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Types of Wood Flooring

By Joy Shiela Subscribe to RSS | January 27th 2012 | Views:

Wood flooring or hardwood flooring is a product from timber that is meant to be use as flooring for aesthetic or structural reasons. There are many kinds of wood flooring and this all depends on the type of wood being used.

Solid hardwood comes in several styles and dimensions. Each plank contains solid wood and typically comes from one single log of pure timber. Solid wood floors is great for structure and usually installed with wooden beams to support a building.

If you get to use solid hardwood floors on your flooring you get that wood smell and feel on your home that you wanted. Boards can be thicker than 100mm but one should think about its quality and not sacrifice its structure when you get to think about thickness. Unfortunately, there is no standard size for hardwood floorings. One of the very best reasons why solid wood floors utilized in construction is because they can be installed over any concrete slab thus having least maintenance at all for the homeowners.

Another famous form of hardwood flooring that is commonly used by homeowners is engineered. This kind of flooring consists of more than two layers of wood. The top layer which is usually called lamella may be the wood that is visible by homeowners. Core or is typically called substrate and is used to make the entire flooring stable.

Other popular floorings are laminate, vinyl and veneer. Lots of individuals especially experts get confused and mistaken these floorings as a part of engineered wood floors. These floorings differ greatly in which laminate flooring is similar in appearance of wood, vinyl is a wood looking structure that is made up of plastic, and veneer consists of thin layer of wood in its uppermost layer while the core consists of fiberboards for support. The most commonly used of all the type is engineered wood. Engineered flooring has different kinds as well. One of that is an acrylic wood flooring. This product uses real timber wood but contains liquid acrylic at the surface of the wood to harden.

It is quite difficult for a person to differentiate and compare the two types of hardwood floorings. Engineered flooring has finished beveled edges with prefinished look. Solid hardwood has its own limitations. Solid wood should not be installed in areas directly above the concrete and in basements as well. Solid hardwood also is prone to gapping in which you see gaps or spaces between two floorings.

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