As the name implies, this type of wood flooring is solid wood all the way through, from top to bottom. It’s similar to any other stick of lumber that sawn straight off of the log–no additional materials added. It’s usually just called “hardwood floor.” Solid hardwood is 13-20mm thick, and will last a lifetime if properly cared for.
The biggest benefit to this type of flooring is that it can be refinished as often as desired and responds well to colour change, when done by a professional. This is the best type of wood flooring for someone considering keeping it 20 years or longer. Hardwood flooring will always be fixed securely with the use of glue /nails or both (the nails will be either secret nailed into the tounge of the timbers or faced nailed and filled from the finished face).
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When Solid Flooring Is The Best Choice For Your Home
At MasterCraft Flooring, we receive plenty of questions about solid flooring. Many people in the Melbourne area and throughout Australia think of solid flooring first when they consider wood flooring for their space, and with good reason!
When it comes to wood flooring, the biggest choice that you have to make might be between solid wood flooring and engineered flooring. While there is a lot to recommend engineered flooring, many people want to hear about solid flooring first.
Solid wood flooring is probably the most traditional option available. While it is difficult to tell a solid wood floor from a well-crafted and correctly installed engineered floor, there is an aesthetic element that many people prefer.
However, that’s not all when it comes to the benefits of solid flooring:
1) All Things Considered, Solid Flooring Is Likely To Last The Longest
Engineered flooring can be preferable for areas that suffer from moisture, humidity, heat, or lots of direct sunlight. On the other hand, solid wood flooring is great for rooms that don’t face much in the way of environmental hazards.
2) Solid Wood Flooring Helps Promote Structural Integrity Over Time
If your home is built on a wooden subfloor, you can actually strengthen and support the home with a solid wood floor. This is another area in which solid floors contribute to the long-term longevity of your home.
3) Solid Wood Floors Can Be Re-Finished Multiple Times Without Damage
Engineered flooring can be beautiful and will endure for a long time with appropriate care. However, nothing can beat solid wood flooring for its ability to be “refreshed” through sanding and re-finishing. Many engineered floors can be refreshed, but only a limited number of times.
Is Solid Flooring Right Choice For You?
If properly maintained, a good solid wood floor might last over a hundred years. The main issue many people have when considering solid flooring is the price: Because of its weight, thickness, and the materials used, solid flooring is usually the most expensive option.
If you expect a property will be in the family for a long time to come, you might find solid wood flooring is the best bet and pays for itself over time. In other situations, such as a pending home sale, other types of flooring might be superior in meeting your needs.
When it comes to flooring, there’s no “one size fits all” solution. That’s why MasterCraft Flooring provides an entire range of flooring solutions.
Contact us today to find out more about how we can help you.