Published at Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 - 19:37:36 PM. Hardwood Flooring. By Laurent Tissot.
Floors dominate such a large visual space in your home that you can set an immediate and pleasing tone for richness, warmth and luxury with the right product. Hardwood has long been a premium flooring choice for commercial use and for custom, upscale homes. Hardwood has become even more popular than tile in residential renovations with new, engineered hardwood floors manufacturing processes that extend the use of woods into the kitchen, basement and bathroom. Natural Hardwood Floors – Oak is the most prevalent hardwood species used for flooring, but a variety of other hardwoods like bamboo, maple, hickory and red cherry are also available. Natural hardwood flooring consist of solid 3/4 inch narrow, unfinished tongue and groove boards called strips (3-4 inches wide) or wider boards called planks (5-7 inches in width). Both board styles lay the same way but interior designers say that the wider planks, sometimes distressed, impart a more casual or country look to the decor.
What is the moisture content of the flooring? Moisture content is a very important factor when installing hardwood flooring. You need the flooring to be at a proper moisture level for your home/interior climate which is typically between 6-9% moisture content. Installing hardwood flooring with a moisture content that is too high will cause spaces in the floor when the flooring dries out, and installing a hardwood floor that is too dry will result in cupping when the flooring picks up moisture. If the retailer selling you flooring does not have a moisture meter and can check the moisture for you then I would suggest you run. The majority of people selling hardwood flooring know very little about wood and moisture, if they don't even have a moisture meter, that is a sign that they are not professional and know nothing or very little about hardwood flooring and shouldn't be selling it.
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