Discover Our Hardwood Flooring in NH from Cardoza

Discover Our Hardwood Flooring in NH from Cardoza

Hardwood Flooring in NH

Hardwood Floors A Popular Choice in New England

Have you ever looked at a hardwood floor and assumed it was solid wood? It may surprise you that many of the wood floors that are installed today are flooring products that contain natural wood, but are made differently for a variety of reasons. As a consumer looking to buy hardwood flooring, it’s important for you to do some homework. The cost of hardwood flooring in New Hampshire (and throughout New England) remains on the higher end of most flooring options. To receive the best value, it’s helpful to understand these differences and how to choose the product is right for you.

Flooring types. There are three basic types of hardwood flooring. Similar to carpet, wood floor types refer to the way that they are manufactured. These flooring types are solid, engineered, and laminate. Choosing the best type floor depends on what is most important to you. Is it cost? Are you trying to get the longest life out of your floor? Is it environmental consciousness? Hopefully a brief explanation here will help you to decide.

Solid wood flooring is cut from solid piece of wood into planks that are installed by gluing or nailing each piece to the subfloor. Most solid wood flooring planks come in narrow widths of 2 ¼”. Solid wood flooring can be refinished many times, so it can be a good natural wood choice for high traffic areas. Avoid installing a solid wood floor in damp areas, however, because solid wood is susceptible to warping with excess moisture.

Laminated wood flooring is made by gluing a natural wood veneer onto a plywood base. Many cabinets and furniture today are made with wood veneers, and it is a perfectly viable flooring option too. The number one advantage to laminate wood flooring is the lower cost. And although it holds up a little better under damp conditions than

solid wood, laminates tend to dent easier. Because it is made with a veneer, laminated wood flooring can also come in wider sizes, which is difficult and rare to find in a solid wood flooring product.

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Engineered wood flooring has made a big impact on the flooring world because of its versatility and environmentally friendly method of manufacture. Similar to the laminate wood floor, an engineered floors wood grain is a veneer that is only less than a quarter of an inch thick. This means much less wood needs to be harvested to create the final product. Unlike a laminate however, an engineered wood floor is high heat and pressure molded, making it extremely durable and the best flooring choice for basements and other damp areas.

Some engineered wood floors have a self-locking system that allow them to be installed without adhesive or nailing. These are sometimes referred to as “floating floors.”

How long will a hardwood floor last? There are two factors that determine the life expectancy of a hardwood floor. The first (and most important) is the finish. Be careful to read the fine print on a hardwood floor warranty! It’s easy to offer a lifetime guarantee on unfinished solid oak flooring. The floor is not likely to fail but the finish will!

Pre-finished hardwood is always a better choice, provided a quality finish has been applied. Aside from the finish, solid hardwood can be refinished over and over and over again. Laminated or engineered wood floors may only be refinished once or twice before needing to be replaced.

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