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THE PROPERTIES OF SOLID HARDWOOD FLOORING

THE PROPERTIES OF SOLID HARDWOOD FLOORING

Milled From a Single Piece

It pays to do a little homework about the different types of wood flooring available before you talk to your Pasadena flooring contractor. It will help you better understand the difference in the costs.

INDIVIDUAL

Solid hardwood is the top quality wooden flooring available. Flooring contractors in Pasadena love to install solid wood in some of the older heritage homes where it adds character and a genuine sense of history.

As the name implies, solid hardwood boards are milled from a single piece of lumber usually ¾” thick and are therefore wood from top to bottom.

Each board is individual so a solid wood floor will exude warmth and individuality. These floors can last a lifetime. Your flooring contractor will confirm that because the floor is solid, it can be refinished, restored and restained over and over again. 

DURABILITY DEPENDS ON THE WOOD

Even though solid hardwood is solid, that does not automatically make it durable and resistant to scratching and denting. That depends on the hardness of the wood you choose.  Ask your flooring contractor about the Janka scale to check out the hardness of any wood you are considering.

SUSCEPTIBLE TO CHANGE

Solid wood is much more susceptible to changes in temperature and humidity and should therefore not be installed in a basement but only on the ground floor or higher. Top Pasadena flooring contractors do not advise installing solid hardwood on a concrete surface. For best results flooring contractors in Pasadena say it should be glued, nailed or stapled to a wooden sub floor.

AVOID THE DAMP

Despite the fact that solid wood and water are not good friends, Pasadena flooring contractors are still frequently asked to install solid wood flooring in kitchens. This is possible but care must to taken to make sure water doesn’t sit on the wood or it will buckle and expand. A good flooring contractor will advise against its use in a bathroom.

THE FINISH

The solid wood boards can be purchased factory finished or finished at the install location. If you choose have the finish applied by your flooring contractor in situ, you will have a broader range of finishes to choose from and the result can be more individualized.