TYPES OF HARDWOOD FLOORING – IDEA FOR ALL YOUR HARDWOOD FLOOR INSTALLATION, REFINISHING & REPAIR NEEDS
How To Choose Between Finished and Unfinished Floorboards
Are you considering upgrading your flooring to wood floors? There are a few aspects you need to consider. One of these aspects is whether you want to go with engineered prefinished floorboards or unfinished floorboards. Pre-finished basically refers to the stain that has already been applied to the floorboards before delivery takes place. On the other hand unfinished wood floorboards are usually delivered raw, without any pre-staining. Keep reading to find out more about the differences between these two options.
Pre-finished floorboards have their advantages. For instance, they are already stained and ready to install. This means you will not have to worry about fumes and dust that comes with sanding and staining your floors onsite. Keep in mind though that with this convenience comes a higher price tag.
Unfinished floorboards give you more control over the final color and finish of your new wood floors. These floorboards are sanded and stained on site. This option is generally less expensive to purchase, however the extensive labor hours spent on the finishing can add up.
The Key Differences Between Solid and Engineered Wood
A very important decision any homeowner needs to make, when deciding to upgrade to wood floors, is whether to go with solid wood floors or the engineered option. The final decision should be based not only on the differences in aesthetics, but also on what is most practical. We will discuss some of the key differences between these two options, to help you make an informed decision.
Solid wood floorboards are just that, solid planks of hardwood. This type of flooring is commonly found in older homes. Solid wood flooring has a long lifespan as it can be sanded down and resealed many times, over decades. Different stains can also be applied after each refinishing, which allows the homeowner to create different design styles through the years. The main disadvantage of this type of flooring is that it can start to warp when exposed frequently to humid conditions.
Engineered floorboards are manufactured through a process of compressing several layers of wood veneer together to form floorboards. Wood veneer consists of thin sheets of real wood. These floorboards are usually delivered pre-finished, with the stain and sealant already applied. This type of flooring can withstand moisture and humid conditions much better compared to solid wood. They do not warp, swell or gape very easily. The downside of this type of wood is that due to the various thin layers, this flooring cannot be refinished over time. If you like to change things up by altering the floor color/stain every few years, this may not be the best solution for you.
Different Types of Wood
There are a vast variety of wood types available, whether you want to go with new or reclaimed wood. Reclaimed wood is wood that has been salvaged from a building or demolition site.
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