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Hardwood Flooring

Some people prefer the natural genuine wood floors. Hardwood flooring creates a warm and inviting look; it comes in two categories, solid wood and engineered wood. Solid Wood, the most common consists of solid one-piece boards. Solid wood flooring is usually nailed to a sub-floor of wood and it is not recommended for basements or below-grade installations. Most popular wood flooring formats is wood strip that is also coming as a pre finish but one of the advantages is that solid hardwood floor can be sanded and refinished over several generations of use. One of the characteristics of solid wood flooring is that it expands and contracts with changes in your home's relative humidity. Normally, installers compensate for this movement by leaving an expansion gap between the floor and the wall. Base molding or quarter round is traditionally used to hide the extra space. The Engineered on the other hand - Is produced with three to five layers of hardwood. Each layer is stacked in a cross-grain configuration and bonded together under heat and pressure. As a result, engineered wood flooring is less likely to be affected by changes in humidity, and can be installed at all levels of the home.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 September 2011 18:26

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