Beauty of woodfloors can make upgrade to your house. The characteristics of wood add visual appearance that many types of flooring try to duplicate. With the demand for woodfloor growing company’s are enhancing their to meet this demand, with better finishes and superior buildingmethods.
Hardwood floors come in a large variety of wood types, and widths. Besides the old type hardwoods like maple many manufacturers now offer exotic hardwood species from all over the World. Exotic hardwoods give homeowners the chance to start their own decorating tastes with a more unique looking floor. With so many other types of hardwood flooring now available it is sometime hard to choice which is best suited to your family.
Different Types of hardwood floors
Solid somekeyword are one solid piece of wood wich have tongue and groove and available in either pre-finish or unfinish grade . Solid hardwood flooring are sensitive to moisture and it is not good idea to install these floors below ground floor level, or directly to a concrete sub floor. These floors are for nail-down,glue down and floating installations. You can sanding and refinishing solid wood floors few times, which make to their look new and to last long. Some of this floors that are more then 50 years old and are still in very good shape.
All hardwood floor will react to the presence of humidity. In the cold heating months, moisture leaves the floor causing the wood to contract which leaves unsightly gaps between all floor board. In the hot months when the humidity is higher the wood will expand and the gaps will gone. If there is too high moisture it may cause the floor boards to cup, or buckle. Important when somekeywordto leave the expansion gaps around the installed area and to keep the wood prior to installation in the place at least 48hrs.
Engineered wood floors – These floors are maded from several plies that are glued together. The middle is basicly a softer wood and is used to make the tongue and groove surface. A hardwood finish top is glued on top of the midle part and another softer wood is glued to the bottom. This top coat is also named the finish layer and can be maded of any hardwood type.
Hardwood try to expand in all direction. In the presence of moisture hardwood floors will expand the width of the planks, rather than down the length of the floor. To avoid this, manufacturers of engineered floors place each coat in the opposite direction of each other. Once the wood coats are puted together the coats will counteract on each other which not let the plank from shrinking with changes in the humidity. Engineered wood floors are maded for the floating installation and can be glued together or some now come with a glueless click, but also possible to glued down or nailed to subfloor .
Veneer wood floor are very similar to laminate floors. The advantage is that with a veneer floor to top layer is a thin piece or real hardwood instead of a laminates. Veneer floor is mainly approx 7mm in thickness and the top wood coat being about 0.7mm. Advantages of a veneer floors are that they are easy to install and you have a lux like real wood floor. The bad think not possible to refinishing.
Prefinished Wood Floors
Most factory finished hardwood floors have several coats of poly urethane applied to the wood’s surface. As example, many wood floor factorye’s are applying 8-12 coats of a ultraviolet cured urethane. This would be extremely difficult for the sander to make same on a job site finish, not to mention how many days it would take. This is one of the reasons why many flooring installers retailers, and builders are pushing prefinished hardwood floors Instead of taking several days to lay,sanding and finishing a hardwood floor a pre-finished hardwood floor is generally done in one day up to 1000 sqfeet for 3 man crew for wood floor installation.Zoltan Filkor. I hop this help for you!