By Laurent Tissot. Hardwood Flooring. Published at Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 - 13:07:50 PM.
Asian walnut Wood, known in Asia as Acacia, has become increasingly popular in the recent years. Although it won't be supplanting oak as the number one bestselling wooden flooring, it is steadily rising up the ranks alongside other exotic varieties such as Brazilian cherry. Before selecting your hardwood flooring, you should know a little more about this beautifully elegant variety of wood. The Asian walnut tree does not grow as high as other hardwood trees. Consequently, its boards are slightly shorter than that of other hardwoods. The typical floor board is ¾ inch think and averages around four feet in length. On the other hand, this hardwood rates high on the Janka hardness scale, which measures the amount of force needed to embed a steel ball within the wood. The Asian walnut hardwood has a Janka rating of 2,300 pounds-force, which is a lot higher than that of the common oak, which rates at 1,300 pounds-force. Although this does not mean that flooring made of Asia walnut hardwood will be scratch-resistant, you can safely conclude that the flooring will definitely last.
In order for the investment in new hardwood floors to last a lifetime, it is crucial to understand the differences in solid and engineered hardwood flooring. Several factors must be considered to select the best option for each unique situation. Homeowners can feel good about choosing their hardwood flooring if they learn a few basics first. Solid Hardwood Flooring – Solid hardwood flooring is milled from a single piece of lumber, and it is available either unfinished and prefinished. Unfinished hardwood flooring is sanded, stained, and coated onsite after installation. This method allows for custom stain colors to match a home's decor, or simply to create a unique appearance. The downside to unfinished flooring is that there is often a considerable mess from sanding the flooring as well as fumes from the stain and urethane coatings. High quality contractors do have equipment that will minimize the dust from sanding process. They may also offer low VOC stains and water-based urethane coatings to reduce the fumes associated with oil-based products. This finishing process can be done multiple time in the future to restore the beauty of the floor as it wears over time. Solid hardwood flooring is best installed over a wood subflooring material as it is generally nailed or stapled to the subsurface. Always install solid wood flooring above grade as it is highly susceptible to moisture and may warp in damp areas.
In the process of how to install hardwood floors, cleaning up is important and overlooked enough to warrant its own follow-up section. But unlike other nail down method guides on how to install hardwood floor panels, we want to make sure you understand this step. Cleaning up is important because there are little wood chips and saw dust everywhere after the typical hardwood floor installation. Use your broom and dust pan to pick up any debris on the floor. These particles, if walked on and rubbed on by furniture, can make your brand new floor look like a scratched up old floor pretty quickly. Unless you went beyond the instructions on how to install hardwood floors and used glue on your hardwood panels, there's no need to get your floor wet before it has had a chance to settle. This is because you don't want it to swell before you've moved the furniture back in and given it a couple days to get itself in its final arrangement.
Laminate Flooring – Laminate flooring is made of synthetic materials and contains no natural wood products. For this reason, laminate flooring is extremely resistant to moisture. The finish of laminate flooring is plastic-like and extremely durable. Laminate flooring is available in a wide range of colors and finishes that mimic wood flooring, tile, and stone. Laminate flooring is often called a ”floating floor,” as it does not require the use of glue or nails to adhere it to the subsurface. This is a good choice for areas that see an extremely high traffic volume or are susceptible to scratching or gouging for other reasons, such as pets. Knowing the right questions to ask will ensure that homeowners choose the flooring material that will last a lifetime. Hiring a professional flooring installer is recommended to achieve the best results.
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