If you need a new floor, a wooden floor is always a good option. However, it is important to realise that there are different types and choose the right one. Here is an overview of the main types of wooden floors that are available with all the information you need about each to determine which to buy.
Fake wood or laminate
The most common kind of wood floor are laminated floors. These are popular because they are cheaper than natural wood.
Of course, there is a place for this kind of flooring, but it rarely looks convincing and has a tendency to wear quickly. If you do opt for this kind of flooring you need to buy the absolute best quality, which means you are usually better off choosing a natural wood floor.
Engineered wood is made of several layers of wood that are compressed together to form a plank. Then a veneered of finished wood forms the top layer. Because this floor is veneered with real wood, it looks very natural. However, it will wear far quicker than a true wood floor and because the veneer is usually only 4mms thick, it cannot be refinished, and will wear quickly.
Natural wood floors
True natural wood flooring is made from a single, solid plank of wood. This kind of flooring will last for literally hundreds of years.
It can be sanded down and re-finished repeatedly, so is a very versatile form of flooring. Naturally, this kind of wooden floor takes some maintenance, but modern finishes mean that it will only need re-finishing once every few years. In low traffic areas, it can go for decades without needing to be re-waxed or re-finished.
You can find out more about bespoke wood flooring from Victorian Woodworks. This firm supplies a huge range of natural wood flooring and provides detailed information about all of them.