Homeowners today now have more flooring options than ever before. Among the most popular flooring options are the various types of solid wood and laminate flooring on the market.
While wood flooring used to always mean solid hardwood floors, it can mean many different things today. Engineered flooring combines the strength of a plied wood with the beauty of hardwood flooring. Laminate bamboo flooring allows you to install one of the most innovative looking types of floors without ever having to handle a nail gun or a glue gun. There are flooring options available for most anywhere in the home.
Basement wood flooring used to be something of a contradiction in terms. The moisture in most basements limits your options and makes solid hardwood flooring a poor choice for these locations. Add to this that most basements have a concrete floor and it becomes a huge project to install solid wood flooring. Engineered wood flooring, however, can handle this task. Laminate plank and tile flooring is even more popular in basements, as some designs have decent moisture resistance. The difference between engineered, laminate, and hardwood flooring for basement floors is night and day. In the case of laminate flooring, only a simple underlayment is needed between the floor and the concrete. In the case of some engineered wood flooring, it can be laid directly on the concrete. This is a great alternative to other basement flooring materials you might have looked at: ceramic tiles, stone, vinyl, cork, or carpet.
While solid wood flooring does possess remarkable beauty, it can also be very expensive. Engineered wood flooring has the same look as hardwood flooring, with great durability and a great price. This type of flooring is virtually indistinguishable from a regular hardwood floor, until you start living on it. Engineered wood flooring is one of the toughest options available. It can handle a lot of abuse, making it great for high-traffic areas like the kitchen, and repairing it is often simpler than is repairing hardwood flooring. This type of flooring comes prefinished, so you don’t have to stain or seal it.
Laminate flooring is one of the easiest of all options. This type of flooring is what’s called a “floating floor”. The planks fit together by simply snapping a tongue and groove joint. Anyone can put in these floors; the process requires almost no carpentry skills. The results, however, can be very impressive. Bamboo laminate flooring is one of the most popular designs for this flooring. It also comes in designs that mimic hardwood flooring very well, excepting that laminate flooring can hold up to a lot more moisture than can solid wood flooring.
Deciding between these various flooring types will require you to assess the level of traffic in the room, the amount of moisture to which the flooring will be exposed and, of course, your budget. Engineered wood flooring and laminate flooring are great choices if you don’t want to lay out the cash required for hardwood flooring. They’re also excellent if you want a floor with minimal maintenance requirements. Repairing these floors is can be less labor intensive than repairing solid wood flooring and, for that reason, they’re very popular flooring options among homeowners who want a fun and simple way to improve their surroundings.