How to select the best hardwood flooring

We all know how beautiful hardwood flooring is, what with the undertones, quirky knots, and raised grains. Sometimes the selection process can be a little overwhelming. We'll try to simplify it by giving you some facts.

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There are two types of hardwood

One is solid through the thickness. Timber can be damaged by excess water, know that it needs acclimation before installation so it doesn't shrink and contract to adjust to the weather. It cannot be installed in higher-than-normal moisture areas, such as basements. Engineered wood floors appeal to those who want both aesthetics and practicality. Construction, not style, is the difference. It is layered with each layer being positioned in a cross-wise manner for more stability and an increased ability to handle water. You can install it in some higher-than-normal moisture areas and on any grade level, including the basement.

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You have a choice of domestics and exotics. The most popular ones are oak, maple, walnut, cherry, and hickory. Know that oak has two versions, white oak, and red oak.

Thicker is better

It affects the number of times a floor can be sanded and refinished. Solid ranges from ⅝ to ¾- inch. Engineered ranges from 5/16 to ¾ inch and there should be at least three layers. Solid can be sanded up to six times; engineered four to five.

The solid installation has a tongue and groove where the pieces fit together. Then they must be glued, nailed, or stapled to the floor. Engineered adds a floating floor, where the pieces fit together to form a mat and then it fits over an existing subfloor. No adhesive or nails are needed.

For more information about hardwood flooring visit our showroom in Holmen, WI. We serve Holmen, La Crosse, Onalaska, West Salem, WI, and La Crescent, MN. Ask about our estimate.