Previously, we determined that hardwood flooring will accommodate pretty much any sort of lifestyle. Whether you have kids or pets, a quality hardwood floor will be just fine over its lifetime. Hardwood floors will last an exceptionally long time if they are properly taken care of, and with development of a new breeds of hardwood flooring, it is conceivable that floors could last fifty years or more. The old days of hardwood flooring are over and that is a good thing; the classics will never go away but now there are simply more options. These options include engineered hardwood flooring, laminate flooring and good old fashioned hardwood flooring. JRK flooring is Kansas City’s finest flooring installation, refinishing and repairing contractor. We believe in providing an unparalleled customer service experience and when you need hardwood flooring services, we are your local experts.
The development of hardwood flooring is a really interesting blend of design, nature and technology. The first type of flooring that we will look at is laminate flooring. Laminate flooring really doesn’t belong in the same conversation as hardwood flooring but many people consider it an option and it has become very popular. Laminate flooring is made of synthetic materials and tends to be easier to install and that is why it is very popular with the do-it-yourself crowd. Laminate flooring lacks the character of real hardwood flooring because the wood grain is generally only an image in the resin. As popular as laminate flooring is, the option to refinish is taken out of the equation because laminate flooring must be replaced if severely damaged.
Engineered Wood Flooring
Engineered wood flooring, this is exactly what it sounds like, a fully engineered type of wood flooring planks. The popularity of engineered hardwood flooring is growing in popularity, probably due to the fact that it has the exceptional good looks of authentic hardwood flooring with better stability. Engineered hardwood flooring is made up of components and many different types of designs. The basic design is, a few layers of wood with a thin veneer on top. The design decreases the likelihood that, if installed, your engineered floor will warp and crack.
Good Old Hardwood
The final material we utilize in the hardwood flooring business is, yep, you guessed it, solid, unadulterated wood. While engineered flooring may be refinished a few times, laminate flooring must be replaced, hardwood flooring can be refinished and repaired many times during its lifecycle. Hardwood flooring for all of its beauty is still very accessible and easy to take care of. That being said, true hardwood flooring is exceptionally close to being a living thing. It has a personality of its own and will behave in the way it wants, regardless of what you want it to do. It will do things like respond to changes in temperature and humidity. The undeniable uniqueness and beauty of a hardwood floor is hard to beat, as is its exceptional beauty. If you think it is time to get your home upgraded with a beautiful hardwood floor, contact us at JRK Flooring today!