Hardwood flooring is one of the most popular types of floors for Avon Lake homeowners. Hardwood never goes out of style, it adds warmth and beauty to your home, and increases its resale value. With all the different wood species available, you can find a wide variety of colors and looks to match any décor style.
When shopping around for new wood flooring, there are some things you’ll want to consider to decide which type is best for you.
First you’ll want to know where in your home you are going to install the hardwood. Different varieties are suitable for different levels and rooms of the house. For example, some types of hardwood are affected by changes in moisture and temperature, so are not suitable for floors below ground level. This is generally determined by how the wood was constructed.
Solid or Engineered
Solid hardwood is milled from a single piece of wood, whereas engineered hardwood is constructed from multiple layers. The top layer is a hardwood veneer made from the same materials as solid hardwood. The non-visible layers of engineered hardwood are typically made from plywood, which significantly lowers the cost of production and ultimately makes it less expensive than most solid varieties. Solid hardwood can be sanded down and refinished multiple times without losing its structural integrity. Engineered hardwood can only be refinished once or twice before it becomes too thin. However, the construction of engineered hardwood makes it more resistant to moisture, therefore making it suitable for any room, including bathrooms and basements.
Unfinished or Prefinished
Another thing you’ll want to decide is if you want the wood to be delivered to your home ready to install (prefinished), or if you want the contractor to sand and apply the wood’s finish on-site (unfinished). If you are trying to match your new floors to existing ones, unfinished wood gives you more color flexibility. However, the installation process takes longer than that of prefinished hardwood. You have to wait for the wood to fully dry and cure before you can walk on the floors, which can take days to weeks.
As you can see, there are multiple things to consider when deciding what type of hardwood flooring to install in your home. At Floor Coverings International Cleveland West, we are your local experts and are here to answer any and all of your flooring questions. Call us today to schedule your free in-home design consultation.
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