Wood flooring enhances the décor of any room and provides timeless beauty that will increase in value over time.
Maintenance of modem wood floors is fairly easy. New technology in stains and finishes call for regular cleaning that takes little more than sweeping and/or using a damp mop, with occasional use of a professional cleaning product.
One very important note … You must use a cleaning product recommended by the manufacturer, installer or other wood flooring professional.
Wood floors are ecologically friendly. Because it is a natural resource, wood is both renewable and recyclable. Many of yesteryear’s old wood ships, warehouses, barns and other structures often find a second life in wood flooring.
Wood floors are more affordable today. They maintain their value. When other flooring options are looking tired and worn out, wood will maintain its beauty and can last a lifetime.
There are more available styles, colors and species than ever before. From traditional oak, rustic pine, exotic Wenge or bamboo, there are options and designs to fit any décor.
Wood floors come in a variety of styles to meet the demands of today’s busy lifestyles. Styles include factory finished, unfinished, solid,
engineered, strip, plank, parquet and acrylic impregnated. Choose the style that best suits your needs will be based on a variety of factors including your family size, decorating preference and location.
Wood floors come in a rainbow of colors to fit any décor. Unique, one-of-a-kind looks can be achieved with custom stains and finishes. Wood floors come in more than 50 species from domestic and exotic to spanning the spectrum of colors, hardness and price ranges.
The appearance of the wood determines its grade. All grades are equally strong and serviceable, but each affords a different look.
Clear wood is free of defects, though it may have minor imperfections. Select wood is almost clear but contains some natural characteristics such as knots and color variations. Common wood has more natural characteristics such as knots and color variations than either clear or select grades and often is chosen because of these natural features and the character they bring to a room. Common has a variegated appearance, light and dark colors, knots, flags and wormholes. No. 2 Common is rustic in appearance and emphasizes all wood characteristics of the species. First grade wood has the best appearance, natural color variations and limited marks. Second grade wood is variegated in appearance with varying sound wood characteristics of species. Third grade wood is rustic in appearance allowing all characteristics of the species.
The angle at which a board is cut determines how the finished product looks. Wood flooring is either plainsawn, quartersawn or riftsawn. plain sawn is the most common cut. The board contains more variation than the other two cuts because grain patterns resulting from the growth rings are more obvious. quarter sawn produces less board feet per log than plain sawing and is therefore more expensive. quarter sawn wood twists and cups less and wears more evenly. rift sawn is similar to quarter sawing but the cut is made at a slightly different angle.
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