Solid wood flooring is one of the higher end type of wood flooring. It comprise of mainly unfinished hardwood flooring and pre-finished hardwood flooring. Most people would prefer unfinished solid wood flooring if they want to match the color of their existing floor. We usually apply wood floor polishing after installation of the floor.
The other type is pre-finished hardwood flooring, of which the installation job is much more straight-forward. There are absolutely no odors and VOCs from finishing on-site and ready to walk on immediately. There are certainly many benefits of solid wood flooring.
We need to understand on the benefits of solid wood before really appreciating why so many people prefers this type of flooring. Solid hardwood flooring is from all wood and comes in 5/8 to 3/4 inches thick.
We can sand and polish solid wood flooring many times. However, it is susceptible to changes in humidity. In addition, we do not recommend it for below-grade basements usage.
One option is the engineered hardwood flooring. We will glue a veneer of real wood several layers of wood underneath, such as plywood. This gives engineered wood the excellent stability over time, including for your below-grade basements installation.
Another option is through reclaimed hardwood flooring, which you can often find at salvage yards. It likely has some signs of wear and age, but you’ll pay about half what it would cost if compared to new flooring.Salvage flooring is an especially good choice if you’re renovating an older house for an instant.
It is considered the best when it is installed in living areas, bedrooms, hallways, dining rooms. While it’s wise for you to avoid solid wood in kitchens, installation can be acceptable if waterproof mats are placed near sink and dishwasher.
The solid wood flooring is normally prefers by those who are currently looking for excellent resale value. it is on equal terms with engineered wood flooring. Also those who are seeking long durability for their flooring options will be opting for such solution. Well-maintained solid hardwood will last for decades.
Benefits of Solid Wood Flooring
Below are some of the benefits that home owners might have against having solid wood flooring and among them that you should know are:
- We can sand and polish it numerous times
- The ease of installation
- The excellent resale value for the home owners who are seeking to resale their property
- Their overall durability are excellent and well-maintained solid hardwood will last for decades.
- Solid hardwood encompasses a greater range of wood hardness than engineered.
- Solid hardwood is for purists who have long-time prospects in mind
However, installing solid wood flooring also comes up with few disadvantages that might cause you to rethink about the installation option:
- It can’t hold up to moisture’
- Wood flooring are susceptible to flooding
- Eventually, solid hardwood will become too thin after years of sanding, compromising its structural integrity.