3 types of hardwood flooring: benefits, differences and considerations

Have you always wanted hardwood floors? With the advances in flooring options and the styles of hardwood available, there is now always a hardwood option. Engineered, classic and exotic hardwood each have benefits and differences to consider when deciding which one is right for you.

Craftwood Flooring in Edmonton are experts when it comes to the different types of hardwood. They also have expert advice to help you pick which hardwood floor is best for your home:

Engineered hardwood flooring 

Visually, engineered hardwood looks no different from other hardwood flooring, and is just as solid and real looking as hardwood. The difference with engineered, is that it is additionally made up of layers of plywood. This means that engineered hardwood is able to handle moisture without being damaged, which is something that classic hardwood can’t. It is also incredibly durable and easy to install, which can save both purchase and labour expenses.

Because it is resistant to moisture, engineered hardwood also does not have to be excluded from the kitchen or bathrooms.  It is also a great option with children or pets, as the floor’s durability will prevent any scratch damage. It also will still boost resale prices, thanks to the realistic look and feel of the floor. As a durable and price-friendly option, engineered hardwood is a great choice for a budget-friendly option.

Classic hardwood flooring 

Classic hardwood flooring does not have the moisture resistant or durability-based benefits of engineered, however, it still guarantees a return on investment down the road. Plus, with proper care and maintenance, it has a much longer lifespan than engineered hardwood. Solid hardwood is just pure wood and nothing else, so installation requires it to be nailed or stapled down. There are wood floor seals and finishing’s that help with moisture, but it is still not recommended in kitchens, bathrooms or basements.

If you are planning on staying in your home for a long time and have the budget for classic hardwood flooring, then it’s a great option. Unlike engineered, solid wood can be sanded and refinished many times to maintain its beauty and shine. The pricing and installation costs will depend on what type of wood you choose, but there are many options. Whether maple, walnut, white oak or bamboo, each solid wood option will offer a different look in any room. Check out more inspiration for hardwood flooring designs and ideas.

Exotic hardwood flooring

Exotic hardwood is similar to classic in terms of its care, installation and investment in a hardwood floor that you can enjoy for years to come. The differences though, come down to visuals, hardness and cost. Classic hardwood provides a traditional and warm appearance that is easily recognizable and readily available. Exotic hardwood, on the other hand, can provide dramatic colours and patterns, and can add a upscale feel. Many types of exotic hardwood also have higher hardness scores, making them more durable in high traffic areas.

When choosing exotic hardwood, it comes down to a matter of investment in cost as well as visuals. If you want a particularly dramatic floor for an open concept or modern look, then investing in exotic hardwood can provide that. Also, if you are planning on staying in your home for years to come, investing in a floor you can enjoy is worth it. The cost of exotic hardwood comes from import expenses. That being said, just like the other hardwoods, exotic will also see a return on investment down the road. The extra hardness also makes it popular over classic hardwood, as there is less concern about damaging it.

What can I do with older hardwood flooring?

If you have an older home with existing hardwood flooring and would like to restore it, Craftwood Flooring can make it like new again. You can even change the color to update your floors. They can patch missing flooring and damaged boards and/or add a room to match the existing floor with  1/2 or 3/8 flooring. Craftwood Flooring specializes in working with renovation companies and customers, ensuring you get the floors you want, even from your existing old floor!

Flooring Companies in Edmonton

Craftwood Flooring provides hardwood flooring options for any needs or wants. Whether it’s about budget, following floor trends or just updating your floors, they are there to guide you. Their commitment is both to their work, as it is to ensuring you get the best service possible.

Don’t hesitate to contact Craftwood Flooring for any questions about getting a hardwood floor.

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