Are you deciding to add hardwood floors in your home? If so, this could be your next best idea because hardwood flooring is a great investment that increases the value of your home and provides homeowners exclusive beauty, enjoyment, and design tastes that will tend to gravitate towards the quality and natural feel of hardwood floors. Hardwood floors do not contain man-made chemicals in the wood itself, and have a timeless air of quality. Compared to manufactured floors (tile, carpet, marble, travertine), hardwood floors still exudes a feeling of permanence and classic quality.
There are three different types of hardwood floors: solid wood floors, engineered wood floors, and laminate flooring. Here are some information between the three types of wood floors to consider before installing them in your home.
Solid wood floors can be sanded and refinished up to 3-5 times. So when speaking long term investment, solid wood floors will last longer (30 + years) compared to engineered hardwood or laminate flooring because the wood is thicker and can be refinished multiple times (see picture below). There are also different species of wood floors to keep in mind: cherry, maple, pine, ash, bamboo, and the most common is oak. Also look into exotic woods because they are one of the most durable woods in the world, but can be very expensive to buy.
Engineered hardwood floors have layers of plywood and a thin top layer of solid hardwood. Due to this factor, engineered hardwood can be refinished 0-2 times depending on the thickness of the hardwood surface layer (see picture below). Many people choose engineered hardwood because it is very cost efficient and more importantly, it is very acceptable to Houston's gulf coast climate. Because engineered hardwood has multiple layers of wood, handling moisture caused by humidity becomes less of a problem. This moisture issue has to be acknowledged by Harris County residents, especially gluing down wood floors on top of a concrete slab.
Laminate flooring is a multi-layer synthetic flooring product fused together with a lamination process (see picture below). It have a core ranging from 6mm up to 12mm which can not be sanded and refinished at all because it is not actual wood. Due to its durability, moisture block, sound inhibitor, and cost efficiency, laminate flooring is a well known flooring product in today's residential homes and commericial buildings.