New Trends in Hardwood Flooring
Wider board floor designs and options that are easier to install will be the hot trends for 2011 both in the United Kingdom and abroad, according to experts in the industry. Self locked wood floors, ideal for use if your floors are in need of complete wood floor restoration, have been the hot innovation in the flooring industry in recent times and is only continuing to gain traction with builders, designers, do it yourself homeowners and customers in general. Because they are engineered floors, they do not need either glue or any kind of mechanical fasteners, belonging to the “floating floor” method of flooring, which is also becoming more and more popular.
Particularly good choices are wood planking with a two millimetre sawn veneer of hardwood (either hard maple or red oak would be preferable in this instance) with a core that is available in various widths from two and a half to five inches. Engineered wood flooring can also be a better option than solid wood flooring because it does not expand or contract with heat or moisture due to be being constructed out of cross banded layers of wood.
“Red oak is a classic choice,” says designer Nancy Soccio from Dolce Design, which is based in Montreal. “It’s a hardy, noble wood that adds soothing warmth to your home with its pink highlight, while hard maple is more pale and uniform. Its dense, finely grained look combines harmony and wellbeing to any décor.”