wood floors. When choosing a solid wood floor, there can be a range of different widths, lengths and finishes available to you.
The most common width range tends to be between 130-150mm, although depending on species solid wood floors
can be as narrow as 90mm, and up to 200mm wide. With ease and convenience becoming increasingly important to consumers, prefinished solid wood floors are the most popular option. The two main finishes to decide between are an oiled or lacquered finish. However there are many other finishing options to consider like brushed, hand-scraped, stained, distressed, and eco-oiled.
Alternatively consider purchasing an unfinished solid wood floor and have it finished in a colour or finish of your choice once fitted. It may also be worth considering engineered hardwood flooring.