Wood Flooring: Everything You Need to Know

Article by M.T. Metal Frame Houses

Floor covering, is without doubt one of the main steps while building a house and the material you’re going to choose will play a huge impact on your home both in the short and long term.

Nowadays, there are many options for floor covering in the market where they meet all requirements, making so hard and overwhelming to choose the right material.

Wood floors have been established as one of the hot trends after their strong come-back, as it is a natural and vibrant material that exudes a sense of warmth in the space.

There are so many reasons that will make you love wood flooring, however the most important ones are its wear resistance, its elegance and beauty, its functionality, its thermal and sound insulation ability as well as its placement in almost any space you wish.

Placing the appropriate wood can give a special note and bring an impressive and refined result.

Firstly though, let us introduce you the three main categories in wood flooring investments:

One-piece boards: Solid wood boards in various dimensions, from all types of wood (oak, beech, etc.), in various qualities (with water, with roses or without) and shades. It is a beautiful timeless choice and are placed either with nails or gluers.

Pre-polished: Composite boards (semi-solid) lined with a sheet of real wood. They come polished and ready for installation. They are placed nailed, glued, or even floating. They are cheaper but with a shorter lifespan.

Laminate: Synthetic floors that mimic the look of wood. They consist of different layers of materials and their final coating is a representation of wood. Laminate floors look very much like hardwood floors. More specifically, laminate floors are made from real wood that has been recycled in the form of high-pressure particle board (HDF). Interesting fact: Kitchen cabinets are made of the same material.

Last but not least, the wooden flooring is quite common for outdoor areas as well. However, when placing in outdoor areas, there are specific types of wood which are resistant to moisture and are tied to a frame to drain the water. There are many dimensions, colours and designs to choose from and they are relatively easy to assemble – in some cases, you can assemble the pieces yourself.

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