October 11, 2015

Choosing Your Hardwood Flooring

One of the prime benefits of a hardwood floor is the grandeur it gives a house, subsequently raising its value. Most homeowners will attest to the fact that remodeling with hardwood is a great way to add value to a home, besides being a means of increasing warmth.

Constructing with Hardwood

It is possible to set up hardwood floor on the various levels of your home including the basement (underground), ground level and as a sub-floor above ground. Few materials have such flexibility of allowing the installation over numerous sub-floors and with the desired outcome.

One important factor you should take into consideration while mounting the hardwood floors is the moisture content, which should always be kept at the recommended levels as stipulated by the manufacturer or local supplier. Extended exposure to moisture is damaging to wood, and as a result, the floor may begin warping and gapping. A perfect solution of minimizing such damage is to have a moisture barrier and ensure that you use the rightful tools while installing it.

Installing the Hardwood Floor

There are 3 sub-floors on which one can set up the hardwood. They include:

  • The basement
  • Ground level
  • Plywood sub-floor (above ground)

Subsequently, there are 4 styles of installing the hardwood and which are meant to cater for the various sub-floors. They include:

  • 3/4-Inch Solid

As the name suggests, this is basically a solid piece of hardwood that is 3/4 inch thick. The precaution to take is to install them over a plywood sub-floor that is either at or above ground level. This is to prevent the expansion experienced by wood when it’s exposed to moisture. You should always try to use a moisture barrier to minimize the moisture in your house. In addition, you can check the manufacturer’s manual to determine whether the hardwood you are installing can be sanded and refinished.

  • 5/16-Inch Solid

This type is thinner than the 3/4 inch, and being solid, you ought not to install it in the basement or any concrete floors below ground. However, it can be glued successfully on concrete at ground level and is also suitable for plywood above ground. While doing the installation, it is significant to use the Urethane adhesives as well as apply the moisture barriers.

  • Engineered Hardwood

This type of flooring is designed such that it minimizes the extent to which moisture can harm it. Its cross-layer design aids in preventing it from expanding when it is exposed to moisture or other harsh whether elements, making it ideal for setting up in the basement. In comparison to solid floors, they are environmentally friendly and cheaper as the coating – which can be laminate or printed paper ; it is only a few mm thick.

  • Locking/Floating Hardwood

This is basically an engineered floor, only with a locking “tongue and groove” structure. It is simple to install as it does not require glue, staples, or even nails making it easy to set up. All that is required is having the moisture barrier in place and then locking the wood planks as desired.