Hardwood Flooring

 

Choosing the right flooring for your home is a big decision because the flooring will last for years and is a major financial purchase that could cost thousands of dollars. You have decided to look at hardwood, maybe for the aesthetics and maybe for it's durability.

So, how do you choose the right hardwood flooring products for you? There are two major options when choosing hardwood flooring: solid hardwood and engineered hardwood.

Installation

Hardwood flooring adds value to your property in the event you want to sell the house at a later date. Installation is actually quite complicated because most hardwoods come in tongue and groove style now that clicks together seamlessly.

The floor or subfloor that you are installing the hardwood on top of needs to be very level in order for the flooring to maintain its structural integrity and durability. Many installers will shim up the flooring as it is installed in order to make sure it is lying flat. Be sure that your flooring installer is laying the wood flat.

Maintenance

Maintaining hardwood flooring is quite easy and it's easy to clean. No vacuum is needed because usually a broom is more than sufficient. Cracks in between the slats of wood should be filled in by the flooring install team so the dirt will not get trapped in the cracks.

You can refinish hardwoods by sanding and resealing quite a few times over the life of this flooring product. For cleaning, dry mop the floor to get up the surface dirt or debris. Then mop the floor with a damp mop in warm water after adding a few drops of a light liquid soap like dishwashing liquid. Make sure to get up any extra standing water because standing water will damage your hardwood product.

Solid Hardwood

Solid hardwood floors are much thicker than engineered hardwood measuring at eighteen to twenty millimeters thick and the harder the wood the less prone it is to scratches, dents, or dings.

Moist conditions will cause solid hardwood to swell where dry conditions will cause it to contract. Maintaining a steady temperature and humidity level in your home is important to keeping the integrity of your flooring.

Price of Solid Hardwood

Solid hardwood flooring is one of the most expensive flooring options available but is, also, one of the most sought after due to durability and the attractive look. The average price of solid hardwood flooring ranges from four to twelve dollars per square foot with some being priced less and some more.

Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwoods are made up of three or four layers of wood that are glued together to create the desired thickness of around fourteen millimeters. This hardwood can, also, be sanded and refinished but only the top layer because only the top layer is real hardwood.

This is a scientifically engineered product that is more stable than solid, natural hardwoods. Because this is more stable, you don't have as many problems with temperature and humidity as you do with solid hardwoods.

Price of Engineered Hardwood

As far as price goes, engineered hardwood is more expensive than laminate options but much cheaper than solid hardwoods. This option is much more attractive than laminate options. Typical price can range from two to eleven dollars per square foot and this comes in a variety of colors.

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