The Pros and Cons of Different Hardwood Floor Types

  • February 14, 2018

As a busy professional with not a lot of spare time on your hands, you like to cut to the chase in matters pertaining to home improvements. You’ve calculated the cost, weighed the pros and cons, and finally settled upon new hardwood floors.

However, the question remains – which hardwood floor types are best for your home? As you continue with your research on the topic, consider the following pros and cons of the different types of hardwood floors.

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The Benefits of Any Hardwood Floor Type

Whether you are replacing your existing carpet or putting in a brand new floor, any type of hardwood floor is a great choice for the following reasons:

  • It looks great. There’s no denying that a hardwood floor has that look about it, one that conveys beauty, grace, elegance and a sense of affluence that is so appealing.
  • It provides a sense of warmth. No matter what your decor, hardwood floors are an excellent final touch in creating a warm environment conducive to comfort in the home.
  • It’s a great retainer of heat. Unlike tile floors, hardwoods are a great insulator, and this means you’ll not likely complain of cold floors when walking barefoot across them.
  • It’s easier to match your new decor. Regardless of the finish of your wood floors, there remains a certain neutrality in terms of redecorating rooms with new color schemes and finishes on furniture.
  • It is remarkably resilient. If finished properly, wood floors are very resilient when it comes to holding up to stains and spills. Even mild scratches can be easily remedied.
  • It’s so easy to clean and maintain. Sweep it, vacuum it, wash it regularly and your hardwood floors will retain that brand-new look of having just been installed. If you add in a periodic polishing, you’ll really bring out the shine.

Hardwood Flooring Options

There are three main considerations when choosing the type of hardwood floor you wish installed in your home. These choices pertain to whether or not the wood is solid or engineered, what particular species of wood you are looking for, and whether you want the wood floors installed in a finished or unfinished state. Let’s examine all three choices and the pros and cons of each more closely.

Solid Hardwood Floors vs. Engineered Hardwood Floors

If you decide your preference is for solid wood, there are several things you need to know. While it can be sanded and refinished repeatedly over the course of time, real wood has a susceptibility to potential problems related to exposure to moisture and humidity. This can be remedied by finishing the wood, however, and by not laying it in bathrooms, laundry rooms or basements.

Engineered hardwood floors are quite different in that they are manufactured as a composite between real wood and a veneer of real wood. The structural integrity of the wood combined with the protection offered by the veneer means you can lay it anywhere—even areas susceptible to moisture and humidity.

Hardwood Choices by Species

This can be a fun decision, especially if your budget allows for the premium choices of hardwood floor types. On the high end, there are exotic woods such as Jarrah and teak that provide an unmatched level of elegance and style. Hardwoods such as oak, cherry, and maple are always popular choices that are moderately priced, as are ash, mahogany, and walnut. A relatively new favorite, bamboo is growing in popularity with each passing year.

On the low end in terms of cost, checkout reclaimed and/or salvaged hardwood flooring. Even if the wood has been in use for many years it still retains a very distinguished character that enhances a home if you are looking for a more rustic feel.

Finished Hardwood Floors vs. Unfinished Hardwood Floors

This can often be the most difficult decision you have to make. Installing hardwood floors that are already sanded, sealed and finished at the factory is going to reduce time spent on installation.

Conversely, if you’re seeking a particularly custom finish that you’re not able to find in finished hardwoods, you may want to have unfinished floors laid. This allows for the application of a custom stain before the final finish is applied. This can be helpful in situations where you are seeking to match the color of certain pieces of furniture or an existing floor in your home. Because this type of flooring is stained and finished after installation, it also aids in aiding in it’s resistance to moisture.

Making Your Choices So Much Easier

Still have questions about the pros and cons of different hardwood floor types? For over two decades Carpet To Go has been helping homeowners transition from their existing flooring to new hardwood floors. Their expertise with this product is unsurpassed, and their professional and courteous staff are available to assist you in choosing whatever type of hardwood you wish.

Don’t agonize for one minute more – contact Carpet To Go today for a free consultation and estimate.

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