Published at Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 - 15:53:42 PM. Laminate Flooring. By Davet Garnier.
What to look for in hardwood flooring. The popular product today is hardwood flooring. It is making a gigantic comeback and everyone wants to jump on the hardwood band wagon. In our region, it seems everyone wants solid hardwood flooring. Let's talk about solid wood. Solid wood is great as long as you have a fairly constant humidity level in your home and the wood is going to be installed above grade. If your home has large fluctuations in humidity levels, then you may want to consider an engineered hardwood floor. An engineered hardwood is a hardwood floor that has plies or turned layers of material in-between a top and bottom layer of the species that you are selecting. This gives the product more stability to changing climate conditions. This type of floor is normally required for on or below grade applications. Engineered flooring is generally a little more price-friendly as the tree specie requirement is less to make the product. A concern with an engineered floor is what the inner core plies are made of. Be sure to ask and make sure a hardwood or hard material is used to create the inner ply as a soft material can make the top layer easier to dent. Solid floor hardness can be determined by researching or asking the Janka rating. Janka ratings are a scale used to determine the hardness by comparison of wood species. I believe that all finishes of hardwood today are good as long as it is a quality brand of flooring that can be found at your independent retailer. There are some new products on the market today that give 50-year finish warranties for what it is worth. I have always had concerns with lifetime warranties or other huge warranties, although I suppose it is something you can hang your hat on should there ever be a problem. Pre-finished vs. unfinished hardwood is always a debate and you will get differing opinions. Personally, I prefer pre-finished. You get more layers of finish and furniture-like quality without the mess. No sanding, better warranties, and a quicker finished product just make up my mind. Yet, we have top-quality intelligent builders who prefer unfinished. So who am I to argue? This product simply has two schools of thought.
If you want to get your floor a new look that is not only aesthetically pleasing but is also of high quality, then just use laminate floor repair. Don't worry if it is your first time to hear of the term. You are not alone, and more importantly, you are reading just the right article to know more about laminate restoration and help you decide whether or not to try it on your own floor. It is sometimes difficult to distinguish laminated floor from that of a floor made of hardwood because they look quite similar. The difference lies on what laminated floors are made of. It is composed of fiber board materials and melamine resins that were bonded together through the process of lamination, thus the name. It is seen as a very good alternative for the not-so-durable carpets and too expensive natural floor materials, including wood floor restoration, because it is easy to install, not too heavy on the pocket and durable as well. To top it all, it also answers some environmental concerns that the use of hardwood floor material often brings up.
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