Hardwood & Bamboo
Wood comes in a variety of sizes, colors, shades and installation types. Depending on what type of subfloor you have determines the type of wood floor you can install. Hardwood is one of the most popular and fastest growing floor covering choices. The natural characteristics of wood add depth and a visual appearance that many other types of floors try to duplicate. Rich, inviting hardwood floors can add value to your home at resale time. Benefits:
- one of America’s most popular floors
- can add warmth and character to any room
- rich and inviting
- beautiful to live with
- easy to care for
- add value to your home at resale time
- more diverse and delightful than ever
Types of wood
Solid wood: solid wood flooring is completely lumber which is available unfinished or prefinished. Solid wood flooring can be used on grade and above grade, but not below grade. Solid woods should be a moisture controlled environment, they can be sanded and refinished over several generations of use. Solid wood floors are mostly for nail down installation
Engineered wood: made of several layers of different woods or different grades of same wood stacked and glued together under heat and pressure. Engineered wood flooring is less likely to be affected by changes in humidity and can be installed above, on, or below ground level. Some engineered wood floors with thicker top layers can be sanded up to three times and others cannot be sanded at all. Engineered wood can be installed as glued, stapled, nailed or floating floor.
Types of installations
Nail-down: for ¾” solid wood floor. to be nailed down over plywood (at least ½” thick); osb (at least ¾” thick) and existing wood floor.
Glue down wood: engineered wood to be glued down over concrete or wood floating wood floor: to be installed over almost all types of flooring as long as existing is in good condition and no evidence of height difference issues. Floating wood should not be installed on steps.
F&i site-finishing: unfinished solid wood which is installed, stained and finished on site Refinishing: sanding down existing wood floors to bare wood, staining and finishing.
Hardwood types, options and applications are more diverse than ever. Manufacturer’s now have the ability to produce better quality finishes and superior construction techniques.
The result of those advancements is that wood floors can now be installed throughout the home and over a wide variety of sub-floors.