If you’re thinking of putting in wood floors, you can’t go wrong. All types of hardwood floors have unmatched natural beauty and go with any decor — modern, traditional, country, you name it. Hardwood flooring goes in any room, although kitchens and basements warrant special considerations. JJ Carpet inc has all type of hardwood floors. Please contact us for more info.
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Example of How to Calculate the Cost
1/2 engineered material cost
Your home: 1400 sqft x Material cost: $2.89 = $4086
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 susceptible to changes in humidity, and isn’t recommended for below-grade basements.
Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Engineered hardwood flooring is a veneer of real wood glued to several layers of wood underneath, like plywood. This gives engineered wood excellent stability over time and makes it a good choice for any area of your home, including below-grade basements. Depending on the thickness of the hardwood veneer, engineered hardwood flooring can only be sanded and refinished once or twice during its lifetime.
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. If they don’t have what you’re looking for (and you have the time), ask to be put on a waiting list. Salvage flooring is an especially good choice if you’re renovating an older house.
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Frequently asked questions
Buying Hardwood Floor Products: Engineered or Solid Wood?
The answer to this question depends on exactly where you’d like to install your flooring.
For instance, solid wood is great for any room in your home that is above ground. Meanwhile, engineered wood is excellent for any basement or slab installation. It can also be used over radiant heat or in humid climates.
The benefit of solid wood is that you can sand and refinish it several times. Engineered wood can also be sanded and refinished but not as often as solid wood can.
Finished on Site or at the Factory?
With site-finished flooring, you have many possibilities when it comes to customizing your floor’s final appearance. For instance, you can choose the kind of finish, stain, and sheen to apply to your final product.
However, since the floor sanding and finishing will be done at your home, you can expect some disruption, including dust and noise.
With factory-finished flooring, you don’t have the same customization possibilities you do with site-finished flooring. However, the benefit of these floors is that the installation process involves minimal noise and dust.
In addition, you can walk on the flooring immediately following its installation.
Should You Choose a Shiny Finish Sheen or a Non-Shiny One?
This ultimately depends on your personal preference.
A gloss finish offers the greatest amount of shine and reflects the greatest amount of light. Meanwhile, a semi-gloss finish offers a little shine and reflects some light.
A matte or satin finish offers the lowest level of shine and reflects the least amount of light.
The benefit of having less sheen is that you’ll be less likely to notice wear, like small scratches. However, all sheens offer a similar level of floor protection.
How Do You Keep Hardwood Flooring Looking New?
To keep your floors looking fresh, be sure to clean them regularly. You can do this by simply sweeping, dust mopping or vacuuming the floors.
Don’t use steam mops or wet mops on your wood floors because steam and water can make the finish dull or damage the floor long term.
Also, it wouldn’t hurt to place a throw rug at each entrance. But avoid rugs that have rubber backs, as they can discolor your floors.
How Can You Prevent Wood Floors from Fading Over Time?
Wood flooring is a lot like fine wine-it becomes better with age.
Of course, like any natural thing that experiences changes over time, your flooring can also experience minor color changes due to factors such as sun exposure.
To keep your floors from fading, try to periodically move furniture and rugs to limit their exposure to sunshine.
Do You Need to Order More Flooring Than the Total Size of Your Space?
Yes. Generally, you should order about 10% more wood flooring than you need for your installation.
This is a wise move because your flooring will need to be trimmed to fit your space, and after it has been cut, you likely won’t be able to use it elsewhere.
You might actually want to order even more than 10% extra flooring if your flooring will have to go around stairs, a closet, a bay window or a fireplace as well.
The company from which you order your flooring can give you an estimate of how much material you’ll need to finish your particular job.