If you have recently purchased a new home or apartment and need to replace the old, outdated flooring with something warm and good looking, you have a lot of great choices. Today you can choose from a wide variety of flooring types that will not only enhance the looks of your interior but which will provide you and your family with flooring that will last the lifetime of your home.
Hardwood flooring is probably the most popular type of flooring available. The hardwood floors of today are not the type of hardwood floors your grandparents may have had. The advances in wood finishing technology has made today’s hardwood flooring more durable and much easier to maintain. Today’s pre-finished, engineered hardwood floors are constructed in a fashion that is similar to that of plywood with a veneer on the surface which is referred to as a wear layer. A wear layer can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. The best engineered hardwood floors are produced with either a thick or a thin wear layer and the price you pay for the floor is often dependent on the thickness of this layer. If you plan on keeping your new hardwood floor for ten to twenty years, you should select a veneer thickness of at least 1/8 of an inch. Of course, minor scratches and dents are normal in a hardwood floor and often add character.