Hardwood Flooring

Factory Finish vs. Custom Sand & Finish on Site

You should feel comfortable with either choice. A factory finished floors offers many advantages as it usually installs more quickly with little or no down time. It can be more convenient as the floor is ready to be lived on as quickly as it is installed. No odor or dust and less skill needed to install. Easier for existing house room renovation if you need to remain in the home while the work is being completed. Options are limited on choices, but you can view them all at once to make a decision to know what you are getting. Quality pre-finished floors are expensive so don’t be fooled by low entry level prices….you get what you pay for a far as the quality of the hardwood and milling along with the finishes that are applied at the factory. Custom designs are almost impossible with pre-finished floors so if you are considering borders, inlays and other layouts like herringbone, basket weaves, etc. this may not be the option for you.

Custom Sand & Finish On Site floors offer endless options and a true custom floor for your home. Many more options are available in wood floor species and grading of the floor. You typically have fewer problems over the life of the floor as each board is hand selected during installation then sanded, stained and finished by a craftsman. You can customize the color to your home you also have many more options on the finish with everything from a extra matte to a gloss and even zero VOC penetrating oils to customize the finished look of your floor. With the sanding process many companies offer dust containment to have little to no dust as the work is being completed so you can feel confident in your home remaining clean and dust free during the entire process. Site finished floor also have a better finished appearance as they are flat with no beveled edges and look better as you look across the floor with a much better flow. Not to include wear with the floor being flat your pets nails have no beveled edge to catch on, liquid and dirt will remain on the surface better and not fall into the beveled joints. More skills are required to complete a site finished floor and you want to make sure you are hiring the right craftsman. Check for proper training and memberships with organizations as the NWFA, Bona Certified Craftsman and online reviews.

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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.

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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.

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