Affordable Wood Flooring in Arizona
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Wood Flooring Overview and Options
Wood is one of the more versatile flooring choices. It can exude a streamlined, polished elegance or be offer a honey vibe to the family cabin. And it is the ultimate environmentally-friendly flooring choice. But as with all wood floors, you need to choose the type of wood that is best for your needs.
There are different types of wood flooring. Solid wood is just what it says; a plank of solid wood. It can be used in any room that is located above ground. Engineered wood floors are also real wood but the planks are made using layers. The layers may be from the same type of wood of the interior layers could be a different type of woof that the outer layer. Engineered wood flooring can be used above or below ground level, such as in a basement.
You have a variety of finishes to choose from. Generally speaking, a satin gloss finish is the shiniest, semi-gloss finishes are a little less shiny, and satin or matte finishes are more flat, meaning they reflect the least light. The rule of thumb is, the less shiny a floor, the less scratches or other mars will be noticeable. Conversely, marks on a sating-gloss finish will be more visible. All the finishes offer your wood flooring the same amount of protection; but how easy it is to see any imperfection changes depending on the finish.
Wood Flooring Installation
The installation method depends on the type of wood flooring you choose. Solid wood planks need to be installed with nails on a wooden subfloor. Engineered planks can be either nailed or stapled to a wood subfloor; they can also be glued to a wood or concrete subfloor. This makes engineered wood floors ideal for slab and basement installations, but they can be used in any room either above or below grade. While this type of flooring can be sanded and refinished, it cannot be done as many times as solid wood flooring.
All hardwood floors will fade as they age, however, exposure to direct sunlight will speed the process along. You can slow the process by installing window treatments that block the rays.
Since wood is a natural product, it expands and contracts depending on how much moisture its exposed to and the temperature. This constant expanding and contracting can cause hairline cracks or variations in height or width. Controlling the humidity and temperature can maintain the quality of your wood floor. So if you live in a humid or wet climate, install insulation that can control the moisture level inside the house. If you reside in a dry climate, consider the use of a whole house humidifier to minimize the effects of weather.