Solid Hardwood Flooring
Types of Solid Hardwood Flooring
Unfinished Hardwood Flooring
Unfinished hardwood refers to the manner in which you purchase the product, which is of course – unfinished. This is the way that the originally wood floors were done. The rough wood is bought and nailed down to the sub floor, which is then sanded, sealed, stained and then finished. The hardwood is available in MANY different sizes and thicknesses. The widths range anywhere from 1½ to anything above. We usually recommend that you remain within 2 ¼”- 3¼ (remember the movement due to moisture?). Unfinished hardwood is very much in use today.
Prefinished Hardwood Flooring
The pre-finished hardwood comes in strips that are already sanded, stained and covered with several coats of polyurethane that are applied in the factory. A great variety of species, grades, colors, finishes and strip widths are offered. Quick and easy to install, without the dust and odors associated with unfinished hardwood. Right now, most of the industry is gearing towards the pre finished. With the new Aluminum-Oxide finishes, and the controls that the factories have, you will never be able to match.
Different Types of Wood Floor Finishes
Oil Base Hardwood Floor Finishes
Designed to protect wood floors while providing a rich, attractive appearance oil modified urethane offers you the best traditional oil based coatings. Dries in about eight hours, can be used over stain, sealer or alone for a natural look. When cost is a key factor in residential projects, consider oil modified urethane. Available in gloss, sami-gloss and satin sheens. Easy to maintain.
Water Base Hardwood Floor Finishes
Environment friendly are easy to apply, low odor, dissipates quickly – 90% cured in jest 24 hours. Non flammable VOC compliant and cleans up easily with water, safe for people nearby rooms and offices – need not be vacated, can be used in all areas, ideal for kitchens entry ways and living rooms. UV additive protects floor from sun light related color changes. Available in gloss, sami-gloss and Satin sheens. Very high customer satisfaction.