Nowadays it can be hard to distinguish real hardwood from simulated hardwood, especially if you aren't very experienced with flooring products!
Manufacturing techniques have improved leaps and bounds in the past decades which makes simulated hardwood difficult to distinguish from natural wood once installed.
Real hardwood means that the product was harvested from a natural tree somewhere in a forest. If you are an environmentalist there is no need to worry; Selective Harvesting actually benefits the rain forest's ecosystem by eliminating decaying trees and making room for new growth. Contrary to popular belief, hardwood flooring & related products are not bad for the environment. For more on sustainability visit here.
Simulated hardwood falls under an umbrella of categories:
Wood Look Tiles
Each of these flooring products have their own pros and cons. If you search through our blog we go into detail about their key differences.
Laminates and vinyls are images of natural wood on some form of backer board with a protective layer to prevent fading. High quality vinyls & laminates use manufacturing processes to make the final product really look like natural wood, especially when installed correctly.
Wood Look Tile is a clay tile baked in with a wood look design that's beautiful and durable. Many designs come in the same size as a wood plank further giving it a wood look appeal.
We hope this helps clear up any confusion you may have about the various flooring products out on the market. When you need help determining the appropriate floor for your home give your local flooring experts a call. We are happy to answer any questions you may have on your flooring choice!
We want to make sure you're happy from the first step into our showroom to the first step on your new floor. M.R. Flooring & Remodeling is your one stop shop for flooring and remodeling in the greater San Antonio area. Visit us today and see why we are one of the best rated flooring stores & installation teams in Texas.