Happy Tuesday! We have a fabulous guest post for you today! Today’s blog feature is written with the help of Jonathan Sapir of Wood N Beyond! Jonathan explains the correct process to determine whether wood flooring is suitable in your project and your most up to date options! Check it out below!
Of the various flooring solutions available nowadays, wood is considered somewhat complicated to choose. The many options of wood and the technical knowledge required (to a degree), puts some individuals off buying wood flooring. In this guide, together with visual examples, we will explain your options. If you are still unsure or you want to explore other options, contact Anne Rue Interiors.
Wood Flooring Choices
There are two types of real wood. One is made from 100% wood, while the other is made from wood and manmade materials. One of the two is sure to uplift your interior!
Solid Wood Flooring – These hardwood floorboards are made from whole wood from end to end. Species of wood can vary from the common European Oak to the exotic African Teak. Solid wood flooring can suit most interiors, except in wet areas such as the bathroom or in warm conditions such as in interiors fitted with under floor heating. Solid wood will naturally expand or contract when temperature changes, hence not suitable in the mentioned areas.
Engineered Wood Flooring – These semi-hardwood ‘engineered’ floorboards are made using solid wood and manmade materials the likes of Plywood and MDF. When fitted, these look precisely like the solid type. The difference is that this time you can freely fit the floorboards across the entire project, even in wet or humid conditions, Yay!
Wood Flooring Grain, Knots and Sapwood
Floorboards will contain natural features of wood such as grain markings, sapwood and knots. In some interiors, more features are required to achieve a rural look or maybe to make the floor the focal feature in the room, in others a more uniform look is required so no to take away from other features in the interior. Therefore, there are four grades of wood to choose between.
Prime and Select Grades – These are the top end floorboards, which feature very few sapwood, knots and overall color fluctuations are far, and few between. Both solid and engineered wood flooring come in prime and select grades.
Natural and Rustic Grades – These are the most affordable grades as they feature a less uniform look, meaning color fluctuations are to be expected and so are the presence of sapwood and knots. Do not confuse grade with quality, the two have noting in common. It is merely a scale on which natural features of wood are counted. Both solid and engineered wood flooring come in natural and rustic grades.
Wood Flooring Colors
The majority of individuals believe that wood flooring only comes in shades of brown or honey colors, but they are mistaken. Certain species are dark or light in color and more importantly, there are techniques to color the floorboards to achieve almost any color to suit your interior. Examples vary from white floorboards that are great at making your interior look bigger, to grey floorboards that are fantastic in counteracting wood furniture and even black floorboards that sure to make a dramatic statement. Here are some popular examples:
Wood Flooring Coating
The coating or finish as some individuals refer to it covers the top of the floorboard to reduce wear. Options vary, but typically revolve around variants of oil or lacquer liquid. Oil is the most popular finish and results in a matt look, while lacquered will result in a glossy look. Oil is slower to wear so maintenance in the form of reapplying the coating is made longer between occurrences, however lacquered has a trick up its sleeve. It is too think to seep into the wood, thereby creating a waterproof layer between the floorboard and any water. Those who wish to fit wood flooring in the bathroom or kitchen areas should opt for the lacquered coating.
So all in all, it does not take much to become a real expert on wood flooring. Simply pay attention to the type, the grade and coating. Let your creatively lose when it comes to choosing suitable color, but remain practical when it comes to type.
Written with the help of Jonathan Sapir who is the managing director of WoodnBeyond. Follow him here or join Wood and Beyond on Facebook and Twitter.