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HARDWOOD FLOORING: A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

May 22

There are numerous options available for selecting the best wood flooring for your home. Domestics, maple, oak, and even exotics like acacia and tamarind are among the possibilities. Aside from that, you can choose from various wood widths, including typical narrow strips, large rustic boards, and even stain colors. Overall, you can select the flooring that best complements your home's style and ambiance.

 

However, finding the perfect fit for your house can be difficult with so many options on the market. As a result, we've put together a detailed guide to Hardwood Floor Installation to help you through the process. Continue reading to learn everything there is to know about hardwood flooring.

 

HARDWOOD FLOORING ESSENTIALS

You must familiarize yourself with the fundamentals of hardwood flooring before going out to find your ideal hardwood floor. These are the fundamentals:

 

  • Remember that the longer the strips are, the less the distracting end joints will be when it comes to hardwood flooring. As a result, if you want to make a tiny room appear larger, always use shorter strips. This will make your space appear larger, adding to the overall charm of the house.

 

  • Your hardwood floor's thickness is far more essential than you may imagine. A good illustration of this is that if you use a solid board with a 34-inch thickness, you can refinish it up to ten times and still get good value out of it. In addition, thinner hardwood boards cannot be sanded to the same degree. As a result, a durable topcoat is advised to ensure that they do not require frequent refinishing.

 

  • Examining the hardness of hardwood flooring is the greatest approach to judge its quality and durability. Your hardwood flooring will always be subject to gouges and dents if it is not hard enough. As a result, anytime you go out to get hardwood flooring, make sure to examine the hardness of the wood.

 

  • The width of your hardwood flooring can reveal a lot about the material's quality. For example, if you choose a six-inch plank, you can achieve a rustic look, but joints will spread wide during dry weather. Furthermore, while two 14s appear to be busier, they tend to be tighter for longer. To achieve the most pleasing result, it would be best if you could mix the widths of the hardwood flooring.

 

DIFFERENT CUT IN HARDWOOD FLOORS

 

In the market, there are two different hardwood cuts. Each of these cuts is designed to meet particular needs. 

 

Quartersawn Boards: These are more expensive yet have a straight grain. These hardwood cuts have growth rings that are perpendicular to the face. As a result, this cut is more resistant to shrinking and swelling.

 

Plainsawn Boards: Plainsawn boards are more common because they're less expensive. The board's face has growth rings that angle across it, causing the wood to be more susceptible to contraction and expansion.

 

GRADES OF HARDWOOD FLOORS

 

There are three primary grades of hardwood floors.

 

Clear Grade: The best and most expensive option, clear grade boards have the fewest knots and blemishes. You can also sand and refinish these boards up to eight times.

 

Select Grade: A more affordable choice, select grade boards have more knots than clear grade boards but are still suitable for refinishing up to five times.

 

Natural Grade: The least expensive of the three, natural grade boards have the most knots and blemishes. These boards can only be sanded and refinished two to three times.

 

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This is almost everything there is to know about hardwood flooring for your home. As a result, take advantage of this knowledge to get the best flooring for your home or office based on your specific needs.

 

At Vinyl Flooring & Beyond, we specialize in helping our customers find the perfect hardwood floor for their needs. We carry a wide variety of hardwood floors in different colors, styles, and cuts. Contact us today to learn more about our hardwood flooring selection.

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