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All about hardwood

  • There are 2 different types of hardwood: solid and engineered
  • Plank size: width ranges typically from 2" to 5" - the length and thickness varies
  • Main species: Bamboo, Birch, Cherry, Elm, Eucalyptus, Hickory, Maple, Oak, Tigerwood, and Walnut (species vary in hardness - come to our store and we'll show you the hardness rating!)

What is the difference between solid and engineered hardwood?

Solid wood is manufactured from a single thick piece of real wood. It is the same wood from top to bottom. It can't be installed by floating but the other usual methods are fine. It does expand and contract with the changes to humidity. Because of its thickness and composition it can be sanded and refinished multiple times as needed. Engineered wood has a layer of real wood on top with three to five layers of various species underneath. The layers are manufactured perpendicular on top of each other and this creates a strong durable product that is more resistant to cracking or cupping from humidity. This process actually ends up using less wood. Engineered wood can be installed as a floating floor as well. Long term maintenance of refinishing is limited. Some types allow you to do a full sanding, but most of the time you can only do a buffing and re-coating.

What is the downside to buying prefinished wood?

The supplier may have to put scotchgard or aluminum oxide in the finish to increase the warranty and use of it and you can not duplicate that when sanding and refinishing.

How are hardwood floors installed?

Hardwood floors can be installed by being nailed, stapled, glued or floating. Where you are putting the wood and the humidity of the area can determine which methods of installation you can do and which wood you should purchase.

Hardwood flooring can be refinished

One of the things that makes hardwood flooring so appealing to homeowners is the fact that it can easily be refinished. Not only does this bring back the like-new appearance you loved so much when your flooring was first installed, but it’s one of the reasons the floors last so long.

At Crown Flooring, we know that your floors are very important to you. Being able to have new life instilled in those beloved floors can mean the difference between replacing that flooring or not. And we can help you with that. We serve the areas of Madison, Sun Prairie, Middleton, Fitchburg, and Cottage Grove, with a showroom located in Madison, WI. We invite you to stop by at your convenience to speak with a flooring professional about your floors.

Hardwood floor refinishing basics

You might wonder, first of all, how you know it’s time to refinish your floors. The fact is, there are several different procedures that can be done to determine your refinishing needs. However, it all boils down to whether or not you are completely satisfied with how your floors look.

Over time, wear and tear happens. If you have small children, pets or large amounts of traffic through your home, there are a few things you might notice. For instance, the shine may start to wear off, the finish may become dull or have stains in certain areas. You might be tired of looking at an abundance of scuffs and scratches. No matter what the problems are, sanding and refinishing those floors will make them look amazing all over again.

Once you make the decision to have your hardwood floors redone, your flooring professional will discuss all the details with you. It might be necessary for you to spend some time away from home, which is a great time to take that family vacation, because the process is tedious.

For instance, during the sanding process, vents and doorways will need to be sealed in order to keep the dust from moving throughout your home. The finishing process can also mean you won’t be able to walk on those floors for a while, at least until the finish and sealants dry properly.

Once the process is done, you’ll love the finished look. Not only will your floors look like they were just installed, you’ll have the peace of mind in knowing that they should be good to go for at least another couple of decades.

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