Strong hardwood floors consist of a single piece of timber milled planks. Initially used for architectural purposes, solid hardwood floors are built perpendicular to the wooden support beams of a building called joists or bearers. Engineered wood flooring has gained some prominence with the growing use of concrete as a subfloor in some parts of the world. Solid wood floors, however, are still common and popular. Solid wood floors have a smoother wear surface and can be sanded and finished more than a wood floor that has been built.
Softwoods and Hardwoods
Softwood Flooring: It includes materials from a number of trees, mainly oak, fir, and cedar. Such species tend to grow very quickly and are readily abundant. Their rapid growth, however, leads to less dense and therefore less durable wood itself. This can make dents and bruises sensitive. It also makes it more difficult to finish, as sanding machines can quickly create low spots.
Given these disadvantages, due to the simplicity and unique characteristics of the material, most people still opt to use softwood flooring surfaces in their home. The product is also more environmentally friendly because it can be purchased locally and can be recycled easily.
Hardwood Flooring: The trees grown from hardwood materials grow more slowly, and end up being much denser and more durable than their softwood counterparts. It ensures they last longer and need less maintenance. The actual longevity of the species will vary and is rated using the Wood Hardness Rating scale by the National Oak Flooring Manufacturers Association (NOMFA).
Hardwood Flooring Design Considerations
One of the great things about flooring in hardwood is that it never goes out of style. It has been in continuous use for thousands of years and has survived the test of time despite numerous shifts and changes in style and design, showing that this type of material-look is never getting old.
This is largely due to the fact that hardwood is an instant connection between the natural world and an interior place. Even the most typical mundane settings can achieve the feeling of a forest, the essence of a densely thickened wood.
Unique: Every plank, board, or strip used on a hardwood floor is a unique natural art work with its own patterns and colors. This is compounded by the fact that there are dozens of different species to choose from of domestic, imported, common, and exotic hardwoods, each with its own unique grain, color, and characteristics. This ensures that each installation of this material is a unique feature.
Character: The quality of wood will change over time. It will acquire subtle color shades and might have small scratches, nicks, and dents that will gather on the surface to create a unique personality for your floor. That’s the kind of quality that can’t be bought but can only be achieved over the years.
Large Spaces: For large open spaces, wood is a particularly good flooring material. This is because the grains and patterns found in its surface will help break the room’s monotony, acting as a backdrop, while at the same time working to instill interest and design into space. The use of plank, parquet, and small piece decorative hardwood installations will compound this effect.