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Hardwood is a beautiful option to transform your home and improve resale value. With so many different species and color options to choose from, how do you make a decision on what the best choice is?
At Cherry City Interiors & Design, we can help you select from a variety of prefinished hardwood floors. Prefinished hardwood is wood that has a factory finish. There are many advantages to prefinished hardwood floors.
You can walk on your floor immediately
No issues with VOC’s or health as the finish is cured in the factory
Installation does not need to be done in phases
More coats of finish than a sand in place floor
Greater choice of finishes
Ability to repair a plank
With prefinished hardwood flooring, you have the option of engineered or solid construction. Both require the same type of maintenance. It’s important to understand the differences to make sure that you are installing the right product.
Solid wood floors are one solid piece of wood throughout the entire body of the plank. They are generally milled to ¾” thick and most brands have different width options available. Hardwood floors will expand and contract at different times of the year depending on moisture levels and climate changes in a home. Because they will expand and contract as a solid piece, they are not as dimensionally stable as an engineered floor. You cannot “float” solid hardwood, so it is typically nailed, stapled, or glued in place over an approved subfloor above grade. You can sand and refinish solid hardwood as long as you maintain a wear layer above the tongue and groove.
Engineered wood floors typically has a cross-ply core that creates the body of the plank and a veneer of real hardwood on top. The thickness of the veneer depends on the brand of hardwood. If the veneer is thick enough, the floors can be refinished. Their cross-ply construction also makes them more dimensionally stable so there isn’t as much movement in the floors. Engineered floors also give more flexibility regarding installation methods and approved substrates. They can be installed below grade, on plywood, above radiant heat, and on dry concrete subfloors. They can also be glued, stapled, nailed, or floated.
Now that we’ve gotten the technical part down, we move onto the visual. The species of wood is an important component to how well the wood will resist denting and scratching as different species of wood are harder than others. For wood hardness rating, we use the Janka scale as a reference guide. The grade of wood also determines if there are knot holes and mineral streaks that can give the floor more character. Some species naturally have heavy grain patterning or high color variation while others have straighter grain and are more consistent. Within each species, there are countless options in finish visuals that give each floor a unique appearance. These include:
Sheen-Matte vs high sheen
Brushed vs Distressed/handscraped
Layout-Herringbone, basketweave, etc.
With so many color and species options, you are sure to find the perfect floor to complete your vision. We invite you to visit our showroom and see the beauty of hardwood in person.