Solid Hardwood Flooring is a product usually 3/4″ thick where each piece is made of a single solid piece. Solid Hardwood Flooring is a popular option for consumers because of its authenticity, strength, integrity, and durability. Solid Hardwood Flooring can be refinished multiple times to freshen the look of the home over and over. Although solid wood may have the reputation of being difficult to care for, with the right contractor and knowledge, it will last several lifetimes. Solid Hardwood Flooring comes in a variety of species, widths, and also options for pre-finished or un-finished.
There are many finishing solutions in the Hardwood Floor industry such as Waterborne, Oil Base, Linseed Based, and Swedish Finishes. Certain finishes have higher levels of VOC’s which are Volatile Organic Compounds.
Engineered Hardwood Flooring is a man-made product made up of several layers. Only the top layer is what contains the hardwood. Consisting of a veneer, some thicker than others, glued over the top of a plywood substrate. By using a veneer over a plywood substrate, it creates a highly stable core that resists expansion, contractions, or shifting. Engineered Hardwood flooring works well in homes on a raised foundation but is ultimately a great choice for places that are subject to moisture such as basements or homes that are on a concrete slab. Engineered Hardwood Flooring is a great choice for use on top of radiant heating systems as well. Most Engineered Flooring products come pre-finished from the manufacturer. In some cases, unfinished can be ordered. Engineered Hardwood Flooring products normally range in thickness between 3/8 to 3/4.
When choosing a Hardwood Floor, you may come across terms such as pre-finished and un-finished. Pre-finished Hardwood Floors have their stain color and finish applied at the factory and come packaged for installation. Un-finished products are a great way to have complete control over color and finish sheen. Choosing un-finished wood flooring is a great choice if you’re looking for custom options when choosing stain colors or matching a specific color theme.
Maintaining Hardwood Floors has gained a negative reputation although it is fairly simple if certain practices are put into place. If these practices are utilized, refinishing your floors will be a process that will only need to take place every couple of decades. Here is a list of practices and maintenance schedules:
Sweep or dust mop. Wipe any spills immediately.
Vacuum using bare floor settings
Bi-Weekly / Monthly
Use industry recommended floor cleaners
Every 2-5 Years
Apply a maintenance coat to the flooring