Hardwood flooring is most often installed in one of four different ways. Nail-down installation attaches the wood strips or planks to an established subflooring with flooring nails and is most generally applied with solid wood flooring. The Staple Down installation method attaches the wood flooring to the subfloor with a pneumatic stapler and can be used for solid wood floors or engineered wood floors. The Glue Down method of installation is used exclusively with engineered wood flooring and applies the flooring directly to the subfloor with an adhesive and a trowel. The fourth and final type is Floating Installation. This method is primarily used for engineered wood floors and allows the flooring pieces to be fitted together and laid or “floated” on a pad placed over the subflooring.
Professional installation is highly recommended for all hardwood flooring jobs. The biggest challenge with hardwood flooring is the fact that the flooring can slightly change shape after manufacturing due to environmental moisture, making it difficult to easily piece the strips or planks together smoothly and evenly.Engineered wood floors though will allow for the do-it-yourself installation. Floating installation is easily the very best choice for those who want to attempt to install their floors themselves, as this requires minimal flooring tools and generally requires cutting flooring pieces as needed, carefully piecing these together and laying them on the floor. All types of wood flooring installation can be often finished in one to three days. Wood is a great choice for those who are ready to make an investment that will increase the value of their home for the lifetime of the home. Hardwood is the most durable and will be the longest lasting between the two, but costlier and more difficult to install. Engineered wood is slightly less durable than solid hardwood flooring, but offers the look of solid hardwood on a smaller budget.
The health factors also can be a major consideration when choosing hardwood flooring. They include, but are not limited to, the fact that Hardwood Floors are:
• Free of VOC’s
And when properly cared for there is no reason that your Hardwood Floors won’t last for decades, certainly for the lifetime of the home.
When it comes to Hardwood Flooring and Installation in Phoenix there are several aspects to the “Product Care” you need to be aware of – both the “what” and the “how,” as indicated by the table below:
Like with most product care,there are ‘DOs and DON’Ts’ when it comes to caring for your Hardwood Flooring.
The following reflects what some of the DOs and DON’Ts are:
Use a Professional Hardwood Cleaner to remove scuffs
Clean Sticky Spots with a damp towel or sponge
Minimize water exposure
“Shade” your Hardwood Flooring from direct Sunlight
Protect your Hardwood Flooring with mats at each door
Use wax on a floor with a Urethane Finish
Use Oil Soaps or Ammonia Cleaners on Hardwood Flooring
Drag Furniture across your Hardwood Flooring
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