It seems like more and more homeowners are installing wood flooring. Most homes tend to have some type of carpeting installed, but hardwood flooring is best used in certain areas (i.e. kitchen, living room, hallway, etc.). Compared to carpets hardwood flooring is also much easier to clean and maintain. But before you yank out your carpeting to replace it, let’s take a look at the different styles and types of hardwood flooring you’ll come across.
When it comes to looks strip, plank, and parquet are the hardwood styles you’ll likely have to choose from. If you’ve got a small area, and would like to create the illusion of more open space, then the strip style is the style you should consider. Strip flooring is available between 1.50-2.25 inches. Parquet flooring provides a much more unique style with various block patterns, and is often used in hallways and bedrooms. Plank flooring actually resembles strip flooring, but the strips are much wider. It’s important to note that a hardwood floor in the plank style doesn’t always handle moisture too well.
Before you take a trip to a hardwood flooring company it’s important to think about the type of wood you’d like to installed. Acrylic Impregnated (AI) is a very popular type of wood. AI is popular because it’s so strong and durable. The AI wood gets its strength from the acrylic which is injected into the wood. Although it can be used in residential homes it’s mostly used for commercial properties.
If you’re looking for something a bit more customizable, you might want to consider solid hardwood instead. Solid wood can come in any size and is not constructed with any other material at all; it’s solid wood all the way through. Solid hardwood flooring can be designed and customized to your desire. You can choose whichever species of wood you’d like, and can stain it and add to it as much as you want.
These are the main wood styles and types you’ll generally come across at a flooring company. Again, strips and planks can make a small room look larger. AI wood and solid wood are two great choices, but solid wood tends to be more customizable.