Hardwood flooring is a beautiful choice for your home. It is a very popular flooring material today. It never seems to go out of style. Your home will be worth more money if you have this flooring. There are however, so many selections in which to choose. How do you make a decision?
Do you use oak or cherry? How about ash, as a choice? Maybe you want an exotic wood? There is a very long list of wood species to decide upon. You will find two major construction types.
Solid wood is made from one piece of wood. It is usually nailed to a sub floor. You can get three types of solid wood flooring. There are strip, plank, parquet types.
Hardwood strip floors: These floors are put together with strips of wood. The strips are available in three sized of width. You can get 2 1/4, 2, and 1 3/4 inch widths. The thickness varies from 5/16 to 3/4 inch. Strip flooring may not be an easy installation if you have little experience.
Plank hardwood floors: Plank floors are made from custom cut planks. This will usually call for professional installation. You can see plank floors in older houses. They are available in 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch thickness. Planks can be as small as three inches wide. They can also be a large as eight inches wide.
Parquet flooring: Parquet floors are made of many different pieces into patterns. Some are mosaic style. It is expensive, but will last a long time. When old parquet floors are uncovered in older homes they are usually refinished and kept.
Engineered hardwood floors
Each piece of engineered flooring is made of layers. The layers may consist of plastic laminate. There may be soft woods also. The final layer will be of hardwood. Their construction gives them great strength. They are also more resistant to humidity than solid wood. They are better material than regular laminate flooring. Laminate does not contain wood.
It is not simple to estimate cost of hardwood floors. Many people will use ten dollars a square foot for a good estimate. It would be seven dollars per square foot, if you do the work yourself. To get a better estimate talk to a professional. They can go over the particulars with you.
It is not easy to estimate hard wood flooring cost. Work with a professional to get an accurate estimate. Your floor will be lovely and last you a long time.