Flooring: Solid Hardwood, Engineered Wood, Laminate and Parquet
Flooring plays a very important role in your home, it’s both part decorative and part functional. When you select flooring for your home renovation project it generally comes down to personal preferences, budget, and placement. Consider the different factors at work in your room and select a type of flooring that combines both quality and good design.
With solid hardwood, every piece or plank is made from a solid piece of wood. There are a wide variety of widths and thicknesses with this type of flooring, plus they come in a range of different wood types. A solid hardwood floor looks amazing and it will be extremely durable. Hardwood flooring is available in a wide range of styles and appearances.
Engineered wood flooring is almost identical in appearance to solid hardwood flooring, however engineered wood flooring is manufactured specifically to withstand temperature changes and to provide years of durable service at a lower price than hardwood flooring. It comes in many of the same styles as solid hardwood flooring, with the bonus that it can be sanded down and refinished at least once.
You’ll love the installation of laminate flooring if you prefer a quick, easy, and affordable installation. Laminate combines natural-looking designs with a tough and durable finish, plus it can be used in any area of your home. The surface of laminate is resistant to scuffs, cigarette burns, scratching, sunlight fading and denting. There are so many beautiful designs with laminate; some replicating the characteristics of natural stone, hand-scraped hardwood floors and inlaid medallions.
Parquet flooring is unlike traditional hardwood flooring in that it’s made of small inlaid pieces of wood to create a pattern. Perhaps the most common of these patterns is herringbone, however there are many other popular designs, and these include squares, triangles, and lozenges. Parquet floors can be constructed by using the same colour and species of wood, or alternatively by using different hues and types of wood for rather dramatic effects. This type of flooring is very easy to maintain: all that’s needed is regular sweeping and a periodic clean with a damp cloth.