Factory Finish vs. Custom Sand & Finish on Site
You should feel comfortable with either choice. However, factory finishing offers many nice advantages. Factory finished flooring is inspected for defects at the mill so you receive first choice every time. On-site finishing depends on the quality of the workmanship that day.
Factory finished flooring usually installs more quickly and without the dust and odors that are involved with on-site finishing. However, even though factory finished flooring comes in a variety of colors, on-site finishing allows for closer color match with existing woodwork or cabinets.
Both factory finishes and on-site finishes are available in either high gloss or matte. Both types have exciting new finishes developed with space age technology. These finishes are not like grandma’s old wood floors because they require no waxing.
Engineered Products Install Where No Solid Hardwood Dares to Go
Prior to the development of engineered hardwood flooring, hardwood products could not be installed on slab or in your basement without a special subfloor system. Now, thanks to simpler installation of hardwood floors, you can enjoy real, beautiful wood in those areas without all that fuss and expense. A special cross-ply construction eliminates the problem of expansion and contraction usually associated with solid hardwood.
Don’t become overly concerned with thinner or thicker top wood layers associated with engineered products because it’s the finish you are walking on. Generally speaking you won’t need to re-sand and finish these products; just re-coat them unless you need to change the color.
Special Considerations When Selecting Hardwood Flooring
Direct sunlight can affect the color of hardwood stains, therefore closing curtains or shades during peak periods will reduce damage. Area rugs left in place for extended periods of time may expose a shading difference once they are removed from the remainder of the floor.
Large pets with sharp toenails can also damage even the best finishes.
Luxury Vinyl Tile & Plank Flooring
Luxury Vinyl Tile and Vinyl Planks create stunning floors that are meticulously designed to look like hardwood or tile and built to withstand the busiest lifestyles. From rustic wood to travertine, enjoy nature’s diverse beauty throughout your home in the kitchen, bath, basement, entry and beyond.
Today’s LVT flooring is waterproof, pet-proof and the hottest selling floor in the market place today ! The styles, patterns and textures are a must see for any home remodeling project.
Some Products are Designed to Help You Reduce Subfloor Preparation Costs
Next to ceramic tile Luxury vinyl tile and plank flooring installation demands properly prepared subflooring. Many of the vinyl products are very thin and when they are installed with a full spread adhesive over a poorly prepared subfloor, irregularities can telegraph through. We have products designed to address this issue wth proper underlayments, thicker vinyl floors, floating vinyl floors and Rigid-Core vinyl floors. In fact, many of these products can be installed over your existing flooring.
Special Considerations When Choosing Sheet Vinyl Flooring
Asphalt staining or dragging heavy objects across the floor can result in permanent damage to vinyl surfaces.
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