There are 3 main wood flooring types
*Solid wood flooring is done using single planks. There are 3 ways to cut the wood, depending on how it fits on the floor. Quartersawn, flat sawn, and rift sawn.
3 common questions about Solid wood flooring and Pros & Cons
*Apply 2 or more layers for engineered wood flooring. These are cheaper than solid wood flooring cost.
*Laminate wood flooring: Laminate wood flooring can be used very cheap to get a wood look. It cost less than the woods. This laminate wood was created using a wooden powder. And there are several layers here. A laminate layer is applied over the wood texture design to make them visible and prevent damage to the plan when walking. The prices vary depending on the thickness of the laminate and the country of manufacture. You can use this any design, color you like.
We will discuss the Difference between Solid wood flooring, Engineered wood flooring & Laminate wood flooring.
What are the factors to consider among wood floor types
- Scratch Resistant
- Moisture Resistance
- Dimensional Stability
- Noise Production
- Resale Value
- Application Area
Let us briefly consider each factor through a table.
|Solid Wood Flooring||Engineered Wood Flooring||Laminate Wood Flooring|
|Composition||Solid piece of natural wood||Combination of Solid wood & plywood glued together. The thickness of Solid wood > 2mm Engineered wood flooring Thickness of solid wood<2mm Veneered wood flooring. Sometimes the top & bottom layer is solid wood & the middle layer is plywood.||Photographic image of wood on a décor paper adhered to a medium-density fiberboard|
|Scratch Resistant||Very low resistance to scratches||Relatively high resistance to scratches||Very high resistance to scratches|
|Moisture Resistance||No resistance to moisture||Better resistance to moisture||Moderately water resistance|
|Life||Lifetime or even more||30 to 40 years, but it can last up to 80 years if proper care is take||25 to 30 years, after that it has to be replaced.|
|Dimensional Stability||Expands in a hot climate, while contracts in cold climate are subject on changes in dimensions.||Dimensionally stable & warps relatively less.||Not susceptible to atmospheric changes, which makes it dimensionally stable|
|Thickness||18mm to 22mm||8mm to 22mm||6mm to 15mm|
|Installation||Relatively Complex||Moderate level of expertise||Very easy to install & does not require a skilled person|
|Repair||Can be repaired easily by sanding and Staining several times during its use||Can be sanded once or twice during its lifetime, after that it has to be replace||It cannot be sand as it does not have any real wood. If damaged, the planks have to be replace|
|Noise Production||Produces more noise on walking||Produces less noise||Produces the least noise|
|Refinishing||Can be refinished||Can be refinished but up to a certain extent||Cannot be refinished|
|Recycling||Can be recycled||Can be recycled||Cannot be recycled|
|Maintenance||Regularly cleaning with a vacuum cleaner and a damp cloth is sufficient||Requires a considerable amount of maintenance||Very easy to maintain as it requires minimal cleaning|
|Resale Value||Valuable Asset The resale value is excellent.||High Resale value||Does not give high Resale value|
|Application Area||Can be installed in any room except highly moisture-prone areas such as Kitchen, Bathroom, and Basements||Can be installed in any room including Kitchen, Basements except highly moisture prone areas such as Bathrooms||Can be installed in any room except highly moisture-prone areas such as Bathrooms|
|Wood Flooring Cost||Depend on various factors (Wood type, Company, Time)||Depend on various factors (Wood type, Company, Time)||Depend on various factors (Wood type, Company, Time)|