Here you have it – solid wood, engineered wood, parquet and even laminate flooring. You can choose one of these many options, if you are truly passionate about the appearance of wood and all the benefits that these hardwearing options bring to your home. However, you probably already understand that you are not limited with choosing only one type of product for your entire house or apartment? That is right! And if you are afraid that different wood flooring options means that you won’t be able to achieve a full integrity and smooth transition in your home, because this is not quite the truth. In fact, we recommend you to consider different wood flooring options for the rooms and areas of your house, because it is a common thing that each of the room of the house have different specifics and therefore different requirements. So without further ado, let’s find out more about what type of boards are recommended for each room of your home.
Generally speaking, each type of wood flooring and imitating products (laminate) comes with a list of different benefits and advantages for your home. Furthermore, different flooring options can be installed different ways and this is another important aspect of your choice, because it also determines your final choice of flooring for each of the rooms and areas of your home. Understanding the specific features of each option, as well as the specific requirements of each room and specifics of the installation process, is definitely something that will help you in making a successful choice that will pays off with decades of loyal service and a lot of beauty, hard-wearing and long-lasting power. After all, each project has its individual requirements we need to consider and be aware of. Before sharing with you our room-to-room guide to wood flooring installation, let’s find a bit more about each flooring option.
Wood and wood-imitating options:
- Solid wood – they are probably the oldest and most popular ones. Often preferred and chosen because of their natural beauty and solidness, the solid boards are cut from one entire timber piece and because of that considered the most natural option on the market. Solid wood, besides very beautiful and elegant, is also a hygienic, low-maintenance, strong and sturdy. However, the biggest and most serious enemies of solid wood are humidity, moisture and regular temperature changes. The natural respond of wood to moisture and humidity is contracting and expanding. Although wood can control this natural movement itself, it sometimes extends to a point, where it turns into a serious problem that requires serious repair services, or even could pressure you to replace your entire floor.
- Engineered wood –it's a man-made product, unlike solid wood, but similar to it, made out of lumber and wood materials only. Engineered wood’s structure is a concept that is developed for creating a product that is less prone to the issues and problems that affect the condition and appearance of solid wood, such as moisture, humidity, temperature changes and more. The boards are made out of layers of soft wood or lumber materials that are glued together crisscrossed. Thanks to this specific construction, they are significantly more resistant to moisture and not that seriously affected by the “movement” of the boards. However, one of the drawbacks of engineered wood is the fact that it's made with a significantly less thicker top layer of hardwood that, although it can be sanded, it cannot be re-sanded and re-finished far as many times as solid wood, which means that wear and tear affect engineered wood to a broader extend.
- Parquet wood flooring – Actually, parquet is not exactly a different type of natural wood flooring, but the name of the mosaic installation of the wooden boards and blocks in different geometric patterns. However, the pattern and specific installation are still an important thing that needs to be considered, because the different patterns require different sanding and re-finishing methods. Generally speaking, parquet floors are pretty hard to work with and often the sanding and refinishing service for this type of floors is pretty expensive, so when wear and tear appear, the improvement service requires a lot of time and energy. The blocks are not recommended for areas of your home, where high traffic and heavy footfall are not expected.
- Laminate – it's a wood-imitating flooring. It is not made out of natural wood, but it is made to look like natural wood. This is achieved with a photographed wood pattern that is placed underneath a thick see-through layer. Unfortunately, laminate cannot be refinished or re-sanded. It is also not the most long-lasting and hard-wearing alternative, because laminate needs to be replaced every 20-30 years, unlike solid wood that can last up to a century, if maintained properly. Laminate is the most low-cost option of them all.
Room-to-room Guide to Wood Flooring
- Hallways – Hallways are usually the area of the house that get the least attention and consideration, when planning the best fit in terms of flooring. However, hallways are a very important component of the interior design, because your hallway are usually the first thing guests and visitors will see from your home and as you know, there is not a second chance to make a first impression. Furthermore, hallways are a part of the house that experiences a lot of high traffic and heavy footfall, which means that you need to consider a hard-wearing flooring option. Leading from one spot to other, hallways are usually the first area of the house to show a lot of wear and tear. A great wood flooring option that will survive the test of time and everyday use extremes is engineered wood flooring. Besides being solid, strong and long-lasting, engineered floors can also be improved and re-finished a few times and made to look like brand new again and again.
- Living rooms and lounges – When it comes to lounge areas and living rooms, this is another area of the house that will probably struggle with wear and tear to some extent. However, when it comes to living rooms, you can put functionality and long-lasting power on second place and think of design as your priority. Because of that, solid wood floor is often a common option. It offers a great variety of distinctive and unique styles.
- Dining rooms and areas – Think about the most used items in your dining room… Of course, the large dining table and the chairs. Now envision these being relocated around the room almost all the time. Yes, you are right, there will be many scratches and dents in a really short time. Wear and tear are the next your floor will struggle with. Because of that, once again, we recommend you to choose a solid wood floor, because it can be re-sanded and improved many times. Furthermore, the natural, almost raw look of solid wood looks amazing in the cosy setting of the dining room, bringing a lot of elegance and classic style.
- Kitchens – The kitchen is the heart of each house, because of that it has to be one of your priorities, when planning to fit a wooden floor. Furthermore, the kitchen environment is pretty aggressive to the timber with constant temperature changes, humidity and moisture and the risk of stains, spills, scratches, dents and all sorts of issues and imperfections. Because of that engineered wood flooring is the most recommended alternative for your kitchen area.
- Bathroom – This might surprise you, but you can have a wood flooring in your bathroom too! All thanks to engineered wood and its existence! As we already mentioned it's made to be resistant to moisture and humidity and not be dramatically affected by their impact.