Choosing the best wood flooring for your home
Wood flooring is an incredibly popular choice, at the height of fashion with amazing practical and durable properties too – it’s the dream floor! But with there being so many different options all with varying properties, which exactly is the best? Let’s dive into some of our favourites.
A solid choice (pardon the pun). Solid wood is very popular in both homes and commercial properties. It is the best choice if you’re really wanting to give the ‘wow’ factor and comes in so many different styles, colours and wood types. It is also very durable and will last a lifetime, even outliving the person who laid it! You still see wood flooring in homes that were built well over 100 years ago. If you go to a state home then it’s likely the floors there will be solid wood. Solid wood suits all sorts of interior styles too, whether contemporary, classical or rustic is your style, there’s so many choices and something for everyone. Walnut for a classical look, creamy oak for a contemporary and a whitewashed wood for rustic.
Although solid wood has so many benefits, it’s certainly not faultless. Solid wood is susceptible to scratches, stains and is no good when it comes into contact with water and is not compatible with underfloor heating, something we are seeing more and more of in modern homes! The good news is that not only is engineered wood much more practical when it comes to damage, but also waterproof and can cope with differing temperatures meaning you can install underfloor heating! This is a really economical and neat way to heat your home, we predict that in 50 years every house will have underfloor heating! Not to mention that engineered wood is much more affordable than solid wood, which of course is always a big factor when we’re looking at purchasing our next floor.
Oak Laminate Flooring
If you adore the authentic look of real wood but it is out of your budget or the practical benefits are just too much to ignore, then don’t worry. Oak is probably one of the most popular wood types when it comes to wood, but you don’t have to splash all your hard-earned savings on a new floor. Oak laminate flooring is a great alternative! Very affordable and easy to clean, oak laminate flooring will complement whatever space its laid in.
There we go! Although there’s so many options out there, these are good ones to start with and weigh up. It’s all about what’s important to you – if you’re all about practical then oak laminate flooring is ideal, but if you want something that looks amazing then solid wood it is!