What Are the Best Hardwood Floors for Your Home
Solid Wood Planks
Solid Wood Tiles
Parquet flooring has a timeless beauty all of its own. If parquet flooring is what you desire you would most likely purchase wood tiles. Wood tiles allow for a wide range of decorative patterns that add another dimension to the room. Wood tiles are available in a variety of wood species and colors. The most popular parquet flooring options are Herringbone and Chevron but you can literally find lots of ideas on Pinterest. You really are only limited by your imagination. Most commonly available in square foot tiles with square edges. Typically installation process is to use glue-down installation. Because you are dealing with much smaller pieces the installation process will take a bit longer. For a smooth flooring surface, expert installation is highly recommended.
We have definitely seen an upswing in popularity for this type of flooring. And for good reason. Bamboo flooring is very durable and very easy to maintain. What’s more, it also has a lower upfront cost. You can find it in a variety of shades and can be stained easily if needed. There are three styles or looks of bamboo, including vertical, horizontal, and strand woven. To further explain ~
- Vertical: Here Bamboo stalks are vertically fused, resulting in consistent linear lines for a modern appearance.
- Horizontal: Alternating bamboo layers are fused together, maintaining growth joints for a natural appearance.
- Strand woven: Shredded bamboo fibers are compressed into a durable flooring material mimicking hardwood.
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This type of flooring is very attractive to many homeowners due to its lower upfront investment while providing the look of solid hardwood. Added benefits are that this type of flooring can be used in bathrooms and is very easy to clean. Engineered hardwood and can be installed over existing flooring which allows for immediate use. No waiting for the top finish to cure. No glue or nailing is required, planks click together for easy installation. Engineered hardwood is constructed of several thin layers of solid wood fused together with heat, glue, and pressure. Due to the cross-ply construction alternates layers opposite one another. each layer can expand and contract in different directions with little to no visible change. Since only the top layer is visible, less expensive woods make up the core layer. Floors with a thick top layer can be carefully sanded and refinished up to 2 times to remove some scratches. More serious dents, scratches, and damages mean that the floor will have to be replaced. Usually, come pre-finished for easy installation.
So you can see that when it comes to selecting the best hardwood flooring in your home there are things to take into consideration and narrowing it down to the best option for you. A recommended way to help you with this process is to speak to a hardwood flooring specialist such as West Coast Floor Company. Schedule an appointment in their Napa or Vallejo showroom to see some wood samples and get recommendations.