Hardwood Flooring Installation
Floors are probably one of the main parts homeowners care about because they are extremely striking at the very first moment people enter at home. And hardwood is one of the most popular material families prefer to cover floors. Perhaps the infinite benefits that hardwood floors provide make them occupy the top ten of most popular floors in the States. The luxurious touches they bring to your home areas, the easy to clean property, as well as not harbor allergies as carpets, make them a clever choice.
Hardwood itself is an organic highly visually attractive material that is hard and strong; it offers a huge range of colors that go from reds and browns, with different intensities from almost black to fairly white. And these characteristics are extended to hardwood flooring, so customers have a wide choice in flooring issues.
Experts in flooring state that hardwood flooring offers the hardness and strength, the endurance, the attractiveness (in color and grain), and the fire resistance that many homeowners wish to enjoy. Also, at the time you decide to sell your house, it will be easier and more profitable; according to the National Wood Flooring Association, the 90% of real estate agents say that houses with wood flooring sell faster and for higher prices than houses without wood floor. If you are considering installing hardwood flooring at home, rely that responsibility on expert hands; at American Loss Consultant we count with a huge portfolio of experts that will handle the installation of your floors accurately.
American Loss Consultant is a firm with a huge experience in home advising. All our allies have approved our confident screening process, which guarantee our customers the hiring of skillful professionals to conduct any restoration project, like hardwood flooring installation. As home advisors, we can give you some more information about hardwood flooring.
Types of Hardwood Flooring
At the time of talking about hardwood flooring, we can mention two main types: solid wood flooring and engineered wood flooring.
Solid wood flooring
Solid hardwood flooring is 100% hardwood single solid piece being the most sough-after floors. It is strong, resistant, beautiful and versatile. There can be found pre-finished or unfinished; particular characteristics of flooring will depend mainly on the species of wood selected but the style of your hardwood flooring will be determined by the arrangement of styles can be gotten using varied lengths of planks, widths of strip wood flooring or whatever customers agree with the constructor. Many flooring providers prefer Appalachian hardwood for its consistent color, more refined grain, and better stability.
There are three types of solid wood flooring: Strip wood flooring, plank wood flooring and tiles.
Strip wood flooring is usually considered the traditional wood floor with stripes that range from 5/16” to 3/4” thick, available from 1” to 3” widths.
Plank wood flooring can be differentiated from strip due to its width in which planks are available in thickness from ½” to ¾” as well as multiple widths – 3” to 12”.
Tiles are not really long because they are cut and placed in a predetermined pattern to be used as decorative pieces.
In hardwood flooring selection, the appearance is definitely impressive. The color and particular “marks” hardwood flooring shows, give character to your floors. The style you want to print to your home is a determinant factor when selecting the grading of wood. We can advise you about solid wood flooring grades that the National Wood Flooring Association has listed:
Clear wood. It has minimal character marks and provides a uniform appearance.
Select wood. It is merchandise with a natural heartwood color that includes knots, streaks and other particular wood marks.
Common wood. This type of hardwood flooring has more natural characteristics than the other two types of woods, like knots and color variation. It brings character to the spaces and can be found in number 1 and number 2. Number 1 has a varied appearance, light or dark colors, with knots or streaks; number 2 has a more rustic appearance and highlight particular characteristics of each tree species.
Engineered wood flooring
This type of flooring is manufactured, not 100% nature origin like solid. It is man-made manufactured using wood as raw material. It is made of layers of wood on the covers and in the middle it is composed by plywood layers. The core of this flooring is very stable and it does not expand or contract so it is particularly recommended for areas that tend to be moistured like basements, over concrete subfloors and over radiant heating systems.
There are three types of engineered wood flooring: wood ply, fingered and fiber board. engineered hardwood is.
Wood ply. It is made of a high quality veneer on top and three or more layers in the middle, perpendicularly arranged, glued and pressed.
Fingered. Basically this engineered floor is composed on top with a lamella laid and small finger-joined pieces of wood in the center.
Fiberboard. Made of a lamella laid on top, it is perpendicularly assembled in the center by medium or high density fiberboard.
Engineered hardwood as well as solid has some variations in finishing products, and they are strips, planks or tiles.
Strips varies in 3/8” to 5/8” of thickness and widths from 1” to 3”.
Planks varies in 3/8” to 5/8” of thickness and widths from 3” to 12”.
Tiles are mainly used in parquet floor designs. They can have geometric orientation. They are sized mainly 12” x 12” with a thickness between 3/8” to 5/8”.
At the moment of deciding which type of hardwood flooring choose, solid or engineered, you have to take into account the area you are going to cover (social areas, bedrooms, bathrooms, or basement). A professional contractor will advise you adequately in this aspect. Hardwood is very resistant and suitable of being restored. Solid can be refurbished more than engineered and this is a subject you can ponder. American Loss Consultant will provide you of experts that will guide you in the proper selection of hardwood flooring.
Hardwood flooring installation procedure
Those customers, who bet for a classy traditional floor like hardwood, must hire only highly qualified experts to install, restore or clean hardwood flooring in order to give a perfect finish style to their homes. Selecting the perfect hardwood flooring is not enough and installation is the key to get that perfect finish. The installation procedure the experts of American Loss Consultant advise to all our customer consists as the following clever steps:
- Proper advice about hardwood and measurement of the area to be covered. The selection of hardwood is determined not only by your style preference but also the area you plan to cover. Each hardwood has particular characteristic that can make it suitable or not for specific areas. Ask your contractor about the best choice for you. Also a proper measurement of the area at this pace will guarantee timely starting and ending of the process as well as avoiding hardwood wastes that increase the expenses.
- Supervision of the area to be covered. Hardwood natural enemy is moisture. A serious responsible expert in hardwood flooring will supervise carefully the area you plan to cover before starting any flooring work. Constructors must conduct moisture test and resolve issues dealing with it; measures like humidifier adjustment, air conditioner, or furnace fixing is advisable.
- Preparation of subfloor. Surface where wood flooring is going to be installed must be completely flat. High spots must be sanded or planed and low spots must be built up to get a smooth surface.
- Secure floor to subfloor. This process is usually performed by nailing to secure hardwood floor to subfloor. Some specialists might tend to use staples. Glue down by using adhesives to secure hardwood to subfloor is suitable over concrete. In wood flooring boards’ installation, attachment to subfloor is not done; they rest on top of a pad laid over the subfloor.
Take extra care like leaving wood flooring time to acclimate to home environmental conditions is an additional task that is done by flooring services. American Loss Consultant advise you to always be at pace with your restoration service.
Extra advices: Hardwood flooring care
The perfection and beauty of your hardwood flooring must be kept taking care of it properly. American Loss Consultant about these simple but useful care instructions:
- Dry water spills or leaks as soon as possible.
- Sweep and vacuum the floor often to prevent wear and tear.
- Use professional hardwood floor cleaner to remove scuffs, markings or stains.
- Before applying any cleaning product, consult the provider about it to avoid ulterior damage.
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