Hardwood flooring adds an air of class to residential and office interiors, and is looked upon as a flooring option that gives a sense of permanence to the ambiance. The most attractive feature about them is the large variety available in terms of surface, species, finish, and stain.
This form of hardwood is useful to constructors, who plan to give their customers the option to customize their own flooring.
Pre-finished flooring is a better, convenient, and cheaper means of getting new flooring for the house.
White oak, red oak, maple, and ash are common North American hardwood species. This flooring type is also available in many exotic wood species, like the Australian cypress, Brazilian cherry, tiger wood, etc. However, red oak still remains the most popular wood used for this flooring type.
The layers (3-5 layers) found in engineered wood provide acoustic isolation, increased protection against moisture, comfort, stability, etc. Thus, this type is best suited for moist rooms or basements.
Moreover, it is not secured directly to the substrate, instead only the tongue and grooved edges of the planks are locked together. The installation can be carried out by either stapling or gluing. Since this type of flooring is not specific to any sub-floor, it can be installed in areas where traditional hardwood flooring types cannot be installed.
The color and the sealant are infused into the wooden planks, thereby, enhancing its overall appeal. Moreover, they also last longer (than engineered wood). It is also resistant to humidity and moisture, and develops scratches less easily.
Wood pieces are arranged in square, triangle, or lozenge (diamond) patterns for decorative effect. These pieces are then either glued together or nailed down. When installed, this flooring is known to increase the value of the house! Moreover, it is durable and needs very little maintenance.
The core comprises a softer wood material that is used to make the groove and the tongue. To form the finished layer, a selected wood species is glued to the top of the soft core. Several small, solid wooden planks are used to form the finish layer. Longstrip flooring is appropriate for basements.
Thus, each plank is unique and one of a kind. Moreover, these planks are signed by the craftsman who hand-scraped them. Although highly expensive, this flooring type gives the house a stunning, rustic look.
Hardwood flooring, if well maintained, can last for many years. Avoid using harsh detergents, steel wool, or wax-based cleaners as they dull the finish of the flooring. If you have no prior experience with installing hardwood flooring, then, it is advisable to hire a professional flooring contractor. This way you can spare yourself of any expensive mistakes.
Since purchase and installation of hardwood flooring is an expensive affair, make your choice wisely.