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How to Choose Home Improvement Floor Appropriately?

  Nowadays, more and more people choose to re-floor after buying a house. Maybe many people can understand the kind of hesitation about all kinds of floors when buying floors at Flooring companies or Homedepot. There are also many people who wonder which is better, laminate flooring or vinyl floor. In fact, decorating a house is like makeup, the foundation is equal to the skin; the floor and walls are equal to the foundation; the furniture is blush, highlight and repair.

  Choosing a floor is not only about your taste, but also has a great connection with your lifestyle. If you have pets or children at home, a suitable floor will save a lot of trouble in your life.

Five kinds of floors are more common on the market now, solid hardwood, engineered hardwood, laminate, bamboo, vinyl.

1. Solid hardwood - lifespan: 75 years - 100 years or more (highest value)

  When we buy or sell a house, the value of a house with solid hardwood is generally higher. The main reason is that the price of solid hardwood is high + value preservation + long life. Solid hardwood is all cut from a single piece of wood, 100% logs, with no added chemicals. The reason why many people like solid wood flooring is because its natural log texture represents a classic and never goes out of style. Although it is of high value, it is not waterproof, it is troublesome and delicate to maintain, and it is prone to termites and moth-eaten problems. Usually pure solid hardwood on the market include Acacia, Maple, Oak, Ash, Elm, Pine, Hickory and Walnut, etc.

  Simply put, the difference between the three mainstream trees:

  Oak is a little cheaper than Maple and Hickory, but the other two are more used

  Oak is the most stable

  Oak is easier to dye than Maple

  Maple and Hickory are harder than Oak

  Hickory's profile is bolder than Maple and Oak

  In the "High Traffic" room, Hickory would be a better fit

  Hickory is the hardest to wear

  The process of laying solid wood floors is relatively cumbersome and requires the assistance of tools such as nails.

  Previously, this kind of solid hardwood could only be laid on the wood subfloor, but now there are some products on the market that can lay solid hardwood on the concrete floor, but the price is very expensive.

2. Engineered hardwood - lifespan: 25-40 years

  If it is well maintained, it will be no problem to use it for 80 years (solid hardwood replacement)

  The biggest difference between engineered and solid hardwood is that the former is made of different sheets, usually 4-7 layers. The top and bottom are solid wood, and the waterproof and moisture resistance is a little better than pure solid hardwood.

3. Laminate - lifespan: 15-30 years

  (Excellent value for money)

  The biggest difference between laminate and engineered hardwood is that it is synthesized after the log is crushed, through various glues, preservatives and additives, and processed by a hot press at high temperature and high pressure. Therefore, compared with the engineered hardwood floor, the composite floor has more choices in material and color, and it is also more wear-resistant and durable than the solid hardwood floor, and it is very friendly to children and pets.

  Another great advantage of laminate is that it overcomes the problem of termites or insects that may be caused by solid hardwood. You know, if our home is plagued by termites, it is a very troublesome problem.

  When installing this kind of composite floor, usually workers only need to lay the joints close together, without using glue or nails, so the installation cycle is relatively short, and it is suitable for students who need to decorate and move in in a short time.

  If your laminate floor is severely damaged, it can be more troublesome to repair. Laminate is a very good option if you are renting for a few years.

  The above three kinds of floors are very afraid of water and tide. This wood floor is prone to swelling and mildew when exposed to water. Mold is very harmful to the human body. If there is a problem with mold on the floor at home, it needs to be replaced and repaired in time. In order to prolong the life of the floor, it is necessary to keep the floor as dry as possible, and it is best to use special products when cleaning.

  As a decoration novice, if you want to quickly identify Solid Hardwood, Engineered Hardwood and Laminate, three floors with similar fronts, you only need to look at its side.

4. Bamboo - lifespan: 10-20 years (hard and durable)

  Bamboo flooring has become more and more popular in recent years. It is sometimes harder and more durable than solid wood flooring, but the price is lower than traditional solid wood flooring.

  Many people think that bamboo flooring is more environmentally friendly because it sounds and looks more natural, but in fact, most Bamboo Flooring on the market also adds chemical ingredients, and it is less selective, not waterproof, and easy to get wet. Time makes the bamboo floor in a humid environment, which is prone to mildew + deformation. (Bamboo floors are grass, not wood~)

5. Vinyl - lifespan: 10-20 years (waterproof)

  The biggest advantage of Vinyl is that it is waterproof.

  Simply put, the biggest difference between Vinyl and Laminate is that Vinyl is 100% plastic, while Laminate is 99% wood. The water absorption of plastic is far less than that of wood, so Vinyl's waterproof effect will be even better.

  Many people now use Vinyl flooring in the kitchen or bathroom instead of tiles. In terms of the difficulty of paving, Vinyl is very friendly to decoration Xiaobai. If you have the time and energy, you can also try making your own Vinyl at home, you only need some basic cutting tools, and you can put the Vinyl on!

  And this is also its disadvantage, because of the plastic material + imitation solid wood floor pattern, the price of Vinyl resale is relatively low, and it does not look as tall as solid wood.