Why Choose Hardwood For your Home?
Wood flooring has been popular with homeowners for many years and continues to offer a timeless quality that complements many styles of decoration. It is hard-wearing and low maintenance, making it suitable for kitchen flooring and other rooms.
When installing wood floors it’s important to choose the right flooring for your needs. You will need to take into consideration what surface the flooring will be covering, such as concrete or plywood for example.
JD Flooring is a hardwood flooring company with many years’ experience in delivering advice and flooring services to our customers. We can help you make the right choice for your home.
Solid hardwood flooring can be used to cover plywood, wood subfloors and oriented strand board (OSB). It cannot be used to cover concrete floors. It is also not suited to high moisture environments as it can warp the wood. For these reasons hardwood flooring is not recommended for basements, but it can be used in your rooms on all levels above, and including, ground floor.
Hardwood flooring can be installed using nails or staples. When installing sold hardwood flooring it’s important to remember wood contracts and expands naturally and so a space of ¾ of an inch should be left between the edge of the flooring and the wall, to make allowances for this expected expansion.
Humidity should be monitored too. High humidity can affect the wood and cause warping; for this reason it is unsuitable for bathroom flooring. If in doubt about the suitability of hardwood flooring in your home, contact us to request some advice.
Engineered Wood Flooring
Engineered hardwood flooring can be installed over a wider range of flooring including plywood, wood sub-floors, OSB and concrete floors. It is constructed using a cross layer construction which helps prevent warping and reduce expansion of the wood. It can by glued or stapled down during installation.
If you need, or want, a floating floor, engineered wood flooring must be at least 3 inches wide and is laid over a special underlay. The engineered wood is glued together, over the underlay.
Which Kind of Flooring Should You Choose?
Whatever your décor or your personal tastes it’s possible to find something that suits your needs in wood flooring.
Different woods offer a range of grain patterns and also a variety of hardness. The harder the wood, the more suited it is to rooms with higher footfall such as halls for example.
Once you have chosen your preferred wood, there are further choices to be made about the width of the planks, the color and surface finishes. All combine to create a unique and interesting wood floor you can be proud of.