Hardwood - Product Knowledge
The look and feel of a natural hardwood floor will enhance the beauty of your home. Here you will find some basic information on how these beautiful floors are made.
Solid wood is just that – one piece that is milled from lumber. It comes in a variety of widths, usually from 2-1/4" to 5" wide. It also comes in different thicknesses: 3/4" is standard, but you can also find "thin profile" solid that is 5/16" thick.
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- Moisture and extreme temperature changes can cause solid wood to shrink and expand, potentially causing gaps between boards during
colder or dryer seasons.
- 5/16" thin profile solid wood can be installed directly over concrete; 3/4" can't.
- All solid hardwood can
be sanded and refinished if needed (required every 15-20 years).
- All urethane coated floors can be recoated as needed to renew the
surface of the floor. This is more economical than sanding and refinishing.
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Engineered wood is real wood, but instead of one solid piece it consists of three to 10 thin layers of wood, called plies, that are
assembled and glued in a cross-ply construction. The top layer of wood can range from 1/16" to 1/6" thick. Overall board thickness
ranges from 1/4" to 3/4". Due to its multi-ply structure, engineered wood is much more stable than solid wood and is less susceptible
to shrinking and expanding with changes in temperatures and humidity.
Site-Finished vs. Prefinished
A pre-finish, or factory finish, creates a no muss, no fuss installation. There's no dust from sanding, no fumes from chemicals, no waiting for the finish to dry. These floors are warranted to last longer than site-finished floors–typically 15 to 25 years, versus three to five years. This is because factory applied urethane finishes are much tougher and longer lasting than site-applied finishes.
With all the color choices available in pre-finished hardwood flooring, there's no need to custom stain site-finished floors to get just the right look for your home.
If you like the look of site-finished flooring, but want the durability of prefinished flooring, choose a product with a square end and edge.
Advocates of site-finishing like the fact that the floor can be sanded after it's installed to even out any imperfections. Site finishing also gives you the widest selection of stain colors to choose from. However, on-site sanding and finishing can produce heavy fumes, messy dust and significant waiting time from when the floor is laid until it can be enjoyed. In addition, labor costs for on-site finishing may drive up your installation costs.