Different types of wood flooring, different prices and construction methods, according to the choice of wood flooring type is the first step, the United States wood flooring is mainly divided into the following three:
Solid Hardwood is made from a single piece of natural solid wood with a beautiful luster and excellent touch to adjust the humidity and temperature in the air. Most of Solid Hardwood has a durability of more than 30 years. If the surface is damaged, it can be returned to the original gloss if it is polished and repainted or protected. Because it is made of logs, it is expensive and the construction method is nail fixing, which is difficult.
The entire plank is made from wood, it is the only material used in the manufacturing of hardwood floors. Modern hardwood is typically made with a tongue and groove system for easy installation . Hardwood floor is easy to sand and refinish, and requires a healthy amount of maintenance to keep them looking great. They are easier to damage than the two other floor types discussed here though, so buyer beware. Not only do they dent easier (i.e. if you walk with stilettos or drop a heavy object on the floor you’ll see dents), they cannot be left wet or else they’ll become damaged (the boards will swell and expand).
Hardwood flooring is almost always more expensive but no one can argue how gorgeous it looks or feels when you walk on it.
The most used wood flooring in the United States, Engineered Hardwood is made up of multi-layered splints. The top layer is made of natural wood, so it looks like solid wood flooring. The bottom layer is vertically laminated with fast-moving solid wood sheets that do not damage the environment, and has the advantages of resistance to moisture and deformation.
It’s core is usually plywood or high-density fibreboard (HDF) and the top layer is composed of a of hardwood veneer which is glued atop the core to mimic nearly any species of hardwood.
The price is cheaper than solid wood flooring, the construction method is adhesive or Interlocking, which is simpler to install than solid wood.
Laminate is made of High Density Fiber. The top layer is printed with wood grain and covered with a layer of hardening resin to enhance the wear. Because it is cheap and easy to install on its own, plus super wearable, Laminate is used in many public places or crowded places.
It’s very versatile! The core of product is typically made of High Density Fiber (HDF) as opposed to actual slabs of wood. The top layer is a photographic layer which is designed to mimic the look you’re going for i.e. hardwood, bamboo, knotted wood, etc. Laminate planks are typically 3/8” thick and are installed using a tongue and groove locking system, meaning you can install or uninstall with ease.
It’s the most durable and easiest to clean.