Types of Wood Flooring
WOOD FLOORING TYPES
There are two main types of real wood flooring both stocked at Carpet Creations; Solid Wood and Engineered Wood. Most wood flooring is now pre-finished, eliminating the mess, extra time and vapours associated with applying finishing coats after it has been laid. Pre-finished wood floors are ready to be walked on as soon as the installation is completed.
Engineered wood floors are constructed of different layers (usually 2 or 3) that are pressed together and glued. The top layer is hardwood and the layers below are also wood-based products such as high-density fibreboard and pine. The grains in each layer run in different directions creating added strength and stability. Due to this construction engineered wood is able to cope better than solid wood flooring to rooms with moisture concerns. The use of wood-based products on the under layers, rather than solid wood, has environmental as well as cost benefits.
Solid wood flooring consists of one piece of wood from top to bottom. They are more susceptible to humidity and temperature changes than engineered wood floors. One of their great advantages is that they can generally be recoated and refinished several times.
WOOD FLOORING STYLES
Plank style consists of planks of wood flooring (usually between 3”-8” wide) laid in a linear fashion. It is often considered to be the exclusive flooring option.
Strip wood floors are also linear flooring but the pieces are smaller (usually 1.5”-3.25”).
Parquet flooring is a collection of wood pieces that are laid to create a geometric design / pattern.