Hardwood Flooring Characteristics
Hardwood floors have been around forever, and for good reason. They never seem to lose their charm and aesthetic value. Generally speaking, hardwoods are more expensive than other flooring materials, but they are an investment that can last for decades when they are maintained properly.
Hardwood floors will adapt to the seasonal changes that we experience in Colorado. They expand when there is warmth and moisture and contract when there is a lack of humidity and heat. For this reason, having a proper expansion gap along all the walls is extremely important. Without it, your hardwood floors can cup or buckle, causing damage to your house in the process.
Solid or Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Solid hardwood comes directly from the tree and can be sanded and refinished over long periods of time. It is more expensive than engineered hardwood due to its increased longevity and overall utility. In the United States, solid hardwood flooring usually comes in two thicknesses, 3/8 inch and 5/8 inch. This thickness will affect the feel of the floor under your feet as well as the acoustics of the room.
Engineered hardwood flooring, on the other hand, has a real wood veneer glued to a synthetic wood underneath, such as plywood. Once the veneer is worn off, the engineered hardwood flooring needs to be replaced. Engineered hardwood can be used in floors below grade, such as basements, where solid hardwood might be more of a problem due to its increased tendency to expand and contract.
Finished or Unfinished Hardwood Flooring
Finished hardwood flooring already comes from the factory already sanded and sealed, so it is ideal for its ease of installation. You also don’t have to worry about the VOCs coming from stain that is applied to the floor. Once a finished hardwood floor is installed, it is ready to use.
Unfinished hardwood flooring is more adaptable. If you are having trouble finding the precise color you want for your floors, unfinished hardwood might be the way to go.
At Image Flooring we have been installing hardwood flooring for over 15 years and have the experience necessary to make your hardwood floor installation job a tremendous success. Please contact Ray for more information.