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Hardwood Flooring

Buying Tips for Hardwood Flooring

Factory Finish vs. Custom Sand & Finish on Site

You should feel comfortable with either choice and understand the advantages that each offers. Today’s factory finishing offers many distinct advantages.

Factory finished flooring usually installs more quickly and without the dust and odors that are involved with on-site finishing. If you are adding hardwood to your home, this can be a significant advantage, as your home will be more livable and your installation will generally be done more quickly without as much disruption.

Both factory finishes and on-site finishes are available in a range of gloss levels—from high gloss to a more satin or matte finish. Factory-finished flooring (or pre-finished flooring as it’s commonly referred to) has become a preferred option for many reasons. Flooring manufacturers are employing the newest technology and polymers to produce finishes that they commonly warranty for fifteen to twenty-five years. Factory applied finishes have the advantage of a controlled environment, consistent quality control processes, and advanced curing techniques, such as UV-curing, for state-of-the-art durability. These finishes are easy to care for, requiring basic routine maintenance and a few preventative measures to look beautiful year in and year out.

Today’s factory-finished floors are available in a huge range of colors and styles to meet virtually any decorating taste. However, if your specific needs require a custom color or treatment for matching existing flooring, woodworking, or cabinetry, site-finished flooring is the alterative to give you a truly custom color.

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 you can enjoy real hardwood flooring 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.

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