Hardwood flooring can add serious value to your home, particularly if you place it in numerous rooms. Whether installing wood floors to create equity or to sell your home with an excellent return in the future, you'll be happy with the appealing outcome of this material. Keep reading to learn more about the incredible benefits of installing wood flooring in your house. Types
Though you'll find a growing array of styles, most hardwood flooring falls into one of these types below. The type of flooring you choose will depend on your taste, needs and budget.Solid Wood (A.K.A. T&G or Tongue and Groove)
Advantages include its natural warmth and the ability to be sanded and refinished several times, along with some floors' impressive wear resistance. Pre-finished floors should hold up better than those finished on-site, and their warranty comes from the factory, not the installer. Also, Pre-finished wood floors have no VOCs because the finish is applied in the factory. While unfinished flooring costs about 40 percent less, higher installation costs can offset those savings, since the floor must be sanded and finished over several days to seal it from moisture. If unfinished wood is used Go Green Flooring offers a variety of low VOC water-based finishes. Wood flooring shouldn't go in basements or in damp spaces like bathrooms.
Unfinished and prefinished solid hardwood flooring are typically 3/4 of an inch thick and come in numerous of width from 2 1/4 to 6 inches. Actual wearing layer of solid wood floor is normally 5/16" or approximately 8 millimeters which makes the hardwood suitable for a few times refinishing.Engineered Wood
Unlike a solid wood floor, an engineered (multi-ply) floor consists of at least two types of different wood products adhered together. This means that the top layer (what you see when installed) can be a highly desired species of wood, like cherry, while the bottom substrate layer (what you don't see when installed) can be those fast-growing highly renewable tree species. Manufacturing floors in this way allows more sustainably harvested trees and produces higher quality floors with the same robust and luxurious feel of solid wood flooring within the thickness of the top layer. When installed properly, an engineered floor is virtually indistinguishable from a solid floor – the very same look and feel with the added stability in a far more environmentally-conscious way.
Floating engineered hardwood usually comes in wider sizes – typically 4" or wider and long pieces are very popular. Many engineered floating floors have the same length which results in an uniform pattern during the installation.Reclaimed Wood
Reclaimed Wood covers all previously manufactured wood products that are now either being reused as is or are remanufactured into new products. Examples of remanufactured items include timbers from the deconstruction of old buildings, fences or crates/dunnage that is then re-milled into new products like flooring. Examples of reuse include the reuse of doors, windows, flooring and other wood products like posts that reused "as is" without remanufacturing into another product. Reclaimed products come in a lot of different species, colors, and sizes. These products are usually in limited quantities and change regularly so be sure to check with us to see what's available.
Every homeowner wants a stylish floor. Fortunately, you'll find plenty of stunning options while you're shopping for wood floors. It starts with a species selection and the natural grain designs and colorations that come from it. Afterward, you can go on to add a gorgeous stain hue, sealant, design, and finish. Finally, think about installation techniques like herringbone or chevron for another tier of visual appeal.