The Intricacies of Wooden Flooring
Homes are sanctuaries for people. It is a place where one comes from a tired day at work to relax and unwind. That is why people design homes based on an individual’s need. Floors are usually bland and are uninteresting parts of a building, but to soothe one’s aesthetic demands, it can be easily altered. There are many floor designs and patterns. From vinyl layering to carpeting, marble flooring to wood flooring the options are limitless.
The most preferred flooring method, however, is wood flooring. Wooden flooring gives a home a natural and balanced feel. Its simple aesthetics and colour are designed to be peaceful. There are multiple types of flooring choices. Ranging from the type of wood used, hardwood, softwood, bamboo and so on to the type of cut the wood is made of like rotary-peel, sliced-peel, solid-sawn floors, and the list continues. Another type of wooden flooring which now seems to be gaining rapid popularity is the engineered wooden flooring. It is basically two or more layers of wood adhered to form a plank. The upper layer (lamella) is usually a more expensive wood bonded to a much cheaper wooden core. It is a very popular setup in Europe and is now being used all over North America. There are three different types of engineered wood flooring:
- Timber: Almost all engineered floors primarily use timber and are exclusive of added elements such as rotary-peel veneers, plastics, fibres and so on. These only use multiple layers of sawn wood.
- Veneer: This combination of wood uses a fragile layer of composite wood product over a thicker and cheaper wood.
- Acrylic-impregnated wood: Surfaces of this variety use a layer of wood impregnated with an acrylic resin and is then hardened using a proprietary process. Floors of this quality are generally tough and are hard to damage.
- Laminate and vinyl: Floors made of these are often confused with engineered wood, although the two are different. Laminates use an image of wood and vinyl is plastically formed to look like wood.
When it comes to wooden flooring, there is a procedure called finishing. It is usually done after the installation of the floors. The finishing is what gives the floors a high shine and makes it long lasting. The most popular finishes are oil-modified urethane and water-based polyurethane. Oiled floors have been in existence for several hundred years or so. It is used globally and is made from naturally derived oils and not petroleum based oils. Hardwood floor refinishing companies usually work on re-brushing, and re-oiling floors as constant maintenance are required. Polyurethane finishes are newer and have been adapted by hardwood floor refinishing contractors as they tend to prefer this method over oil based flooring because the chemical finish lasts longer.
Wooden flooring can last hundreds of years if well maintained and cleaned. This makes it an excellent investment and helps increase the appeal of a house. Houses are a representation of our lifestyles, and making a floor beautiful just adds to the allure.