Whether you have a new home and are deciding how to cover the bare surface or have stripped the older floor to the concrete floor, you have many options to consider. There are carpeting, tile and grout, vinyl options, and wood floor variations to select from. The flooring options should be considered according to personal tastes, the home’s design, and according to doable maintenance how the type of flooring can endure the foot traffic common in the area. Today, we at Mike’s Custom Flooring would like to discuss the fundamentals of wood flooring. Wood flooring has many advantages, such as offering a cushion for those walking across the surface, it is easily cleaned and does not stain easily for example. However, there are wood floor options that can fit into nearly any budget and has many options.
Engineered Laminate Flooring
Engineered laminate is among the possibilities of wood flooring. Covered with some sort of resin or plastic coating the hardboard masonite type backing material with a photo reproduce design. Providing the impression of a sub-quality product, the artificial appearance is notable. However, this option is not as durable as solid hardwood floor and cannot be refinished after wear and tear. Though they can last with proper care, the refinishing in hardwood options extends the use. Concrete subflooring and in any room including bathrooms, recreational rooms and basements, the engineered wood can be used in several applications. Engineered flooring hardwood layer on top with various laminates either wood or synthetic.
Hardwood / Bamboo Floors
Manufactured with high-quality, the hardwood or bamboo flooring options are beautiful options with excellent durability and can be refinished. This option is a cost effective and durable selection that offers dimensionally stable. Solid hard wood can be installed over wood and concrete subfloor. They can expand under highly humid conditions, causing buckling and cracking, despite being solid, they are of the highest quality and beauty. Usually nailed in place, this flooring is not recommended to be laid over concrete, however. Because of the chance of spills in the kitchen and the high moisture of the bathrooms, kitchens and bathrooms are recommended for solid wood flooring.
Solid & Other Hardwood Installation
Solid hardwood flooring is typically nailed in place. Clean, flat, and healthy surface of the subfloor should be in good condition. Though nailing is preferred, there are other methods to install solid hardwood floors such as adhesives or “glue”. Installed over a “floating” substrate, some solid hardwood and engineered hardwood. To allow for expansion or contraction according to the humidity conditions, this material in not attached to the actual floor. The hardwood flooring is typically glued to the floating substrate. With only the borders attached to the subflooring, some engineered products utilize a tongue and groove method of installation. Installed over a foam substrate, some big box stores provide a less expensive product. This provides peace of mind and quality of professional installation, though products are geared towards does it yourself homeowners.
Hardwood Floor Installation, Replacement & More in Charles Town & Eastern Panhandle of Berkeley & Jefferson Counties in WV | Winchester & Frederick County | Round Hill & Loudoun County | Berryville & Clarke County | Herndon & Fairfax County VA
To provide many years of enjoyment, professional quality installation from a reputable company is recommended. Hardwood flooring emphasizes luxury, quality and success. For the discriminating homeowner, hardwood adds value and appeal if the house is sold and provides a worth investment. We can take care of all of you hardwood flooring needs, so when you want the professional quality you are looking, call Mike’s Custom Flooring.