What you need to know about hardwood flooring
There is nothing like real, natural hardwood flooring to beautify your home and enhance its traditional style. Hardwood flooring should last for decades with proper care and maintenance.
Prefinished or Sanding & Finishing On-site?
You should feel comfortable with either choice. However, factory finishing offers many nice advantages. It is manufactured under strict conditions and controlled environment. It is inspected multiple times throughout the manufacturing process. Its installation is much quicker offering little disruption to the homeowner. Prefinished hardwood flooring is available in solid and engineered.
On-site finishing does not have the processing controls like in the prefinished hardwood environment, it requires more time to complete the job, and creates some greater disruption for the homeowner. However, an experienced and reputable hardwood flooring company should be able to give you a piece of mind with a high quality installation.
Both, factory and on-site finishes are available in either high-gloss or matte. Both types have exciting new finishes developed with the latest technology
Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Prior to the development of engineered hardwood flooring, hardwood flooring products could not be installed on slabs or in basements without a special subfloor system. Now you can enjoy real hardwood flooring in those areas without a high expense.
Types of Hardwood Flooring
You have some options available to you when selecting hardwood flooring. First, of course, you will need to select a type of wood. Not only is wood type an aesthetic choice, but it is also dependent of your climate type, which can some types of wood more or less suitable. Select dark mahogany or golden oak hardwood flooring for a classic look that complements any traditional home, or choose light beech or pine for a more contemporary look.
Special considerations when selecting hardwood flooring
Direct sunlight can affect the color of hardwood stains. Therefore, closing curtains during peak periods will reduce damage. Area rugs left in place for extended periods of time may expose a shading difference once they are removed from the remainder of the floor.