Explore the Different Types of Hardwood Flooring
If you are considering updating your floors, it is hard to go wrong with hardwood as an option. The versatility and durability hardwood floors bring make it a true charm while expressing the rich, natural beauty. The rawness of the wood goes with any home style, ranging from modern, contemporary or country-chic. The options of hardwood floors come in various types and styles, fitting different needs and budgets. Explore the different types of hardwood flooring to help find your best match.
Unfinished Wood Flooring
Unfinished wood flooring comes from your installer sanding the wood and applying the finish on the job site. This option is best if you are trying to match the color of existing hardwood or you plan on adding more hardwood in the future. Applying the finish will seal the grooves in the planks, preventing water from seeping between the boards. When deciding to install unfinished hardwood floors, consider if you plan on adding more in the future or if you are looking to match existing hardwood in your home.
Finished Wood Flooring
Unlike unfinished wood flooring, pre-finished wood floors are delivered sanded and sealed from the manufacturer facility. There are no odors from finishing on-site and your floors are immediately usable after installation. This option is a shorter process compared to unfinished wood flooring, but it is important to select the option best suited for your needs.
Solid Wood Flooring
Solid wood flooring is exactly as it sounds, a solid piece of wood from top to bottom. The benefit of using solid wood is that it can be sanded and refinished several times during its life, allowing you to keep your floors updated without compromising the wood.
Engineered Wood Flooring
Rather than a solid piece of wood, engineered wood flooring is made using multiple layers of veneers glued together. The veneers can be different species of wood, but due to the different directions of each layer it provides more stability. This option will resist expansion during humidity. Depending on the thickness, engineered wood flooring can be sanded and finished once or twice during its lifetime.
Selecting the appropriate hardwood flooring option depends on your long-term goals and expectations. Having a clear idea on what you want out of your floors will help determine which option is best for your lifestyle. At Bob’s Wholesale Carpet, we are always here to answer any questions regarding the hardwood selection process. Our expert team is eager to assist with any projects.
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