5 Reasons to Choose Solid Wood Flooring
HIGH QUALITY LOOK FOR AN AESTHETIC FEEL
Solid wood flooring undeniably offers an elegant, luxury look to your home. Unlike engineered wood flooring which is made up of multiple boards and topped by a veneer layer of genuine wood, solid wood flooring is 100% solid wood, of the same type of wood in each individual board, adding value to your home.
You may argue that, visually, not much difference can be spotted between the appearance of engineered and solid wood flooring on the surface. Then again, a sharp-eyed expert homeowner who wants an authentic wood look, that adds class and value to his/her home would certainly go for solid wood flooring, especially the unfinished type, which does have a clear visible advantage over any type of pre-finished flooring. Whether you pursue a traditional, trendy or modern lifestyle, solid wood flooring will conform to any design and offers a clear advantage over the engineered wood competitor.
IT CAN LAST FOR GENERATIONS
Solid wood flooring gives your home a rich look, even as it ages, and given proper installation and maintenance it can last for generations.
Depending on the thickness layer that you purchase, engineered wood flooring has a lifespan of a couple of decades, but will never exceed that of solid wood flooring. The reason is that solid flooring is a lot thicker than the engineered flooring so it can be sanded and refinished multiple times.
Solid wood flooring's value increases over time, and proves to be a worthwhile long-term investment. The price of solid wood flooring is usually higher than that of engineered wood flooring, however depending on factors such as thickness, manufacturer and installation method and so on, it can be the other way around, particularly when look at total cost over time vs. value.
STRONG AND DURABLE PERFORMANCE
Solid wood flooring is built to handle heavy foot traffic areas such as hallways, living rooms or dining rooms. Real solid flooring is tough, hard-wearing and you would never expect a hollow sound from it. Hence, it is less susceptible to damage compared to engineered flooring in terms of applied pressure on its surface.
Knowing what areas of the home are best for solid wood flooring is key to its durability. Solid wood flooring should only be installed at ground level or higher, in other words, first floor or second floor are ideal. The reason is that real wood flooring can be susceptible to changes in humidity and temperature. Thus, swimming pool area or the basement is a no-no for solid wood flooring, as it expands in damp conditions. For these areas engineered flooring or even tile floors come in handy, as they are less prone to expansion or shrinkage in humid and dry conditions.
THE HEALTHIEST BEST ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY CHOICE
If you consult with doctors, they would definitely recommend solid wood flooring as the best choice for your health.
Solid wood's organic origin, harvested straight out of a tree and right into your home is a plus. It does not contain electromagnetism, which translates into less dust getting into your home's interior. It will also reduce the amount of toxins and allergens such as animal dander, allergens, pollen or molds that often accompany dust upon its entering the atmosphere.
In addition, it doesn't contain the chemicals such as possible formaldehyde that may be found in engineered flooring. Proper maintenance is still needed to ensure the healthiest air quality for the house.
Solid wood flooring is also a responsible choice to help conserve the environment, since solid flooring is often harvested in man-made sustainable forests where various wood types are grown for multiple timber purposes in an ecologically sustainable manner. Moreover, because of its durability, homeowners are less likely to purchase more wood flooring, which in turn scales down the consumption amount.
THE FEEL OF GRAIN LIKE NO OTHER
Let's take Almendro – one of Wooderra's limited supply products from man-made lakes (such as Lake Bayano, Panama) as an excellent example of 100% natural solid wood flooring.
You might know it by other commercial names such as Brazilian Cumaru, Brazilian Teak, Brazilian Chestnut or Tonka. Because of its interlocked grain and hardness, it is difficult to saw this spectacular reddish chestnut color wood.
Another product of ours - Amarillo (scientific name: Terminalia Amazonia) whose grain roey feels smooth
Teak, while one of the softer choices, it is the most dimensional stable type wood for flooring for use in areas which may have more moisture but lower traffic.
More on Wooderra's wood varieties.
Undeniably, real solid wood gives you the feel of grain and character that engineered wood flooring doesn't offer. This is because of the cutting technique.
In the manufacturing of engineered wood flooring, the log is peeled for a veneer so this process changes the characteristics and how the material is felt when you slide your hands upon the surface. This characteristic varies depending on the type of wood. On the one hand, prefinished solid wood is very likely to lose its appearance characteristics because it has already been factory-finished and coated before arriving at your home. On the other hand, unfinished solid wood flooring remains with all of its characters as it arrives in a natural state. Installation needs to be done by flooring professionals and but the value and benefits totally pay off afterwards.
Recap on the qualities of solid wood flooring
1. High quality looks with aesthetics that never goes out of fashion
2. Lifespan can range from 80 to 100 years, or even longer
3. Strong structure and reliable durability
4. Healthy for you and beneficial to the environment
5. Distinctive characteristics of feel and durability add value to your investment