When it comes to flooring, this can be one of the most important yet basic decisions a homeowner can make. There are several different options from carpet to one of the biggest materials that many homeowners love to use; hardwood. Did you know that not all hardwood flooring is created equal and selecting a particular product isn’t just picking a preferred color either. There are several other factors that can make a huge impact on both performance and aesthetics that you choose from the moment you walk in the door. Below are a few tips to help you choose the right hardwood floor for your home. Hopefully these can help you with a final solution on what you are looking for both colors, cost and overall finish.
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- Select Solid – Traditionally hardwood flooring comes in thick planks of solid timber. Today, solid hardwood is still available but many other companies offer engineered flooring which are lanks that are made with a thinner top layer of hardwood and then bonded to other layers which are designed to prevent the flooring from shifting during expansion. Wood actually moves in three directions; tangential, radial and longitudinal movement. Having engineered products creates the opposing force within the board to restrict the natural movement of the wood. Be aware that some engineered floors have a top layer that can be so thin that they can’t be sanded or refinished in the future. If you choose a higher quality product that features a thicker layer, you are able to get as much usable wood as you would out of a solid board.
- Figuring out Your Finish– Hardwood can be bought two different ways, prefinished with a topcoat and stain already ready to go or raw rfaced which then gets finished by a professional once it’s installed in your home. Personally, having it prefinished allows you to see what exactly what you are getting once you’ve selected your product and the sample color palette. There is no wrong or right way to figure out what type of finish you want as long as you are happy with the outcome after installation. When it comes to picking out what type of finish you want, they mostly fall into two categories; oil or polyurethane. Oil finishes do scratch more esaily but also make scratches less noticeable. If you pick polyurethane, you may need to replace the board or buff and recoat an entire section of the floor if it gets too scratchy.
- Wood Types – When it comes to what type of wood you want in your home, a very popular one is oak. This is a durable wood that also stains very well. It’s appealing to natural grain and also reasonable cost. As far as design is concerned, white oak is very popular because it has a more pinkish look as opposed to many oaks that are red. Another popular wood is walnut because it is slightly softer which is ideal for rooms that may have a darker finish. Whatever your decision, make sure you are happy with the type of wood as well as the plank size when installing. The width of the wood makes a difference and you want to make a great first impression on your family and guests that come to your home.
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4. When In Doubt, Call A Professional – Of course, choosing your own hardwood can be overwhelming so why not call in a professional to help you make the decision a little easier. If you live in the state of New Jersey, one company called Selecta Flooring is one you don’t want to miss out on. The company is located in Union County and their knowledgeable and extremely friendly staff will take care of your flooring questions, needs and concerns. The owners, Michael and Scott have many years of experience and pride themselves with the work they do. You actually may have seen Scott on DIY NEtwork’s Man Caves. Scott began working on the hardwood flooring business as a Job Site Manager. It wasn’t long before the world took notice of his incredible skills which lead him to the Man Cave show and included renovation of Michael Stranhams dressing room on the show LIVE! With Kelly and Michael. Their team of sanders, refinishers and installers are not only professional when you meet them but also bring you the highest quality wood floors that customers will appreciate for years to come. They also are up to date with the latest building codes and know the finishes and correct wood to make your home stand out among the rest.
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