A Solid Wood Floor looks & feels great & gets better as the years go by.
What is Solid Wood Flooring?
Every board is made from a single piece of hardwood. Solid wood planks are generally thicker than laminate or engineered wood although solid wood is available from 8mm right up to 27mm in thickness. The wood is available unfinished or pre -finished. The three main types are Strip, Plank & Parquet.
The unfinished flooring must be sanded and varnished after installation. Generally speaking solid wood is harder wearing than engineered.
The solid wood floor can be installed by secret nailing or fully adhered to a sub floor.
Solid Wood Flooring comes in a huge variety of species and a choice of finishes, widths and design.
The Pros of Solid Wood Flooring
- Can be sanded & refinished many times.
- If maintained properly they can last a 100 years or more.
- Easy to maintain as they are very durable and will look good for years.
- Homes with hardwood floors tend to sell faster than those with carpets.
- Hardwood floors look great with any décor from traditional to modern.
- They are more difficult to scratch and dent than Engineered Wood Flooring.
The Cons of Solid Wood Flooring
- Can be more expensive in comparison to Engineered or Laminate Flooring.
- Can swell in moist conditions and shrink in dry ones.
- When installing Solid wood flooring more attention to detail is needed with regard to humidity and temperature.
Hardwood Floor Finishes
When you are choosing the finish for your hardwood flooring you should consider your lifestyle and maintenance preferences. The type of finish you choose will determine how you care for it and also how the floor will look in the years to come.
What is Engineered Hardwood Flooring?
Engineered hardwood flooring is built using multiple layers of wood that are placed in different directions and then bonded together with adhesives using intense heat and pressure. What you get is a very strong wood that isn’t affected by humidity and it won’t shrink or expand. The average lifespan of Engineered Wood flooring is about 20 to 30 years. Unlike Solid Wood Flooring it can only be sanded 3 to 4 times due to the fact that engineered wood only has a small layer of hardwood veneer on the top. The lifespan of your wooden floor is very much dependent on the traffic and maintenance. If it is kept grit free it could be good for 50 years. You can talk to your flooring expert to discuss what flooring options will best suit your needs and budget.
Benefits of Engineered Hardwood Flooring
- It is generally less expensive than solid hardwood flooring.
- It is environmentally friendly because the bottom layers are made from scrap wood. So less Solid Hardwood is used reducing the number of trees that are cut down.
- It can be installed in any room as it is less susceptible to moisture.
- It won’t warp or buckle.
- Can be put over underfloor heating.
- It looks just as good as Solid Hardwood Flooring as the top layer is hardwood.
- It comes in numerous species and designs.
- It can be installed floating or glued.
- It’s hard to tell the difference between Engineered Hardwood Floor and a Solid Wood Floor.
There are many things that you need to consider when choosing a hardwood floor so please feel free to contact us to discuss.
With over 26 years’ experience in the flooring industry, we have earned a great reputation for our quality, service and value.
As a family run business we work closely with every customer to help select the best Hardwood, Engineered or Laminate Flooring style and colour that suits their needs.
Laminate flooring is extremely durable but not indestructible. It is always best to have a regular cleaning routine to help maintain the look for years to come. One of the many advantages of laminate flooring is that they are low maintenance.
There are a number of things you should do to ensure that you maintain the look and feel of your laminate flooring.
- Never wet mop your floors. Make sure that all excess water is removed from your mop. Too much water can cause swelling, joint separation, warping or delamination. You may also void your guarantee.
- Dirt and grit may scratch the floor so ensure that you sweep and vacuum regularly. Ensure that you use the bristle head of the vacuum to avoid scratching the laminate.
- For hard to remove dirt like, paint, lipstick, oil or tar use a small amount of nail polish remover on a dry cloth. Then wipe the spot with a damp cloth to remove any residue.
- Use entry mats so that any stones or dirt on your shoes can be rubbed off before stepping on your laminate floor.
- Do not use bleaches, wax or any abrasive polish as these can damage the surface of your laminate.
- Do not use floor cleaners that are designed for vinyl or tiles.
- Do not use buffer or polishing equipment on laminate flooring.
- Never allow spills to remain on the floor. Wipe up with a dry cloth as soon as possible. Liquids can warp or stain the floor.
- Avoid wearing high heels, spikes or studs as these will penetrate the flooring leaving marks.
Proper care and cleaning will enhance the life and performance of your laminate flooring.
Some manufacturers give clear flooring maintenance requirements so always check your guarantee to ensure that any product you use to clean the flooring will not void your guarantee.