Wood flooring combines durability and wear-resistance with comfort and warmth. It also has attractive qualities of colour, grain and patterns, depending on the type of wood used and how it is laid.
Hardwood floors can be broken into different categories:
Unfinished Wood Flooring
Oak, maple, birch and cherry with oak being the most popular of the species. All wood flooring is appearance graded but not according to the same standards. Select and Better is the standard grade used for oak with number one and number two common being the lower grades, rift and quarter are above S&B. First-grade is the best grade of many hardwoods like maple and birch. Lower grades of wood show slight imperfections but are more cost effective.
How wood flooring is sawn affects both its appearance and wear-resistance. Plain-sawn flooring (Rift) has noticeable grain patterns and can wear unevenly. Quarter-sawn flooring (edge or vertical grain - quarter) has more even grain pattern and is generally preferred for better wearing qualities under hard usage. 3/4” wood floor can be sanded from up to six times in its lifetime.
Factory finished plank floor (up to 10 coats of aluminum oxide finish) available in lots of different colours, species and cuts. It is end matched with tight micro-beveled edge. Pre-finished floors are convenient in that they install without sanding and finishing they all have a beveled edge on the wood strips which many people find unsightly.
A custom sanded hardwood floor has a table-top appearance and is perfectly flat looking. A pre-finished floor will maintain height irregularities of the substrate.
Engineered wood flooring is a combination of solid wood and plywood. The top third of each plank is solid wood. The bottom two-thirds is made of plywood, which is more stable than solid wood. The plywood allows to put a wood floor in areas where it wouldn’t be possible otherwise for instance on a concrete below grade.
Engineered flooring can be glued down, nailed down or stapled down. Some brands also can be ‘floated’. With floating floor, the pieces are glued to each other but not to the subfloor, creating a single large panel held in place by fiction and its own weight. This technique allows installing a wood floor over a wider variety of subfloors than otherwise be possible.
Hardwood stairs create a luxurious and stylish feel to your staircase. Whether you have a straight, spiral, curved or winding staircase, hardwood gives it that extra special look and adds to the overall effect of your home décor. It’s probably the reason hardwood never goes out of style.
Hardwood flooring preparation:
Wood flooring finishing:
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