Your Guide To Hard Wood Flooring

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Level Ten's Guide To Hardwood Flooring

I've been writing a lot about hardwood, It's something many home owners are interested in. But with this blog post, I'd like to take a step back and look at the types and styles of hardwood flooring.
All types of hardwood floors have unmatched natural beauty and go with almost any decor — modern, traditional, country, you name it. Hardwood flooring goes in any room, although kitchens and basements warrant special considerations. But for now, I'm just going to talk about the basics.

Here we go:

Unfinished or Finished?
Unfinished hardwood flooring is a good option if you want a custom stain applied before the final finish, or if you want to match the colour of existing flooring. After hardwood flooring installation and staining, the flooring is given several coats of protective finish. If you’re thinking of adding hardwood flooring in your kitchen, unfinished flooring is a good choice because the finish will penetrate and seal the seams between boards, helping to prevent water from seeping between boards, so, splash away!

Pre-finished hardwood flooring comes from the factory already sanded and sealed, which means it looks nice and is easy to work with. There are no odours and VOCs from finishing on-site, and the floor is ready to walk on immediately after install.

Solid or Engineered?
Solid hardwood flooring is all wood and comes 5/8 to 3/4 inches thick. Because it’s solid wood, it can be sanded and refinished many times. However, it’s is affected by changes in humidity. Certainly not recommended for below-grade basements, that's for sure!

Engineered hardwood flooring is a veneer of real wood glued to several layers of wood underneath, like plywood but prettier. What you get from engineered wood is excellent stability over time and makes it a good choice for any area of your home, including those seasonally temperamental below-grade basements.

What Tree Is Best For A Floor?
The best hardwood floors are made with wood species that are readily available and — you guessed it — very hard.
Oak flooring, maple flooring and cherry flooring are all good choices. Other species include bamboo (which is actually a grass), walnut, ash and mahogany. You’ll pay a premium price for more exotic species, such as teak, jarrah and mesquite. Check to make sure the hardwood flooring you choose comes from sustainably harvested forests.
Another option is reclaimed hardwood flooring, which you can find at salvage yards. It likely has some signs of wear and age, but you’ll pay about half what it would cost for comparable new flooring.

I hope this guide helps you better understand the options when it comes to hardwood flooring.