Choosing the Right Wood Flooring for a Dining Room
The dining room is considered one of the most important areas of a home and rightfully so. The dining room becomes the heart of every home whenever there is something wonderful to celebrate with your family and friends, or even without a special occasion and on an everyday basis as it gathers all members of the family around the table, sharing delicious food and love. Therefore, whenever you are considering the interior of your dining room, you definitely want to take your time and consider every detail carefully. The importance of the room means you want to invest your time and energy into coming up with an interior that feels wonderful, and cosy, and very comfortable and great for every member of the family or the household.
One of the most important components of the interior of every room is the floor. When it comes to the flooring of a dining room, you definitely are looking for the right appearance and for a lot of functionality, comfort, and durability. A beautiful wooden floor can potentially tick all the boxes of your checklist. However, with the abundance of wood flooring choices we are spoilt with nowadays, it can get pretty overwhelming and even stressful to choose the right one. Therefore, experts in the industry recommend you to carefully and thoroughly consider your choice, do not make rushed decisions you may regret later, and take into account all of the specific factors relevant to a dining room space.
A wooden flooring fits perfectly the purpose of dining room flooring. First of all, when it comes to wood flooring, you really have so much to choose from, with so many different colours, styles, designs, patterns, textures, finishes, grains, and more. You can practically find the exact match to what you have always imagined fitting perfectly into your dining room in terms of style. However, wood flooring is ideal for the dining room not just in the context of beauty and style. It is one of the most durable types of flooring available on the market, which makes it perfect for the area of high traffic and heavy footfall. It is also a low-maintenance flooring material and you can easily keep your wooden floor extra clean and in great condition following a simple yet very effective maintenance routine. Proper upkeep when it comes to wood flooring is very important. It gives you the chance to enjoy your wooden floor for many decades, make sure its condition is flawless and it is not showing signs of wear and tear and other issues and imperfections. Make sure you clean up spills and splashes as soon as possible because they are common accidents in a dining room and can potentially stain and damage the floor in other ways.
So, in order to make the best choices are made in terms of selecting the right floor for your dining room, there are some main aspects you want to consider:
- The Moisture Situation in the Room – Is the room or the subfloor exposed to a lot of moisture? Is the indoors moisture content abnormal in your dining room? Are there problems with humidity and temperature fluctuations? Or do you expect such in the future?
- Is there a lot of direct sunlight for long hours of the day in your dining room?
- Is an underfloor heating system installed in your dining room or do you plan to have one installed in the future?
In case the answers to all or most of these questions is “yes”, you are highly recommended to invest in engineered wood flooring as an alternative to the classic solid wood flooring. Many people consider engineered wood flooring to be the same thing as laminate, however, there is nothing in common between both flooring options. Unlike solid wood flooring that cut from one whole timber, engineered wood floors come with a more innovational and modern structure. Every engineered wood floorboard consists of a core that is made out of layers of softwood or plywood glued together crisscrossed.
The core is then finished with a thick top layer of hardwood, which allows for some re-sanding and refinishing of the floor in future and also makes engineered wood practically looking absolutely the same as solid wood once it is installed. However, what differs engineered wood flooring the most is the fact it is designed to successfully withstand a lot of issues a classic solid wood floor may struggle with. As an example, engineered wood flooring is more suitable for installation in areas of higher humidity and moisture content, temperature fluctuations too, which otherwise can damage a classic solid wood floor, making it contract and expand. Engineered wood is significantly less prone to such changes in the indoor environment, thus a great choice for areas like the kitchen, bathroom, basement, conservatory and even the dining room, if there is some risk of non-consistent temperature and humidity in this room of the house.
Secondly, engineered wood flooring works perfectly with an underfloor heating system, ensuring great insulation, increasing the efficiency of this type of heating system, and guaranteeing warm winter days spent inside without heating bills that break the bank. Additionally, engineered wood flooring provides a lot of flexibility in terms of fitting which means it can be installed in a few different ways. Something that is not offered by many other types of flooring. As an example, engineered wood flooring can be installed the floating way, which is a perfect way to solve an issue arising from a subfloor that cannot be levelled or dry for some reason, in which case the installation of a solid wood floor is definitely not recommended. The floating installation technique is also very suitable for installation over an underfloor heating system.
When it comes to exposure to direct sunlight for far too long, it can definitely cause some discolouration and other smaller imperfections to a real wood floor. If you have a sunny dining room, you don’t have to worry and you still can enjoy a beautiful real wood floor installed in this area of your home. All you need to do is making sure you choose the right, very durable wood floor finish with an added UV filter to it that will protect the surface of the floor from fading of the colour but also from a number of other issues.
Now, once you have all these important and actually fundamental for your choice aspects considered, you can make a safe choice when it comes to the right wooden floor for your dining room. All you have left to do is purchasing a floor you truly love and having it installed in your dining room. The rest is history and you will be able to enjoy this beautiful wooden floor for the future to come.