The tendency of People to install the Hardwood floors to their store and offices are getting higher and higher. A hardwood feel instantly enhances the decoration of any room, while adding long-lasting durability, beauty, and low-maintenance care. With so much demand for hardwood flooring today comes several choices on the market, from different wood species and finishes to different types of flooring. Wood floor durability depends on type, species, finish and manufacturing process. Most wood flooring is durable and can stand up to pets, children and a certain amount of abuse, but depending on application, there are differences between products.
The consideration of home owners to choose a hardwood floor for their home is to determine whether they need to use solid hardwood floor or engineered hardwood floor. Solid flooring which has traditionally been the most popular over the years is used in installations over wood sub floors and in regions with atmospheric moisture content which is relatively stable. Solid hardwood flooring is typically 3/4” thick and recommended to be stapled or nailed down, although some thinner solid wood flooring on the market today boast that they can also be glued direct to the sub floor or concrete slab.
The low maintenance and longevity of solid wood place it near the top of the list for durability. Each piece of solid hardwood flooring is a single piece of wood, typically cut with a tongue-and-groove profile. The most expensive choice among wood floor options, it also provides the highest resale value for a home. With choices ranging from domestic oak, maple, pine, cedar and fir to exotics such as teak and merbau, the options for pattern and color surpass those of most other flooring options. Solid wood flooring can be sanded and repaired over and over again, making it one of the most durable flooring options available. That reparable quality makes solid wood one of the best choices if you have pets with claws or children with toys that could damage flooring.
Engineered hardwood planks are built differently. They’re still made of wood, but instead of a single plank, they’re made up of many different layers. Each layer is positioned in a different direction than those surrounding it. This means that when the wood is exposed to moisture, it’s much more stable and doesn’t warp or hump the way that a solid hardwood floor might. For this reason, an engineered hardwood floor will last much longer in damp areas, and can be installed below grade and in places where solid hardwood cannot. So, if you have a building with a basement level, and you still want a hardwood floor to enhance the appearance of the area, an engineered hardwood floor will be a much more durable choice than a solid hardwood or a laminate.