The type of platform best suited for your home, is based on where the floor will be installed and the use-case. All options are well suited options for any home, but do require different needs of instillation. Here at Antique Hardwood Flooring we have the expertise to help you pick the best suited floors for your needs.
Note: No matter the platform you will use, when it comes to temperature and humidity. You need to keep them stable at the recommended levels, failing to do so will cause long term issues with the floors and potentially serious damage.
The available platforms you will see is:
Solid (Finished Onsite/Prefinished) – The name speaks for itself, solid planks made from the species of your choosing. Most commonly nailed but can be glued, has a good moisture resistance. Large temperature and humidity fluctuations, will create gaps when to dry and potentially cup if to humid. Most common form of hardwood flooring found in homes, classic, easy to maintain and best for a long-term flooring solution.
Engineered (Finished Onsite/Prefinished) – Manufactured planks, with layers of plywood on the base and a layer of the hardwood species of your choosing. Most commonly glued but can be stapled, has a good moisture resistance. Large temperature and humidity fluctuations, will not result in gaps but can cause delamination. Getting more and more popular, easy to maintain. Common when installing hardwood on concrete (Basements and Condos).
Floating (Prefinished/Laminate/Vinyl) – Manufactured planks, can be made from various materials. Designed to lock together and does not need nails or glue. Needs to be installed with underlayment to create a sound and moisture barrier between the floor and the subfloor. Large temperature and humidity fluctuations, can result in various of problems as various materials are used. Common in rental properties, offices, etc. for an easy installation flooring process.
Other (Laminate/Vinyl) – Manufactured planks, can be made from various materials. May be drop down, or have its own means of installation, typically with great moisture resistance. Large temperature and humidity fluctuations, can result in damage. Common in bathrooms, basements, commercial buildings, etc.
To get help picking what type of Platform best suits your home, it is recommended to visit our showroom, or book and appointment for an estimate to have one of our professionals assist you!