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Hardwood floors Medford

Hardwood Flooring Guide

?Hardwood flooring is a popular choice for homeowners due to its durability, timeless aesthetic, and potential to add value to your home. Here's a comprehensive overview to help you get started:

Types of Hardwood Flooring:

There are two primary types of hardwood flooring:

  • Solid Hardwood:?This type of flooring is made from a single piece of solid wood and comes in various species like oak, maple, cherry, and more. It can be sanded and refinished multiple times, allowing for a longer lifespan.
  • Engineered Hardwood:?Engineered wood flooring consists of a real wood veneer layer on top of several layers of plywood or high-density fiberboard. It's more resistant to moisture and can be a good choice for basements or areas with fluctuating humidity levels.

Wood Species:


Different wood species have varying colors, grain patterns, and hardness levels. Some popular species include oak, maple, cherry, walnut, and hickory. Consider the species that aligns with your desired aesthetic and durability requirements.

Finish and Texture:

Hardwood flooring
can come in various finishes, including glossy, matte, and satin. The finish can impact the overall look of the floor and its resistance to wear and tear. Additionally, you can choose between smooth, distressed, or hand-scraped textures, which add character to the flooring.

Hardness Rating:

The Janka hardness rating measures a wood's resistance to dents and wear. Higher ratings indicate a harder wood. This is important to consider, especially if you have pets or heavy foot traffic. For example, oak is known for its durability.

Installation:

Hardwood flooring can be installed in several ways:

  • Nail-Down Installation:?Solid hardwood is typically nailed or stapled to a wooden subfloor. This is a traditional and durable method.
  • Floating Installation:?Engineered wood can be installed as a "floating" floor, where the planks interlock but aren't attached to the subfloor. This method is easier and quicker.
  • Glue-Down Installation:?Both solid and engineered hardwood can be glued directly to the subfloor. This method is suitable for concrete or plywood subfloors.

Maintenance:


Proper maintenance ensures the longevity and beauty of your hardwood flooring:
  • Regular Cleaning:?Sweep or vacuum regularly to remove dirt and debris that could scratch the surface. Use a damp mop occasionally, but avoid excessive moisture.
  • Avoid Excess Water:?Hardwood is sensitive to water, so clean up spills immediately. Use a damp cloth rather than a wet one.
  • Area Rugs and Furniture Pads:?Place area rugs in high-traffic areas and under furniture to prevent scratches and wear. Use furniture pads to avoid indentations.

Cost Considerations:


Hardwood flooring
costs vary based on factors such as the wood species, quality, and installation method. Solid hardwood is generally more expensive than engineered wood due to the material and installation requirements.

Environmental Impact:

Consider the sustainability of the wood you choose. Look for certifications like FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) to ensure responsible sourcing.

Remember that investing in quality installation and maintenance can significantly impact the lifespan and appearance of your hardwood flooring. It's a long-term investment that can greatly enhance the beauty and value of your home.?

We at Dave?s Home Supply have a variety of hardwood flooring for you to choose from. We provide the best of the best at a competitive price.?Contact us?today to purchase vinyl flooring or to request an estimate.?