Solid flooring gives you a great opportunity for customization. Your choice of species, stains and finishes all contribute to the personalization of a solid floor.
Adding borders, medallions, corner treatments, etc., can further customize a solid wood floor.
In most cases, solid flooring is nailed down to 3/4″ exterior grade plywood, and is excellent in most areas of a home on the ground level or above. Living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, and great rooms are excellent for solid wood flooring.
Engineered wood flooring is perfect for areas in the home where solid flooring may not be suitable, such as basements, concrete sub floors, or heavy moisture areas like beach front property. Because the ply grains run in different directions, it is more dimensionally stable than solid wood. This means that it will expand and contract less than solid wood during fluctuations in humidity and temperature.
Many species and colors are available on the market. Most engineered wood flooring products are stained at the factory, and several finish options are available.
A domestic floating floor might be constructed over a subfloor or even over an existing floor. It can consist of a glass fiber, felt or cork layer for sound insulation with neoprene pads holding up a laminate floor.
While floating floors add to the appeal of a home, they are not recommended for areas that may get wet, i.e. bathrooms and near exterior doors.
A) Strip Flooring: Flooring generally is 1-1/2 thru 2-1/2″ in width and 5/16″ thru 3/4″ in thickness. Strip flooring is linear flooring and creates a linear effect in a room, often allowing an illusion of a larger space.
B) Plank Flooring: Plank flooring is also linear, but it is wider in width. Widths range from 3″ thru 7″ normally, but planks can be wider. Plank flooring is often preferred for a more traditional or country look. However choices in stain or color have a lot to do with style genre.
C) Parquet Floors: Parquet flooring is a series of wood flooring pieces that create a geometric design. Parquet offers a variety of design options, when linear is not your preference.
Acrylic impregnated floors are often used in commercial installations, like shopping malls, restaurants, etc., however they are right at home in busy households, as well. Acrylic impregnated floors are very durable, and serve very well in areas of high traffic and heavy activity.
A wide array of colors and styles are available in acrylic impregnated, often lending a very modern touch to a traditional product.