There are a number of Types Of Hardwood Flooring. Hardwood flooring is rapidly becoming an increasingly common trend. The reason behind is that these floorings have numerous advantages when compared to normal floors or carpeting, including the fact that they are extremely durable, are resistance to dust/stain, and give off a classy look attributing to their natural wood patterns. There are different types of hardwood floors that a person can choose from. Some of them are:
Solid flooring is one of the most traditional types of hardwood floors which employ strips of one complete piece of wood. This leaves a lot of room for refinish, re-painting and basic customization of your floor according to your wishes. You can opt for your own choice of wood type and the paint and finish. Although not recommended for moist areas or basements, solid flooring is suitable almost everywhere: your house or apartment or office. Moreover, you can even choose to add borders and other fancy looks to these types of hardwood floors. With this flooring a warm, welcoming feeling to the interior is guaranteed!
Although it looks like solid flooring, engineered floorings have more depth to them, literally. They are created by gluing or joining together different strips of wood. Solid wood layers sandwich other multi-ply layers in between them, thus these types of hardwood floors are measured as three ply or five ply. The strips are often placed in such a way as to reduce expansion and contraction and because of the greater stability and durability, this flooring is ideal for humid or moist places where the other wood floorings fail. Moreover, the installation of the wide planks is much easier and thanks to its durability, this type of hardwood floors cost lesser as compared to others.
Considering their formation, these types of hardwood floors are structurally much the same as engineered flooring. However, the main layer is much different. In parquet flooring, the upper layer is a combination of planks which are made by different placements of strips, creating an assorted pattern. Each combination, treated as a unit is repeated in the upper layer. The upper layer is held by a top layer that glues together all the units and is in turn supported by a base layer and some metallic strips.
As the name goes, floating floors are not stuck to the sub-layers as engineered flooring is. Instead, the board and individual pieces are clicked together as in a jigsaw puzzle. The sub-layers and base layers are detached, and so can allow a cavity which can contain an anti-moisture material, therefore rendering these types of hardwood floors suitable to moist areas. Moreover, this floor reduces noise and its properly placed strips can help easy installation as well as prevention of seasonal contraction/expansion of the wood.