Your Choice of Wooden Floors
There are four possible choices when you’re considering a wooden floor. Learn more about them below as we look at the pros and cons of each choice.
(Note: We can install the first three kinds of floors on this page, however the bulk of our work is installing solid wood.)
The premium choice.
Solid wood is the original floor, and will outlast just about all other floor covering options.
It has a huge range of options available. There’s broad species choice, variance in grain, colour, length and width of boards. They can be machined to fit any situation.
Once installed, it’s sanded, and can then be coated with the finish of your choice.
Solid wood is not as stable as man-made wood, and will move over time. It also has a longer installation time than the imitation options.
Solid wood will last a life time, when cared for properly. Walking into a historic building gives you an appreciation for the long lasting quality of a hardwood floor.
Stable but not solid.
This is a man-made board of multiple layers. It has a top veneer of timber that is usually three to four millimetres thick. The board is usually made of multiple layers or plywood, making it very strong stable.
Generally it comes pre finished, but sometimes it comes pre sanded needing just a light sanding after installation.
If the veneer is sanded through, the floor is destroyed. So if it’s badly dented, or scratched, you’ll probably have to live with it. Any problems with the floor (such as buckling or bending due to poor preparation) will not be reparable.
The cheap solution.
Laminate flooring is usually made by impregnating a photo of timber onto a low cost board, which is then covered with a plastic coating.
Laminate flooring has a huge choice of colours and textures.
You cannot sand a laminate floor and it can only be installed floating. Once it is damaged it is all but impossible to fix, and will have to be torn out and replaced.
It’s low cost and quick to install, but screams “Imitation!”
Not suitable for flooring.
There was a lot of excitement when bamboo first came onto the scene, but plenty of disaster stories have shown it’s just not suitable for flooring. It’s very fast growing which makes it cheap.
Bamboo is a grass, not a wood and is too unstable. We refuse to use it for any projects.
Bamboo is good for one thing: feeding panda bears.
What’s important to you?
There’s lots of choices when you’re deciding on a timber floor. The important thing is to decide what’s important to you.