With All The Flooring Options Available What Is Best For Your Home?
Homeowners who are in the process of building a new home or renovating an old one have many choices when it comes to the flooring in the rooms. The types of flooring depend on how much traffic the room gets, the room’s exposure to sun, heat and humidity and whether the household has pets, young children, older people or people with disabilities.
Here are some options a homeowner can ask their flooring company professional about:
Hardwood floors are not necessarily hard but generally made of the wood of deciduous trees such as maple, oak, hickory and birch. Wood flooring warm, beautiful and long-lasting and feel good beneath bare feet. In general, they are easy to clean.
Nowadays, hardwoods can even be used in rooms such as the bathroom, laundry or kitchen because of the quality of the moisture-resistant sealants. One place a wood flooring should not be used is in a room that opens to the area around a swimming pool, for they won’t bear up well under the chemicals from the water. Rooms that are frequently visited by kids or pets also should not have hardwood floors.
Hardwood floors can be made of solid wood or they can be engineered. A solid wood floor uses planks that are made of one wood all the way through while an engineered floor has a veneer of a quality wood on top of layers of pressure-glued plywood. Engineered wood tends to be tougher than solid wood, but it can’t be sanded or refinished as many times. These floors can be installed by a dedicated DIYer with moderate skills or a professional sent from the flooring company.
Laminate flooring is often made to mimic the grain and color of real wood flooring. Though some manufacturers do a fairly good job of this, and a flooring company extols the virtues of its laminate floors, nothing can really replace the warmth and beauty of hardwood floors.
As its name suggests, a laminate floor is made of several layers. The lowest layer is the backing layer, and it is often made of melamine. On top of this is the core, which is impregnated with resin to make it durable. On top of this is a substrate with a tongue and groove edge then kraft paper, which is also impregnated with resins. On top of the kraft paper is the print film, which is actually a photo of a piece of real wood, and a wear layer that protects it.
Laminate floors have five grades and are rated by the Abrasion Class Rating. The higher the rating, the more durable the flooring is. The flooring company representative will be able to tell the homeowner the specifics of the AC rating. For example, a homeowner whose rooms get heavy traffic should opt for a rating of AC3 or higher. This type of flooring bears up well under spills, dings and scratches and is excellent to place in the kitchen or the mudroom.
As with wood flooring, laminates feel good to walk on and are easy to clean. They can tolerate moisture a bit better than hardwood and don’t have the imperfections that are found in real wood. However, it can also warp and stain if the room is flooded, and flooring with lower AC grades don’t last as long and may need to be replaced within a decade after their installation. Laminate floors can’t be sanded or refinished the way hardwood floors can. They also don’t improve the home’s resale value the way a well-kept hardwood floor does.
Brücke Flooring knows it’s not easy to trust your home to a group of strangers. We appreciate that trust and work hard to keep it intact. At Brücke Flooring in Tulsa, Oklahoma, we give every job the “White Glove Treatment”.
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