When Solid Wood Flooring Is Your Only Alternative
The world of wood flooring contains more than meets the eye. There are two types that are regarded as wood floors and they both react differently in different circumstances. One is called engineered wood flooring and the second is called solid wood flooring or 'real wood flooring'.
Engineered wood flooring is made from a mixture of materials such as wood, plywood, mdf and softwood. Solid wood flooring on the other hand is made from complete wood from end to end. The result is a plank of floorboard that with the right level of care can exceed 100 years of quality use. In fact, most historical buildings that use wood in the form of floors, furniture, frames and so on would have had solid wood used. There are certain circumstances when solid are really your best option of the two types.
The biggest strength of solids is their immense durability. Their expected service life is important in many types of properties such as in commercial properties as return on investment is often measured in how much use the renovation project will return. The use of complete wood makes it possible to sand and recoat the wood when needed. Sanding is a process that removed a 1mm layer of 'old wood' to exposure fresh wood below. The planks are then coated again in a finish to protect the wood. Instead of having to replace the planks, the process is able to save the property's owner the heavy costs of new flooring. While in theory it is also possible to apply the same process on engineered planks, it is normally not recommended unless their layer of solid wood is thick enough.
Additionally, the strength of the boards makes it possible to add structural integrity to a property helping when structural changes are required.
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