Are you interested in wood as flooring material for your home?
Though the concept of having wood as flooring material was not new to the western world, it has become a hot trend in Indian homes now. Its striking look, its elegance, the luxurious feel and the warmth that wooden floorings offer are a few reasons why they are one of the smartest and practical home improvement ideas that one can go for.
Despite all the positives that wood flooring offers to a house through its striking and stylish looks, its appearance should not however be the sole reason why one should seek it as a flooring material. As a homeowner or proprietor of a commercial place, it is critical that one makes an informed decision about the types of wood available for flooring in the market, their durability, their practicality and their distinct features before making their pick.
To know more about all the points mentioned above and to understand if wood is really a good choice for your indoor flooring needs, keep reading.
When it comes to availability of wooden flooring types, then there are four popular kinds obtainable in India. Each of these wooden floorings have their distinct features and bring their own pluses and minuses to the table.
The feel of solid wood or hardwood is just unmatched when compared to any type of wood. Their sturdiness and high aesthetic appeal makes them a popular choice among homeowners. When shopping for hardwood flooring in India, you will be pleasantly surprised to find them in different variants i.e. in planks, strips and parquet patterns. They also come in a number of natural shades (the most popular being cherry and walnut), which can go very well with other furniture and decor items in your home.
Durability & Sustainability: Hardwood is an extremely durable and wear-resistant wood option for flooring purpose. Though they are not that easy to install, when installed and maintained properly, hardwood flooring can last for decades. In addition to this, hardwood flooring can also be refinished many times over its lifetime, to restore lost luster. Compared to other wood types though hardwood floorings are relatively expensive but completely worth your money.
Regarding sustainability, hardwood floorings are most conducive for places that enjoy moderate or warm climate. If you live in an area that rains frequently or experiences hot weather throughout the year, then it is more suitable to look for other wood options. Additionally, the ideal areas to install hardwood flooring in your house are living room, hallways, dining rooms, bedrooms and/or any guest rooms.
For many who love the feel of hardwood but are on a limited budget, laminate flooring is the one to look out for. And why shouldn’t it be. Really good in quality, highly durable, fairly water and stain resistant and at a comparatively lesser cost than hardwood, laminates have come a long way from being called ‘fake’ wood to quality hardwood alternative. Offered in a variety of finishes and wood designs, laminate floorings have now become one of the topmost choices for flooring materials.
Durability & Sustainability: One of the biggest advantages of laminate flooring is its easy installation. As mentioned before, wood flooring laminate are reasonably water resistant but can get a bit slippery. To avoid this, when wet-mopping your hardwood flooring, care should be taken to use a barely wettish mop (squeeze out all the water). Also if possible look for slip resistant hardwood wood when you go shopping for them. That would serve you well for long.
Regarding sustainability, wood flooring laminate typically feel cool under your feet. Hence these types of wood flooring are most suitable for places that experience warm and humid climate. Additionally, laminate flooring are great for any area of the house, including the basement and kitchen.
3. Engineered Wood:
Engineered wood is now found everywhere - be it for making a variety of furniture or for flooring. Engineered wood flooring when compared to hardwood and laminate is also a cheaper option. This is definitely a pro. Again, engineered wood offers very good stability over a period of time, which makes it a good flooring choice for any area of your home.
Durability & Stability: As said before, engineered wood flooring is durable and is relatively better than hardwood flooring in relation to holding up moisture. This is the reason, why engineered wood flooring is ideal for places that is warm and/or humid. On the downside, engineered wood flooring is not as long lasting as engineered wood. This is because the veneer used in making engineered wood is generally found to be very thin. This makes it nearly impossible for it to get sanded or refinished, thereby reducing its longevity when compared to traditional hardwood floorings.
4. Bamboo Wood:
An environment-friendly and renewable flooring option, bamboo wood is a great choice for those who are looking for nature-friendly wood flooring. Some of the advantages that bamboo flooring offers to its users are that they are extremely durable, easy to install, termite resistant and far more moisture resistant than hardwood. Additionally, if maintained properly bamboo wood flooring can last you more than 40 years, despite its average lifespan being around 25 years under normal wear and tear.
Durability & Sustainability: Taking care of bamboo flooring on a regular basis is not that difficult. Just keep the flooring clean by regular sweeping, wet mopping (squeeze out all water) once or twice a week and they are good to go. On the downside, in India there is no proper grading system in place when it comes to knowing the quality of bamboo used for flooring. This makes it difficult to pick a good quality or branded bamboo wood flooring for your house.
Regarding sustainability, bamboo floorings are climate friendly. They are appropriate for nearly every climate, except for places that are too hot or warm. Regarding using bamboo flooring, they can be used anywhere in the house, except for wet areas like bathroom.
Are you wondering what this is all about? Well, in literal terms, texture means the feel of a material on touch. And it is the same about wood too. Wood - be it hardwood or any other type, before being available to use in making furniture or flooring undergoes sanding and other operations to bring character and texture to it. Additionally the uniformity of the wood is also taken into account when considering wood texture. The grain distribution and its size is also considered, as they also affect the evenness or unevenness of wood texture.
Hence some wood types might feel rough or coarse on touch, some smooth while some super smooth or fine textured. After choosing the type of wood for flooring, look into wood flooring textures too. These will actually give the desired look and character to your room.
Now that you know the types of wood flooring and wood flooring textures, I am sure you will be more informed before getting your flooring installed from the wood of your choice.