Types of Wood Flooring

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Wood Flooring Options

Hardwood flooring is a time-tested natural flooring option for home settings, but did you know there are other types of wood flooring? In addition to our selection of hardwood flooring brands, we at Post Road Carpet One Floor & Home are happy to have styles of bamboo flooring and cork flooring. Bamboo and cork, like hardwood, feature natural wood constructions, but they have a few advantages that set them apart from hardwood.

Be sure to visit our Acton showroom to learn more about bamboo and cork. We offer the Voyager collection, which is a Carpet One exclusive.

Bamboo Flooring

What makes bamboo flooring unique is its natural appearance. Unlike hardwood, bamboo has sophisticated patterns of dark bands and modules, and these patterns really stick out because of bamboo's natural blonde hue. Bamboo, however, can be carbonized for a darker tone.

Bamboo not only looks a little different than hardwood; it also is harder. It is therefore less likely to dent and crack upon impact. Also, bamboo flooring is more dimensionally stable than hardwood, as it expands and contracts 50% less than hardwood. This means that bamboo is better-prepared for humidity and moisture. We do not, however, recommend installing bamboo flooring in kitchens or bathrooms.

Bamboo flooring is available in solid and engineered constructions. Solid bamboo is made from single strips of bamboo, while engineered bamboo, like engineered hardwood, has a layered construction. Engineered bamboo is stronger and more stable than solid bamboo and even engineered hardwood. In fact, there are some styles of engineered bamboo that can be installed in commercial settings.

Cork Flooring

Cork flooring, unlike hardwood and bamboo, has a special cell structure, so its appearance and texture is rather unique. This cell structure gives cork a rather porous look, but cork flooring is usually sealed and finished.

More importantly, because of its cell structure, cork is actually softer than bamboo and hardwood. It is comfortable underfoot, warm to the touch, and resilient. What do we mean by resilient? Any indents will either fully or partially recover, so you won't have to worry too much about drops or foot traffic.

Cork is an eco-friendly flooring option because it is made from only the bark of the cork oak tree. Also, cork does not trap dirt, dust, or allergens.


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