Hardwood flooring comes either unfinished or prefinished. Unfinished hardwood is cheaper than prefinished but does require light sanding, staining (optional), and sealing after installation. With prefinished, you can walk on it right after installation. With unfinished, you need to limit usage until it has been sealed. After sealing, you will need to wait at least 24 hours for the sealant to dry. Even then, additional coats may be required. With unfinished, the advantage is you can stain it and seal it to your exact specification. With prefinished, the advantage is the quick turnaround time.
Hardwood flooring's greatest advantage is that it can be re-sanded numerous times, extending its life literally for decades. Its greatest weakness: it cannot be installed in moist areas such as basements or bathrooms.
Engineered Wood Flooring is an alternative to solid hardwood flooring. Simply put, engineered flooring is a sandwich of finish wood and plywood. The finish wood is what you see and walk on, while the plywood underneath comprises 3/4 or more of the flooring.
It's the plywood that distinguishes engineered wood flooring from solid hardwood. Each ply runs perpendicular to its adjacent ply, giving dimensional strength to the sandwich. This means that engineered wood flooring stands up well to areas with light moisture, such as basements and bathrooms.
Another great thing about engineered wood is the range of installation options. The thinner varieties can be nailed down or glued down; the thicker kinds can be installed as floating floors. As long as your existing floor is flat and stable, you can install the floating floor right on top.
Engineered wood flooring's greatest weakness is its thin top layer. Remarkably, this 1/16- to 1/8-inch finish layer can be sanded, but only once or twice—three is pushing it. Unlike solid hardwood, deep scratches and dents in engineered wood cannot be sanded out.
Laminate Flooring is not real wood, at least not in the way that hardwood and engineered wood are. It's composed of a thin top layer of resin-infused paper, all on top of a wood-chip composite. So, technically it is wood, but only in the way that beverages with 5 percent juice are called juice.
The resin layer is essentially a photograph of wood, but you can examine it with a magnifying glass and still be fooled.
Among the advantages of Laminate Flooring are its scratch-resistance and low cost. Some of the disadvantages of laminate flooring are that it is vulnerable to moisture damage, it's slippery, and it cannot be sanded or repaired.
LUXURY VINYL PLANK
LVP, or Luxury Vinyl Plank, is a durable, affordable, and beautiful alternative to hardwood flooring. It’s well-suited for a variety of residential and commercial applications, and, when installed correctly, perfectly mimics the look, texture, and warmth of real wood Luxury Vinyl Planks are waterproof,they maintain their surface look and subsurface sturdiness even with accidental water spills.
Luxury vinyl is therefore almost five times thicker than traditional sheet vinyl, allowing it to be semi-rigid. Rather than being rolled out over the floor and glued down, luxury vinyl planks snap together. Manufacturers of luxury plank flooring offer dozens of different styles to match the distinctive appearance of different wood species,right down to textured surfaces that mimic real wood grain. Plank vinyl floor also have deeper embossing and better graphics, rendering it a closer simulation of wood and stone than previous iterations of sheet vinyl flooring or laminate flooring.
You can even find vinyl planks with a heavily antiqued or distressed look, hand-scraped, dinged, scratched, and peppered with nail holes. But these products are more expensive, since the planks need to be quite thick to handle such deeply textured embossing.
Refinishing a hardwood floor is a great way to revitalize the look of a room without having to go to the trouble and expense of installing a new floor. We can correct scratches, stains, or imperfections that might exist, leaving you with a fresh surface to be stained or treated with whatever protective coating you prefer.
Having trouble with your floor ? We can repair it and save your existing floor. Remove your existing floor materials and install a new floor efficiently. Inspect the existing subfloor to make sure it is suitable for a new installation and if necessary replace the subfloor boards or panels so that the subfloor is solid & even for a new installation. This way your floor will be squeek free & solid.