What Are the Different Types of Wood Flooring?

If you are planning to update your home with new floors, you may be wondering what different types of wood flooring are available for you and your project.

We will go through the different types of wood flooring that are available. This includes engineered, solid, reclaimed, and parquet wood flooring.

Engineered Wood Flooring

Engineered floorboards are a popular choice for flooring since it looks fantastic and doesn’t cost the earth!

They consist of three or four layers of wood, glued together to create a solid board around 14mm thick. It will then have a real-wood veneer on top, which increases it by a further 4mm.

Having this layer on top will mean it can be sanded back, and restored to its original condition if it gets damaged or scuffed.

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Where To Lay Engineered Wood Flooring?

This type of flooring is commonly laid in living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, and dining rooms.

It is best to avoid having it installed in your bathroom. This is because it can be exposed to a lot of humidity, leading to warped, raised, or distorted floorboards.

We also recommend not to use it on staircases. This is because it can be overly time-consuming and fiddly to lay, compared to other flooring types.

We will go into more detail on engineered wood flooring in another blog post, to cover more areas such as the pros/cons and pricing.

Solid Wood Flooring

This type of wood flooring is typically in the range of 18-20mm thick and are made from a single piece of wood.

Solid flooring, similar to engineered flooring, can also be sanded back to be restored if it’s been damaged.

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Fitting Solid Wood Flooring

Since solid wood flooring is not that resilient to humidity, having consistent levels will be best, so avoid bathrooms. They are usually suitable in living areas and hallways

Like engineered flooring, we will go into more detail on solid wood flooring in a coming blog post.

Reclaimed Wood Flooring

Reclaimed flooring is timber that has been salvaged from an old property and reused again.

If you find yourself living in an old property, it could be a good idea to check under any carpets you have to see if you possess vintage planks. More on this in a future blog about reclaimed wood flooring!

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How To Install Reclaimed Wood Floors

You can install reclaimed wood anywhere, however, it is best to be avoided in bathrooms as it can cause swelling and cracking.

If you do decide to install it in your bathroom, then make sure the room is very well ventilated and wipe up any spillages immediately.

Parquet Flooring

Parquet flooring is quite easily recognisable by its geometric pattern, formed from short wooden pieces or stripes. Popular choices of parquet include herringbone and basket weave.

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Sussex Floor Restoration

Here at Sussex Floor Restoration, we provide floor restoration services to a host of different audiences including schools and other commercial buildings, but we also work with domestic clients to improve the look of flooring in your home.

To see how we can restore your flooring click here. Alternatively, call us on 01444 810505.

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