Interior Design Tips: Wood flooring types!

Interior Design Tips: Wood flooring types!

Hey everyone! Today I’m talking about
types of wood flooring! If you’re familiar with my channel you
may know that I’m a big fan of wood flooring I live in a climate that gets
very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter
while in fall and spring actually too so having wood flooring throughout my home
is definitely my preference it’s the most comfortable flooring type underfoot
and brings warmth and beauty to the interior with so many style options to
choose from it’s also great for resale of your home and it’s easy to clean on a
daily basis and long-lasting but I get a ton of questions on the various types of
wood flooring what their pros and cons are and where to use them so let’s break
it all down hardwood flooring is the most common type of flooring because
it’s been around the longest this is a sample of unfinished hardwood oak and
you can see it’s a solid piece of oak there is no other product type in this
floor it can come in a variety of widths and lengths and the wood planks are
usually nailed in place to a subfloor which gives the floor the ability to
expand and contract in various temperatures without it affecting the
overall floor once the floor is installed you’ll need to select a stain
color and have it finished on-site this means you can choose an endless number
of colors and even Sheen levels also known as wear layers to suit your own
personal style you can also have a prefinished hardwood floor like this
sample here in this case you are limited to the manufacturers colors and Sheen
but in most cases it reduces your installation because once the floor is
laid down you’re ready to move in instead of waiting for the various steps
of finishing the wood on-site the other great thing about prefinished floor is
that it’s usually a little bit more durable than having it finished on-site
because that wear layer on top of the color is done in a factory and is
therefore more durable than doing it by hand yourself in both cases the cons are
the following depending on the species of wood and the size of the planks
hardwood is an expensive flooring option hence the increased value when it comes
time to resell your home it’s also prone to scratches and dents so you need to be
aware and take care of your floor’s you can lessen that type of damage by
focusing on selecting a hardwood species oak is a good option and selecting a low
Sheen level where scratches and dents will be less obvious this is
especially true if you have pets I love the look and feel of hardwood throughout
my home including my kitchen I find standing on tile for long periods while
cooking is uncomfortable and with all the great options for the wear layer you
can have a durable wood floor even in a high-traffic zone like the kitchen and I
love open-concept living with wood flooring throughout the next big
category of wood flooring is engineered wood flooring engineered flooring is
made up of several wood products you can see that the very top layer of solid
wood is very small in comparison to the overall thickness of the plank the solid
wood layer sits on top of a wood composite the cost of engineered wood
flooring varies widely depending on the type of species of wood on top and the
type of composite on the bottom and the thickness of both overall the thicker
the overall plank the more expensive and the better quality you can see this
illustrated here two different types of engineered flooring one will be priced
higher than the other because of the differences in the two layers the
misconception with engineered wood flooring is that it isn’t real wood but
it is real wood because of that top layer and in some cases the quality of
the engineered wood planks will be comparable to hardwood and therefore the
pricing will be very similar to hardwood so don’t think of it necessarily as a
cheaper alternative to hardwood in some cases it’s priced about the same and
some of the reasons for that engineered wood flooring is more stable than
hardwood flooring and is definitely better suited to a variety of climates
all wood products expand and contract so having the composite underneath that top
layer helps to limit that expansion and contraction making your floors more even
all year round engineered wood is always pre finished making that coating on the
very top there’s that where layer again more durable that any finish you might
apply on-site the factory finish will help with wear and tear dents and
scratches on the con side of things engineered wood flooring is not solid
wood all the way through with solid hardwood you can refinish the floors
several times in the life of your home because there’s so much more solid wood
in the planks with engineered wood flooring planks you have very little
solid wood in that top layer so you would be limited
to the number of times you could Reese and and restate that factory finish may
prevent you from doing that even just the one time so choose your finish
wisely I use engineered wood flooring when I want a specific look to the floor
for instance many manufacturers offer up flooring that looks like old barn board
where it’s worn and faded in areas or has wood imperfections that really give
it character it would be difficult to recreate that look in solid hardwood
unless you were actually using reclaimed barn board planks and that would be
super expensive so an engineered wood floor would be the way to go and finally
the other category of wood flooring is laminate wood floor laminate flooring is
an aggregate wood product made up of wood fibers that are pressed into these
plank shapes under high heat that top layer that you’d normally find on
engineered wood is very different here in laminate in fact this top layer is
not wood at all but a photograph of a wood plank when you lay all the planks
down together the floor will have the appearance of a wood floor laminate
flooring also comes in other photorealistic images like tile or stone
again they are all wood aggregates with an image of wood stone or tile on that
top layer the best part about laminate flooring is that it’s inexpensive when
compared to both hardwood and engineered wood flooring they’re usually fairly
easy to install so you’ll save some money on that side of things as well
they are often called click floor because the planks click together like a
puzzle and they are scratch and dent resistant and in some cases they have a
moisture resistant barrier on the bottom side of the plain the cons to laminate
flooring is that it really never looks like the real thing the photographs of
the wood tend to be very repetitive and so that makes it pretty darn obvious
that the floor is not real wood where each plank is normally very unique the
other con is the sound issue because laminate flooring clicks together it’s
actually like a floating floor and when you walk on that floor there’s a
distinctive hollow sound because it’s not technically connected to the
subfloor I tend to use laminate flooring in basements where some moisture might
be an issue but more importantly we’re nailing a floor down would be impossible
when you have a concrete subfloor so here’s your takeaway hardwood flooring
is considered a value added feature when it comes to the resale of your home with
today’s technology the look of it can be achieved at many price points
with engineered wood flooring and laminate varieties as well wood flooring
is great appeal is due to its inherent warmth and comfort underfoot in a
variety of styles and finishes so choose wisely and choose wood thanks for
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10 thoughts on “Interior Design Tips: Wood flooring types!

  1. Thank you for this video. It was only yesterday I wondering "what is engineered wood – hmm must Google that up" and you have answered my question. I have open concept and have porcelain tiles.

  2. I live in a condo and I have a cement subfloor, it makes me unhappy to think that I should get laminate. Any ideas about this?

  3. Thanks for the video. Why are some of the hardwood floors have a built in wave on them. I would like a dark wood floor that doesn't show the imperfections of everyday wear any suggestions

  4. We are remodeling our house and just had hickory installed throughout the kitchen, dining room, and living room – totally open and an entire level. It's lovely and has a low sheen as you mentioned. I wasn't all that happy when I saw it (just the sheen), but now listening to you talk about pets (and frankly, a husband) I am now believing our floor guy knew what he was doing. My question however is, how do I care for this floor? Just swiffering and spot cleaning? I want to give it the best shot at beauty for as long as possible. Love your channel!

  5. Grew up with wood floor and always love wood, it is a total different and warm sensation no other things can substitute.

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