Hardwood Flooring is One of the Most Popular Choices for New Residential Flooring Because it Offers Important Benefits
Hardwood offers many advantages and benefits. It’s beautiful, durable and easy to care for on a regular basis. While hardwood costs about the same amount as other high-quality flooring materials, it is a great long-term investment because it will last for many years. Hardwood also helps to create a healthier family environment by reducing the presence of allergens, pollen, dust, mold and fungus and bacteria.
Hardwood’s availability in many styles and a wide variety of popular features means that it can complement any interior design scheme while also adding to a home’s warmth, beauty and market value. There are two main hardwood flooring types currently on the market. These include:
All wood flooring, regardless of size, is one piece of hardwood. These are considered to be solid hardwood flooring. You can buy unfinished solid hardwood flooring as rough boards. These low-cost materials are usually easy to install. However, properly finishing the wood’s surface is considerably more complicated, requires on-site experience, and must be done at the site of the installation. Of course, you’ll have to pay for the surface finishing in addition to the cost of the wood itself. This is why buying pre-finished hardwood materials and having them installed by experienced professionals is a great option. Doing so will also protect your manufacturer’s warranty, since many warranties will not be honored by their manufacturers unless their flooring products have been set in place by experienced professionals installers.
When purchased pre-finished, solid hardwood is delivered as ready-to-install wood boards or planks that have been sanded, stained, and finished in a carefully-controlled factory setting. A diverse selection of domestic and exotic wood species are available in a broad range of grades, sizes, colors, and surface finishes that will complement or enhance any new or existing interior design scheme.
Prefinished engineered hardwood is generally supplied as boards comprised of a hardwood surface glued to a plywood base. Engineered hardwoods were initially developed specifically to be installed in climates with varying levels of humidity. Engineered hardwood flooring has more stability than solid wood. Perhaps equally important, the boards may be glued directly on top of concrete, acoustic underlayment, or even a sub-floor that houses a new floor heating system. They can be stapled to a plywood sub-floor as well. Engineered hardwood is the preferred flooring choice for basements, condominiums, and commercial facilities. Tristate Interiors supplies and professionally installs hardwood floors for homeowners and businesses in the Bronx, Westchester County, Manhattan, Riverdale and other nearby Greater New York City communities. If you would like more information and to personally view our wide selection of hardwood flooring samples, phone us, e-mail us, or drop in to our Bronx showroom to discuss your interest in new hardwood flooring with one of our experienced flooring consultants.