Are hardwood floors under your carpet?
You’ve been looking at that old, tired carpeting in your living room and you’ve often wondered ‘What’s under there?’ Well, you can pull back a corner of the carpet and take a look for yourself. You can hide your discovery by tucking everything back to the way it was, or, just put a plant or a piece of furniture over the corner to cover it up. What did you find? Was it what appeared to be wood planks, or was it what appeared to be plywood? Sometimes you’ll run into linoleum or even tile, in which case it’ll be like a treasure hunt to find out what’s under that carpet.
If it’s a wood floor you’re looking for, but didn’t find one other than plywood or linoleum over plywood, then you’re in the right place to start fresh. You’ve always dreamed of some smooth, beautiful wood floors, right? If so, then you’ve come to the right place because in this article we’re going to go over the different kind of hardwood floors including engineered flooring and basic wood flooring.
What type of wood flooring should you choose?
Choosing the type of wood flooring to put down in your living room depends on a few things. First of all, you have your preference or vision of what it should look like, right? Don’t cheat yourself from your vision, because that’s the starting point. Once you have that in mind, then you’ll need to decide upon whether that vision fits the room you have (a very dark wood might not work well in a Florida room, for example). Think about local aesthetics and what works in the local area. Weather is a big factor too. If the room is in any way in risk of getting wet then you’ll have to consider that too. Is it a dry climate or a humid climate?
Once you have these things narrowed down, you can start considering whether you’d like to go with a traditional hardwood floor or an engineered wood floor. There are advantages to both, but first we should start with price. Typically hardwood floors will be more expensive. You’re paying for solid wood and depending upon the type of tree (e.g., a ¾” Brazilian Hardwood be more expensive than a ¾” Oak). Think about the origin of the wood and where it’s coming from in comparison to where you live. Perhaps a ½” hardwood floor might be good enough for you, especially if that’s the price point you can pay. Otherwise, engineered wood floors are not only just as beautiful, but come in a wider variety of colors, textures and patterns and will not only last just as long as solid wood but will also hold up to the same type of traffic. Engineered wood floors have come a long way in terms of how they’re made, the materials that are used and the variety of patterns, textures and sizes. They’re very easy to work with and you can even install them yourself if you’re handy.
Traditional hardwood vs. Engineered Wood Floors
A traditional hardwood floor is not quite as forgiving in terms of your installation. You’ll need to know what you’re doing and take your time so that you don’t use up your inventory. Whether you’re looking for a wide-plank dark wood or a thin-plank light wood, or perhaps a cork, you’ll be very happy with the hardwood choice you make. Some woods come pre-treated and don’t require the maintenance for years, while other woods come raw and require you to treat them every few years. The choice comes with the type of wood and the price.
In either case, your wood floor is a big investment, so choose carefully and weight the options before you commit.