There are many misconceptions when it comes to different types of hardwood flooring for your home. There are pros and cons to each, but in the end you can’t go wrong with either. In this week’s blog, we’ll help you decide which type of flooring is best for your home!
1. Prefinished vs. Site-Finished Floors
People often ask whether prefinished or site finished flooring is better. Advantages to prefinished flooring include the price; it is usually less expensive than site finished flooring. There is also no waiting time in your home for the finish to dry, as well as no fumes that may linger for a bit in your home.
On the other hand, site finished gives you more options, unlike prefinished where you are always going to end up with what was made in the factory. You are able to choose specific species, as well as finishes and stain colors, and you can also see a more uniform finish with site-finished flooring.
In the end, it really decides on your budget, time frame, and what style you would like to go with.
2. Hardwood vs. Laminate Floors
Laminate flooring imitates the look of real wood flooring. The advantage to this flooring is the price, definitely less expensive than hardwood flooring. It is also very durable due to the high heat and pressure used to make laminate flooring, as well as being resistant to water damage.
Although, with laminate flooring, it is pretty easy to tell that it is not real hardwood. Also, if laminate does get damaged, it is almost impossible to repair unlike a hardwood floor, which can be sanded as well as refinished. Laminate also has a shorter lifespan than hardwood, and doesn’t have the same insulating benefits that real hardwood does.
Hardwood flooring does have a lot more to offer than laminate flooring. It may be a little more expensive, but it easily worth the cost in the long run.
3. Solid vs. Engineered Floors
Engineered hardwood differentiates from solid hardwood because it is a cut of solid wood on top of a compacted layer of composite wood, unlike a plank of solid hardwood that is one cut of wood all the way through. Engineered is more susceptible to moisture, expansion, and contraction. It can also be installed over radiant heat unlike solid flooring. It’s a very attractive option for basements, which tend to produce more moisture.
Solid hardwood flooring can be refinished more times than engineered hardwood because it is thicker. You can refinish or stain your solid hardwoods for years to come without the worry or expense of replacing them.
Contact the flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors to help you determine which type of hardwood flooring is best for you and your home. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!