Flooring plays a major role in the look, feel, and functionality of your home and this is especially true in a tiny home. From classic hardwood to trendy cork, choose a flooring surface that fits your lifestyle and budget. Habitats offers any flooring type that is environmentally friendly and long lasting.
Hardwood is charming, rich, classic looking, lasts a lifetime and gains “character” with age. Hardwood floors are a perfect choice for tiny homes on wheels because they are durable and relatively light in weight.
Real hardwood floors don’t have to be cost restrictive and if they’re your number one choice, bargains can be had. There are two types of hardwood flooring available.
Solid Hardwood Flooring
Solid hardwood is a tried and true flooring material that has been around for centuries. As with every other material option, has it’s pro’s and con’s.
- Solid Wood
- Available in hundreds of varieties including hard and soft woods
- Long Lasting
- Can be refinished many times
- Adds Value
- Not recommended for kitchens and baths
- Can warp and buckle over time
- Is the most costly
- Not very D.I.Y friendly
Engineered Hardwood flooring was created to maximize the pro’s of solid hardwood flooring and minimize the cons. Its a high quality plywood with a fine layer of a solid hardwood veneer on top.
Engineered Hardwood Floors
Engineered Hardwood Flooring is a layer of hardwood veneered onto layers of plywood. This concept was derived in an attempt to maximize the pro’s of hardwood floors and minimize the con’s. Engineered hardwood does not need time to acclimate to the room before installation. It also doesn’t change in size depending on the humidity as much as solid hardwood, and it doesn’t warp and buckle over time.
- Long Lasting
- Add value
- Available in hardwood varieties only
- Can only be refinished a few times
- Is recommended for kitchen and baths
- Gives the same look and feel and solid hardwood
- Easier to installation Does not warp or buckle
- Less costly
Both options come finished or unfinished, distressed or hand-scraped, and in a variety of board widths. If you’re a hardwood floor purists, stick with traditional hardwood flooring for your living and loft areas and choose another flooring material for kitchen and bath. If you love hardwood but have a practical side, engineered hardwood is the right choice for you.
Pennies, Plywood, Cork and Pallets
In the name of saving money, many non-traditional materials have been used for flooring. Not only are these quirky options often very cost effective, they add a unique and artsy style to your tiny home. Copper pennies make gorgeous floors and can be used in tiny home bathroom and kitchen floors to add a touch of sparkling copper without adding too much weight. Plywood cut into boards and wood from torn apart pallets have both been used to create real hardwood floors in tiny homes that are more beautiful than you would imagine. And cork, from a variety of sources, can be a beautiful, cost effective option that gives your floors a unique look and some extra insulation.