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HARDWOOD FLOORING TYPES

SOLID WOOD

Solid hardwood is made of genuine wood. Its plank contains only wood fibers - no additional materials. It comes either unfinished or prefinished, and each type of wood has its own characteristics. The solid hardwood may be more expensive, but can last decades, it’s easier to repair and can be re-sanded several times.

Prefinished Hardwood:

 

Prefinished Hardwood is still solid wood, but factory-finished, which means that it has been sanded, stained and coated with polyurethane in a factory. That is why its installation is faster, less messy and there is no smell. Even though it has a limited variety of wood types, just like the solid wood, the prefinished floors can be sanded and a new coat of stain and finish applied.

Unfinished Hardwood:

 

Unfinished floors are simply raw solid wood, which means that after being installed, sanding and finishing will be required. Although this makes the process longer, messy and smelly, having several types of wood, stain and finish coats available allows you to customize your floor to suit your taste and home decor.

ENGINEERED HARDWOOD

Engineered Hardwood looks very similar to solid wood, because of the fact that it has a layer of real wood over a plywood core. Most of them have only a thin layer of hardwood and, for that reason, they cannot be sanded and refinished more than once. In the other hand, because of its structure, engineered floors are more heat and humidity resistant than solid wood, which allows them to be installed in places where solid wood are not recommended like basements, for example.

LAMINATE FLOORING​​

Laminate flooring is an affordable option if you are looking for a reasonably durable and wood look floor without choosing solid wood. Even though laminate flooring is a multi-layer synthetic flooring, it has a thicker wood byproduct in its composition, which brings warmth and comfort to the room. In addiction, it allows to have a more realistic wood appearance. In the other hand, laminate floors are not recommended when it comes to moisture and can be serious damaged if exposure to water for too long. Although it is all factory made and cannot be re-sanded, choosing laminate flooring you avoid having a dusty process and once is installed, it’s ready to use!

VINYL FLOORING​​

Vinyl Flooring is all synthetic and made of PVC, that is why it is not only water-resistant but also waterproof. For that reason, vinyl floors can be installed in many places where laminate floors are not recommended, such as bathrooms, kitchens and basements. Besides that, vinyl flooring is also a great way of having a wood look floor. All factory made, vinyl floors are affordable, very durable, easy to maintain, and its installation is faster and dust-free!

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