The Difference Between Solid And Prefabricated Hardwood Floors

Posted on: 9 February 2015

The cost of installing new hardwood floors in your home will vary greatly depending on several factors. There are many different types of hardwood flooring products and different ways to install the floor. This article will break down the different flooring options so you can figure out which fits best into your personal budget.

Prefabricated Floors

Perhaps the most affordable style of hardwood floors are prefabricated products. These products are made out of thin veneers of wood and usually cost about $5 per square foot. The top veneer is produced in a stylish hardwood, while the veneers beneath are made out of cheap composite woods.

Prefabricated floors can be even less expensive if you install them a certain way. Floating hardwood floors are those where the hardwood is not actually attached to the subfloor beneath. This is ideal for temporary floors, and for property owners who are renting the property and don't want to invest in an expensive floor that will just be ruined by renters.

Installing these floors is quick and inexpensive because they are built with a basic tongue and groove system. Of course, every brand has a slightly different system. Basically, each piece attaches to the last piece. This gives you a floor that is secure, yet easy to pull up and change when the time comes.

Solid Hardwood Floors

You can find hardwood products that are made out of solid hardwood planks. This means the entire piece of wood comes from the same tree. This is attractive to many buyers because it means that the entire plank is made out of high quality hardwood. Of course, the cost of these floors is a little higher then composite floors, usually about $10 per square foot. Also, the cost of installing them is usually more expensive. In general, solid hardwood flooring planks are not made with a tongue and groove system. This means they need to be installed by a professional woodworker.

Another advantage of installing solid hardwood floors is that you can have them installed without a finish. Prefabricated floors usually have a finish already applied on the talk. So, when shopping for the product you need to try and find the right finish for your home. If you install raw hardwood planks, you can stain or paint your floor whatever color you want.

In the end, both products can be stylish and functional in any home. When it comes time to make a decision, choose a product from a place like Capitol Floor Covering Inc that best fits your personal budget and needs.