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Types of Hardwood Floors:

Solid strip oak floors:  Solid strip oak floors are the most common type of hardwood floors and are constructed using ” by 2” boards. A correctly installed solid strip oak floor should last for the life of the home.

Engineered wood floors (sometimes referred to as laminated wood floors). Because engineered floors do not require sub floors, they can be glued directly to concrete. Engineered floors may not be refinished due to their thin wear layer, but generally are a lower-cost alternative to the solid strip oak floors.

Parquet floors. Parquet floors are patterned floors and are available as engineered wood, tongue-and-groove strips, or 5/16” finger blocks.

Plank floors. Plank floors are similar to solid strip oak floors, but the boards are wider. Plank floors are commonly available in 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, 7-, and 8-inch widths.

Tips for caring for your hardwood floors:

             Place rugs at entrances to protect floor from scratches.

             Sweep wood floors regularly with a soft bristle broom or vacuum attachment.

             Never clean a hardwood floor with soaps or detergents.

             Clean spills promptly.

             Keep potted plants off a wood floor so condensation does not build up.

             Put plastic or fabric-faced glides under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching.

Installing Hardwood Floors:

Solid strip flooring is pre-cut with tongues and grooves so that each strip interlocks with its immediate neighbors. This design hides all surface nails, except for the ones in the first line of strips and the last two or three lines of strips in the run.

        Hardwood Floor Finishes:
Surface finishes and penetrating seals are the two main types of hardwood floor finishes.

Surface finishes:  Surface finishes, such as polyurethane coatings, represent a major technological advance that has revolutionized hardwood floor care and has eliminated waxing. Hardwood floors coated with polyurethane are highly water resistant and wear resistant. As a result, hardwood floors have become popular in kitchens and eating areas. In addition to polyurethane, other similar synthetic coatings with different properties are available. Vacuuming, dusting, and occasional damp mopping (as needed) keep these floors looking their best.

Penetrating seals:  Penetrating seal finishes are not water resistant and should not be used in kitchens or eating areas. An additional wax coating adds beauty to and increases the wear resistance of these wood floors.



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