Guide

Engineered Wood Flooring

If you have heard the term “engineered wood” you may not have realized it also goes by the name composite wood, man-made wood, or even manufactured board. Engineered wood is a type of flooring that is made of genuine wood with the center being hardwood, high density fiberboard, or plywood and a layer of hardwood veneer attached to the top part of the surface. Because of these core layers you get an end product with a lot of features that can make this a great option for your home.

One great feature of engineered wood is that it has much more stability than regular hardwood. The expanding and contracting reaction you get due to temperature and humidity changes in your home that causes regular hardwood flooring to buckle, cup, and crown will not usually be a factor. You can install this type of flooring in any level below the ground floor such as a finished basement whereas hardwood flooring cannot be installed below ground level. While it is not usually a good idea to install any type of wood flooring in areas where there is a lot of moisture, this is definitely one to look into for below ground installation where the moisture content is under control.

Another feature with this type of flooring is it is less expensive overall. While installation for hardwood flooring can get very expensive, not so with engineered wood. And unlink vinyl planks which do not add much to the value of your home, engineered wood floors add a greater amount to the overall value of your home while adding warmth and character. It also can be sanded and refinished a few times over its lifespan. The exact number of times can be determined by the quality of the flooring purchased. And if your lifestyle doesn’t allow you to keep up the daily maintenance of a regular hardwood floor, you will be happy to know that engineered flooring is very low maintenance.

There are so many options in flooring that one thing you can do to put your mind at ease is to contact the professionals at Dave’s Floor Sanding & Installation, Inc. We know all the latest flooring options and will work with you to give you the flooring that you desire for your home that meets the needs of your family AND your budget. We will take the time to answer all of your questions and give you a written price quote that will not change in the middle of the work. You will never have to feel you’re not sure as we will keep you updated all along the way. Talk to one of our experienced flooring contractors today, and let them put your mind at ease!

Solid Hardwood Unfinished/Prefinished

When thinking about installing solid hardwood flooring, one of the things you need to consider is whether or not to install unfinished or prefinished flooring. For several reasons there is a big difference.

A nice thing about prefinished flooring is you can actually walk on your floor immediately. From start to finish, the installation time is significantly less. The flooring does not have to be cured. When it is down, it is done, and you can move your furniture right back into the room. Not so with unfinished flooring. Since it is finished on-site you may have to wait days or maybe even weeks before you can even move one piece of furniture back in the room. The reason for this is that while the flooring may feel dry, if not left to completely cure it is susceptible to scratches. It may also take weeks to cure due to multiple layers of the polyurethane as each layer must cure completely before the next is applied, making it extremely time consuming. But I do have to say if you are interested in any type of customizing such as inlays, medallions, or boarders, having the floors finished on-site is the only way to go. With prefinished flooring this isn’t even an option.

Factory applied finishes can be more durable than those done on-site and, with everything factored in, the final cost can be much less expensive. But if you have a tendency to want to change your floorings appearance, you will not be able to do this with a pre-finished floor. Even though it is initially more expensive, down the road the unfinished flooring will be much easier to sand and refinish to give your home a new look.

While both unfinished and prefinished solid hardwood flooring having their own advantages and disadvantages, you really must weigh everything in light of you and your family’s lifestyle. What will work best for you not only now but in the years to come? With everything there is to consider, why not let the professionals at Dave’s Floor Sanding & Installation, Inc. lend a hand. We have the knowledge and the equipment to not only help to guide you in making that decision but to see that any flooring need that you have is taken care of quickly and completely. Let our experts help to bring value and beauty to your home with new solid hardwood flooring.