There are several options for those looking to install wood floors in their Virginia home. With each species having their own look and lifespan, they also have their own advantages and disadvantages when it comes to resale value, hardwood, engineered wood, or laminate flooring matter. With this in mind, we at Mike’s Custom Flooring would like to elaborate on the common wood species.
Bamboo Flooring Installation
A very popular eco-friendly choice is the bamboo and is possesses sustainability. Since bamboo is technically a grass, it only requires 4-6 years for it to mature where the harder woods to take 50 plus years to mature. As the procedure will leave it harder than okay, the hardness is not lost in bamboo with the strand woven process, however. Traditionally, bamboo is a light color, but there are caramelized options for darker options.
Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Floors
As the name indicates, Brazilian Cherry has a dark red color and will deepen with age. This flooring is very inviting and elegant and always looks exceptionally stunning in a den or study. because Brazilian Cherry is very hard, it is very durable and hard, making it a challenge to install and conduct refinishing services on.
Much like the bamboo, the cork is another eco-friendly option. Being just as sustainable, the cork planks are produced from the bark of the cork oak tree as opposed to the wood itself. Being both cushy to walk on and self-repairing from the indentations from furniture, cork flooring has that same bounce-back feel as the cork boards do. Cork flooring is one of the few wood floors that can be installed in basements or even bathrooms since it is impermeable to gas and liquid as well as mold and mildew resistant.
Maple Hardwood Flooring
Maple is harder and darker but has many similarities to oak. Maple has a lighter grain color to produce it and has a smoother and sleeker feel. Maple is still a popular hardwood flooring choice in modern homes, although it doesn’t absorb stain well and can yellow over time in rooms with sunlight exposure.
Oak Hardwood Flooring
The stain absorbs well, and oak is economical, strong-grained, and efficient. Throughout North America, it is a commonly used as hardwood flooring. The graining makes it a popular choice since it can hide flaws, like scratches and dents easily. In homes where there are kids and pets and as it ages well, the oak can better retain its luster. There are both white and red oak; the white oak that has gold and brown undertones, where the red has pink undertones.
Pine is one of the softer woods and is noted as an allure among homeowners as a hardwood floor option instead of a flaw. To boost the wood’s authenticity, the softer pine is easier to cut and work with during installation, and dents and scratches. As the pine flooring ages the fibers will compress on themselves, the surface becomes harder.