If you're looking for natural wood flooring then Hardwood flooring is the
natural choice. Wood floors are available in either solid, engineered and
hand scraped. construction and can be either factory pre finished or be purchased
unfinished, allowing you to custom finish it on the job-site. With today's
almost limitless range of stains, finishes and styles, we at Floors We Do.
able to help you finish that special look that complements your decor perfectly.
Not only does it bring a special beauty and warmth to your home, hardwood
is also a solid investment. Because it actually will increase the value of
your home. As an added bonus, natural wood flooring is an excellent choice
if someone in your family suffers from allergies.
Buying Tips for Hardwood Flooring:
Color. Generally darker wood tones lend a more formal, traditional feel to
any room, while lighter tones tend to be better suited for contemporary,
country and casual styles. But since this is hardwood we're talking about,
nothing is set in stone. So by all means, let your personal taste, preference,
and style be your guide.
Where to install hardwood flooring: Without a
doubt, moisture is one of hardwood's most dreaded enemies. Which is why placing
sold wood flooring in a full bath
a bad idea--because
of the heavy moisture content in the room. Likewise, you should avoid putting
sold hardwood in any room that, elevation-wise, is lower than the level of
your yard outside. Gutters should flow water away from the house. Again,
because moisture could become a big problem. Even there is a coating on the
surface of the wood, moisture comes from the floor up also, but if you really
want to gamble with your investment installing sold hardwood on grade or
below grade at least seal floor, install 3/4 plywood use a top of the line
moisture resistant wood glue ( read the bucket ) and nail plywood to cement
floor and finally put roofing paper before nailing sold floor or if you want
to get away from high cost of installing sold wood to cement floor. Engineered
wood flooring is the best chose for any area of home from on grade to above
grade glue down or staple down.
Types of wood flooring: Wood flooring generally
comes as either strictly a solid wood or as a wood backing with a protective
wood wear surface. (other words Engineered
hardwood) Regardless of what type you select, another beauty of hardwood is that
it can easily be re sanded, recoated and refinished. Which makes it a perfectly
recycle able flooring choice.
Engineered wood flooring is built up of layers of wood. Called plies, that are
glued together. This multi-ply structure gives engineered wood superior stability,
greater than solid wood, which reduces concerns associated with shrinking and
expanding when temperature and humidity change. Engineered wood can be installed
below ground level making it a great choice for areas in home with moisture possibility,
with out the high cost of moisture barriers.
Solid wood flooring: is 100% hardwood milled from
lumber. As a natural material, hardwood reacts to changes in its setting, like
moisture and extreme temperatures,
which cause solid wood to shrink or expand. All solid hardwood can be sanded
and refinished if needed over the years. Solid hardwood is not recommended for
installation below ground level or in bathrooms.
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