Adding hardwood flooring to your home is a great way to increase the resale value of your home. Hardwood is an excellent design and investment decision as hardwood is a positive aspect for the aesthetics of your room. The purchase of a hardwood floor is an important decision and a significant investment so it is important to choose the type of flooring that is right for your home. At Claghorn Custom Flooring, we offer the expertise to help you make the right decision for your specific flooring needs.
There are three basic types of hardwood floors. Unfinished solid hardwood is sold in the form of rough strips that are not stained or coated. These strips are nailed down to a wood subfloor. There are various species, grades, and strip widths available. This type of flooring is finished onsite by highly skilled professionals and can take several days to complete. There is a possibility that the resident will need to leave the home during finishing.
Prefinished solid hardwood is sold as a ready to install product. The wood strips are already sanded, stained, and finished in a factory controlled environment. Prefinished hardwood installation takes half the time of unfinished flooring and residents usually do not have to leave the home while it is being installed. Like unfinished floors, there is a large variety of species, colors, sizes, and glosses that can complement any décor.
Prefinished engineered hardwood is sold as strips made up of a hardwood surface (wear layer) glued on a plywood base. This type of flooring was developed for areas with variable humidity levels. This floor can be glued directly to concrete, an acoustic underlay, or also be nailed to a wood subfloor. Engineered hardwood should not be confused with laminate flooring which is made up of laminated planks that only look like wood and are finished with a plastic polymer coating.
Why Professional Installation?
At Claghorn Custom Flooring, we offer professional installation for all of our flooring products. We do not draw our installers from a list, they are professionals that we have worked with for years and we are confident in their skills, work ethic, and honesty. We personally KNOW all of our installers.
Professional installation has various benefits. One obvious benefit is that it makes your life easier. The added stress of making time for a do-it-yourself installation can be very frustrating. Hardwood flooring is an expensive choice and that should be reflected in your home. Choosing a professional to install your flooring will eliminate the risk of damage to the product and ensure quality craftsmanship and proper fit. Wood flooring often requires difficult cuts and special layouts. Don’t risk the beauty of your new floor by trying to save a few dollars on installation.
Care and Maintenance
Proper hardwood care and maintenance will preserve the beauty of your new floors for many years. However, wood is a natural product and it will show signs of wear over time. By observing a few precautions and cleaning and maintaining your floor correctly, you can expect a long life from your floor.
Do’s and Don’ts
- Maintain the humidity level in your home between 40% and 50% to minimize shrinking and expanding due to changes in humidity.
- Use area rugs in water susceptible areas such as in front of sinks or entrance ways.
- Wipe up liquids immediately.
- Avoid abrasive dirt such as sand or cat litter on your wood.
- Shift area rugs regularly. Exposure to sunlight causes slight color changes in wood over time and areas rugs block that light. Moving furniture and area rugs will allow for even aging.
- Use cleaning products recommended by the manufacturer.
- Use protector pads on furniture legs.
- Use wet mops.
- Use Steam mops.
- Use ammonia.
- Wax a urethane finish.
Some of the lines of Hardwoods you can find at Claghorn Custom Flooring: