Why Many Customers Choose Wood Flooring from R & S Flooring
Wood floors bring classic styling and natural warmth to any home. Not every room in the home is suitable for solid wood floors. The beauty of engineered wood can solve the problem. The performance of engineered wood flooring makes it possible to install it in any area of the home, including basements and bathrooms.
Benefits of engineered wood flooring
The construction of engineered wood flooring consists of layers bonded together. The top layer has all the beauty and characteristics of the species of wood that was selected. Multiple layers of high density fiberboard are below the surface layer. This construction creates greater stability and strength than solid wood boards. Superior stability makes engineered wood resistant to humidity and temperature changes. This type of floor is beneficial to homeowners, because it can be installed in places where wood is never expected to be seen, including moisture-prone areas such as finished basements.
Though engineered wood is not solid wood, it is still genuine wood that has lifetime value, beauty, and warmth. Quality engineered wood performs as well and lasts as long as solid wood. It can be refinished, but not quite as often as solid wood can. Engineered wood is available in an impressive, wide range of finishes, wood species, textures, and colors. After they are installed, engineered and solid wood planks look alike.
Depending on the product choice, engineered wood floors can be floated, glued or stapled. Floating floors go over existing floors and are easiest to install. Technology has made it possible for interlocking board edges to fit together seamlessly. The boards are pushed gently into place. The fit is secure and tight. No special carpentry tools are needed. Do-it-yourselfers can have a floor that looks professionally installed.
R & S Flooring also carries solid wood flooring for those who prefer it. All the wood flooring products provide long-term protection against abrasive wear, moisture, and stains. Brand names of top quality wood flooring include:
• Homer Wood
• Max Windsor
With such a long list of suppliers, customers from Alabaster, Birmingham, and Hoover, Alabama and Nashville, Franklin, and Brentwood, Tennessee have no problem finding the wood flooring of their dreams at R & S Flooring. The flooring they carry comes in a wide variety of widths, surface finishes, and wood species. The flooring is displayed in their showroom located in Brentwood, TN.
Different types of Hardwood Flooring
Solid wood flooring is one solid piece of wood that has tongue and groove sides. Solid hardwood floors are available in either prefinished or unfinished. Solid hardwood floors are susceptible to moisture and it is not recommended to install directly over a concrete slab or below grade. This hardwood floor should be for nail-down installations only. You can usually refinish a solid hardwood floor several times before it is sanded down to its tongue joints. A solid hardwood floor can last over 100 years and still look good condition.
The presence of moisture will warp all solid wood flooring. If there is an abundance of moisture it may cause the wood planks to buckle or cup. That's why it is critical when installing a solid hardwood flooring to acclimatize the wood before installation and leave the appropriate expansion joint around the perimeter.
Engineered wood floors - Engineered hardwood is in fact produced with three to five layers of hardwood. Each layer is stacked in a cross-grain arrangement and glued together under heat and pressure. As a result, an engineered hardwood floor is less likely to be affected by humidity and can be installed on all floors of the home. A hardwood finish layer is bonded on top and another softer wood ply is bonded below the center. The top finish layer can be constructed of almost any hardwood specie, finish or color.
Factory prefinished Hardwood Flooring
Most factory finished hardwood has several coats of wood finish applied to the surface. Most hardwood floor manufacturers are applying 6-10 coats of a ultra-violet (UV) cured urethane. These finishes remain on the surface of the hardwood and form a protective coating. Surfaces finishes are popular today because they are durable, water-resistant and require minimal maintenance. Various gloss levels are available.The most common finishes are:
- Oil-modified urethane offers the amber tones of an oil finish and can be used in a home where lower levels of traffic are likely. It is easy to apply and dries in about eight hours.
- Moisture-cured urethane provides excellent abrasion resistance and good chemical resistance on hardwood surfaces that are exposed to high abuse. Performs well as sealer or finish and is more durable and more moisture resistant than other surface finishes. Moisture-cure urethane is extremely difficult to apply and it has a very unpleasant (toxic) odor. A respirator is a must when applying. Moisture-cure urethane comes in non-yellowing satin or gloss finish.
- Waterbased Urethane is formulated to provide a high gloss finish with outstanding color and gloss retention and also resists yellowing. It ensures an outstanding appearance year after year even in harsh environments. They have a milder odor and dry in about two to three hours.
- Penetrating Stain and Wax - This finish soaks into the pores of the hardwood and hardens to form a protective penetrating seal. A rich blend of oil and resin gives hardwood floors a soft, satiny sheen.
Unfinished Hardwood Floors
Unfinished hardwood floors means that you begin with a bare hardwood floor and than the floor is sanded, stained, and finished in the home. The process does take several days, and in years past was pretty messy, but new dust containment systems make this option much easier than before. Using this method your floor will be finished to your specifications.
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