Hardwood floors have a classic appeal to them. It doesn’t matter if you have a penchant for a “modern” home décor; hardwood flooring has the power to win over almost anyone. So if you have the lightest plan for having such a floor in your home, keep the following things in mind.
Hardwood floors are easier to clean, especially when compared to carpets. Daily sweeping or vacuuming may be all that is required. Once in a few years you may have to refinish it to ensure that the top coat is intact.
There are different types of hardwood floors, based on how they are treated by the manufacturer.
Solid Hardwood Floors – These hardwood floors are made of solid planks and you will have to get it refinished. But it is cherished for its elegance and durability. It is thicker than the other type of hardwood – the engineered hardwood floor.
Engineered Hardwood – Engineered hardwood, as the name suggests, has undergone certain treatment. It will be thinner than its solid counterpart. It will be applied over laminated hardwood. It is usually preferred when you will be installing the hardwood over a concrete surface. It is also considered a better option where the wood is likely to come in contact with moisture.
Engineered hardwood floor may not be as thick but it has several layers of wood and adhesives that provide more stability. This also means that it is less likely to shrinking and swelling.
So if you plan to install hardwood floor in your home, make sure to consider these points.