Hardwood, Laminate and Bamboo
—Which One Is Best for Your Home?
Unlike carpet or resilient flooring that may show wear at times, properly finished hardwood floors are the easiest of all floor surfaces to keep clean and looking ‘new’ for years with minimal care. Of course, it’s important to choose the hard surface flooring type that best complements your home. The design experts at Interiors & Textiles can help you understand the design factors involved so you can choose the perfect floor and decide whether hardwood, laminate or bamboo may be the best choice for your home.
- Hardwood flooring – the popularity of a hardwood floor is due to the warmth and timelessness. It never goes out of style, and wood floors make an excellent investment because they last so long. At Interiors & Textiles, we stock a wide range of hardwood flooring, including Kahrs, Mirage, Du Chateau, EcoTimber, IndusParquet, and more.
- Laminate flooring – laminate flooring allows you to get the look and feel of domestic hardwood, exotic hardwood, or expensive stone at a fraction of the cost. Laminate offers style and performance at great price points that is completely unique.
- Bamboo flooring – one of the fastest-growing plants in the world, bamboo harvesting doesn’t affect the root of the bamboo plant, so it’s an excellent choice for sustainable flooring. The installation of bamboo flooring is similar to hardwood. Plus bamboo floors can carry heavy loads and are more durable and resilient than hardwood. They come in a variety of shades and have a look that’s similar to hardwood but uniquely different.
Hardwood Floor Design Considerations
There are some key factors to consider when choosing the type of hardwood:
- Solid hardwood is 100% wood – just like the name implies.
- Engineered hardwood has a veneer of hardwood laminated on to a softer wood core. Its cross-ply construction allows for installation in a range of conditions and better dimensional stability.
The design team at Interiors & Textiles can help you understand whether solid or engineered hardwood is right for your home and your lifestyle. Then, there are other design considerations to take into account when choosing a hardwood floor:
1 Types – not all types of hardwood are equally hardy and different varieties are appropriate for different areas of your home. For example, in a high traffic area or a heavily used room, you would want hardwood with extra durability.
2 Color – color has a big influence on the look of your home and getting the color right depends on the wood’s natural color and grain as well as the stain. The lighting in your home also plays a role in how the wood appears, so it’s important to take that into account as well.
3 Width – the width of the hardwood flooring is a design detail that has a dramatic influence on the look of your floor. Wider widths complement large rooms, but can often overwhelm a smaller area. Selecting the right width that works with the style and architecture is an important design element.
4 Finish – many flooring manufacturers offer extra tough urethane finishes which help the hardwood floor stand up to heavy use and foot traffic. These finishes also allow the wood to maintain its luster without wax and refinishing.
5 Edging – the way the edges and ends of the boards are cut defines the edge detail, and there are a number of options: square, beveled and micro-beveled, and eased. Each has a way of defining the individual boards and creating a different look.
In addition to the simple measurements, our team will provide design advice to help you choose the right flooring features to complement your home, then arrange for the installation of your new hardwood flooring.
Whether you’re building a new home or redesigning an existing one, you want the look just right. Call 650.493.1700 for an appointment with one of our designers, and visit our showroom in Palo Alto, California to see our numerous hardwood floor samples.