- You can install engineered flooring on any level, including below ground.
- Finished basements
- Rooms at ground level or above because solid hardwood expands and contracts in reaction to changes in moisture and temperature.
- In moisture sensitive areas such as: bathrooms, kitchens and outdoor entrances.
- high traffic areas or pet prone areas
- Condos and apartments
- Entire main floors
- When considering hardwood flooring the first thing to consider is if you want
1. Engineered hardwood or
2. Solid hardwood, also referred to as genuine hardwood flooring.
- Engineered and solid hardwood floors are both made from 100% real wood, but there are significant differences in their overall construction. Engineered hardwood is made of a core of hardwood or plywood with a layer of hardwood veneer affixed to the top surface. And with solid hardwood each plank is made from solid wood.
- Depending on the type or species of wood the flooring is made from this will determine what type of performance qualities it has. Getting to know all your available options is something our sales team here at Action Flooring can help you with.
Benefits Engineered and solid hardwood:
- Add more warmth to your home
- Add more beauty to your home
- Increase the resale value of your home
- Available in wider planks
- More versatile and stable
- Resistant to moisture/ humidity
- Most able to put over in floor heating
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Another thing to consider with Hardwoods is the oil finishes and how to maintain them; there are 4 types outline below:
Hard Wax Oil Finish
- ALL NATURAL: It is produced from natural materials such as vegetable oil and natural waxes made from purified renewable natural raw resources.
- No-VOC, and we mean ZERO VOC
- No biocides
- No preservatives
- Lead-benzene free.
- Open grain structure allows the floor to breathe which has a regulatory effect on moisture ensuring a healthy room climate
- Special features of this finish allow the oils to penetrate deeply into the wood pores to enhance, while the wax remains on the surface to maintain a beautiful natural matte finish and create a protective layer offering a resistant and lasting finish.
- In comparison to the most commonly used polymerized or "plastic" finishes today, such as ceramic and aluminum-oxide, Hard-Wax Oil is easily and readily repairable.
- Extremely water repellent and does not watermark
- Will not crack, flake, peel, or blister unlike a traditional polyurethane finish.
In essence, the wax is bonded to the wood via the oil. By finishing the wood with Hard-Wax Oil the ultimate color of the floor will flourish and continue to enhance with time.
Natural Oil Finish
- Based on vegetable oils and non-aromatic solvents.
- Does not contain wax
- The oil penetrates into the surface of the wood, and as they cure, harden to form a protective surface that becomes part of the wood floor.
- Spot repairable for small scratches and indentations caused by normal wear and tear
- contains hardeners similar to the Hard Wax Oil.
- The major difference is that the Natural Oil Finish has a unique application method that limits it to hand application at the factory or job-site application on our unfinished flooring.
UV Oil Finish
- Made of 100% solids and contains no solvents or after cure products
- An extremely low build thickness (thin coat) which makes for an attractive furniture type finish. - The oil penetrates the woods surface and provides rich appearance that is not seen in conventional UV Urethane floors.
- Can also be produced with a very low gloss level (10%) that reflects a minimal amount of light. This lack of gloss is beneficial when it come to dents, dings, and other common house hold or commercial mishaps.
- Able to take impacts, conforming to the dent because the finished is thin and flexible.
- Does not chip or flake
- There is no post installation off gassing of any kind.
- Easy to repair. It’s as easy as wiping touch up oil on a cloth, rubbing it into the wood and letting it dry for one hour.
- Great for commercial applications such as restaurants, where there will be considerable wear on the floor.
Sheen: Varies – it is available in low, mid, and high gloss
- Water-based polyurethanes provide a clear finish and have low odor
- Protects the wood by creating a plastic-like barrier over the wood
- Extremely durable
- Easy to clean using a simple regimen of sweeping and mopping with an approved wood floor cleaner.
- Can be difficult to re-coat when a scratch or gouge is deep enough to break through the finish
- With use the finish will become scratched, scuffed and worn
- Refinishing: typically done every 10-12 years remove all furniture from the space and apply an even, uniform fresh coat of finish.
- Fast drying time (2 to 4 hours between coats)
- More expensive than oil poly
- Low odor
- Low VOCs
- Easy to apply and great for DIYers