Hardwood Flooring Tips
Wood floors come in a variety of flooring materials: Hardwood floors, Engineered / Floating floors, Laminate and Jatoba / Bamboo planks. When it comes to deciding what floor would suite your needs in the best way, you may consider what is the room would be used for; what subfloor or existing floor you have at the moment, preferable design and costs.
Solid Hardwood floor lasts the longest – it might outlast your house since it can go through several refinishing cycles. Installation involves installation of underlayment and it also could be installed on the existing subfloor. Hardwood provides excellent design solution as it comes in many kinds of wood oak, maple and ash.
Engineered floor provides all benefits of hardwood, it can be refinished as well but is easier to install and does not require underlayment subfloor and can be installed on any surface. Engineered hardwood flooring is made of wood, but it's not solid. Instead it is a laminated product like plywood, with a thin but tough veneer of real wood on top laminated to three to five layers of less expensive wood (or medium-density fiberboard) and bonded under pressure with strong glues.
Laminate is completely synthetic, with a tough melamine wear coat over a kraft-paper (or medium-density fiberboard) core. The beauty of laminate flooring is that it can be made to look like any material-stone, ceramic tile, wood, and more-at a fraction of the cost of the real thing. The effect is achieved in the second layer, which contains a photographic representation of the real flooring material. It is easy to install and water resistant.
Bamboo plank floor is an environmentally friendly material. Not only is bamboo a fast-growing and renewable crop, the companies that make bamboo flooring use binders with low emissions. Bamboo flooring is made by shredding stalks of the raw material, then pressing them together with a resin that holds the shreds in their finished shape. It can be installed as hardwood or snap-fit like floating / engineered floors.