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Knowing the Important Details About Hardwood and Wooden Flooring

Posted by AmeriFirst Marketing on Mon, Dec 5, 2016

This is an article submitted by a guest author. Not all views expressed are those of AmeriFirst Home Mortgage or its employees.  

Why is flooring required? Flooring increases the beauty of your home. Secondly, if you are using floor heaters, these flooring can gracefully hide the ducts beneath and make it functional and attractive as well.



Know the Important Details About Hardwood and Wooden Flooring

What are the types of flooring? The type of flooring you choose can greatly impact the value of your home for the better.  We can broadly classify the flooring as below:

There are 5 Main Types of Flooring:

  • Laminate,
  • Stone,
  • Tiles,
  • Carpet,
  • Hardwood.


1. Which Type of Wood Flooring Should I Opt for, Solid or Engineerd Wood?

It depends on what you want to go for and where you want to install it. Both solid and engineered wood floors are made of real wood and both are environmentally friendly and appealing in looks.

Solid Wood Floor

Solid wood flooring is a solid section of wood from top to bottom. The thickness of solid wood flooring can vary from 3/4” to 5/16”. You can apply Solid wood in rooms above the floor. They can be used in living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, or kitchens.  It is not recommended to lay them in the basement.

Engineerd Wood Flooring

Engineered wood floors are also real wood floors. These are manufactured by using multiple layers of wood veneers.  The layers that you can’t see can be of the same wood, or of different wood.  This will expand or contract less than solid wood flooring due to climatic changes.


2. Is a Factory-Finished Floor or A Site-Finished Floor Better for Me?

Both have their own advantages and disadvantages. Each method has its own benefits, and Select the right method depends on the level of customization that you want to achieve, and your personal Predilection. 

Job-Site Finished Floor

This is installed on the job site, in the room where the flooring is being installed. You can choose the type of finish to be applied to your floor. This will impact how much maintenance time you must invest on the floor. They stain and polish the final product. You have a great opportunity to explore unlimited options.

Factory-Finished Wood Floor

As the name suggests, the finish is applied at the factory. Here too, plenty of options are available. But you can’t customize them as much as you would in job-site finished wood floors. Expect minimal dust and noise during the installation process. You also can use the floor almost immediately after they are installed.

3. What if I Have Pets at Home?

If you are scared that they will scratch the floor, you need to have rugs to keep the pets from scratching. You can trim the nails of pets regularly. A heavy traffic area will still introduce scratches on the floor – even without pets. A wood flooring contractor should help you with ideas about repair scratches. They may sign you up for a regular maintenance contract, which we think will be worth it.

4. Can I Use a DIY Guide and Save Some Pennies?

Well, you would have invested quite a fortune on the materials. If something goes wrong, you will spend a whole lot more. Instead of being penny wise and pound foolish we recommend you take professional help for this one as it is a long-term investment.


5. How Do I Keep My Floors Looking New?

  • All hardwood floors should be cleaned regularly. Simply sweep, dust mop or vacuum the floors.
  • Remove dirt from between the floor boards.  You can keep a duster and a dustpan to clean any dirt as and when you see it.
  • A wet mop or a steam mop on hardwood floors is a big no-no. Water and steam can be dangerous and will discolor the flooring.
  • Invest in carpets or rugs at the entrances.
  • Do not buy rugs with rubber backs as these can also discolor wooden floors.

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