VIP Hardwood floors has working with floors over 15 years at this time we have done thousands of wood floors, working with best materials and professionals crew we have the expertise to handle any kind of wood floor installation.
How to choose your wood floor.
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Most Common Types of Hardwood Floor:
Solid Hardwood Solid wood flooring is 100% hardwood milled from lumber. As a natural material, hardwood reacts to changes, like moisture and extreme temperatures, which cause solid wood to shrink or expand. All solid hardwood can be sanded and refinished if needed over the years. Solid hardwood is not recommended for installation below ground level or in bathrooms.
Engineered wood flooring is built up of layers of wood. It consists of 3 to 10 layers, called plies, that are glued together. This multi-ply structure gives engineered wood superior stability, greater than solid wood. This reduces concerns associated with shrinking and expanding when temperature and humidity change. Engineered wood can be installed below ground level making it a great choice for finished basements.
Laminate, vinyl and veneer floors are often confused with engineered wood floors – laminate uses an image of wood on its surface, vinyl is plastic formed to look like wood, and veneer uses a thin layer of wood with a core that could be one of a number of different composite wood products (most commonly, high density fiberboard).
Engineered wood is the most common type of wood flooring used globally. North America is the only continent that has a larger solid wood market than engineered, although engineered wood is getting very popular.
The installation process start after a choice of desired wood, the sub floor is prepared, and the installation starts, after that the the floor is sanded over a sequence of sand paper grit to guarantee a smooth finish on the floor is cleaned to remove all the dust left from the sand process.
A coat of stain is applied if the color of wood need to be changed a range of color can be achieved with the stain, so on the same wood type you can have a variety of shades, after stain is applied (if is necessary) the Polyurethane begin to be applied 2-3 coats will be applied and between the coats the floor will be light sanded to guarantee the perfect shining and finishing on the floor.
As the unfinished floors after a choice of desired wood, the sub floor is prepared, and the installation starts, the big difference on the prefinished floors is after the installation processes finish the floor will be ready to be used. That’s because the wood floor come from the factory with the finishing coat already applied, the installation process is faster and less messy.
This type of floor come with 6-7 coats of finishing already applied that’s guarantee a longer life of the finishing look. This kind of floor can be refinished over the years but will be lost a thicker layer of wood on the first sand process because of the the 7 coats of finishing.
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