Your guide to wood flooring

Naples remodeling

Wood flooring has come a long way in recent years, much to the delight of home owners who want the look and feel of wood in traditional and non-traditional living and working spaces; it’s just a question of what kind of wood floor you’ll need.

Hardwood

Hardwood is what most people think of as “wood flooring.” This flooring is solid planks of natural wood with no other filler materials. It is traditionally the most expensive and high maintenance type of wood flooring.

Since it expands and contracts with changes in your home’s humidity it will usually be installed with an expansion gap between the floor and the wall. Base molding or quarter round are traditionally used to hide the extra space and can be painted to match existing molding or accent colors.

Hardwood itself is available as finished or unfinished pieces. Unfinished wood flooring allows your installer to sand the wood and finish the wood according to your preferences during the installation process. Factory-finished wood flooring means the finish is applied by the manufacturer. As you can imagine, these floors require less time to install because the sanding and finishing process is already done at the factory. The floors are ready to walk on immediately following the installation versus waiting days or weeks while unfinished hardwood is finished on site.

Both types of hardwood require diligent maintenance against dents, scratches and water or humidity damage.

Engineered Hardwood

This type of wood flooring is a combination of laminate and hardwood. They are real wood floors that are manufactured using multiple layers of different wood veneers. The sub layers can be of the same species, or of different species. The grain of each layer runs in different directions, which makes it very stable. The top layer is a hardwood veneer that is glued on top of the core to make the planks look like hardwood. It’s available in a variety of finishes at affordable prices and requires less maintenance than hardwood. Specifically, it can withstand heat, moisture and denting better than traditional hardwood so you can install this wood flooring in a kitchen or bathroom.

If you plan to install wood flooring over concrete, you should use engineered wood to to ensure structural integrity. This type of flooring can also be installed over plywood or existing wood floors.

Laminate

Laminate is the most affordable and durable type of wood flooring. It’s made of high density fiber (HDF) not actual wood. The top layer is a photographic layer designed to look like the wood flooring you want, be it hardwood, bamboo or knotted wood, and it comes in a variety of textures and colors. This type of flooring can be installed in all living and work areas.

Palm Brothers Remodeling is known for high-end woodwork on floors, moldings and other interior décor. Contact us today for a free estimate if you’re ready to install wood flooring or visit our Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Showroom in Naples, Florida, for the latest in tile, flooring, kitchen and bathroom trends.

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