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Beveled flooring is available in laminate flooring, solid hardwood and engineered hardwood. Each of these types of flooring has advantages and disadvantages.

By: Guest Post

Beveled hardwood flooring is one of the most beautiful types of flooring. The warm, natural beauty of wood adds richness and depth to any room, and the classic, tailored look of visually distinctive beveled flooring attracts the eye and creates discipline to enhance any architectural style. The following is quick guide to help you select the most affordable flooring option for you:

Types of Beveled Flooring Beveled flooring is available in laminate flooring, solid hardwood and engineered hardwood. Each of these types of flooring has advantages and disadvantages, and each of them is better suited to different applications. Which one is best for you depends upon your floor, your lifestyle, your budget and the type of subfloor you have in the room where the flooring will be installed.

Laminate flooring is a thin wood product with a tough, waterproof surface designed to resemble wood. The surface is protected by plastic laminate, which is the same material that is often used to make sturdy, easily maintained countertops. Solid wood flooring, as the name suggests, is cut from solid planks of wood. Engineered wood flooring is composed of a layer of hardwood bonded to a layer of plywood.

Applications Laminate flooring is not as beautiful as real wood flooring, but it is very durable and is ideally suited to areas in which you need to be able to mop and disinfect the floor but would like the warm look of wood. Laminate flooring is not nailed directly to your subfloor, but is cut to fit your room and locked together, creating what is known as a floating floor. This makes it especially easy to install in areas such as basements or converted garages. Solid hardwood flooring and engineered hardwood flooring are both installed by shooting a nail into the edge of the plank at an angle into the floor.

Solid Wood versus Engineered Wood Solid wood flooring is often preferred by homeowners because it suits their sense of tradition and has the reputation of being superior to engineered flooring. In some cases, however, engineered flooring is less susceptible to moisture-related expansion. All hardwood flooring expands and contracts with changes in humidity and temperature within your home. Engineered wood flooring, by its nature, is more resistant to expansion and contraction.

Why Beveled Flooring? Beveled hardwood flooring has its own advantages over smooth wood flooring styles. When hardwood floors expand, they become thicker as well as wider. On a smooth floor, the edges of the planks can become temporarily misaligned due to this expansion, creating an uneven appearance as well as a possible tripping hazard. By beveling the edges of the planks, any misalignment is softened and made less noticeable and less likely to cause a fall.

Another benefit of the tiny bevels at each crack is their ability to catch and trap hair, dust, dirt, sand and grit that would scratch and wear your floor’s finish if it were left on the surface. When it comes time to clean a beveled floor, just use a vacuum instead of a broom or a dust mop for a clean, beautiful floor.

If you are looking into updating the flooring in a particular room of your house, consider giving beveled hardwood flooring or another type of hardwood flooring a look.  While often more expensive, hardwood increases the value of your home, is durable, and it often what buyers look for in a home.

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