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Types of wooden flooring

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

wooden flooringWooden flooring can be categorized into several ways such as the material of the wood, the form of the material used and also the process in which the wooden floor is laid out. Flooring options in a house can be decided by the level of use and also the time for which the floor will be used. Given below are the types of wooden floors according to the categories in which they are divided:

• According to type of material- classification of wooden floors can be done as per the material. Oak, walnut and maple are the most popular amongst the wooden floors. They are known for their hardness and can be used for a long time. Some of the other woods which are also used for flooring purposes are teak and some other exotic types. They are well known for their design and finish. Pine wood is also another material which is used to make wooden floors but they are basically softwood.

• According to form of material- in this category there are three types of wooden floors such as engineered, acrylic-impregnated and solid wood. Solid wood is the one which is common in many houses. It is a full piece of solid timber which is laid out to make the floor. Engineered flooring on the other hand is made by thin layers of hardwood. It is laid in a crisscross manner which is perfect for more weight and force. Flooring for the basement can be a good idea if it is done through engineered flooring. Acrylic-impregnated flooring involves the usage of both solid timber and acrylic to make the floor more durable and withstand heavy traffic.

• According to which the floor is laid out- one type of flooring involves the wood to be laid out in strips and the width of the strips may vary from 1.5 inches to 2.25 inches. Another type would be in which the planks are used. They are almost similar to the wooden strips but the wooden strips are generally wider than the planks. Parquet flooring is another type of flooring in this category where small pieces of wood are kept in alternate directions forming attractive geometric patterns.

• According to installation procedure- wooden floors are often installed with sub floors beneath it. They are normally fixed with the help of nails, glue or staples. Another process in which floors are installed is known as floating wood floor. Here instead of a sub floor foam is used to keep all the pieces together.