Improve on the design and look of your home today. Ask us about adding a feature strip of wenge, walnut, purple heart, or Brazilian cherry. We'd be happy to help you customize your floor installation for a distinctive difference. Looking for something dramatic? Try adding a laser-cut border or medallion when you call us today.
About 1/4" thick, laminate hardwood floors have an image of a hardwood floor on a plastic material fixed on to a compressed board. They are not glued or nailed directly to the subfloor, they are glued to each other, and installed over a Styrofoam material. This installation method is called "floating". These are inexpensive imitations of real hardwood floors.
An engineered hardwood floor has a layer of real hardwood glued to multiple layers of plywood substrates. The thickness of the top layer of real hardwood will dictate the number of times these floors can be sanded and refinished. While the majority of these floors come prefinished, there are some manufacturers that sell unfinished engineered flooring. Some engineered floors can be sanded as many times as a traditional 3/4" solid hardwood floor. These floors can be floated, glued or nailed directly to the subfloor.
Solid hardwood floors are real hardwood floors. They come as thin as 5/16" but the majority are 3/4" thick. If sanded correctly, they can be sanded 8-12 times before needing to be replaced. They come prefinished or unfinished, and are installed by being nailed or stapled to a wood subfloor.
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Prefinished wood has been stained and finished at the manufacturer. Advantages of these floors include:
Quicker completion since there is no sanding or staining/finishing
Cleaner installation since there will be no dust from sanding
Little odor since polyurethane and stains are done at the manufacturer
Can be finished in as little as one day, depending on the job size
The disadvantages are:
Most have beveled or microbeveled edges which catch dust, dirt and debris creating maintenance problems
Limited number of colors from which to choose
Warranties are general and vague and most do not consider gloss reduction as surface wear
Finishes rarely hold up to homeowners expectations
Most unfinished hardwood floors can be sanded 8-10 times in their lifetime and can be stained in varying shades each time they’re sanded. Their advantages include:
Can be sanded multiple times
Can be stained many different colors and shades
Floors are sanded smooth with no bevels to simplify maintenance
Easy to repair or to add additional flooring
Can install medallions, borders and/or inlays
Can apply water-based polyurethanes that are up to three times stronger than traditional oil-based polyurethanes
Their disadvantages are:
Most sanding procedures produce some dust when not utilizing the Atomic Dust Containment System by Bona
It takes a minimum of two days to complete your floor work
With quick drying stains and polyurethanes you can walk on your floors after 2-3 hours, light traffic only, no shoes
While it is not difficult to install borders or medallions in your hardwood floor, an extra amount of time and planning is required.
The choice of hardwood you use is important as it should be specific to your needs. As one example, a soft yellow pine floor would not be appropriate for a family of five with two big dogs and a cat, where all the neighborhood children play. It would not stand up to the heavy traffic.
You can have hardwood floors for all rooms except full baths where water from bathtubs and excessive humidity become factors.
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