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Buying a hardwood floor is an important decision. Before investing a considerable amount of money, it is essential to know your priorities when it comes to floor coverings. You should consider possible designs, choice of wood species, durability, installation methods, maintenance and the numerous benefits you will get from a hardwood floor.


Wood flooring is timeless; it is a natural resource, renewable and recyclable. For natural beauty, it's hard to beat the warmth of real hardwood flooring. It enhances and complements all decors and styles.


Like a piece of fine furniture, wood flooring increases in value and becomes more beautiful with time. In a national survey, 90 percent of real estate agents said houses with wood flooring sell faster And, because wood does not collect dust and other allergens, many leading health associations agree that wood floors are the perfect choice for a healthy home.


Wood floors are ecologically friendly. Since it is a natural resource, wood is both renewable and recyclable. Many of yesteryear’s old wood ships, warehouses, barns, and other structures often find a second life in wood flooring.


The state-of-the-art technology and almost limitless choices of today's stains, finishes, styles and designs make wood flooring one of the most practical, easy maintenance and versatile floor coverings today. Maintained properly, wood flooring should never have to be replaced. From traditional 3/4" solid oak, maple and other hardwood species, to pre-finished engineered or long-strip flooring, Douglas Hardwood Floors will help you choose the right hardwood floor for your decor and busy lifestyle.


Species: The most popular species of hardwoods are Red and White Oak, Maple, Yellow Birch, White Ash, Cherry and Beech. The choice of species is usually made according to the grain of the wood appearance and the desire color. Wood floors have come a long way in the past few years. Today, there are more styles, colors and species of wood flooring available than ever before. Whether you’re looking for traditional Oak, rustic Pine, exotic Wenge or trendy Bamboo, you’re sure to find a color and style to fit your décor.


Grades: Grade is a technical term used to categorize wood according to its natural appearance and/or the degree of the manufacturing quality. For example, a "select and better" grade would be a more uniform color and without any color defect of the natural grain of the wood. A lower grade as "rustic" or "antique" is naturally with more pronounce color variation.


Widths: Strip flooring is generally offered in widths of 2-1/4, 2-1/2 and 3-1/4 inch. Plank flooring is generally offered in widths of 3-1/4 up to 12 inches wide. The choice between strip and plank flooring will depend on the desired appearance of the finished floor. Strip flooring usually gives a more traditional or formal look to a room; whereas, plank flooring gives a more country or open feel to a room and should be reserved for larger job sizes.




Why Pre-finished


hardwood floors provide a quick, easy and clean installation and are great for all building and renovation projects.


There is no dust or odor; no need to spend time away from your home. There is no drying time required which means your new floor will be immediately serviceable furniture and rugs can be replaced right away.


Depending on the job size, prefinished hardwood floors are usually installed in a day with little interruption to your daily schedule.





Why Unfinished?



Choosing between installing unfinished or prefinished hardwood floors can sometimes be difficult.



Unfinished flooring requires sanding, staining and finishing; and is generally installed during new home construction or used to match existing hardwood flooring. Unfinished hardwood offers limitless design opportunities by means of medallions, borders, feature stripes, inlays, or patterns.



Usually, a minimum of three to five days are needed to complete sanding and finishing of a site-sanded project. This time frame of course depends on the job size and does not include the urethane cure time which is approximately 21 days; the period in which the finish is still soft and can be damaged by moving furnishings.



Oil base polyurethane finishes give off heavy odors, which can last until completely cured. It can be irritating to some people (smells like paint). With ventilation, vapors dissipate quickly (i.e., open windows). A water-based polyurethane has very little odor. Because of the fumes that will be released during the finish application, pilot lights must be turned off.


There are three main types of polyurethane finish on the market:


* Hi-gloss: gives a very shiny finish (85% to 95% luster). Becoming less popular. A very shiny finish has some inconveniences; marks of all sorts are more apparent and scratches and dust are more visible.

* Semi-gloss: gives an average shine finish (60% to 70% luster). The most popular, it stands up to the industry as a standard for site-finished projects and prefinished factory floors.

* Satin: gives a silky finish (30% luster). Becoming more and more popular when the consumer has some domestic animals. Marks and scratches on the floor show up less.



The quality and durability of a finish is not proven by its thickness but by the quality of the polyurethane used and the finishing process.







Janka Hardness Test



When selecting a wood floor for your home many factors must be considered. Your budget will determine the price range for you. Your own preferences will lead you to pick a color range. We have provided a hardness scale to help determine the durability of some of your choices.




The Janka hardness test is a measurement of the force necessary to embed a .444-inch steel ball to half its diameter in wood. It is the industry standard for gauging the ability of various species to tolerate denting and normal wear, as well as being a good indication of the effort required to either nail or saw the particular wood.






 
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