Hardwood Flooring in Crown Point Indiana
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Hardwood flooring is one of the most sought after floors in the world. The beauty, style, and ambiance is unmatched. Hardwood flooring is one of the largest growing floor material desings in the industry. Manufacturers ahve made monumental design changes over the last decade.
- Finishes: Today’s hardwood finishes are much more superior to previous years.
- Size: Wide planks are a sought after design. 6″, 7″ and 8″ wide planks are more and more common.
- Character: Hand scraping, saw chatter, wire brushing, all bring out the grain and character of wood.
- Manufacturing: Today’s hardwoods are manufactured to higher standards including air quality standards.
- Deforestation: Harvesting of trees have new guidelines to help keep our forests in tact.
There are several different types of products in the “Hardwood” category:
- Solid Hardwood: These are solid wood planks cut from the trees, they are milled to have a tong and groove edge, and a reliefe milled in the bottom to aid in stabilizing the wood after installation. Normally 3/4″ thick and you can actually see ther ings of the tree when looking at the side of the boards (Prior to installation)
- Engineered Hardwood: The problem with wood flooring in homes and businesses is moisture. Sometimes just the difference between a heating and cooling season makes the products expand and contract. Spills, pet urine, humidity in the home, and improper cleaning methods all effect the performance of hardwoods. Moisture can reek havoc on a wood flooring system. Solid woods are the most vulnerable to moisture issues. Expansion and contraction over time can cause gaping, squeaking, warping and cupping on the floors. Engineered hardwoods are designed to perform better and are more stable against moisture issues. And they are even denser (harder to indent) than solid woods. If you look at the side of the plank prior to construction you will see that there is a thin layer of actual hardwood on the top with a plywood or engineered core on the bottom. Engineered woods are normally 3/8″ to 1/2″ thick. They are about 33% cheaper than solid woods and are greener because they cause less deforestation than solid wood does. Simply said “Engineered Hardwoods are Designed to Perform Better than Solid Hardwoods”.
- Cork Flooring: A few years back cork floors were becoming very popular. Cork products are made from the bark of the trees. They are less vulnerable to moisture than solid wood floors, and are another form of an engineered floor. Although still available they are not as sought after as they used to be. Our opinion is the durability of the top layer. Cork is softer than most other forms of hardwoods.
- Bamboo Flooring: Actually made of bamboo reeds or stalks. They are pressed together to form a plank. A few years back these products were very sought after because they looked nice and were less expensive than other hardwoods. In general they are not really wood they are reeds of grass that are engineered into a plank form. In 2015 most of our manufacturers pulled there bamboo flooring because of manufacturing difficulties that caused the floors to delaminate after a few years of use.. We have very few bamboo choices today because of that debacle.
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