By Josephine Santos. Hardwood Flooring. Published at Friday, May 24th, 2019 - 09:46:49 AM.
Engineered floors are very similar to ”solid” floors and in most cases are not easily distinguishable from natural hardwood when installed correctly. Engineered wood floors are comprised of multiple layers of plywood substrate with a top layer of actual hardwood. With varying degrees of thickness of the plywood substrate from two to ten ply (plywood layers); engineered floors are less expensive than natural hardwood surfaces while providing beauty and elegance to any interior room of the home.
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.
Versatility – Wood floors can be stained and refinished to match any decor and any lifestyle. Hardwood floor refinishing experts can sand and stain wood floors to achieve hundreds of looks, from cherry to mahogany and beyond. Additionally, your local hardwood floor contractors will have professional wood flooring sales and service representatives on duty to help you design custom wood flooring! There are literally hundreds of wood inlay types and patterns to choose from. So if you're going for a rustic look in your living room or an elegant atmosphere in your dining room, your local hardwood experts can help! Many can even do historical renovations.
The first thing that a person notice when they enter a certain home is the floor. In this regard, it is extremely vital that we maintain our flooring on its best condition. One of the biggest improvements that most household owners do to their flooring is to refinish them. It is also vital that any damage should be repaired back in order to prevent early damage on the hardwood. We can also use absorbent rugs especially in areas where frequent water or liquid spills is always unavoidable. With proper care and maintenance, our hardwood floors will retain their beauty for a long time.
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