With building and material costs increasing, it makes even more sense to save costs where possible so you can invest in other alteration or redevelopment projects. Wood flooring can easily be done in budget, just make sure you choose the right wood flooring type for you.


Hardwood Flooring

No matter if your home is traditional or modern, hardwood flooring is great for mostly any room. With no large grout lines or fibres to capture mould, hardwood makes for easy maintenance and due to its density and prevention of water absorption. It is also great for kitchens if you’re worrying about the need to protect your floors over the long term. The use of hardwood can even influence the ambience of your room subtly due to how it absorbs sound and affects room acoustics – perhaps great if you have kids who regularly play.


The Difference between Unfinished or Finished

The main difference between both is pinned on speed of installation and aesthetic finish. Finished or prefinished wood is already sanded and sealed and ready to walk on immediately after you have it installed or fitted. This type of wood is usually odour free too as it has already been worked on. With unfinished wood, on the other hand, you can see the state and beauty of the wood in its natural state before applying any custom staining or finishing coats for protection. You have the flexibility to truly create a colour and look to match the room and surroundings. Alongside unfinished wood, another option is reclaimed wood which will show great signs of wear and tear. Scrap and salvage yards is where you can find all types of reclaimed wood for sale and obviously the cost will be significantly less than finished or unfinished wood. That’s not to say you cannot create a different impressions of quality by using reclaimed wood and restoring or accessorising it for truly edgy and eclectic designs.


Solid or Engineered Wood?

Solid wood means that the material is purely wood and thickness is usually around 3-4 inches thick. This gives it a long lasting quality because it means it can be sanded and refinished multiple times over many years. You’ll really be able to feel the quality beneath your feet. However bear in mind of humidity levels, especially within areas such as basements or dens. In contrast, engineered wood is a mixture of wood – usually a real wood veneer glued over layers of lesser quality wood such as plywood. The layers do actually make for great stability and although not as thick are quite versatile to use in any room of your property.


You Should Know About Wood Species

There are so many species of wood available for you to choose. In addition to the very popular hardwood, you have oak, maple, bamboo, cherry wood, ash, mahogany and even walnut. For you to get a good gauge of these in the flesh, your best bet is to organise a visit with a wood flooring specialist such as West End Flooring Masters. You’ll be able to get an expert understanding and feel of all of the wood species the most appropriate for your design ideas and development plans. If you care for aspects such as sustainability and sourcing then your wood flooring supplier should also be able to divulge this information with you.


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