Choosing Hardwood Floors

Engineered hardwood veneer flooring is constructed using a High Density Fiber, solid wood or plywood. The top layer is a veneer of choice. This veneer is glued to the top of the core. Well-manufactured engineered veneer will consist of a minimum of three layers excluding the top veneer layer. The more core layers, the greater the stability of the product with moisture and heat. The advantages of engineered flooring is cost; the ability to install without professionals.
Floors are constructed in a tongue and groove fashion and a locking system. Professional installers are not required. This flooring can be installed over existing flooring. This flooring is excellent for basements and bare concrete foundations, in high humidity areas such as the Southwest, Florida and California.
The grain on the engineered floors will vary, but wood has a natural variation that will not detract from the overall beauty of the finished floor. This flooring can be resanded, but because of the thinness of veneer, usually .16 millimeter to .4 millimeter, professional sanding is recommended and the resanding is limited to one or two sandings.
Undeniably, hardwood plank flooring has an exquisite beauty and the ability to refinish multiple times. With proper care, floors will enhance the beauty of rooms for generations. This flooring is more expensive requiring professional installation, and if the planks are unfinished, professional sanding and varnishing.
Hardwood solid planks can be three to six or more inches wide. Hardwood floors have some challenges to be considered when selecting flooring. Heat and moisture are a challenge for this material. Floors will expand and contract and if proper distance is not provided, squeaks, gaps or buckling may occur. Flooring cannot be installed over bare concrete or existing flooring.
The choice of white or colored is personal depending on the room, but white woods can be softer and may develop scratches or dents, especially in high traffic areas. Hardwood flooring, solid or veneer is available in many species with red oak as the comparison standard to choose wood hardness. Hard maple, Brazilian cherry, black stained white oak and hand scraped oaks are popular choices especially those considered eco friendly.
An interesting alternative in flooring is the use of bamboo. Although bamboo is not a wood, bamboo flooring is a cost effective alternative to expensive flooring materials, and eco friendly. No matter the choice, a wooden floor is an investment in beauty.