Solid hardwood flooring is exactly what the name implies–a solid piece of wood top to bottom. Its alternative, engineered hardwood, is still real wood, but it is constructed of multiple layers that are compressed together under high heat and pressure. Solid hardwood flooring is a popular choice among Brookfield homeowners due to its durability and style diversity. Wood varieties include oak, birch, pine, cherry, fir, and bamboo. Each species has its own color and grain qualities, which create unique aesthetics.
Styles & Sizes
Most solid hardwood flooring comes in one of three styles: strip, plank, and parquet. Strip hardwood flooring generally refers to boards less than three inches wide. Plank floors are wider, generally measuring five inches or more, and require less individual pieces when installing because of their greater surface area. Parquet floors are individual squares made up of shorter cuts of wood that are arranged in a pattern. Parquet flooring allows for more intricate designs and can be arranged in customized formations.
Uses & Durability
Years ago, solid hardwood flooring was used mainly for structural purposes. Today, it is often an aesthetic choice. When choosing solid hardwood, keep in mind that there are some limitations in where you can install it. It should never be installed below grade, such as in a basement, because it is vulnerable to warping when exposed to changes in humidity and temperature. However, it is very durable and can stand up for years against everyday wear and tear. Other than the basement, it can almost be installed anywhere. It’s popular for use in kitchens, family rooms, and bedrooms. Solid hardwood can also be sanded down and refinished multiple times without losing its structural integrity.
When you imagine the most classic wood flooring, you’re most likely picturing solid hardwood. It has a timeless look and feel, and it can add sophistication and value to any home. If you’re considering installing solid hardwood floors in your Brookfield home, call Floor Coverings International Waukesha today to schedule a free design consultation.
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