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Hardwood flooring is a great, stylish option for your home. It is durable and easy to clean also. At Unique Flooring Solutions, we offer excellent hardwood flooring in Louisville, KY. You can customize your design and choose from rare species to give a unique, modern touch to your home or office.
What are the most common types of hardwood flooring?
There are two main types of hardwood flooring, solid wood, and engineered wood. In solid wood flooring, the pieces or planks are milled from a single piece of timber. The wood often undergoes drying or heat treatment before milling.
Engineered wood floors also consist of real wood, but include several layers (lamella) of wood bonded together as well. In each ‘piece,’ the top layer is thin, made from good quality, expensive hardwood, whereas the core or the thick layer below it comprises of cheaper wood of lower quality (plywood).
Both solid and engineered wood have their respective advantages and disadvantages. The main advantage of solid wood flooring is that it can be sanded many times, whereas that’s not possible with engineered wood because the hardwood layer is quite thin.
Engineered Wood vs. Solid Wood Flooring, which one’s best?
They both have pros and cons to look for, which will affect their application. Engineered wood, for example, doesn’t expand or contract as much as solid wood floors. They also handle moisture better than solid wood, which makes it far more ideal for bathroom or basement installations.
If you’re looking for some great hardwood flooring in Louisville, KY, at Unique Flooring Solutions, we have a range of engineered wood floorings for you to choose from, such as parquet or strip and plank wood floors. With solid wood floors, you get a wider choice of hardness in the hardwood because soft hardwoods, such as pine, are not used for engineered wood. Solid wood can also be sanded down more often than engineered wood. They are ideal for living rooms and bedrooms.
What’s the difference between laminate flooring and hardwood flooring?
You may also have heard of laminate wooden flooring. The most obvious difference is that laminate flooring isn’t real wood, it is a synthetic product made to look like real wood. The ‘core’ material underneath is made from fibreboard material and melamine resin, while the top layer is a printed textured image that mimics the appearance and feel of real wood.
Most of the time, you can clearly tell the difference between laminate and ‘real’ wood flooring such as engineered or solid wood. Laminate flooring will have identical ‘wood’ patterns printed everywhere, whereas real wood patterns are unique.
Laminate flooring is the cheapest, most resistant to moisture, and easiest to clean compared to engineered and solid wood. But, it is also the least durable compared to real wood flooring.
Whether you’re looking to refurbish your home or office, hardwood flooring can add a unique, elegant touch to your décor. Unique Flooring Solutions offer many products and services for hardwood flooring in Louisville, KY.Hardwood Flooring Louisville KY
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