Types of Hardwood Floors Raleigh for Your Home

By December 2, 2015Flooring Raleigh NC

laminate_opt3Choosing the right hardwood floor for your home is crucial when installing flooring in your home. There is a clear distinction between floor types with wood variety. You can find a great variety of durable hardwood varieties. But you need to choose hardwood flooring that suits your space and DIY abilities, especially during maintenance.

  1. Solid wood flooring

There are three main types of solid wood flooring all available in unfinished and pre-finished versions. Unfinished flooring requires finishing after installation while pre-finished is finished at the factory and installed. Solid wood flooring includes strip flooring, plank flooring and parquet flooring. Strip and plank flooring are made of strips of varying widths and thicknesses while parquet flooring is made up of geometrical patterns formed by wood slats.

2.  Engineered wood flooring

Engineered wood flooring is quite different from laminate flooring. It is cheaper than solid wood flooring because it is made by adhering layers of plastic laminate veneer on real wood. Laminate flooring does not contain any wood.

3. Acrylic-impregnated wood flooring

This produces the hardest and scratch resistant wood flooring. Acrylic-impregnated wood flooring is often used in commercial applications due to heavy foot traffic and furniture. Rather than using a surface finish, the wood is infused with sealant and color in its entire thickness.

Choosing the best flooring type

Once installed most hardwood floors look the same. Engineered wood flooring has gained a lot of popularity because it is quite affordable compared to the other two. They also require much less maintenance compared to solid wood flooring. But solid wood flooring is much more durable than engineered flooring.

The choice between the three styles of hardwood floors Raleigh NC depends on personal taste. You should choose strip flooring if you like thin and long planks of wood. Plank flooring is great if you want the strips to be wider. Parquet flooring is the most decorative of the three and you can chose whatever geometric design you want to have.

Plank flooring often requires more work during installation than strip flooring and it may be more costly. Parquet flooring takes longer to install because of all the geometric patterns that are often arranged by hand during residential installation.

You can settle on the kind of flooring you want based on cost, durability, ease of installation and maintenance when choosing the best flooring for your home. Speaking of the best, get in touch with Burch Brothers Flooring for your flooring needs in Garner, Raleigh, Clayton, and surrounding areas.