Published at Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 - 07:54:37 AM. Hardwood Flooring. By Francena Leclerc.
How durable is the finish? Durability is probably the most important things to consider when purchasing a prefinished hardwood floor. The finish is what you are actually walking on and must be very durable to have a beautiful lasting floor for years to come. Many imported prefinished floors have very little durability and the finish can be taken off with a few swipes of 150 grit sandpaper. When buying hardwood there are a few ways to test the finish: one would be to take 150 grit sandpaper and rub the finish to see if the finish will come off and two would be to firmly press the edge of a coin against the finish, a quality finish will dent but not come off. Quality manufacturers will have aluminum oxide or better yet titanium oxide hardeners in the finish. Many offshore manufactured products will say they have aluminum oxide in them but actually do not. To test if a hardwood floor has aluminum oxide in the finish simply put the sample in your microwave and if it sparks, it does indeed have aluminum oxide in the finish. I know that may seem a little strange but it's something worth checking because hardwood flooring is a big investment and you want to know the durability of the finish.
With endless design options and an ability to accommodate the daily demands of a variety of lifestyles, hardwood floors are an all-purpose floor covering choice. Your hardwood installation professional can bring you a versatile, low-maintenance floor and even perform repairs on aging or damaged floors! Whether you're renovating your business or building a new home, hardwood floor installation is a choice well worth considering. This timeless, classy interior decorating choice is not only beautiful, but it also brings you countless benefits that carpets and other flooring choices simply don't offer. Some of the reasons why home and business owners choose wood floors include:
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