Flooring Alexandria Va Important Advice

 

When you choose hardwood flooring Alexandria Va it is important to follow certain guidelines to create the most for your home, you are investing in the natural beauty of wood for your flooring Alexandria Va home.  Hardwood flooring is more than just a hardwood floor, it is a product of nature that lives and breathes and is subject to infinite variations in color, grain, pattern and texture, enhancing your floors individuality. Hardwood flooring’s natural beauty and durability provides you with a unique identity that matures over time; no two hardwood floors are exactly alike.

Hardwood Flooring Alexandria Va Adds Value

 

There are two basic types of hardwood flooring for your Alexandria Virginia home – solid wood  flooring Alexandria Va and engineered hardwood flooring. Engineered hardwood flooring is made from layers (plies) of both hardwood and softwood. The top layer is typically a solid ply of the species. Solid hardwood flooring is not made up of any plies. It is the pure solid hardwood species and typically costs more.  Nail/staple down, glue down and floating are the three main installation methods you can use in your Northern Virginia area home. . The floating method is the most flexible as it allows for installation on or below grade, over radiant heat floors; in fact, over virtually any subfloor.

The natural characteristics flooring Alexandria Va and of wood include the noticeable grain pattern, dark gray or black marks and knots of various sizes. They are a result of the natural growth process of that particular species and are certainly influenced by the sunlight, soil and climate. Also, various minerals can appear in several forms such as a light gray streak across a board to black lines in the grain. The same holds true for grain patterns and knots. Lumber is graded based upon the number of these variations, with clear grade exhibiting the least number of natural characteristics beyond the very distinct grain pattern of each species.

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Wood and hardwood flooring Alexandria Va of all types is a natural material with variations from board to board. And therefore, each plank or strip will take stain differently. Darker stains mask the natural variations in the wood. The lighter the stain, the more prominent the natural characteristics. A white stain shows the most variation from board to board. All of the wood species used for hardwood flooring are durable enough to withstand the wear and tear of daily life. However, this does not mean wood will not dent. As a natural material, wood is made of thousands of cells. When the tree is in the forest, these cells are filled with water. Once that tree becomes lumber, the moisture in those cells is replaced with air. Therefore, if you drop a heavy object on the floor, the floor will compress, forming a dent or gash. In addition, heavy furniture and appliances, over time, will compress the fiber in the wood.

However, advanced milling techniques assure smooth edges and will provide a tight fit between boards, some edge splintering, though rare, may occur after the floor settles into the environment. Also, moving heavy objects across the floor might cause an edge to splinter or chip. Touch-up kits are available for minor repairs. Larger splinters might require the replacement of the board. You can expect to see the various shade differences in your floor over time. The cause is usually from the exposure to the ultra-violet rays of the sun, whether direct or indirect. This color change will be more noticeable in lighter colors, which will darken over time. In addition, certain species like Brazilian cherry, will naturally darken over the years. These changes are due to the natural characteristics of hardwood and are not covered by most manufacturers’ warranties

I hope this helps, and do not hesitate to contact us with any questions!

Until next time,

Chad Durbin | President | Total Flooring