Select Hardwood Floors the Easy Way!
1. Since hardwood floors are available in a wide range of visuals, qualities and price points, first let’s go over some wood flooring vocabulary to help you decide which direction is right for you:
Hardwood Flooring Vocabulary
Solid Hardwood refers to wood flooring that is a solid piece of wood all the way through. When adjoining an existing Solid Hardwood, new Solid Hardwood Floors are a good option to maintain continuous height between spaces because Solid Wood Floors are typically ¾” thick. Most Solid Hardwood Flooring is available in 2-1/4″, 3-1/2″ and 5″ widths and is nailed or stapled to the subfloor. Solid Hardwood Floors continue to be a popular option for anywhere in the home that is above grade and low moisture.
Engineered Hardwood Floors are compiled of layers of material, typically with wood as the core. The layers increase the dimensional stability and impact resistance of the wood floor and minimize the problems that can arise with Solid Hardwood Floors such as peaking, cupping and gapping. The dimensional stability of Engineered Wood allows for wider boards, and many Engineered Wood Floors are approved for installation below grade and over radiant heat. Engineered Hardwood Floors are usually sold in widths anywhere from 3-1/2″ – 10″ planks and are nailed, stapled, glued or floating. Engineered Hardwood Floors continue to be a popular option for anywhere in the home that is low moisture.
Prefinished Hardwood Flooring is a durable and time-saving alternative to Unfinished Wood Flooring. Whether solid or engineered, you can expect 10-12 layers of factory finish to be on the surface of your Prefinished Wood Floor. We are commonly asked, “Can Prefinished Hardwood be refinished”? Well, the answer is no… and yes! If you were to try sanding down a Prefinished Wood Floor you would remove the durable finish, unique texture and color that were applied in the factory, burn through sanding pads and end up with a less durable finish. You can, however, screen and recoat a Prefinished Wood Floor which is in essence refreshing the top coat. Because of the durable factory finish, with normal residential traffic, Prefinished Wood Floors can last 20 years or more before needing a re-coat. If a minor repair is needed on a prefinished wood floor, oftentimes a professional can do a plank replacement for a few damaged boards.
2. After choosing Solid or Engineered, Prefinished or Unfinished wood, discuss quality and price ideals with a project manager
at our Portland showroom to narrow down the hardwood options and choose your color.
3. Last, your project manager will help you determine additional options, such as baseboard moldings, vents and cold air
returns to complete your hardwood flooring installation.
Here at Macadam Floor and Design, we have been providing flooring, countertops, tile and window coverings to the Portland Metro area for over 35 years. We are continually improving our showroom offerings, industry knowledge and professionalism to provide excellent service and value for our customers. Whether working with our Portland Retail and Builder Showroom or our Vancouver Builder Design Center, you will be paired with a project manager or designer to help you navigate your options with confidence.
Work with one of our experts to be sure you purchase hardwood flooring that is right for your project at the best value in Portland— we coordinate installation too!
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- Cascade Pacific
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