Hardwood Floor Installation
A hardwood floor can be a beautiful addition to any home
As with any product that you might buy, you should always research the different types of hardwood floors on the market today to see which is best for your needs and style.
Hardwood floors are a long-lasting product known for both their natural beauty and also durability. In addition, they are affordable, easy to maintain, good for the environment, and a healthier alternative to carpet.
Not only are hardwood floors affordable, but they also add value to your home if you are trying to sell it. In fact, as your home increases in value, so does the floor. A professionally installed hardwood floor is very sought after in a buyers market, as well as in home remodeling and new construction.
Maintaining Your Floor
A hardwood floor can be very easy to maintain. Routine maintenance may be little more than just the sweeping and vacuuming that you are used to, especially since you have to make sure to protect it from moisture and also heavy traffic areas that may become scratched. Maintenance is as simple as using an area rug where traffic is heaviest, and/or floor protectors on all furniture. The use of a hardwood floor cleaner is key to making sure it stays as beautiful as the day it was installed.
Environmentally Sound and Healthy For You
Hardwood floor is known to be ecologically sound. They come from sustainable, natural resources, unlike in the past where wood was cut down without any thought to what could happen in the long run to the forest. Today, the timber used in a hardwood floor is cut from forests that are managed in a way to ensure resources for future use. According to statistics from the U.S. Forest Service, just about twice the amount of hardwood timber is put in each year when new growth is harvested.
The EPA, or environmental protection agency, has stated that the quality of your indoor air can be a top threat. But, a hardwood floor can help you to maintain a healthier living environment.
Hardwood floors do not harbor such things as dust mites or mold. This helps to create a better quality of air in your home, alleviating symptoms for those who suffer from different types of allergies.
Also, hardwood floors can help to avoid the accumulation any artificial substances, such as pesticides. A study recently conducted by the EPA found that pesticides used in both homes and gardens can accumulate on surfaces such as floors, but hardwood floors can reduce that.
The selection/variety of hardwood floors is great and choosing one can be difficult. There are many species, colors and grains to choose from. You want to be sure to select a hardwood floor that compliments your home and decor, a floor that will make you happy for years to come.
We would like to let you know how pleased we are with our floor project. Indeed it looks so good, we’re reluctant to put down the throw carpets and cover any of the floor when the finish has cured. We want to be able to see and enjoy every square inch of its new beauty. Nearly as enjoyable was the crew who visited each day, who insisted they were the #1 crew. We enjoyed their company and had every confidence the finished floor would be just what we’d hoped. Our confidence was well placed. Thanks for the great job, which process was as good as the finish.
This is generally the best installation method if your subfloor is plywood, or wood planks over joists. This is usually the most economical installation technique. This method is used on a variety of flooring thicknesses.
Recent developments in adhesive technology now make gluing down solid 3/4″ solid wood flooring to concrete slab feasible. Engineered flooring can be glued directly to the slab as well. Certain other types of flooring, such as 5/16″ thick parquet, should be glued down over luan uunderlayment.
Floating floors encompass a variety of engineered or laminated products. These products are very dimensionally stable, and are therefore suitable for installation in areas below grade. Engineered flooring systems such as Boen, Kahrs, Harris Tarkett, and many others, are typically made of 3 or more thin layers of plywood running in opposite directions, the top layer being a 1/32″ to 1/8″ thick veneer.