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4 types of wood flooring

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Wood flooring has always been admired for its warmth, durability, and character. While solid hardwood will always be a popular choice, there are many realistic wood-look alternatives available. We explore the difference between four types of wood flooring to help determine the right solution for your needs, style and budget:


Laminate flooring is made with an MDF core topped with a wood photo layer and a thick polymer finish. It can replicate almost any hardwood style from traditional maple and cherry to specialty types like wide-plank pine and reclaimed barn wood. It has a tough, moisture and stain resistant finish but is vulnerable to moisture in the joints between planks. Can be installed over existing floors that are flat and in good condition. Almost all types of laminate are designed for quick and easy installation.


Engineered hardwood comes in a wide variety of wood types, patterns, and board widths. It has a plywood-like base with a solid hardwood top layer giving it the same appearance as hardwood but at a lower cost. It can be used above grade, below grade and on concrete slabs making it a great choice for basements and condominiums. Engineered hardwood can be nailed, glued or installed as a floating floor with a special tongue and groove system that clicks into place without glue or nails.

Vinyl plank

Vinyl plank flooring is outrunning laminate flooring in popularity. It comes in a variety of wood colours, patterns, textures and can convincingly simulate the look of a hardwood floor. Vinyl is a tough material that stands up to both moisture and heavy traffic. There are a few installation options depending on the manufacturer including peel-&-stick and gluing. Vinyl planks are comfortable to walk on and can be an economical choice.


Solid hardwood never goes out of style and is renowned for its warmth and elegance. It can be refinished several times to remove surface scratches and when properly maintained, can last a lifetime. Hardwood is a favourite with home buyers and can increase the resale value of your home. 4 to 8 inch planks are the most popular widths and there are many types of wood species to choose from. Prefinished hardwood typically costs less and involves less work to install. Also, factory-installed finishes are usually more durable than onsite finishing.

Visit your local TIMBER MART to browse your wood flooring options and find the perfect product for your renovation or build. Our flooring experts can help you make the right decision and may be able to assist with installation.

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