Different types of hardwood floors can add different amounts of value to your home. If you’re thinking about selling your home in the future or redoing your floors, it’s important to choose a flooring option that will increase your home’s resale value.
We put together this guide to show you the different types of hardwood floors and their associated resale values, as well as how to choose the right one for your home. If you already know what type of wood you want, give us a call – MPS Floors (formerly Mike Pillar & Sons) has been installing and refinishing hardwood floors for over 40 years and we would love to help you find the perfect floor for your home.
The Different Wood Flooring Types
When choosing a type of hardwood flooring for your home, it’s important to consider both the initial cost and the expected return on investment. Do you want natural wood or engineered laminate? Will you get more return from choosing a hardwood with both traditional and contemporary looks, or should you stick to one style? There are many different types of wood floors out there, but here are a few of the most popular:
Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Engineered wood flooring is a type of floor that consists of multiple layers of plywood that are bonded together. Engineered wood floors are more stable than solid wood floors and can be installed over concrete or radiant heating systems. Engineered wood floors have a real hardwood veneer on top and are available in many different species and colors. The average return on investment for engineered wood floors is about 70%. Most of the engineered wood floors we carry can be refinished multiple times.
Solid Hardwood Flooring
Do you want a solid wood floor instead of an engineered wood floor? Solid wood flooring is made from a single piece of lumber and can be sanded and refinished multiple times. A solid wood floor is also available in many different widths, thicknesses, grades, and finishes.
Parquet flooring is usually made of solid hardwood, but it can come in both engineered and solid wood flooring. Parquet floors are designed with a repeating geometric pattern and are typically held together with glue or tacks. Parquet floors are durable and easy to maintain, but they cannot be sanded or refinished like solid wood can. They also require professional installation, which can be expensive.
Choosing Materials For Your Floor
Types of Wood: White Oak, Maple, Walnut Floors?
Hardwood floors can be a great way to add beauty and value to your home. With so many types of hardwood flooring available, there is something to suit every taste and budget. Among the most popular selections are white oak flooring, maple, walnut – each providing their own unique look and feel. Oak hardwoods are highly durable and provide an inviting classic appeal. Maple is also a popular choice for its strength and clean contemporary appearance. For those looking for added richness, walnut hardwoods bring a hint of color with mesmerizing textures sure to please any eye.
Each Type of Wood Has Its Own Grain & Colors
Hardwood flooring has been a popular feature in homes and businesses throughout history, and today’s interior designs feature many varieties of hardwood. Each type of hardwood has its own unique grain pattern and color that sets it apart from the others. From oak with deep, warm tones to light hues of pine and rich stripes of mahogany, the possibilities are wide-ranging. Whether selecting an exotic or traditional wood species, you can be sure to find one to make your space stand out! Not only are these different types stunningly beautiful, but each also offers unique benefits for both residential and commercial settings. With so much selection available in hardwood flooring, it’s easy to find the perfect style suited for your needs.
Choosing Engineered or Solid Wood?
Many homeowners favor engineered hardwood floors for their construction and installation benefits. Engineered hardwood, designed as thin layers of multiple kinds of wood fused together, is more resistant to humidity changes and offers installations that require little or no adhesives. This type of wood is a great addition to any home, especially in underground spaces due to the added durability that it offers. In addition, we offer installations that can be placed directly over a concrete foundation.
If you’re considering hardwood flooring in areas with changing temperatures, engineered hardwood can provide a much better result than traditional solid wood boards. However, some homeowners prefer the natural characteristics of solid wood. If you’re looking for a floor that is truly unique and offers authentic character, then solid hardwood boards may be better suited for your home.
What About Hardwood Floor Refinishing?
While the natural finish of hardwood can be beautiful and timeless, many people also opt for a stained or distressed finish for a more redefined look.
Unfinished hardwood flooring can be sanded and refinished to create the desired look you are going for. Unfinished flooring can also be stained to match existing cabinetry or furniture in your home. Just keep in mind that solid wood floors can only be refinished a certain number of times before the boards become too thin and weak.
This is a fantastic option if you’re looking for an easy, low-cost way to upgrade your existing hardwood floors. Refinishing also provides a great opportunity to add custom colors or stains to your home’s flooring, allowing you to customize the look of your space.
In addition, refinishing can help restore your floors back to their original beauty and protect them from everyday wear and tear. However, it is important to note that hardwood floor refinishing does require some skill. You should always hire a professional if you’re considering this option for your home.
The great thing about hardwood floors is how versatile they can be – any color or design can easily be incorporated to create a unique style that reflects what you want in your home.
With variety of finishing options, it’s easier than ever to choose the perfect hardwood floor suited to your individual vision!
Don’t Forget About Routine Maintenance!
Hardwood floors add an elegant and classic feel to any room and can make a great long-term investment. However, regular cleaning and maintenance is essential to keep hardwood floors looking their best. Without proper maintenance, all types of hardwood floors – including solid wood, engineered wood, and parquet – can fade or may become scratched or scuffed over time. We also offer to enhance old floors with a wired brushing technique. Taking the time to properly vacuum and clean your hardwood floors can go a long way in helping them retain their original beauty for many years. Furthermore, having wood sealed can help protect it against elements that cause damage. When it comes to taking care of your hardwood floors, a little bit of routine maintenance goes a long way!
Choosing Hardwood Floors
Hardwood floors are a beautiful and classic choice for many homes and businesses. There are many different types of hardwood to choose from, each with its own distinct grain pattern and color. Hardwood floors can be finished in a variety of ways, including natural, stained, or distressed. Some people prefer engineered hardwood floors because they are more durable and easier to install. No matter what type of hardwood floor you choose, it is important to clean and maintain it regularly in order to keep it looking its best.
Talk to a Professional Today!
Once you’ve found the wood flooring you want, make sure to hire an expert to install it properly. The installation process will vary depending on the type of wood and where you are installing it, so make sure to ask your contractor any questions you may have.
Here at MPS Floors, we offer experienced installation and refinishing services for all types of hardwood floors. Our team is dedicated to providing high-quality workmanship and excellent customer service, so you can rest assured that your floor will be installed correctly and safely!