What are the different types of wooden flooring?

There are many different types of wooden flooring to choose from. Here at RYANS, we offer engineered hardwood flooring in many different styles, allowing you to create the floor of your dreams. But what are the different types of flooring and how can you customise them? Keep reading to find out!

Herringbone Flooring

Herringbone is a type of parquet hardwood flooring, made up of repeated geometric shapes. It is the most popular type of parquet flooring, closely followed by the chevron pattern. You’ll often find parquet flooring in castles, museums and other historical buildings in many different patterns. Herringbone flooring can add an elegant touch to any home, bringing a classic feature into the modern-day. The detail within the pattern creates a statement within the room, catching your attention as soon as you enter. The pattern itself creates a ‘V’ shape with the floorboards, with each plank being laid out at a 45-degree angle. This style of flooring can also help to make a room look bigger, perfect for living spaces. 

Despite its detailed appearance, herringbone is typically a very durable floor. You’ll find hardwood floors much easier to clean! Plus, they can be restored time and again to bring back the floor’s natural grain and pattern. 

Plank Flooring

Wide plank flooring is a popular choice in modern-day homes. The broad planks showcase the floor’s natural detail, with its simple pattern complementing decorative features within the room. Investing in a hardwood floor can increase the value of your property, so it’s worth considering for your home. Wooden planks can be found in a variety of different widths, between 129mm and 185mm. The wider the plank, the more of the wood’s natural grain is shown. If you’d like a more luxurious option, the wider planks are perfect for you. You’ll find that wider planks tend to be more expensive. This is because these planks need to be cut from a larger tree, which takes longer to source/grow. 

As with herringbone flooring, we can refurbish your wide plank flooring in time to bring the floor back to its former glory. This can be completed through a process called floor sanding

Wooden Flooring – 2 Strip

Last but not least is wooden 2-strip flooring. This is similar to regular plank flooring, however, each plank consists of two rows of wood. This creates a finer, more expressive detail to the wooden flooring. In comparison to a wide plank floor, 2 strip flooring can appear more lively, with a less uniform look. The natural grain of the wood is still prevalent, with greater contrast between each stave of wood. Generally, 2 strip flooring is a less costly option compared to parquet or wide plank flooring. Despite the reduced cost, it is still a characterful, durable floor. 2 strip flooring can add a sense of warmth and liveliness to a room, making it perfect for cosy living spaces. 

As with any hardwood flooring, 2 strip flooring can be restored through our wood sanding process. This can bring back the original grain and detail of the wood, features that are incredibly important to the aesthetics of a 2 strip floor.

Choosing your perfect wooden flooring

Once you’ve chosen the style of floor you’d like, it’s time to think about customising it to fit the aesthetics of your home. You can customise your floor by choosing a different stain and finish for the wood. We use wood stains to adjust the colour of the wood, giving you multiple different options such as:

  • Natural wood
  • Victorian pine
  • Antique pine
  • Walnut
  • Teak
  • Black
  • Light/medium/dark/golden oak
  • Rosewood
  • Whitewash

It might be difficult to decide on a particular stain without seeing it in the room, which is why we can give you test samples on your floor. Stains can look different on each floor, which is why it can be beneficial to test them before committing to one. Whitewash is slightly different as this is used to lighten the floor by painting the whitewash on top rather than staining it. This still allows you to see the natural grain of the wood. As well as staining the wood, you can choose from a range of different finishes to get the look you desire. You could choose between a gloss, matte or natural finish.

Interested in wooden floor installation or renovation? We can help! Get in touch with our team at RYANS to discuss your project. You can do this by giving us a call on 01823 674562 or by visiting our contact page