Within each species of hardwood, you will have a choice of color and finishes. Here’s where it pays to shop carefully.
When selecting a color, choose one that either coordinates or contrasts with your cabinetry and furniture.
Also, keep in mind that darker woods tend to be more formal while natural colors are more casual.
If you are choosing hardwood for active rooms, less glossy and matte finish will be the better option as it reduces the appearance of dirt and scratches.
The days of having to wax and scrub your hardwood floors are pretty much gone forever. Manufacturers of pre-finished wood floors have developed sophisticated techniques to quickly apply hard, durable, urethane-based finishes right at the factory.
By using ultraviolet lights the pre-finished wood planks can have several coats of urethane applied within a matter of a few minutes. This is helping make hardwood floors both more affordable and much easier to maintain.
Recently, hardwood flooring manufacturers have begun to add small chips of Aluminum Oxide directly to the floor’s finish which dramatically increases the life of the urethane finish.
wood finishing comes in different varieties like UV cured, acrylic urethane, ceramic and more. The appearance difference in each of these cases but more options means better variety right?
This is one of the reasons why many flooring mechanics, flooring retailers, and builders are pushing pre-finished hardwood floors. Instead of taking several days to install and finish a new hardwood floor, a pre-finished hardwood floor is generally done in one day.
This does not mean you should wash your floor with a mop, but it does mean these floors won’t watermark like the old waxed hardwood floors. The UV-cured urethane wood finishes do make these floors easier to maintain than the old waxed hardwood floors.
Factory Pre-finished hardwood finishing comes in many forms:
If you want a custom stained hardwood floor, or a wood floor to match existing trim, then a job-site finish is your answer.
Job-site finish means you start with a bare (unfinished) hardwood floor and then the floor is sanded, stained, and finished in the home.
The other advantage of a job-site finish is, if you are concerned with uneven heights between planks, the sanding process will smooth out the floor. Be warned, though, this can be quite a mess and the process does take several days.
When shopping for a hardwood floor you will see boards in various sizes.
The narrower board widths are referred to as “strips” and the wider units as “planks.”
You should be aware that board width can visually impact a room.
Narrow width boards will expand a room, while wider boards work well in a larger room or area.
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Different hardwood floors have different edges. Hardwood floors come in either a beveled edge or a square edge.
Today, most hardwood floor manufacturers are calling their beveled edge “eased edge” because the tapered edge is dramatically reduced from the old deeply grooved edges.
The beveled edges do serve a purpose. The manufacturer can produce beveled edge planks faster than square edge, which in turn lowers their production costs.
Also, a beveled edge floor is more forgiving when installed over irregular subfloors and you don’t have the problem of over wood (uneven plank heights abutting each other).
To help you understand hardwood edges, here’s a summary of today’s types:
The edges of all boards meet squarely creating a uniform, smooth surface that blends the floor from the board to board. The overall look of this floor gives a contemporary flair and formal feeling to the room.
Each board is just slightly beveled. Some manufacturers add an eased edge to both the length of the planks as well as the end joints. Eased edges are used to help hide minor irregularities, such as uneven plank heights. Eased edge is also called micro-beveled edge.
These products have a very distinctive groove in them. Beveled edge planks lend themselves to informal and country decor. With the urethane finishes applied at the factory today, the beveled edges are sealed completely, making dirt and grit easy to be swept or vacuumed out of the grooves.
Below are listed the relative hardness for numerous wood species used in flooring.
These ratings were done using the Janka Hardness Test, which measures the force needed to embed a .444 inch steel ball to half its diameter in a piece of wood.
The higher the number the harder the wood. Although this is one of the best methods to measure the ability of wood species to withstand indentations, it should be used as a general guide when comparing various species of wood flooring.
The construction and finish also play an important role in the durability and ease of maintenance of any wood floor.