The Hardwood Guys LLC
Hardwood Flooring Contractor, Seattle -
Tacoma - Everett - King county - Pierce county
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Affordable Excellence in Hardwood Flooring.
Hardwood Flooring adds beauty and value to your home. With
so many different flooring options to choose from, we would
like to help make that decision easier by offering some basic
information about your wood flooring options.
The main choices include:
- Solid Hardwood Flooring: A solid piece of hardwood,
generally cut into 3/4" thick planks. Recommended for
above ground to be installed over plywood, OSB or other
wood flooring; not recommended for concrete slabs.
Solid Hardwood flooring comes unfinished, which is then
installed and finished on-site; or prefinished, which is
completely finished at the factory with several coats of
durable finish, before it's ever delivered to your home,
then simply nailed down.
- Engineered Hardwood flooring: are several plies of
wood that are glued and laminated together to form a
wood plank. Range in thickness from 1/4" to just over a
half inch. Can be installed almost anywhere in your
home, including over concrete.
Another choice to consider with solid hardwood flooring, is
- Longstrip Hardwood floors are engineered floors, but
with a longer and wider plank, which allows the top layer
to show 2 or 3 rows of thin hardwood strips.
- Exotic Hardwood Floors - Different hardwood specie from
around the World. Not found in North America, these
hardwood come from Australia, Africa, Brazil and the Far
East. Exotic hardwoods offer unique wood graining and
colorations. Many exotic floors are available in and in
solid hardwood planks as well.
whether to go with prefinished flooring, factory finished; or
unfinished flooring, which is sanded and finished on site. Click
here to read some advantages and disadvantages of both.
Hardwood flooring is offered in a variety of sizes. As outlined,
thickness of the flooring generally ranges from 1/4" up to 3/4"
for most solid hardwood. The width varies from 1" on up to
about 6", with the the most common sizes being 2-1/4" and 3"
Each size will give a different look to your floor, so your
decision should be based on your desied outcome and look you
wish to acheive.
Wood is graded on scales, which set limitations and set rules
on the number of defects and variations allowed for each
grade. Each hardwood comes in a "clear" grade or "first
grade", followed by "second" or "select" grade. You can view
standard grading options used for oak flooring, as well as the
difference between the milling, "plainsawn" or "quartersawn"
Another factor to consider is the hardness of the wood, which
is a reflection of it's durability. There is a test used to
determine each wood's hardness, the results reflected on a
scale known as the Janka Scale.