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 Berkeley Lake 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
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.
Hardwood or Laminated Floors - Which Ones Are Better?
Going shopping for hardwood flooring can be a daunting task with so many different woods to choose from. Each has their own advantages and disadvantages. One wood that has more advantages than disadvantages is walnut. The only disadvantage is that it is usually higher than others for hardwood flooring are. Using walnut will have a unique appearance, as the grain will be prominently showcased. Although the cost may be higher, it will last longer than other wood. It will also add to the overall value of your home.
Many hardwood floors cannot be mopped even with a damp mop without damaging the wood. The water can seep into the wood, causing mold or rot. With walnut hardwood flooring, it is low maintenance so mopping is an option and it tends to resist mold, water damage, and bug infestations. All of these can harm the wood. If you decide to damp mop the floor, you can do so without needed to treat the hardwood flooring with chemicals that will help to protect the wood from damage such as rot. Walnut hardwood flooring is more resistant from cracking and chipping.
Walnut flooring is also easy to install so this can be a project that the homeowners can do themselves. The walnut planks are generally sold in large quantities with the instructions how to install them included. Once you have a subfloor in place these walnut planks can be easily fitted together to create the entire hardwood floor surface. Damaging the planks is less likely because of the process of treating the wood after harvest and the strength of the planks.
Walnut flooring tends to have a dark appearance but a variation in color can happen. One of the advantages of having a wood with darker grain is it hides dirt better. When the floor starts to accrue dirt or wear it will still appear beautiful. To prevent the buildup of grime and dirt that will eventually damage the wood you can easily clean it. Daily you should try to dust mop the flooring. To make sure that the dust clings to the mop you can lightly spray it with a wood floor cleaner or furniture polish. Make sure that you do not saturate the dust mop with the spray. If your vacuum has a hardwood floor attachment you can use it. If there are any spills, wipe them up immediately.
As you can see, there are many advantages to choosing walnut flooring. It is a stable wood and is less susceptible to water and dirt damage, warping and cracking. Yes, it does cost more but in the end you will have an elegant hardwood floor that will add value to your home should you ever sell it.