Which hardwood is right for you?
When choosing which hardwood style to grace your home with, you’ll find you have an abundance of options. To narrow down the choices and ensure an ideal fit, we invite you to consider your lifestyle and home décor personalityalong with the needs of your space. Below, we’ll take a look at various types of Toronto hardwood flooring and considertheir individual strengths.
Exotic or Domestic?
Toronto hardwood flooring is broken down into two categories; domestic, and exotic.
Domestic hardwoods are native to North America. Their acquisition is easier and less costly than foreign materials. These include as Oak and Maple.
Domestic hardwoods are typically lighter and not as bold. They maintain anorganic and wholesome appearance and are useful as a warm, classic foundation to make other features of your home stand out, rather than drawing all of the attention.
Exotic hardwoods, on the other hand, are found in areas around the world other than North America. These woods can include Cypress or Brazilian Cherrywood. The colours that exotic woods boast are bold, bright and stunning. Their wood grain is often unusual and captures interest. These stylesdraw the attention of the room to themselves and star as design and décor features.
Engineered hardwood vs Solid
Solid hardwood flooring in Toronto is made from solid planks of wood and is usually about ¾ of an inch in thickness. This traditional and elegant option is ideal flooring due to how long it last and the opportunity to sand and refinish the surface at a later time.
Engineered wood , on the other hand, is comprised of compact layers, containing wood and strong resins. A solid wood veneer is placed on the top of the planks to provide a high-end, real wood appearance. This wood floor material is ideal for living spaces that are shared with children and pets due to its resilient nature and, more specifically, its resistance to water damage. Just like solid hardwood, should damage occur onengineered planks, many varieties have a thick enough surface layer that it can be refinished at least once. This ensures longevity from your investment. Because engineered floors are typically priced lower, they represent cost savings over time.
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Prefinished hardwood versus unfinished
Prefinished wooden floors receive their protective top coating in the factory while they are being manufactured. The wood undergoes the surface treatment long before it arrives in your home. Once installed, prefinished flooring is ready for use right away and doesn’t require a wait time like unfinished wood floors. This option is perfect for families who have busy timetables and find themselves always on the move. It takes a little of the guesswork and DIY labour out of your flooring installation process as well. Unlike prefinished wooden flooring, unfinished wood planks arrive in your home raw and ready for your preferred treatment. Once installed, the stains, protectants and sealant of your choice can be applied. During the drying process, the floor should be off-limits until completely dry. This option is more appealing for those who don’t mind leaving the area for a time; giving their beautiful new finish an opportunity to dry and strengthen. There is no right or wrong choice when it comes to prefinished or unfinished wood; there’sonly what is right for you. If you’re not sure what your ideal flooring installation scenario is, please contact our experts at Chestnut Flooring today, or come on in to see us in our expansive showroom. We’ll be happy to walk you through the options and help you select your new floors.