What You Should Know About Hardwood Floors
Thinking of choosing hardwood flooring for your house? Hardwood floors add charm, class and comfort to the atmosphere of your home, and they also increase its value. Hardwood is available in endless amounts of variations too! We’ll talk about engineered hardwood flooring, general information about hardwood flooring, both finished and unfinished and the quality of hardwood flooring grades so you can figure out all that you should know about hardwood floors before you go ahead and install them throughout your home.
1. Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Engineered hardwood flooring is a type of hardwood floor that is built of plywood, hardwood, and hardwood veneer that is glued onto the surface. It is more durable than regular hardwood and designed to withstand more exposure to heat or moisture.
- If you are looking for a longer lasting hardwood floor then this is the better choice. You can install this type of hardwood almost anywhere in your home, whereas regular hardwood would not be suited to areas such as basements or bathrooms.
- Although engineered hardwood can be placed in basements, it is still not recommended for your bathroom because it is still composed of wood- over time moisture damage can occur.
- Engineered hardwood flooring has 3+ layers of plywood, fiberboard or hardwood. Good quality engineered hardwood can last 25+ years!
2. Hardwood Flooring Information
- Hardwood flooring is made of timber, and some floorboards are composed of planks from a single tree. Because no hardwood floor is exactly identical to another it can be constructed to look a desired way.
- Pre-finished wood floorboards can last a very long time. Regular vacuuming and washing can keep a hardwood floor always looking fresh.
- Hardwood is ideal for use throughout your home except in the bathroom or basement.
- Hardwood with a thickness of ¾ inches can typically be refinished multiple times in the event of any surface damage. This is a huge bonus when compared to other flooring that cannot be repaired as easily, the only problem is that these solid floors are more prone to damage.
3. Unfinished Hardwood Flooring
- Unfinished hardwood flooring looks fantastic, but takes a little longer to install. With lots of variations of stains, colours and styles unfinished hardwood flooring is a great option if you are looking for a more unique and customized flooring.
- You need to sand and apply a stain or wood finish and then a sealant to this floor because it has not yet undergone this process. When installing on-site, you can have it look exactly the way that you want it to.
- Unfinished hardwood is also cheaper than finished hardwood.
4. Quality of Hardwood Flooring Grades
The grades of hardwood are sorted by the number of knots and colour types. If there are fewer defects then there is usually a higher cost. The best grade of maple is entirely free of defects and can cost the most.
- Select – nearly no defects.
- Natural – with some defects.
- Rustic – has defects but they are considered to add a lot of originality and character.
With such a wide variety of wood types to choose from you have your pick of boards and colours to design and tailor your hardwood floor to your specifications. With the above information you should be able to narrow down your search a little more easily! But if you’re just not quite feeling the motivation, Home Painters Toronto will gladly help you out!
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