Hardwood flooring is a good way of improving the value, durability, and the appearance of your home. You can install this type of floor in any particular room of your house. If you are planning to install hardwood flooring, there are several ways to categorize this form of flooring. Also, there are various installation methods:
Form of wood
This is made of thin pieces of wood and layers that are placed on each other. Also, the grain is alternated in layers and different directions. The good thing about crisscrossing is that it can withstand more weight and force.
Acrylic impregnated wood
It is made of a combination of solid wood and acrylic to make a strong material. The material is strong to withstand even heavy traffic.
Size of material and laying out
Strips are usually long pieces of wood that are available in different size widths from 1.0 inches to 3.0 inches. There are also planks which are longer, wider pieces as compared to strip and are at least 3.0 inches. Lastly, there are parquet floors which are intricate patterns that use different pieces of wood to make a geometric pattern. It usually takes the form of the small strips to produce small squares. These squares then alternate in different directions. They can also make other designs like a zigzag look.
The majority of hardwood floors can be fastened to the subfloor that is just below the hardwood flooring by use of nails, glue, or staples. Moreover, there is a floating floor that is not attached to the subfloor. It can be protected against moisture by putting it on top of the subfloor. However, it is not a must to attach it to the subfloor or underlay. You can either glue or snap it together in a groove and tongue fashion. It is highly preferred as they can be put on any particular type of surface and are quite easy to install.
You can stain hardwood floor to offer it a dark or light look. Moreover, you can leave it natural or untreated. Some other treatments include crackling, whitewashing, and antiquing.
Types of finishes
When the hardwood floor is finished, the top coat penetrates deep into the wood. Surface finish uses urethanes and varnishes. When choosing the surface finish, ensure you consider ease of application, odor, drying time, and durability. Deep finishes penetrate deep into the wood and require extra coat of wax to offer it shine.