The traditional wood flooring, hardwood floors are made of wood through and through providing excellent insulation and adding strength to your home's structure. Hardwood floors come pre-finished or unfinished, in a wide variety of species. Hardwood floors come in three construction methods: solid, engineered and parquet. Click on the link below to learn more about hardwood floors.
Introduced to the US in 1996, laminate is typically made of an extremely tough-wearing aluminum oxide surface with a printed photograph adhered to the core, which gives it that hardwood look. The core of the laminate is usually made of high density fiberboard allowing laminate flooring to look good while being both affordable and durable. Laminates are a great addition for any high traffic area.
Bamboo is a perennial plant belonging to the grass family Poaceae. It grows in diverse climates – from cold mountains to hot, tropical regions – reaching heights of 125 feet or more. Bamboo is considered the fastest growing woody plant, reaching maturity in five to six years. Bamboo has found many uses; from food preparation to construction, its thin and flimsy appearance belies its true value.
Harvested from the bark of the cork oak tree, Quercus suber, cork consists mostly of suberin, a waxy substance that prevents water from penetrating the cork tissue. This provides resistance to moisture, making cork possible for installation in places where other flooring types are not advisable. There are more benefits to having cork in your home, click on the link below to learn more.
There are many ways a floor can be installed in your home including nail-down, glue-down, and floating. What type of installation options is best for your project depends on mostly on the subfloor and where in your home the new floor will be. Certain installation methods are more do-it-yourself friendly than others so learning which installation method is best for your project is important.
Hardwood flooring is a wonder of nature which comes in a variety of colors, grain patterns, and styles. Wood's natural character makes each floor unique and with various stains nearly any color can be achieved in today's wood floors. From traditional strip-style flooring to hand scraped exotics, there is a myriad of choices available to fit the style and appearance desired for your home.
TThe finish on your floor is a protective layer applied that protects the floor from wear, dirt, and moisture. There is a variety of different finishes for wood floors and each finish offers its own distinct benefits and appearance. Find out more about flooring finishes and which finish is best for your home by clicking on the link below.
With the proper care, your floors will stay beautiful for many years to come. Common sense and some preventative steps can lengthen the life of your floors. A regular cleaning routine will simplify your floor care. Good preventative maintenance lengthens the time between major renovations, such as re-waxing, re-coating and refinishing.