Friday, September 9, 2011

The Meaning of Solid Wood Flooring

Wood Floor RepairsSome people may be confused by the term “solid wood flooring” and wonder what the difference is between that and other forms of wooden flooring. Simply put, solid wood flooring is a term that is used in order to differentiate between regular lumber and engineered flooring, solid wood being the former.

In general, the great majority of people tend to consider solid wood flooring to be considerably more attractive then engineered wood, of which fibreboard is just one such example, although the appearance of the latter can often be improved by the addition of a solid wood veneer.

Solid wood flooring is, however, much more expensive than engineered flooring and is also often not considered to be as environmentally friendly. If solid wood flooring is the option consumers want to go for while still wishing to be conscious of the environment, then it is very important to make sure that the solid wood flooring has been taken from a sustainable forest. This means that it comes from a forest that is managed with reseeding and limited yearly deforestation so that the environment will continue to be sustainable over a long period of time. Many types of wood are produced in such sustainable forests and are available in literally hundreds of different styles and shades. Solid wood floors are also considered to be particularly durable in nature, meaning that it will be many years before owners have to invest in wood floor repairs.

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