For many homeowners choosing the best variety of hardwood flooring is a decision that can be highly confusing. There are literally hundreds of varieties available and they can vary significantly in both form and function. Here are some tips to help you choose the best variety of hardwood flooring for your home.
You have a few popular species of hardwood flooring to consider when choosing a variety. Five popular species (red oak, white oak, pine, cypress, and bamboo) are the most popular choices for domestic and commercial floors and each has its advantages and disadvantages. Red oak is the most popular choice for domestic floors because of its beauty and durability. It is often used in kitchen and bathroom hardware because of its affordability and durability. Red oak floors are also popular due to the availability of a wide range of shades and tones that make them appropriate for a wide range of interiors and styles.
Red oak is a popular choice for domestic flooring because it is a durable hardwood with a low tendency to splinter. However, it is susceptible to dents and scratches that may compromise its durability. Cherry is another popular option for domestic floors because of its attractive grain pattern and the availability of various shades and tones. Cherry is also a durable hardwood flooring choice but its tendency to scratch and dent is not as great as that of red oak or white oak.
You should also consider adding a protective layer between the floor and subfloor during the installation process to avoid any moisture damage. Moisture can accelerate the aging process of hardwood and accelerate the wood’s tendency to warp. The best protection is an epoxy or polyurethane coating which can be applied in between the hardwood flooring and subfloor. This coating can protect the floor from moisture for a longer period of time.
Engineered hardwood flooring has become quite popular lately because of its elegance and durability. It is usually finished with an epoxy resin which seals the floor and prevents water and moisture from penetrating it. Epoxy resins are available in two variants: solid and unfinished. An unfinished hardwood floor can be protected by a sealant which is applied using a brush or using a special sprayer. A solid hardwood floor must be finished with an oil based stain which can be applied using a brush or by using a special carpet sprayer. Before any stain is applied on the floor, it must be pre-treated with a stain guard which will prevent any accidental spills.
To ensure that the stain lasts for a long time, you must apply the stain protectant uniformly all over the floor using a hard wood floor cleaner. If there are some protruding areas that are missed during the cleaning process, then these spots must be corrected before applying the final coat of stain. In case of any damaged areas, you must send the stain protected to a professional flooring company in Sacramento to correct it. This will ensure that the finish lasts for a long time.