Do you know how many types of wood are available on the market? Unlike tile and stone, where you can usually remember the varieties and count them on the fingers of your hand, wood types are numerous. Since each different species is a different “wood type”, it’s effectively like trying to name different types of animals.
If you’re considering hardwood flooring for your home, however, you need to know about the different types of wood available, so you can make an informed decision. Today, we’ll cover that subject in some detail.
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Solid Wood Vs Engineered Hardwood
Before we discuss different species, let’s talk about solid wood and engineered wood.
Solid hardwood refers to solid wood planks. These have a rich look, and you can expect that wonderful wooden sound when you walk around on them. They’re available in a lot of varieties. Solid hardwood, however, doesn’t fare well against moisture and tends to be rather expensive.
Engineered (or composite) wood is a thin piece of wood on top of layers of wood, plastic, and straw. It’s not all biodegradable, and as you can see, it isn’t a solid plank of wood. It is a lot less expensive and comes pre-finished, which makes the hardwood flooring installation process much quicker. Its cons include the fact that it can’t be refinished multiple times due to its thinness, and it also doesn’t last as long as solid wood.
Domestic Vs Exotic Hardwood Flooring
If hardwood flooring cost is a major factor, you’re best off getting engineered wood with a domestic wood variety. Most homeowners don’t consider cost a top priority, however. They want a blend of quality, affordability, sustainability and beauty.
With that in mind, let’s look at your options.
Domestic wood is generally a pretty good idea. It’s hard, durable, and will usually be a lot more affordable. If you want to be eco-friendly, go with these. Domestic hardwood has a lot of pros – it’s available in a lot of options, it fares well in the local climate, it creates jobs in the area, etc.
If you start to find the appearance a bit dull after a few years, you can always re-finish the floors (assuming they’re solid planks) for a small extra cost. Popular examples of domestic wood include:
- American Cherry
- Red Oak
- White Oak
Exotic wood usually comes in from tropical areas, although the term covers any species that isn’t native to North America. Some popular examples include purple heart, bamboo, Brazilian walnut, and Australian cypress.
Exotic hardwoods tend to be a lot harder, but hardness isn’t the most important factor in a floor. Usually, exotic hardwoods are ideal if you want a particular look or a unique appearance which you can’t find in domestic varieties.
So what’s the bottomline? Which of these is the best option for you? If you’re looking for hardwood flooring installation in Snohomish we’d generally suggest going with a domestic variety. The ecological and local benefits outweigh the standard appearance. However, everyone’s needs are different, so if you want to stop by for a quick chat we’re sure we’ll be able to better understand (and guide) you.
Are you looking for hardwood flooring installation in Snohomish? Builders Interiors has everything you need. With a well-stocked inventory, discounted rates, excellent reputation and a quality guarantee, you’ll be getting a deal that nobody can beat. We sell to homeowners, apartment managers, contractors, building owners, and commercial clients – with fair rates for everyone.
Worried about the cost of installing hardwood? Don’t be. We offer incredibly low rates – both for the product, and for our services. Our hardwood flooring rates start at $3.50 per square foot – we weren’t kidding! We’re just 20 minutes from Snohomish, so stop by sometime and take a look at what we have on offer.