I don’t know about you but I have become a hard floor fan over the years. It is much easier to maintain and keep clean than carpet. Don’t get me wrong, I like some carpet, but my choice is a big throw rug versus wall to wall. Today there is a multitude of hardwood floor choices, in this article we will explain the differences between them as well as give you some options to look at and think about for your next project. All the choices can be found at The Home Depot and the pictures are clickable links to take you to even more choices.
Bamboo is actually a grass that’s processed to make flooring. It is harder than most hardwoods, so it is extremely durable. It is also termite resistant and is available in a wide variety of colors and sizes. The cost is often less than regular hardwood and it is very easy to install. It has proven to hold up extremely well for most flooring applications.
Solid Hardwood means that each part of the flooring is made of genuine hardwood and nothing else. Solid wood flooring is very durable but must be permanently nailed or glued to the sub-floor.
Engineered Hardwood is constructed layers of hardwood and plywood. Each layer is positioned in a different direction. It is better than solid hardwood at handling moisture. Its plywood base is very stable as it warps and flexes less easily upon contact with moisture.
Cork flooring is made from the bark of the cork oak tree. It is ground, processed into sheets and baked to make flooring tiles. It’s not as durable or water-resistant as regular tile, but it offers some benefits over tile. It is more washable and stain-resistant, easy to care for and is similar to hardwood.