Modern substitutes for expensive hardwood are often indiscernible from solid hardwood. These are called Engineered Flooring, which as their name implies have a strong durable substrates, but the tops are covered with veneers of real hardwood of varying thicknesses. Sometimes the substrate is plywood for strength or fiberboard for cost-efficiency. The last back layer is frequently hardwood as well, for additional strength.
The thicker varieties can be sanded down after many years of wear, often more than once, just like solid hardwood, and then resurfaced to look like new. More economical versions may not be sandable, but are still very strong and resilient. They could last for decades with no maintenance, especially in low traffic areas or when they are protected by fashionable area rugs.
The choice of woods can vary from oiled teaks, to hand-sanded oaks, burled walnuts, or even knotty pines, for that classical look. Modern choices even include that astonishingly durable form of grass, bamboo! Although it is not waterproof, it is much more resistant to moisture than conventional hardwood. It would likely be inappropriate for laundry rooms or bathrooms, but is favored for kitchens. One of its best qualities is that it possesses a tensile strength similar to steel, and an amazing stain resistance.
Whether your home is full of beautiful antique furniture from the 17 th century, or the most technological-looking chrome and vinyl from the 21 st century, everything looks good sitting on a wooden floor. And if you want something soft underfoot, area rugs can be used to suit the current design of the room, and unlike broadloom, can be easily altered if you change your design.
Some people, who are hypersensitive to allergens, do much better in a house that doesn't have any carpets at all. Modern carpeting no longer out-gases toxic fumes for a few months after installation, so that isn't a concern. However, any fabric surface will retain pollen, pet hair, cat dander, or even household dust.
Synthetic, engineered, or real wood flooring, on the other hand, does not possess those drawbacks. In fact it's very easy to keep clean. Allergen-sensitive people are generally very enthusiastic about wood. Hardwood throughout can be an excellent selling feature for your home when you're ready to move.
Installing hardwood is no easy task, and you seldom want to tackle such a complex project. The skill involved is far too demanding for the average DIY homeowner. That is why we advise that you turn to our team of experts who can handle all of your Hardwood Flooring in the Houston area. They can handle all of the hard work for you, and give you a stunning result that is certain to draw compliments from all your guests, friends, and relatives!