Hardwood and Cork Flooring
Wood flooring has definitely become one of the most popular flooring options available for homes. Unlike other options, wood flooring is natural, so it truly offers unique textures and appearances. In fact, given wood’s unique patterns and grains, each wood floor is one-of-a-kind. Visit Walla Walla Carpet One and take advantage of our selection of wood floors. We offer hardwood and cork flooring, each of which has its own advantages.
Hardwood is considered the traditional wood flooring. It possesses warmth, character, and natural beauty that other flooring options simply cannot replicate. Plus, hardwood is available in many styles, colors, and edge choices, and it can be installed with strips, planks, or parquet. As a result, there are a variety of design options available.
The two main types of hardwood are solid and engineered hardwood. Solid hardwood is made from a genuine strip of wood. Engineered hardwood, however, is made from three to seven layers of wood that are pressed together. It is therefore more dimensionally stable than solid hardwood. Both solid and engineered hardwood can be refinished over time for added shine and smoothness, but solid hardwood can be refinished more times.
Cork flooring is an appealing option because of its unique appearance and surface designs. Compared to hardwood, cork is soft and warm. More importantly, cork has elastic properties that make it extra durable. The surface resists wear, and most indents will fully or partially recover. Cork’s durability, especially when combined with its softness and ability to dampen sound, makes it a great option for areas with high foot traffic.
Laminate's Layered Construction
If you look at laminate flooring, you’ll notice right away that it looks like hardwood, stone, or tile. Laminate’s special construction, which includes a high definition image of natural flooring, gives it these authentic looks. But, there’s more to laminate than looks; it also is extremely durable. It has, for example, a stronger surface and added stability. So, if you want the looks of natural flooring but require extra wear resistance, laminate is a great option.
How does laminate offer extra durability? It is made from different layers that, although they are fused together, do serve certain purposes. The top layer, known as the wear layer, protects against scratches and drops. It is transparent, and it can replicate the texture of wood, stone, or tile. The next layer is the decorative layer, which includes a high definition photo of the specified natural flooring type. This photo offers a truly authentic look. The core layer is next, and it is made from high-density fiberboard that adds support against foot traffic. The last layer is the base layer, which adds stability against some moisture.
To learn more about laminate flooring, stop by Walla Walla Carpet One. We offer various styles of laminate, so there is certainly one to fit your room’s design or function.