Choosing the Right Hardwood

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Are you considering getting hardwood floor for your home? These floors are very beautiful and have a lot to offer. But before you pick up the phone and call for somebody to install, it’s probably better that you have a general understanding of how these magnificent surfaces are put together.

Generally when you think of hardwood floors, the average measurements are 3/4” thick planks that are 2 1/4” wide. There are several species of wood floors that most hardwood floor installers have to offer, such as red oak, white oak, cherry, white ash, pecan, hickory, or maple.  The three common types of floor styles are Solid, Engineered and Longstrip Plank.

While we tend to think that most solid wood floors are unfinished, be aware that there are various pre-finished 3/4” solid wood floors. Solid wood floors also tend to be more sensitive to moisture because during installation they are nailed down. Professionals often recommend not to install these below ground level for this reason.

Be aware that during the summer, wood will expand and the gaps will disappear because of the humidity increase. If you do run into this problem and your floor looks a bit disfigured, don’t worry. Hardwood professionals can refinish or recoat your floor and fix the problem completely.

If you choose to purchase an oak finish for your floor, be aware that you have a variety of choices when it comes to this species of wood. The four different choices are clear, select and better, #1 common and #2 common.

Clear is the most expensive type of finish, in which there are no blemishes or knots. Select and better is the next most expensive option, which has very few blemishes and small knots. The #1 and #2 Common have more knots and darker graining, but are significantly less expensive.

The next type of flooring is engineered wood floors, in which two, three, or five sheets of plies are laminated together to form one large plank. They are then stacked upon each other but in opposite directions. An advantage of having your floor boards designed in this manner is that during the humid seasons, the plies will counteract each other and prevent growing or shrinking of the boards. Most of these types of floors can be nailed down, glued down, or floated over different sub floors.

The last type of flooring is Longstrip plank floors. While very similar to engineered floors, they have softer wood materials and are designed for floating installation. When these types of floors are damaged, they are much easier to replace than the other two flooring options.

Now that you know all about the various flooring options, you are ready to call Grisby’s Carpet, Tile& Rug Gallery. With over 60 years of experience, they will expertly install any of the floor services mentioned above and many more. Call today at 918-627-6996.

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