Of all the flooring systems available for your home, few receive as many compliments as hardwood. There's just something about hardwood that takes an ordinary room and turns it into a warm, inviting and timeless space. It's softer than tile and more enduring than carpet. Plus, the many kinds of wood and styles on the market give you enough options to choose the perfect product for any decorating style you can imagine. If you're thinking of installing a new hardwood floor or expanding the one you have, Owens Construction is the place to start exploring your options.
New, Unfinished Hardwood
When you select new, unfinished wood, you get to choose any color finish you like. For a floor truly customized to your decorating scheme, unfinished could be the best way to go. However, keep in mind that the process of sanding, coating and sealing requires several involved steps, some of which will entail fumes that could keep you out of the house for a few days. Also, if you're trying to match new wood to an existing old floor, the likelihood of success is pretty slim. Old hardwoods were harvested from old trees, while the new woods come from much younger trees. The different ages mean different graining patterns and rates of stain acceptance and, thus, an inability to get a good match.
Pre-Finished Hardwood Options
Factory finished hardwoods offer a lot of benefits. Because the sanding and staining happen under controlled conditions by machines, these woods usually have a stronger, longer-lasting finish. While your color options are limited to what the factories offer, they provide a faster install and none of the mess. One disadvantage, though, is that the tiny space between boards won't be sealed over as it would be if finished in-house. This means that any water spills left too long can seep between the boards. Pre-finished hardwoods may not be the best choice for baths or “wet spaces”, in all other applications they can work very well. They also lend themselves to refinishing once they start to show wear.
Economical Engineered Floors
Engineered floors present a very economical solution. These systems are composed of a human-made board with a thin hardwood laminate veneer on top. With the appearance of solid wood, engineered floors look quite nice. But because the human-made boards are thinner than solid wood, an underlayment may be necessary to bring the surface up to the height of natural wood boards. Like pre-finished hardwoods, the engineered floors will not be sealed over at the joints. The veneer is too thin for any future refinishing. The sanding process will delaminate the veneer. So, although you can buy a beautifully engineered floor for considerably less than solid wood, it should be considered more of a disposable system rather than one that will last as long as the house.
For more information on hardwood or other flooring options, please contact us for a free, no obligation consultation. With over thirty years in the business, we can answer all your questions and guide help you find the best choice for you home.