Monday, April 20, 2009

How To Install Hardwood Floors (part 2)

Installing Hardwood Floors, What grade of hard wood is for me?

The term grading is important when we want to get a hardwood floor. Grading refers to the system used by manufacturers to determine the appearance of hard wood floors. Depending on what part of the tree the wood comes from, we obtain different colors.

Also the grain pattern is determined by species and how the wood is cut. Hardwood can be cut from a log in several directions; tangent to the annual rings or radial across the rings.

Both have advantages depending on the purpose and the style we want to get.

The quality of the log is basic for one great final hardwood floor look and feel. A finish process will protect your floor from everyday wear and dirt. In order to enhance its beauty, there are two types of finishes: surface finishes or penetrating finishes:

Surface finishes are durable, they resist moisture, and are easy to maintain. They are also cheaper than penetrating finishing. It works by applying a stain to achieve a particular color, followed by a topcoat of polyurethane or varnish to give a protective coat.

Penetrating finishes (penetrating stain and wax) are a bit more expensive than surface finishes. However, the hardwood will last longer as well. It's easy to explain how they apply this technique. Penetrate the wood to form a protective seal. The stains soak in to provide color, and a wax coating gives a low-gloss satin sheen that can be maintained with additional thin application.
No matter what type of finish you apply to your floor, be as they are, you will notice the big difference on hardwood; with or without any finish applied. I hope you've learned more about how to lay real wood flooring in the house.

The grace and charm of Wooden Floors

When it comes to flooring, wood has been an preferred choice of most of the population, be it the rich or the poor. Everyone likes the idea of having at least a small area in their house that has wooden flooring on it. It is a costly affair but the preference for the elegance always takes charge and leaves the cost angle behind. Well, mostly!

You need to be very careful when you choose hardwood. Your also need to understand how to install, maintain and repair these floors. Otherwise, it can be a very tedious effort. Some education in this area will help.

Let's look at the merits of wooden flooring

To begin with, as soon as you install any kind of wooden flooring, the value of your property automatically increases. This increase is significant, and a house owner would like to take advantage of this aspect.

Moreover, you also have the choice of many colors and shades for your flooring requirement.

This type can work well in a traditional or a modern environment. You can compliment a rug or a carpet and this will look equally good on your floor. It not only looks elegant but also rich in nature.

The look counts and visitors and guests can make out the big difference with these enhancements. It also gives a warm look and feel to your house which is well appreciated.

Let’s go shopping…

Before you decide to shop, you may want to think about the following aspects.

The cost of the wood would vary according to the choice you make. However, you also need to look at the budget you have in mind for this purpose. So you could end up spending too much for the wood right in the beginning. On the flip side you could be on a saving mission and end up with poor quality wood that may not be durable in the long run. So you need to be able to strike a balance here, if you have a budget limitation.

Be aware of this and then take a decision accordingly. If you are confused at this stage, it is better to look for professional help or you could also ask reliable friends who have installed wooden flooring in their houses. This would be the best way to solve this problem. Again, do not buy from the first shop you step into. Check a few shops locally, get a feel of what’s available and then make the purchase. That’s the ideal way to shop for hardwood floors.

Caring, Cleaning and Polishing Hardwood

Once you have got the wooden flooring installed, you need to know some things to take care of the same. Here is how…

The life of the flooring is usually between ten to 25 years. This mainly depends on the quality of the wood and how you take care of it in. Apart from dusting and cleaning, there are different types of pastes and solutions available in the market for caring and polishing the wooden surface. This helps in a big way to maintain the floor.

One must be wary of the fact that not all of these are good and so you need to check what works in your situation. Also don’t pull hard surfaces on the flooring as this will leave a mark that may be difficult to repair.

Remember, once a mark always a mark on your hardwood floors! This needs to be drilled into your mind and you will automatically take care of the flooring.

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