The floor you use inside your house could be a reflection of what are inside, people and things. As such when you choose to install hardwood flooring, be sure to know at least the basics of it or consult a professional to help you choose the best kind of hardwood flooring for your house.
There are certain types of hardwood flooring that are suitable for certain locations in the house. It is in this case important to understand where such kind is to be installed. Installing it in the right place enables you to conserve your time, money, and effort for the years to come. If you do such, you need not reinstall another in the next 10 years but only need maintain it and refinish in time.
Hardwood flooring is one of the best investments you can have for your house. If you want wood, you may not want to go with cheap woods like plywood, instead, choose to install a nice hardwood to really increase the value and aesthetics of your home.
One of the considerations in installing hardwood is its wear layers. The thickness of this layer varies; though, the thicker the better. Thick wear layers can be refinished more times than thin ones. Hardwoods may be worn out as it used over time. There may be scratches, small cracks on the floor but with this thick wear layers, you can reconstruct it to look as good as new. However, thin wear layers are sold in lesser cost. With thin wear layers, it could still be durable but not as much as those with thick ones.
Refinishing could be done once in every five years. With think wear layers or veneer, refinishing could be done at least two to three times depending on the worn out part. Flooring with thin wear layers may need necessary reinstallation when damages occur where there is no way to refinish it. If are keeping a lot of heavy furniture in your home that could cause your flooring to be damaged when they are dragged or rearranged, it is best to install it with thin veneers.
Wear layers of could measure from ¼ to 1/8 inches. Other wear layers have 9/16 or 3/8 inches measurements.
Another consideration when choosing to install this great investment in your home is the ply of the wood. Again, the thicker the ply is, the better. These products could vary from two to ten plies. Though those with more plies could last longer, they are more costly that their lesser plies counterpart. In any case, should you plan to stay in a house for five to ten or more years, choose those with thick wear layers and more plies for durability and longevity sake.
After those two considerations, you can now choose the size or style of your flooring. You can have something with different colors that matches your taste and could even look like its ceramic or marble counterpart.
You may choose to install planks that are made of wide pieces of wood or strips made of smaller pieces. Other preferences include single piece which can give a solid look and parquet that looks like a tile.