Wooden flooring has become a popular option for home owners in India! And why shouldn’t it? It makes it easy to make any room look good, and it adds a certain elegance and warmth that not many other flooring options can.
But you can’t choose your flooring based solely on what it looks like! What does it cost? How durable is it? Is it hard to maintain?
There are a lot of factors to consider, so we’ve put together a complete guide for you to go through before you decide to opt for wooden flooring.
3 Most Popular Types of Wooden Flooring In India
What It Is: Any flooring that is milled from a single piece of timber is hardwood.
Durability: It is extremely durable and can be refinished several times over their lifetime.
What It Is: Engineered hardwood flooring is a veneer of real wood glued to several layers of wood underneath, like plywood. This gives engineered wood excellent stability over time.
Durability: Quite durable, which is why it’s a good choice for any area of your home, including below-grade basements.
What It Is: Floating wood or laminated wood tile is composed of a synthetic material that stimulates a wood appearance, which is then laminated.
Durability: While it’s fairly durable, the biggest advantage of laminated wooden flooring is that it is extremely simple to install.
ProTip: Although hardwood is recommended, the easy alternative these days is laminate, which is composite wood pressed together in high temperature.
How Much Does Wooden Flooring Cost?
|Type of Wood||Pricing (Rs/ square feet)||Ease of Installation||Does It Suit You?|
|Solid Hardwood||650 – 5000||Labour intensive to install as solid hardwoods are nailed or stapled down.||Solid hardwood is for those who have long-time prospects in mind, yet do not mind installing different types of flooring in different parts of the house, according to need. Solid hardwood is value for money!|
|Engineered Wood||250 – 900||Greater range of installation methods like stapling or nailing, click, or glue.||Engineered wood is for those who want the look of wood but who have a practical bent. It will return value, but will not have the longevity that solid wood has.|
|Laminated Wood||120 – 1200||Extremely simple to install||Laminated wood lets you install it in a few more rooms of the house than you can with solid wood. It is ideal for those who want the finish of solid wood but are on a limited budget.|
Advantages of Wooden Flooring
#1 Durability: With the right kind of care, wooden flooring can last a lifetime.
#2 Resale Value: Apart from its rich look, wooden flooring will crank up the value of your house several notches if you ever plan to sell it.
#3 Look: It will make your entire room look beautiful, to say the least. It goes with any home décor accent under the sun and the beauty of the wooden floor lies in its’ simplicity.
#4 Versatile: You can do anything you want with it. Almost all décor accents complement wood flooring beautifully.
#5 Heating: In cold weather, stepping on a wooden floor is a relatively more pleasant experience (since it stays warmer than other floor materials). It also adds more warmth (from a temperature point of view) to the room. Wood also provides a great medium to install under-floor heating, which these days is considered by far the most efficient way to heat your house.
Real Home Owner Experience:
Mine is the only room in the house that has wooden flooring. And in the Delhi winters where temperatures drop to 3-5 degree celcius, my room is the warmest and my heater usage is much lesser here than in the other rooms!
Disadvantages of Wooden Flooring
#1 Price: Hardwood wooden flooring is really expensive. Although the cost of installing laminated wood is half the price, it will still burn a hole in your pocket.
#2 Cleaning & Maintenance Process: Ideally, it should be polished once a year. And vacuumed every 4-5 days. However, in India, we have maids who regularly do pochha on the floor, and wiping it with a wet cloth is not recommended.
Real Home Owner Experience:
I read that wooden flooring shouldn’t be kept wet, so I asked my maid to wring the cloth properly before doing pochha. Of course, it’s impossible to keep a check on this daily, and my month old wooden floor is already starting to look old. I likely need to get it polished multiple times a year to maintain the shine!
#3 Not Kids & Pet-Friendly: Wooden flooring, and in particular – laminated flooring, is very slippery when wet. Pets and children will slip and fall more often because of the slippery texture of the flooring. Dogs slip more because they can’t really get a grip on the smooth flooring.
#4 Moisture: It is not recommended to install wooden flooring in a house that has high moisture. Neither is it a good idea to install in a bathroom (except teak wood) where pools of water are common. If moisture gets into the core-board it can swell or get infested with mildew and must be replaced.
Which Type Of Wood Is Suitable For Which Area Of Your Home?
Solid Hardwood: Ideal for living areas, bedrooms, hallways and dining rooms. While it’s wise to avoid solid wood in kitchens, installation can be acceptable if waterproof mats are placed near the sink or dishwasher.
Teak Wood: Teak Wood is unusually functional in wet areas as it keeps fungus and moisture at bay, owing to its inherent oils. Other than teak, most wood species used directly in the shower would result in a waste of money.
Laminated or Engineered Wood: They can be installed in all the same areas as solid hardwood can. Again, it is best to avoid any kind of organic material in kitchens, but it can be made to work with proper precautions. Laminated wood can also be installed below-grade with proper subfloor and as long as basement has absolutely no moisture problems.
Wooden flooring was considered expensive and a luxury item beyond the reach of many but Indians are increasingly opting for it because it just looks so good! And it’s so easy to decorate around. All your Pinterest home decor dreams can come true with this floor in place. As long as you’re ok with the slightly higher maintenance it involves, go ahead and pick up that catalogue on wooden floors you’ve been eyeing! IT’S TIME TO RENOVATE! 🙂
Have you been thinking of getting a wooden floor? Or do you already have one in your house?
Share your experiences in the comments!