Wood flooring types are as different as chalk and cheese, which makes the decision of—which one is right for me?–an even more difficult task. To help you make a decision on which one is right for you, your family and your home, we’ve put together a breakdown of the different wood flooring types and what/who they are best for.
Which Wood Flooring Type is Right for Me?
When it comes to wood flooring types, there are two primary types to consider: solid-wood flooring and engineered flooring.
Main Benefits: high-quality appearance, can be refinished multiple times, extremely durable and long-lasting Main Drawbacks: generally more expensive than engineered, difficult to install Solid-wood flooring is a popular choice for its beauty, variety of wood types, grains and colours, and of course its durability. Solid-wood flooring can be refinished time and time again, making it a solid choice for homeowners looking for a beautiful floor for decades to come. As it lasts longer it adds more value to your home than many engineered flooring types. Solid-wood flooring is generally between 1.5”-3” wide, making them narrower than engineered planks. This does make them more difficult to install but the durability makes them worth the extra effort. This type of flooring is available in finished or unfinished planks, with the unfinished varieties requiring sanding, staining (if you want to add colour with a stain) and finishing with a top coat.
Main Benefits: economical, easy to install Main Drawbacks: limited amount of refinishes, not as durable as solid-wood Engineered-wood flooring is an economical home flooring option that is especially popular amongst DIY homeowners. It is created by attaching three (or more) layers of wood together and then laying a then solid-wood veneer layer on top. Due to its solid construction it is less vulnerable to warp, however it cannot be refinished as many times as solid-wood flooring.
This type of flooring is available with either a hardwood or softwood finish, with dozens of wood species to opt for. Engineered planks are wider than their solid-wood counterparts as they are between 3”-7” wide—making them easier to install. Also, they generally come pre-finished so there is no sanding, staining or finishing work to complete. If you go with engineered flooring, try to pick one with a reasonably thick top veneer (1/8” is ideal), as it will allow you to refinish the floors more than thinner veneers (although not as much as solid-wood).
No matter what your wood flooring type is, call Tony’s to discuss your best wood species options and installation plan.