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Flooring II

Are you thinking about updating your home and not sure where to start? The great thing is that there are a number of outstanding options for you to consider. For example, hardwood floors are extremely popular for a number of reasons. The appearance is warm and inviting yet rich and elegant. Hardwood floors come in a number of wood types such as oak, cherry, ash, pine, and so on.

You will find that hardwood floors are made in two types. The first is called Engineered Flooring, which is a manufactured wood that is similar to plywood. This means that three to five sheets of thin wood is glued together in a crisscross design, which adds to the strength. For the final layer, a piece of veneer is added. Engineered Flooring can be purchased in planks, which are more than three inches wide or strips, which are less than three inches wide. The advantages of Engineered Flooring are that it is strong and stable, and affordable.

The other type of hardwood flooring is called Solid Flooring. With this type of hardwood floor, pieces of real wood are cut and then milled to meet exact specifications. Just like with the Engineered Flooring, you can choose from plank or strip style. To make Solid Flooring, a long strip of board is made from several individual slats that are glued together. These strips are then installed using the tongue and groove method. Parquet flooring is what you see in a 12 x 12-inch square that is actually made from narrow strips of wood. With this option, you can choose from a wide selection of patterns and finishes.

You will find that depending on the type of flooring you choose, some are pre-finished while others will need to be finished and sealed. To finish the wood, typically a stain is used that penetrates into the wood and becomes permanent. Once you hav chosen the type of hardwood flooring you like, you will find that there are several different ways to install it.

Glue Typically, Engineered Flooring is glued down to subfloor, using adhesive and a trowel

Floating This is also known as tongue and groove in which planks of wood are glued together. Instead of securing them to the subfloor, they lie on a pad that fits between the floor and subfloor.

Nails Flooring nails are used to attach wood flooring to the subfloor

Staples This is another way to attach wood flooring to the subfloor in which case a pneumatic stapler is used

Although some hardwood floors can be installed with ease, typically you would require a professional to install it. With proper care, a hardwood floor will last you for as long as you live in your home and, it will improve the resale value of your home. Other types of flooring to consider include brick, cement, ceramic, mosaic, pavers, porcelain, and terra cotta.
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