Hardwood Floors: How to Make a Good Choice

The floor is one of the key items when building or renovating the house. When evaluating options, one needs to find beauty and functionality in the coating. That's why one of the most requested coatings is the wood floor. The material is a favorite for its high durability and match any decoration, as well as bringing charm and comfort to the environment.

But among so many hardwood flooring options, it can be hard to know which option comes in the most affordable and offers the ideal features for your home. Meet now the types of wood floors and check out some guidelines that help you make the best choice.


Laminate

Considered an evolution of wood carpet, this type of flooring is made from a plastic laminate-coated wood core or substrate.

Because it has higher density than wood carpets, it is more resistant to scratches, impacts and abrasion. Another advantage is the price, well below the natural wood floor.

O laminate flooring It is installed by means of the male-female fitting and neither the need for glue. Before laying the floor, it is important to place a blanket to correct irregularities in the subfloor and to reduce ambient noise.


Wooden carpet

O wood carpet It is made up of natural substrate planks coated with natural wood veneer finish to reduce scratch, impact and abrasion resistance. It is less durable than laminate flooring, so it gets the technical name of low strength laminate flooring.

In the installation, a polyurethane blanket is placed on the dry and level subfloor, which then receives the rulers fitted into the male-female system. An important tip for this type of flooring is to use felt on the furniture feet to avoid scratching the floor.

Tacos

Very traditional, this type of wood flooring is found in the shape of small boards, with sizes ranging from 3 to 10 cm wide and 10 cm to 1m in length.


The installation of tacos It is made with asphalt glue. For this, it is important that the surface is level and well dry, free of moisture to prevent the wood pieces from starting to come loose over time, a very common problem on this type of floor. After application, scraping is done and the coating receives a layer of water-based synthetic or resin.

Floor

O floor It is composed of solid wood rulers, which may have varying sizes and thicknesses. When choosing wood flooring, you need to worry about the humidity of the environment, which can cause the rulers to expand over time. Therefore, in the installation it is necessary to leave small spaces between the plates.

This type of flooring can be placed on concrete, ceramic, granite or wood floors. The floor is glued and screwed into the subfloor with the rulers forming longitudinal or diagonal designs.

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