The 3 Most Durable Types of Wood Flooring
Throughout the years, wood flooring has proven to be a timeless pick for homeowners. Not only is it easy on the eyes, but it tends to last longer than other types of floors.
There are 3 types of durable wood flooring: Solid Hardwood, Engineered Wood, and Laminate. All are perfect for your home’s busy areas.
To see why let's look at their characteristics and how they can benefit you.
Solid Hardwood: Solid hardwood is the most durable type of wood flooring because it is made from 100% real wood. It can withstand heavy foot traffic while also resisting scratching, denting, and gouging much better than other types of wood flooring. However, if you live in an area with high humidity or a lot of moisture (e.g., the Eastern seaboard or near a beach), solid hardwood may not be the best option for you as it is not very water-resistant and can expand with changes in humidity throughout the year.
Engineered Wood: Engineered wood has been designed to increase its durability even more than solid hardwood. Engineered products have a veneer layer on top of an MDF core that makes each plank incredibly strong against damage like dents and scratches—and especially water damage! In fact, engineered products are about 3-4 times more water-resistant than solid hardwood floors so they're ideal for any room in your home where you expect spills or water to come into contact with your floors (think bathrooms and kitchens). They're also great options for humid climates because each piece comes pre-treated to prevent warping caused by humidity fluctuations throughout the year.
Laminate: Laminate floors are easy to care for while being tough enough to resist scratching, denting, burns, fading by sunlight exposure (if installed next to windows), staining, scuffing (by pet nails or shoes), mold, and mildew buildup (making them ideal choices for kitchens or bathrooms), regular wear-and-tear over time caused by heavy foot traffic across them (especially if the floor is installed in an area with children running around all day), etc.
When deciding on the best wood flooring for your home, you have a lot of options to consider. With the help of this guide and our expert team at Norman's in Stuttgart, you'll be well prepared to find the ideal type of flooring that will last a lifetime.
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