What's the Best Hardwood Flooring?
The best hardwood flooring is the one that fits your traffic
needs, installation challenges and budget. The industry has created
literally hundreds of options to meet any of these challenges
from horrible to fantastic.
Here's an idea of all your solid wood hardwood flooring options...
this does not discuss laminated flooring which is made from synthetic
material and printed with a picture of real wood to imitate nature
This commonly refers to a solid wood flooring that is 2 1/4"
or 3 1/4" wide, although quite a variation of widths are
available as manufacturers try to get the best yield out of available
material. Most commonly 3/4" thick and comes in various lengths.
Typical pricing: $3.50 to $8.00 per square foot
Parquet Hardwood Flooring:
This is a product from our mother's era, although it experiences
short comebacks when manufacturer recreate cool mosiac patterns.
It is made like a jigsaw puzzle and lays down in small tiles like
ceramic. It is one of the best hardwood flooring products for
the DIY installer
Typical Pricing: $1/ft for the most basic to $10. per
square foot for some really amazing and intricate patterns.
This is relatively new to the hardwood market and often gets confused
with its laminate cousin. Both products can have a similar construction,
but an engineered hardwood floor has a real wood layer NOT a photograpy
reproduced in resin and printed on the surface.
This is the most complicated hardwood to buy, as it ranges from
absolute junk to very specialized product designed for complex
installations over radient heating systems and on concrete slabs
Typical Pricing: $4.50 to $10.00 per square foot
Floating Hardwood Floors:
This is an even newer style; an engineered floor with a real wood
surface that is structurally designed to be installed as a floating
floor. Mirage Lock Floating floor is one of the few I know of
on the market.
Typical Pricing: $4.50 to $7.00 per square foot