23 Oct Flooring Solutions
Flooring solutions made of real hardwood are popular in both residential and commercial interiors. If you are new to the world of wood flooring and you are unaware of your various options, this guide aims to bring you up to speed.
Floorboard Options – Solid and Engineered
There are two types of real wood flooring. One which most individuals are aware of (complete whole wood) and an alternative which was only introduced to the market around 10 years ago.
Solid Wood Flooring – In this case each floorboard is made from 100% whole wood. It means that the floor is extremely strong and you can sand and refinish it later in its service life. This makes solid wood flooring popular in residential settings and especially in commercial interiors where generally speaking floors are subject to greater wear and tear so it makes sense to fit the stronger more hardwearing solid wood flooring.
Engineered Wood Flooring – This time around, the floorboard contains an upper layer of solid wood with four to five layers of manmade materials below it. Although service life isn’t as lengthy as in the case of solid wood flooring, it is far more forgiving in challenging interiors. Any natural wood reacts to temperature changes by expanding in warm conditions and contracting in cold conditions. This means that solid wood flooring is strictly off limits over under floor heating (warm conditions) or in the bathroom and kitchen areas (wet, damp and cold conditions). However these manufactured floorboards are suitable even in such challenging conditions.
Texture Options – Prime, Select, Natural and Rustic Wood displays natural telltale features such as color variations, sapwood content, knots, grain and figuring. Each of the four grade levels will display different density of these natural features so you are able to choose the right texture to match your interior.
Prime and Select – Wood flooring of the prime and select grades will feature uniform look in that color variation is minimal and natural features are muted. Sapwood and knots are extremely limited in favor of uninterrupted wood and grain markings are often straight.
Natural and Rustic – Wood flooring of the natural and rustic grades will display plenty of natural features and color variation is to be expected. Sapwood content is high and knots can reach 30mm in size. The floorboard looks vibrant, even wild.
Color Options – Natural, Dark, White and Grey In its natural state most hardwoods feature brown honey like color. However, these natural shades don’t always agree with your intended interior. Yes, there are hardwoods that are naturally dark (Walnut for example) or naturally light (Ash for example), but what if you want white wood flooring, or black wood flooring or even grey. Nowadays vendors are able to color the floorboards in a wide array of colors to help you find that shade that compliments your interior.
Black Wood Flooring – Black floors have always been trendy. This shade is achieved using a number of techniques, most popular of which is thermo treating. Just as it sounds, the wood spends time in an oven until the right shade of dark is achieved.
Grey Wood Flooring – Grey color wood flooring is new to the market. It is often used when white floors are too bright, but dark wood is too muted. It also sits nicely as the backdrop to traditional color wood furniture. Grey wood is achieved by coating the floorboard in grey paint, again diluted in density.
Information written by Jonathan Sapir, CEO of Wood and Beyond