Buying Tips for Hardwood Flooring
Factory Finish vs. Custom Sand & Finish on Site
Both choices have some great advantages, so there is no wrong answer to this question. Before being shipped out from the mill, factory finished flooring is inspected so that you always receive the choicest flooring. On-site finishing depends heavily on the skill of the installer, so you should be sure to choose an excellent one. Give us a call to learn about our quality installation services.
Factory finished flooring usually installs more quickly and without the dust and odors that are involved with on-site finishing. However, even though factory finished flooring comes in a variety of colors, on-site finishing allows for closer color match with existing woodwork or cabinets.
Both factory finishes and on-site finishes are available in either high gloss or matte. Also, both types have exciting new finishes developed with space age technology. These finishes are not like grandma’s old wood floors because they require no waxing.
Engineered products install where no solid hardwood dares to go
In the past, you could not enjoy hardwood in areas like the basement or on a slab without first installing a special subfloor system. With the advent of engineered hardwood, it is now possible to have hardwood in those areas – without all of the mess and additional expenses normally associated with its installation. Since engineered hardwood has unique cross-ply construction, it has no expansion or contraction issues that can plague solid hardwood.
There’s no need to worry about the thickness of the top wood layers used in engineered hardwood because the wear is only on the finish, not the layer of wood. Normally you won’t ever have to re-sand and finish an engineered hardwood floor – except if you want to switch the color to match a new design.
Special considerations when selecting hardwood flooring
In order to prevent sun damage or shading differences caused by sunlight, always close curtains or blinds during the brightest part of the day. If you place an area rug on a portion of the hardwood floor for an extended period of time, a color difference may be evident when the rug is removed.
Large pets with sharp toenails can also damage even the best finishes.