Wooden Floor has a significant role when it comes to renovation of the floor surfaces. It gives an elegant look to the property. The final selection of the types varies from person to person. People have different choices and aesthetic sense, according to which they have preferences about flooring.
You could also ask your dealer to bring some of the best samples and then you may place them on the required floors and match them with the interior of the building that whether it sits with the surrounding décor or not.
Wooden Flooring in Pakistan:
As far as Pakistan is concerned, we are witnessing a new trend of wooden flooring. With new designs, options, and affordability people are preferring to install wood floors in their homes, offices, etc. which are durable and long-lasting than the other floor options. However, some may find it somewhat costly than other options.
To beautify your interior of house or office this could prove to be one of the most environmentally friendly yet, high-end options for flooring. Wooden products are well-known for their natural strength and durability. It is easy to install, replace and recycle.
It is available in many options with a different price range. But, it is necessary to understand the types of wooden floors that are mostly installed by the professionals in Pakistan, which are as follows:
- Laminated Wooden Floors
- Hardwood Floors
Laminated Wooden Floors:
It is the most cost-efficient flooring option. This option is also known as floating wood floor because it presents a real hardwood floor like feeling while walking on it. But it is made up of synthetic flooring materials with layers. It gives away a shiny and neat look to the floor along with aesthetics. This is because it goes through the lamination process which gives it a shiny look.
As it is cost-effective and gives away the same feeling, so it is widely used in Pakistan by customers. Additionally, it is preferred by the house owners and decorators with an added factor that it is quite easy to install and replace that also cuts the costs as compared to the hardwood flooring.
Suitable Wooden Lamination Installation Area:
It is directly proportional to the surroundings, so it of significant nature to choose a perfect place in a building to install the flooring. For instance, it is recommended that avoid installing it in places where it may experience high usage by many people. They may be walking, running, falling objects or liquids, etc.
so chose a suitable location to install the wooden flooring while securing it in the meantime. The most important thing to keep to be vigilant of is that you must never install it in the damp area of the house or if you do then apply a water-resistant coating or it will swell in a wet environment.
Price Range of Laminated Wooden Floor:
Due to its durability and neat look, a limited investment may prove to be beneficial in the long run if used in a recommended manner. It only needs to be cleaned only with a dry mop and it will shine just as new.
Price ranges may vary when it comes to the local and imported quality. Recently the market trend provides a price range of around Rs. 165 to Rs. 390 per square feet. Different companies may offer distinguished prices. It is pertinent to mention that price and market trend keeps changing so keep this mind and take the updated price from the market once you are ready.
Advantages of Laminated Wooden Flooring:
There are many advantages of laminated floors and some of them are as follows:
- Easy to install and clean.
- Quick to clean with minimum effort.
- Easy to replace.
- Wide range of options.
Hardwood floor or also known as the solid wood floor is produced from real wood. Typically, wooden planks are used in this process with an average thickness of 17-19 millimeters. These are made up of hard and dense wood. Such floors add beauty and value to the house giving away a premium look. These are usually not replaced.
As compared to the lamination wooden floors this is made up of real wood so it could cost more than the synthetic ones. The feel and look of the hardwood floor are matchless and give away a premium luxurious living experience. That is why is widely used in Pakistan by customers. Additionally, it is preferred by the house owners and decorators with an added factor that it is quite easy to install and replace that also cuts the costs as compared to the hardwood flooring.
Suitable Hardwood Installation Area:
People prefer to show off their luxurious lifestyle by installing hardwood floors in their drawing rooms or bedrooms. These are installed where there is less humidity. If the environment is wet or humid that could prove to be hazardous for hardwood floors.
Price Range of Hardwood Floors:
Price ranges may vary when it comes to the local and imported quality hardwood planks. The recent market price is around Rs. 575 to Rs. 715 per square feet. Different companies may offer distinguished prices. It is pertinent to mention that price and market trend keeps changing so keep this mind and take the updated price from the market once you are ready.
Advantages of Hardwood Flooring:
There are many advantages of laminated floors and some of them are as follows:
- Hardwood floors give a classic and elite lifestyle look.
- Highly pleasing feel.
- But it needs care and maintenance.
- Wide range of options.
How to Fix Old or Squeaky Wood Floors?
This one of the most common issues that is faced by the customers when they install lamination wooden floor or hardwood flooring, the squeaky sounds due to the improper installation process. Loose subflooring causes the floor to become unstable and produce squeaking sounds when you walk on it. Another reason could be the temperature changes and humidity which would cause the floor to swell and become unstable to use.
But the good news is that it is easy to fix these sounds. First of all, you will have t locate the precise location of the noise. Unearth the spot and pinpoint the exact location from below. You may need to replace the plank or using a wooden shim between the joist and subfloor. Or you may remove the plank apply glue and then insert the shim. Shove it far enough to make the floor stable.
Hardwood Vs Softwood Floors:
A hardwood floor is usually referred to as any wooden floorboard. The hardwood is referred to as the trees, which lose their leaves each year. Softwood trees are usually referred to the evergreen trees such as Pine and Fir. These softwoods are used mostly for decoration because they are easy to mold.
Hardwood has complex structures than other types of softwoods. Hardwood trees also grow slower. They are resistant to scratch and dents and hence used in high traffic areas.
Types of Hardwood:
Following are the types of Hardwood:
This is mostly distributed from the USA and Canada. It has reddish-brown color along with a uniform texture.
Maple flooring is suitable for all kinds of domestics uses. It is also used for high-quality renovations and restorations.
It could range in color schemes from light yellowish to dark reddish-brown color. It is relatively softer than the red oak. But it is used less than others.
It is highly suitable for all kinds of domestic uses, but recently it has been less used for floors. It has a light reddish-brown color scheme and even texture. It is considered to be a highly durable and shock absorber.
White oak is light brownish but might have a grey cast. The grains are also similar to the red oak along with burls and swirls. It is more durable than the red oak. The wood is also good against insects and fungal issues due to the high tannin content.
Softwood flooring is more affordable than hardwood, but it is less durable than hardwood. It is not considered suitable for the following:
- High traffic areas.
- Rooms furnished with heavy furniture.
- High traffic kitchens such as in restaurants
- Dining rooms with pointy chairs
Pine and Fir are the two types of softwoods that are mostly used in flooring.
It is brown-yellowish color and it consists of a lot of swirls and knots. It also has this natural ability to resist insects and it is as hard as red oak
This wood has a tan-yellowish color. This wood is about half soft as red oak and could be dented easily. It is commonly and mostly used for flooring purposes. It could also be used for walls and furniture.
Hardwood Vs Softwood:
Following are the pros and cons of Softwood and hardwood flooring:
Following are the Pros:
Durability: Hardwood produces a very high-quality product that provides great durability over time.
Quick maintenance: Hardwood is easy to maintain, and scratches and dents can be fixed quite easily.
Strength: The trees’ dense cellular structure gives the timber high strength.
Appearance: Hardwood timber is offered in a range of colors and finishes, and will suit almost any contemporary style setting.
Fire-resistant: Hardwood timber provides a higher fire resistance than softwood.
Following are the cons:
Slow growth rate: Hardwood forests take a longer time to replenish due to the tree’s slower growth rate.
Workability: Due to the density, hardwood tends to be a lot harder to work with during construction.
Cost: Hardwoods are generally more expensive, however in saying this, you get what you pay for.
Refinishing: Hardwood floors in high traffic areas will require refinishing down the track, which can also be quite costly.
Following are the pros and cons of Softwood flooring:
Workability: Softwood is easier to work with and could be used in a range of applications.
Sustainability: Softwood trees grow much faster than hardwood, and are considered a very renewable source.
Cost: These timbers tend to be cheaper, as they’re easier to source.
Density: The lower density of softwood means that it is weaker and less durable. However, there are some ‘hard’ softwood options with a higher density like Juniper and Yew.
Longevity: Softwood is less suitable for high traffic areas as it does not wear as well as hardwood over time.
Fire resistance: Softwoods tend to have poor fire resistance unless treated.
The wooden floor provides you the opportunity if you love nature and wish to spend your lifestyle in an environment where you want to feel close to nature in an urban living area, then these are the best options for you.
The options depend on your choice and budget both have their advantages and disadvantages. However, if used with care they may present an aesthetic look to your house. Sky Marketing is the right platform to offer your lifetime investment opportunities in Capital Smart City Islamabad, Blue World City, Park View City, and Blue Town Sapphire Lahore.