By Xarles Maurice. Hardwood Flooring. Published at Saturday, May 18th, 2019 - 01:59:49 AM.
The final product in the Impressions hardwood flooring line is the 3/4” thick solid hardwood floor Classic Series. The Classic Series features a Hand-scraped surface and 3 colors of oaks to choose from. The Wheat Color available in this line is an extremely popular color that is a light coloring over natural and pulls on neutral tones to look great in any room. This product is 3/4” Thick solid hardwood floor and 5” wide with all 4 sides beveled to define the board. The Classic series features a Vintage Grade white oak hardwood custom selected to reflect the old world look and rustic styling. The Classic series carries a 50 year finish warranty & lifetime structural warranty and can be installed on or above grade. Each plank in this collection is hand crafted individually and is plantation grown making this a green hardwood flooring product. The finish on this product is a water based finish called Perma-Finish, which is a commercial grade finish that shows the grain in the hardwood underneath with more vivid coloring and when scratched doesn't show coloring from the finish. This product is milled from 1 foot to 7 foot lengths with an average board length in the 4 foot range, making this a long board product that is great for large expanses.
What does the stain/finish look like? Many large manufactures will finish all different woods at the same time without making adjustments for each wood because each time they make adjustments it effects the production. The fact is, each wood needs to be finished differently to achieve the nicest stain/finish. Oak requires more finish to ”fill in” the grain or else it will appear very pitted which is not something desirable in an oak floor. You want to be able to hold a piece up to the light and see a perfect smooth finish. Maple requires more brushing than oak so the stain can penetrate into the wood and not appear ”blotchy”. Maple is a beautiful wood and with the proper staining you can really bring out features such as Birdseye and tiger tail. If not stained properly these features are hidden.
Engineered Hardwood Floors – Engineered hardwood floors are a laminate built from multiple ply layers with a thick hardwood veneer wear layer on top. The veneer layer is available in almost any exotic hardwood species with exotic color and grain patterns. Engineered hardwood floors are more resistant to moisture than natural wood flooring, which adds to their appeal because they can be installed in damp regions of the country and in basements with relatively high humidity levels. Some brands of engineered hardwood floors have a thin wear layer that can be recoated but you cannot sand the floor to stain it or completely refinish it. These less expensive brands have an expected average life span of 30-40 years depending on usage patterns. Other brands and styles have much thicker wear layers (5/32 inches) that can be sanded and refinished up to as many as 5 times with an average expected life span of from 60-80 years. Thicker wear layers are sawn from the log whereas thinner layers are scraped or sliced. High tech glue is the bonding agent.
Some owners (who apparently have an abundance of time on their hands) opt for dog booties when their dog is indoors. This sounds like one of the more tedious methods of dealing with dogs tearing into hardwood flooring. Another solution is dog nail covers. These are plastic caps that you can buy for your dog's nails that stay in place with an included adhesive. They can be purchased in a clear color or in other colors, and they stay in place for about 8 weeks. One of the issues that dog owners have cited with these is that sometimes the nail grows within the cap and the cap needs to be cut off. Dog nails aren't dead and nerve-free like human nails are. They have a vein of blood running through them, and if the nail gets too truncated, there could be pain for the dog.
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