Any flooring that is milled from a single piece of timber. Hickory, oak and walnut maple are commons types of wood for Hardwood flooring.
Extremely durable, hardwood floors can be sanded and refreshed many times over their lifetime. They are also extremely easy to clean, sturdy and very wear resistant. Hard wood floors give a home an earthy but luxurious feel.
On the more costly end of the flooring spectrum, and can be labor intensive to install. Does not retain heat or will not dampen sound. Hardwood floors may shrink or expand depending on season, humidity and temperature.
All wood floors require finish. This is a protective coat that seals the floor against every day wear.
UNFINISHED WOOD FLOORING
Your installer will sand the wood and apply the finish on the job site. There are several finish options available. This is the best option if you are looking for a specific color or need to match existing flooring.
FACTORY-FINISHED WOOD FLOORING
the finish is applied at the manufacturer facility. These floors require less time to install because the sanding and finishing process has already happened. The floors are ready to walk on immediately following the installation.
SOLID WOOD FLOORING
A solid piece of wood from top to bottom. The thickness varies from ¾” to 5/16”. Solid wood flooring can be installed above or on grade, and can be sanded and refinished several times during its service life.
ENGINEERED WOOD FLOORS
Real wood floors made using multiple wood or wood composite veneers. The veneers can be the same or different species. The grain of each veneer runs in different directions, which increases its stability.
This means the wood will resist expanding and contracting during fluctuations in humidity and temperature. This type of flooring sometimes can be sanded and refinished, depending on the thickness of its top layer. Engineered wood flooring can be installed above, on or below grade.
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