It’s an excellent investment for your home because it will last a lifetime. Quality hardwood flooring can be sanded and refinished 3 – 5 times. Each sanding will provide a new look and feel of natural beauty allowing you to recolour the floor and change the decor for your personalized space. It’s also one of the few floors that increase in value as time goes on, raising the resale value of your home.
Solid hardwood floors are a traditionally popular choice and remain one of the most desirable floors on the market. Hardwood flooring offers warmth and timelessness to your home few other floors can. The range of options gives you exactly what you need to give your home a personal touch, with variations in the species, grains, colours, grades and stains, including birch, maple, oak and exotic hardwood.
Engineered hardwood flooring offers a lot of the same qualities solid hardwood flooring does: it delivers the same warmth and beauty and is available in a broad range of styles and colours. Unlike a traditional hardwood floor, engineered hardwood flooring can be installed on concrete and below grade in basements, because moisture does not affect it the same way. Most are compatible with radiant floor heating.
Prefinished hardwood flooring has many advantages over unfinished hardwood flooring. It comes already sanded and coated so it’s ready to install immediately. The installation process does not have any of the fumes that occur when you finish a hardwood floor onsite either, so you can continue to live in your home while the flooring installation takes place. The finish itself is also more durable, comes with an extended finish warranty from the manufacturer, and can be walked on immediately.
Unfinished hardwood flooring can be more work to install and upkeep, but it does have a few advantages. Because it is installed first and then finished, the wood keeps more of its natural characteristics, and since the sanding is done on-site the floors are even and level. This process also allows for a more uniform finish and seal, and of course, there’s more freedom in choosing what stains and finishes you want to have applied. Greater freedom in colour and finish also makes it easier to match up with other hardwood floors already in your home.
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