Types and Thoughts On Floorboard Installation
With so many different types of floorboards available to you and so many different sales representatives and suppliers trying to convince you to purchase theirs, we have a suggestion that may be of value to you in your effort to make the proper choice. Take a step back, give some thought to what your personal lifestyle is and select the flooring that will be the best to meet your personal needs.
Solid-Timber Floorboards VS Engineered Floorboards
Real timber is what both types of flooring are made of, but the differences come to play in the manufacturing process. Basically, the engineered board only contains one real timber thin layer which is what you see on top of the floorboard, while solid timber floorboards are completely timber the whole way through.
Some advantages of the solid type are that it has natural warmth and natural insulation. As to the engineered timber board, it can be easier and quicker to lay and certainly less expensive.
The further good news is that both solid timber boards and engineered boards come in a wide variety of board widths, species and colors.
Bamboo Vs Timber
Some of the benefits of bamboo over timber include it being harder and more stable and that it boasts flexibility and durability.
On the other hand, engineered-floors are far more moisture resistant, making them a better option for kitchens and bathrooms. In addition, solid or engineered-timber floorboards will certainly outlast the bamboo type by many years!
Still another advantage to engineered hardwood floors as opposed to the bamboo sort, they are available in a far more wide range of different colors.
Laminate Vs Engineered
Very easy to maintain and less expensive than bamboo and hardwood floors are laminated floors. In addition, they are very attractive and quite resistant to scratches, burns and chipping.
Engineered floorboards have a 100% timber surface and are fairly easy to properly maintain. In addition, they can be sanded many times over and will still remain looking beautiful.
Hardwood Vs Softwood Flooring
Basically, the difference between these two sorts is what the names suggest. Hardwood is longer lasting and hard wearing, which is one of the reasons that it is more expensive.
Because of its density, hardwoods are far more durable. This density does however make it a bit more difficult to work with meaning that installation will inevitably take longer and be more difficult to handle.
With a polyurethane coating, you can actually harden any softwoods you may be interested in. And since it is less dense, it handles seasonal and environmental changes much better than the hardwoods. If it is high traffic areas that you might be dealing with, you will most likely be better served with hardwood rather than softwood.
At the end of the day, it is important that you carefully weigh your personal situation and requirements and then make the choice that best fits your personal needs.
The other important thing to remember to do is to ask your supplier for specific maintenance and cleaning instructions so that whatever floorboard installation choice you make will go on serving your needs for many years to come!