What Is Hardwood Flooring
What You Need To Know About Hardwood Flooring
- Hardwood Flooring is any product manufactured from timber that is designed for use as flooring, either structural or aesthetic.
- Hardwood Flooring is a common choice as a flooring material due to its environmental profile, durability, and restorability.
- Hardwood Flooring can be installed on any level of your home and are available in multiple constructions to allow for installation flexibility over different sub floors and to mitigate moisture.
Hardwood Flooring InstallationIdentify your sub floor and level of your home to determine what construction of Hardwood Flooring to install.
Hardwood Flooring and MoistureIt’s important to take moisture into consideration when you’re installing hardwood floors since changes in moisture can create issues such as warping and gapping. To mitigate the effects of moisture, keep moisture levels within manufacturer recommendations and choose the right construction of hardwood flooring and installation materials. For an added layer of protection against moisture damage, install a moisture barrier.
There are three primary subfloors over which you can install:
- Basement or concrete below ground level
- Concrete at ground level
- Plywood subfloor at or above ground level
Finding the right species of wood is really a matter of personal taste and project budget. There are domestic species like oak, maple, and cherry as well as exotic species like bamboo, Brazilian cherry, and cork. Each species has a distinct grain pattern. For example, oak has a very distinguished grain whereas maple is very subtle. Exotics are very popular because of their distinct grain patterns and color.
Most domestic species of wood come in a variety of colors. Most exotic species, on the other hand, are not stained because their natural color is distinctive. Many exotic species are photosensitive and need exposure to sunlight to achieve their desired rich color.
Widths can easily change the look of a floor since the wider the plank, the fewer the seams that can be seen in the floor. Wider widths also showcase the natural beauty of the wood, especially hickory and tiger wood.
There are many types of texture, including smooth, hand-scraped, distressed, and wire brushed.