Sunday, March 20, 2016
Wood flooring is beautiful and it adds a luxurious look to any home. But, how do you choose which type of wood floor to put in your home? There are many different options and in addition to the colors and styles, you also have a choice between solid floors, engineered floors, factory finished flooring, and even job site finished flooring.
Ah! All of the choices may make your head spin, but we are here to help you and will break down just what the above four things mean and at the end of this article, you should be able to choose the right option for you.
Solid wood flooring is ideal for homeowners who are looking to have real wood in their home. This type of flooring is exactly as the name states – a solid piece of wood. This option is ideal for family rooms, living room, dining rooms, bedrooms, and similar areas. The wood itself is durable and will last a lifetime, if taken care of properly.
Many homeowners love this choice because it comes in a variety of colors and styles. Also, the wood often has different grains and knots running throughout it that catch the eye and enhance the look of any home.
Engineered wood flooring is different than solid wood flooring, but it does make a good option for those who do not want solid wood. This type of flooring consists of wood veneers that are stacked on each other and typically stapled or glued to a surface beneath them such as a concrete or a wood subfloor.
Engineered wood flooring is ideal for any room in the home including basements, which makes it an awesome choice.
With factory finished wood flooring, the finish on the floor is added to the wood back at the factory and has been sitting on the wood for some time. Most homeowners choose this option because the floors come ready to install and once installation is done, the flooring is set and in place.
One downside to choosing this type of flooring is that it cannot be customized, but on a positive note, the flooring can be used and walked on immediately after installation.
Job site finished wood flooring is the opposite of factory finished and the actual finish is placed on the wood as the flooring is being installed. This option is best for those homeowners who do not need to use the flooring right away and those who want to have a customized and beautiful finish once the job is done.
The biggest downside to job site finished wood flooring is that you must let the area dry and you will not be able to walk on the floor until it is dry, otherwise, it will ruin the floors.
If you are ready to install wood flooring in your home, count on the team at J. Design Group to help you choose the best option.
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