Where once wood flooring was the standard floor in all homes, carpeting, vinyl and linoleum flooring became most popular for decades. Today, however, many modern homeowners are once again seeking the beautiful, natural look of wood flooring. But, there are a number of pros and cons to wood flooring, not to mention the wide variety of styles and types to choose from. Here is a brief overview of four types of wood flooring Toronto available and how to choose the type that is right for you.
1. Genuine hardwood
Genuine hardwood tends to be the most expensive type of flooring, but will also generally add the most value to your home. While genuine hardwood may be more delicate and high maintenance than other options, it can also always be refinished at a much lower cost then replacing the entire floor. When it comes to beauty and luxury, there is just no substitute for genuine hardwood flooring.
Bamboo has become an extremely popular option in the last several years, thanks to the sustainability of bamboo, not to mention its durability and longevity. An oak tree may take 100 years or more to mature, but an entire bamboo forest can regrow in as little as 5 years, depending on the location and climate. Since bamboo grows so rapidly, it is a highly sustainable material that offers little danger of depleting natural resources by being over farmed. Bamboo flooring comes in a wide variety of styles and options, including stains that look almost identical to genuine hardwood. There are also a wide variety of newer, modern washed-out finishes to choose from as well. Bamboo is an incredibly popular option for people that want a natural wood floor without the high price and high maintenance of hardwood.
3. Engineered hardwood
Engineered hardwood is created by fixing various strands, particles, fibres, or veneers or boards of wood together with adhesives. Like Bamboo, engineered hardwood comes in a wide variety of styles and finishes. While it will not add as much value to your home as genuine hardwood will, it will still give you the look and feel of genuine hardwood at a lower price, while still being an actual wood or natural product.
Cork flooring is gaining in popularity thanks to it’s sound dampening properties. While hardwood flooring is beautiful, it can also create a great deal of noise. Like bamboo, cork is also a highly sustainable resource, which means cork flooring is also rising in popularity in green homes. Most cork comes from the bark of the cork oak tree. Every nine years, the outer bark is harvested, leaving a protective layer of inner bark on which new bark can be grown. The initial harvest is cut into corks for wine bottles and the remains are ground up and formed into sheets, from which other cork products such as cork flooring or cork boards are cut.