Despite the growing demand for resilient wood-look flooring, hardwood is still at the top of homeowners “must have” list. What differentiates hardwood from other categories is that it is a all natural floor crafted from an organic, raw material that was once alive. There are 3 types of real wood products, solid, engineered and composite.
Solid – is solid wood flooring from top to bottom.
Engineered – is also real wood from top to bottom, but it consists of multi layers of veneer wood glued together at opposing directions.
Composite – contains real wood only on the wearable surface only. The backing and core material may be made up of any type of composite material.
5 things to discuss when looking for a hardwood floor:
- Gloss – the lower the gloss the less prone the floor will be to show everyday wear and tear. Having a nice glossy, waxy, oily look is a great visual but prone to show scratches and scuffs more easily.
- Grain – a grainier species like an oak or hickory is less likely to show markings than a smooth exotic or domestic maple.
- Texture – Handscrapes or other slight distressed techniques can help mask imperfections.
- Color – Lighter to mid-tone will show scratches less then a really dark or rich tone.
- Hardness – Comparing hardness, such as referring to the janka scale, shows the consumer the difference in the hardness from wood to wood.