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Hardwood flooring has grown in popularity over the past few decades. Hardwood flooring was originally only used in high-end residential properties and commercial buildings. However, most homeowners now prefer to replace carpets with hardwood floors.
Why hardwood floors are worth considering
These are just a few of the reasons you might consider replacing your wood flooring at home.
Hardwood floors last for a very long time and are extremely durable. Wood flooring can withstand up to four times the wear and tear of carpets.
It might be the best investment you have ever made. Old carpet tiles won’t last long and are likely to become unattractive. While carpets are costly to buy and maintain, bare hardwood floors can be refinished multiple times without the need to replace them.
Bamboo flooring is one of the most sought-after types of wood floors. Bamboo flooring is easy to set up and requires little maintenance. Bamboo flooring is a great choice for many homes, even though it isn’t as durable or strong as other wood floors.
Hardwood floors can be installed in any room of your home. These tiles can be installed in a much shorter time than traditional carpet tiles and can increase the home’s value.
Wood flooring comes in many different types, and each type has its own unique characteristics.
What determines the quality of a hardwood floor?
There are two types of hardwoods: engineered and natural. While engineered hardwood floors were introduced in recent years, natural hardwood floors have been around for more than 100 years.
Engineered flooring has 3-5 layers of wood veneer. This makes it thicker and more durable than natural hardwood flooring (3/8 ”).). The materials used to make engineered floors will determine their quality.
The veneer’s outer layers are made of hardwood. This layer is responsible for the veneer’s abrasion resistance. The core of veneer, also known as NDF (Noise Damping layer), is made from hardwood and is responsible for abrasion resistance. It contains softer wood that absorbs sound interference. This inner layer is also important for the stability of the finished floor.
Quality control when dealing with engineered flooring means that you must inspect the layers carefully. Satisfactory wear layers can be made from hardwood that has been cut across the grain (across growth rings), while satisfactory noise-damping layer are made of softwood or other wood products. Cross-cut softwood and wood products are used to make satisfied cores.
There are many types of natural hardwood floors. It is important to understand the differences before you choose which one to install in your home.
Solid hardwood flooring is lumber that has been cut along the grain. Solid hardwood flooring is durable and stable, but it requires regular maintenance, including resealing and refinishing.
Engineered hardwood floors are made up of multiple layers of lumber that have been glued together. They are therefore more resistant to moisture than solid wooden floors. They are also more durable than natural hardwood floors.
Cork flooring is made of bark from cork trees. They are harvested every nine-year to maintain a sustainable production rate. This flooring is resilient, durable, impermeable, and resistant to liquids. It also insulates against temperature fluctuations.
Consider these Other Factors When Choosing Wood Floors
Your new floor’s effectiveness can be affected by the subfloor beneath it. Because it can affect the wood floors’ ability to transmit heat and/or sound correct, If concrete subfloors are not installed, plywood or another suitable material should be used to cover them.
Wood flooring installed over concrete slabs can cause moisture damage. It is best to choose another type of flooring unless the concrete is completely dry.
Installing wood floors on a minimum of an inch layer of rigid insulation will protect them from the cold ground.
Hardwood or engineered flooring may be a better choice than carpet if you live in an area that experiences high humidity. These types of flooring are more resistant to moisture than carpet. Carpet can also become mildewed if it is subject to excess moisture. This can lead to it becoming brittle.
You can make it easier to clean up after pets by choosing flooring that is resistant to scratches and dents. Although hardwood floors are durable, they can be scratched easily. Engineered floors consisting of multiple layers that are glued together will give you better results.
It is important to remember how simple it can be to install your new flooring. While solid hardwood floors require more time and effort than engineered flooring, they offer greater protection.
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Wood flooring should be inspected for damage and signs of use. You should look out for splits at the boards’ ends, watermarks, scratches, or any other markings in the wood. If you plan to use them in a pattern or for flooring, choose boards that are uniform in color and grain patterns.
If you want to achieve an aged look when staining your floors, choose light-colored woods such as maple or ash. Metairie Flooring offers professional installation services, which can help you to recover the flooring’s cost more quickly.