Types of Hardwood Flooring

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hardwood flooring installation Hardwood flooring is an excellent addition to any home. Everyone appreciates the look and style of a hardwood floor. It’ll also last for a very long time. But there are many types to choose from. Which will be the right fit for your home? Let’s look at the different types of hardwood flooring so you can choose the right one.

Unfinished Flooring

Unfinished flooring sounds incomplete, but it can prove useful in certain situations. For instance, if you want to apply a custom stain before the final finish, match the color of existing flooring, or adding hardwood flooring to a kitchen; it would be a good option.

Prefinished Flooring

This type of flooring is already sanded and sealed when it leaves the factory. The installation is quick and simple, and there are no odors or waiting times. This is a good option if you want the entire process to go smoothly and quickly, and don’t want to wait for the floor to dry and be safe to walk on. The coating on prefinished flooring is also stronger than most finishes that are applied on-site.

Solid Flooring

This is applied using solid wood. It can be sanded and refinished multiple times over its lifetime. However, it is not recommended for below-grade basements, since it is very susceptible to changes in humidity.

Engineered Flooring

Engineered hardwood flooring is a base of wood material, usually plywood, with real wood glued on top of it. This gives it extra strength and stability, and makes it suitable for areas like below-grade basements. You may be able to sand or refinish the flooring only once or twice during its lifetime, depending on its thickness.

One type of engineered flooring you could consider is locking hardwood. This type of flooring uses a locking system, and does not need nails, staples, or glue. The planks simply lock into place. Some versions can also be sanded and refinished.

Consider the Species

There are many distinct species of trees for wood to choose from. Popular species include oak, maple, cherry, bamboo, walnut, ash, hickory, and mahogany. More exotic species, such as teak, jarrah, mesquite, Brazilian cherry, and cork, will cost quite a bit more. Whichever species you choose, make sure that it is stable over time and readily available. Also check its defect rate: a wood with a defect rate of 50 percent or less will be easy to install and maintain, but one that has a rate of higher than 50 percent will require twice as much wood to be purchased, and may cause problems during installation.

Reclaimed Flooring

Reclaimed wood can be found at salvage yards. It has more wear and age than newer counterparts, but will cost much less. If it’s a stable wood, it will still hold up in your home. This is a smart choice for renovations to an older home.

Let Us Help You Decide on the Best Fit

World of Floors in Tampa, Florida, can help you choose the best hardwood flooring for your home. We provide consultations, in-home measurements, financing, and hassle-free installation. Stop by today to start the process of improving your home!

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