Hardwood flooring is designed for long-term durability and will add warmth and elegance to any business. Hardwood floors come in a wide variety of species including, Oak, Maple, and Cherry. Hardwood flooring is more affordable than ever.
Types of Hardwood Flooring
A) Unfinished wood flooring: Unfinished flooring is a product that must be job-site sanded and finished after installation.
B) Pre-finished Wood Flooring:
Pre-finish wood flooring is factory-sanded and finished flooring that only needs installation.
C) Solid Wood Flooring:
Solid wood flooring is completely lumber. It is available in unfinished and pre-finished. Solid wood flooring is produced in planks and installed in a nail down method.
D) Engineered Wood Flooring: Bonding layers of veneer and lumber with an adhesive product in strips, planks and parquet
A Floating Floor is a floor that does not need to be nailed or glued to the sub floor. A sprung is a special type of floating floor designed to enhance sports or dance performance. In general though the term refers to a floor used to reduce noise or vibration.
A domestic floating floor might be constructed over an existing floor and consist of a glass fiber, felt or cork layer for sound insulation with neoprene pads holding up a wood floor. There is a gap between the floor and the walls to decouple them and allow for expansion, this gap will be covered with skirting boards or moldings.
While floating floors add to the appeal of a business, they are not recommended for areas the maybe get wet, i.e. bathrooms and near exterior doors.
A raised floor (also raised flooring) is a type of floor used in office buildings with a high requirement for servicing, to carry cables, wiring, electrical supply and sometimes air conditioning or chilled water pipes.
Different forms of bamboo flooring exist. Each varies in its manufacturing process and differs largely based on economic viability and local preferences.
The most common form, particularly in southeast Asia, uses thin bamboo stems that are cut as flat as possible.
They are cut to similar lengths and can be stained, varnished, or simply used as is. They are then nailed down to wooden beams or bigger pieces of bamboo stems.
This form results in more space between each bamboo stem; flatness and tightness is not emphasized. This technique is usually used on stilted houses, resulting in better air circulation especially during the warmer summer months.
The manufactured bamboo flooring commonly found in North American markets is highly processed. The bamboo is split and flattened, dried, and then laminated in layers with glue under high pressure. Manufactured bamboo floors are typically made available in planks with either vertical- or horizontal-grain orientation.
The two major colors are natural (similar to beech) and carbonized (similar to oak). The process of steaming bamboo material under a controlled pressure and temperature is called carbonization, in which bio-organisms and sugar breaks down, and the color of the material changes into brownish. The natural and carbonized bamboo floors are typically referred to as solid bamboo, although in fact the structures are layered, similar to a plywood
Laminate flooring continues to be a popular choice due to its durable finish and beautiful, real wood look. It is offered in a wide variety of colors, provides a long lasting finish, and it’s ideal for light commercial areas.
Pergo laminate flooring:
A wide variety of glueless laminate plank floors and a pre-applied glue laminate floor in many different hardwood, stone and tile designs