Solid Hardwood Flooring Installation
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Solid hardwood flooring is an excellent choice for flooring, whether you’re building a new home or have decided to remodel a few rooms. It’s typically available in 5/8 to 3/4 inch thickness, and since it’s a solid piece, you’ll be able to sand and refinish the top layer a large number of times in the future. Two main options that are popular include prefinished and unfinished hardwood flooring. You’ll have to weigh the options to determine the one that’s appropriate for your style and decor.
Characteristics Of Solid Wood Flooring
After you decide to utilize a solid wood floor for your project, you’ll have a number of options to decide amongst. Most hardwood floors these days are tongue and groove, a system that interlocks hardwood and creates a smooth, stable surface. Tongue and groove planks are usually available in 5/8 to 3/4 inch thickness.
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While the tongue and groove system is certainly more stable than the older tradition of nailing planks to beams underneath, moisture and humidity are still factors in solid wood flooring construction. This type of flooring is more susceptible to humidity changes and isn’t a good choice for areas that are below ground level. Because it’s a natural product, solid wood flooring has the ability to expand and contract. During the winter, this type of floor will contract, which leaves small gaps between each plank. During higher humidity that’s present in the summer, the wood will expand and the gaps will close or disappear.
Prefinished Solid Wood Flooring Installation
Prefinished wood flooring is a popular choice for many individuals. It’s ready to be installed when it comes from the factory, which means you don’t have to wait days or weeks for multiple coats of stain or finish to completely dry before you can fill the room with furniture. In fact, when prefinished wood flooring is installed, you have the ability to walk on it the same day. You just can’t do that with wood flooring that is unfinished, as it will likely cause scraping and unsightly dings.
Unfinished Hardwood Flooring Installation
Unfinished hardwood flooring doesn’t have any stains, coatings, paint, or dye when it’s installed. It will have to be finished after the installation is complete. This will include sanding and refinishing on the surface of the wood. If you really want to pick the exact type of finish for your flooring, this is going to be your best option. In addition, you also have the option of choosing from an assortment of wider planks, which is usually not available if you’re installing a prefinished product.
Whatever option you choose for your solid hardwood flooring installation, Christian Brothers Hardwood Floors would love to complete your project. Contact us today to begin your new hardwood floor installation!Back to Hardwood Floor Installation
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