As one of the most convenient types of floor coverings, wooden flooring installation doesn’t require the usage of tools such as mortar, stretching tools, or floor size styles. You may do the installation with the instruments familiar to you, like drills, saws, and hammers. For floors with a better finish, consider using the services of experienced Grayson installers of hardwood floor.
Putting in hardwood flooring is an art work. It takes enough knowledge and artistic abilities. Though you can easily install it yourself with the help of some manuals and instruments, using the services of seasoned hardwood floor contractors could be a better option. Choose professionals who can provide a beautiful, efficient, and correct installation. Coordinating with them can help you obtain the results you need. Here are some ways to install wood flooring.
Hardwood Flooring Contractors
Wood flooring is one of the nicest home improvements that can be done in a home. There are so many different choices when it comes to Hardwood Flooring that it is difficult to pick out exactly what it is that you need, especially since hardwood flooring and engineered wood flooring are so readily available.
Make and Durability Issues
Hardwood floors are basically floors that have been cut directly from the wood into slats, much like regular lumber, and are treated for use as floors. These floors can come finished or unfinished. Many homeowners choose to have unfinished wood installed because they have more control over the final look by finishing the wood actually inside of their home.
Hardwood floors are very durable and are made to last for many years. With proper care and maintenance, hardwood floors can actually improve in appearance over time. The biggest drawback is maintenance. Hardwoods require special chemicals to clean and protect, however if the floor starts showing to much wear and tear, it can be refinished to give it back a brand new look.
Because wood is porous, hardwoods can easily soak up moisture causing mold, rot and bloating. Because of this issue, it is not recommended to install hardwood floors over concrete. It is recommended to install hardwoods over plywood, subflooring or other hardwood floors.
Engineered Hardwood Floors
Engineered hardwood floors are thin pieces of wood that are cut from other wood and than glued or laminated together. The visual part of engineered hardwood floors is the actual wood and not an image of the wood like with laminates and vinyl.
Engineered hardwood floors are also very durable and last for years. However, over time engineered hardwood floors do tend to show more wear and tear than normal hardwoods that have been well maintained. Due to the manufacturing process, engineered hardwoods are not as susceptible to water so it can be installed practically anywhere indoors without worrying to much about moisture. It is also very easy to maintain.
Hickory Hardwood Floors - Are Hickory Floors Good For All Situations?
First maybe I can give you the easy answer. Hickory hardwood floors are pretty visually exciting. Many of the grades, particularly the lower ones have a huge variety of colour from almost white to the rich dark brown tones of the heart wood giving very dramatic looking hardwood flooring. Hickory, as a commercial species, is often a group of trees within one biological family that includes both the 'true hickories' and the 'pecan hickories.' Each member within this family has a different spectrum of colours. It is not just a question of whether the wood is sap wood or heart wood, but also a question of exactly what wood species you are buying. Together they can produce a quite vibrant and variable looking floor.
Interesting enough some wholesalers are coining the phrase 'calico' hickory to refer to this dramatic variation of colour. They guarantee that every piece of wood will have both the light and dark shades of wood on every face, not that that really matters if we are talking about flooring as only one face shows, but may be more relevant if we are making hickory kitchen cabinets.
Earlier we were suggesting that much of this colour variation is found in the lower grade, but in addition to the colour the lower grades will also have significant natural defects like pock marks and knots. This figure creates quite a rustic appearance that emulates country living and lake side property but this is not appropriate to every set of interior decorating plans. Thus it is important to see a large enough sample of the floor you are considering to get a clear picture of what you are buying in your hardwood flooring. Hickory as discussed can be quite variable.
Now aside from colour, hickory can be a great wood for durability. It is the second hardest domestic wood species commonly made into hardwood flooring in North America. Only mesquite wood flooring is harder according to the standard Janka ranking system. This feature comes at a price though.
Hickory lumber is quite tough and fibrous; in fact it doesn't really like to cut cleanly especially with a semi-dull chisel. Sanding is a challenge, thus we highly recommend that you only purchase pre-finished hardwood flooring. Hickory tends to raise a bur and requires additional attention to preparation if you are to obtain a quality finish. This is easier to do in a multi-million dollar factory than you and I struggling at home. That is besides the fact that large manufactures have the ability to use aluminum oxide additives and UV curing to create a more durable finish.
Check out our site at woodsthebest.com for hickory's janka rank for hardness relative to other wood species and details on shrinkage issues related to hickory hardwood floors that may affect the appropriateness of this species for various home environments; below grade, on grade or above grade.