Hardwood floors offer a stylish look that can withstand the elements of daily activity. There are a wide variety of tile materials available on the market for both vintage and modern looks. Here is what you should know about each type of material before making a decision.

Solid Hardwood

Nothing passes hardwood in aesthetic beauty. Hardwood has passed the test of time in terms of style and durability. Not only is it a sustainable option for flooring, but also an easy maintenance option. Unlike carpeting, hardwood repels liquids, dust, and particles. This makes cleaning up quick and simple. Any liquid spills should be quickly cleaned up as wood repels liquid but is not totally resistant. What it may lack in comfort, it makes up in value. Hardwood has been shown to increase a home’s value, even as it ages. If you’re trying to get the most return out of your flooring, hardwood is the way to go. Fair warning, solid hardwood is not as resistant to impact as engineered wood. This means that it can be prone to dents and scratches. Alternatively, you can get protective coating to strengthen your investment.

Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood separates itself from conventional hardwood in that the outermost layer comes straight off a tree and into your home. Beneath the natural outer-layer is an added layer of plywood or high-density fiberboard that gives the floor more stability and durability. The main advantage it has over conventional hardwood is that it is not affected by moisture. This means you get the same authentic look, without any of the drawbacks.


Bamboo has become a more trendy choice for hardwood flooring due to it’s brighter and more modern aesthetics. Like conventional hardwood flooring, bamboo is very durable by nature. Where it sets itself apart is its unique look and contrasting colors that gives any room a clean, chic look. Bamboo is a very environmentally friendly material due to how quickly it grows back compared to trees.


Parquet uses cut pieces of hardwood material and arranges them into unique and captivating mosaic patterns. Parquet floors are available in a variety of materials such as particleboard, laminate, and solid wood. Along with its vintage beauty, parquet floors are very easy to clean and maintain. This makes them a popular choice for dining and living rooms. Like other hardwood floors, parquet flooring adds to your home’s value over time. If you’re looking to add a classic and luxurious feel to a room, there is no better option than parquet.

Glue Down

A glue down floor is a version of hardwood flooring where segments of engineered wood panels are glued or nailed to the surface below. Once completed, your room is left with the a beautiful and authentic wood look. A proper glue down floor leaves a strong, resilient surface that can last decades. Since glue down floors are adhered to the surface below, there is no movement from the panels. This means you won’t get any creaking noises associated with conventional hardwood floors. Glue down floors can be a DIY project; however, if you’re inexperienced at flooring it is best to leave it to the professionals.