Trendy Hardwood Flooring Options

Whether you need help with prefinished hardwood floor installation for your Palo Alto condo, or just want to survey “cutting edge” hardwood floors, here’s an executive summary on four of the most promising, popular types of wood flooring in 2013.

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1. Engineered wood flooring.

This “engineered” composite hardwood flooring material is pretty dynamic stuff. You can find it in a seemingly infinite number of “parquet” patterns, designs, color and quality permutations – it’s also relatively affordable to install and maintain. Parquet can be tricky, however, so you may need to hire a professional for the installation or at least recruit a bunch of strong helpers.

2. Laminate flooring.

This treated material features high density fibers and a moisture proof bottom layer. Laminate is also a flexible material known for its flame resistance and durability.

3. Solid wood flooring.

A more traditional option, solid wood floors can be fitted together with the “tongue and groove” method — a great way to make installation simple and affordable. Another great option for parquet flooring.

4. Bamboo.

Bamboo flooring is increasingly popular in the Bay Area, due to the fact that bamboo plants regenerate quickly. The material boasts beautiful luster, durability, and hardness. Advocates say bamboo offers extra support and protection against earthquake damage and water-related decay.

Consulting Hardwood Floor Installation Experts

Without context, it’s almost impossible to recommend one of these materials over the others. Factors that can influence the decision include:

  • Your budget;
  • Whether you’re going to “DIY” the installation or hire someone else to help you with it;
  • Your design and color aesthetics;
  • The floor’s environmental exposure;
  • Personal concerns you may have about cost, installation time, maintenance, and environmental friendliness.

Let the team here at Elegant Floors help get some much needed clarity about your wood floor choices. Call us now, at 650-961-1339, or learn more about our services and our team here on our website.

Four Popular Types of Bay Area Wood Flooring