Keeping in mind that Laminate wood-look flooring has a huge variety of styles depending on the form of the material that is used, our Staff has come with the idea of providing a very brief trip through the concepts and main characteristics of flooring types such as: Hardwood, Engineered, Laminate and Vinyl.
Hardwood flooring, as the name suggests, wood is the main ingredient. Some of the most popular wood floors are popular known as Brazilian cherry, Red oak, Walnut, Pine, Birch and Maple. Usually made from solid natural wood, hardwood floor boards are made with a tongue and groove system for easy installation. Hardwood floor is easy to sand and refinish but they are more delicate than laminate flooring. They dent easier. So, if you like using high heels, these types of floor boards might not work for you. Dropping heavy objects on the floor probably cause hollows as well. On the other hand, pouring might be another fact to consider, they cannot be left wet or boards will swell and expand. Hardwood floors are manufactured in one of two ways: solid wood flooring or engineered wood flooring.
When it comes to laminate flooring it is important to mention that engineered wood floors are not laminate. Laminate flooring does not contain wood, and if it does, is on a very low amount of wood. You can find more regarding laminate flooring on our previous articles.
Engineered Flooring is prepared with hardwood thin pieces, came with a crisscross layering manufacturing, which seems a suitable option for floor conditions that require a strong flat for extra weight and strength. Its core is usually plywood or high-density fiberboard (HDF) and the top layer is composed of a of hardwood surface which is joined above the core to mimic kinds of hardwood. Engineered hardwood has the natural characteristics of the selected wood species as opposed to a photographic layer (which is what laminate provides). The reason people tend to choose engineered hardwood over natural hardwood is due to its moisture combat and heat resistance because of the core material.
On this case, the core of laminate floor boards is typically made of high density fiber (HDF) as opposed to slabs of wood. The top layer is a photographic layer which is designed to resemble the look of hardwood, bamboo or stone. These planks are typically 3/8” thick and they are installed using the same groove system as the Hardwood floorboards, meaning you can install or uninstall with ease. It is the most durable and easiest to clean.
Vinyl flooring is a special product made from a singular type of plastic known as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in addition is available in a number of colors and patterns that can be crafted to resemble more expensive floors such as hardwood, tile or stone. Vinyl, cork and linoleum flooring are also known as sturdy, because of their ability to “bounce back” or “give” upon impact. This quality makes these types of floors more comfortable to stand on for longer periods of time, than others.
Even though there may be other flooring types available in the market, these are the choices that most homeowners are using in their own homes nowadays. While all of them are feasible choices, the best alternative will still depend on your personal preferences on type of wood used, budget, color, design, and other relative features.
Choose accordingly today and give your home or office the one-of-a-kind makeover that it deserves.
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