Selecting The Best Natural Wooden Flooring For Your Home

If you are fortunate enough to have solid timber flooring in your home, it's normally the first thing that grabs a guest's attention. When anyone sets foot inside your home, he or she will probably notice the flooring you have. It's as important as your drapes and home decorations. Selecting the correct natural hardwood flooring for your home may seem like a daunting choice to have to make. It requires careful thinking, as you would like to display your personality and panache while being practical.

With a huge selection of laminate wood flooring available to choose from, it might seem like a difficult decision to make. You might like all the ones you see at the home improvement store, and all of them may seem perfect for your home. But now, the question of which type to choose arises. The answer to this question depends on many things. You should consider the number of people in your family and hence, what traffic the floor will receive. Also ask yourself 'will the floor be safe for my children?' (only if you have them of course). Another question you should ask yourself is 'How much maintenance does solid hardwood flooring require and how long do you expect to have the same floor?'

Nowadays, different designs and types of engineered hardwood flooring are available for different applications. Home owners may consider using the same type of engineered wood floors in all areas of the house, but some have different preferences for each room.

Solid hardwood floors are very durable and do not require much upkeep. They are beautiful and are generally resistant to heat.

Natural wood floors are very long lasting, require simple cleaning and do not tend to retain dust particles. They are commonly found in older homes and work naturally well with many interior designs. However, they do require fairly frequent cleaning and polishing. Although natural wooden flooring doesn't generally retain dirt particles, the softer wooden floors can be prone to scratches and dents. Two common types of wood flooring are the natural and synthetic wood.

Natural wood floors are available in different styles and patterns. Parquet square is the most common type. It comes in square boards that come together to form its pattern. The big advantage to using parquet square is that the individual tiles are replaceable. Yet another type of natural wood is the plank which gives a classic and classy look to the flooring. Although plank flooring does not require sub flooring, they are more expensive that other wood floors. Strip flooring is yet another kind of natural wood floor. They are comprised of long narrow boards that are prone to buckling. Thus, sub flooring is highly recommended.

Laminate flooring is the most common type of synthetic wood. This type of flooring works very nicely in those areas exposed to dampness. Laminate floors do not require finishing. The good thing about laminated floors is that they are generally fire retardant and do not fade nor stain.

As you can see, careful planning is required in order for you to make a final decision as to which type of flooring is best suited for your home or office. In any event, after the flooring of your choice is installed in your home, you will definitely be pleased to realize that it's the surface you, your kids, family and friends will be standing and walking on.


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