What is hardwood flooring?
Hardwood flooring is a type of flooring that’s made from hardwood solids and finished with a moisture-resistant finish. It’s typically used in residential areas, as it’s more durable than other types of flooring and it looks nicer too.
There are a few things to consider when choosing Hardwood flooring: the wood species, the degree of finish, the installation method, and the durability of the finish.
Some common wood species used for hardwood flooring include oak, maple, cherry, walnut, mahogany, birch, pine, and poplar. Hardwood floors can be finished with a variety of finishes like oil or lacquer. They can also be installed using either quarter-round or full-round edges. The most popular installation methods are through drilling and screwing (or gluing), but they can also be installed using floating floors (a type of glue that attaches directly to the subfloor).
The lifespan expectancy for most hardwoods ranges between 50 and 100 years. However, depending on the type of hardwood flooring and its installation method, it may last up to twice as long.
What to consider before installing hardwood flooring
When it comes to choosing the right type of hardwood flooring, there are a lot of factors to consider.
- type of wood: many different types of wood can be used for flooring, each with its unique characteristics. You need to decide which one is best suited for your needs and home environment.
- age: hardwood flooring will last longer if it’s installed in an area that doesn’t get a lot of wear and tear. The older the wood, the more durable it will be.
- quality: make sure to choose a high-quality product that will stand up to regular use and care. Don’t skimp on this aspect – you’ll regret it down the line.
- floorspace: be careful not to install too much hardwood flooring in a small space – this can lead to instability and even damage. Choose a size that matches the space you have an able and double-check to make sure that you can easily accommodate any future growth or changes.
- cost: hardwood floors aren’t cheap, but they’re definitely worth the investment in terms of both aesthetics and durability.
How to install hardwood flooring
If you’re looking to install hardwood flooring, there are a few things you need to know first.
First of all, it’s important to measure the space you want to cover and make sure the flooring will fit. You’ll also need to account for any existing furniture and appliances, since these may need to be moved or replaced. Once you have that information, you can start planning your installation by deciding on the type of wood flooring and the finish you want.
Next, you’ll need to find a professional installer who is experienced in working with hardwood floors. Make sure they are licensed and insured and check their references before hiring them. They will then begin the installation by measuring and marking the lines where the boards will go. They will then start putting down the boards one at a time, using a sawtooth edge so that they stay aligned and don’t create bubbly edges on the floor. Once all of the boards are down, they will seal them with a special compound so that they don’t warp or crack over time.
Now that your hardwood floor is installed, take some time to enjoy its beautiful color and texture!