Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Differences Between Various Types of Hardwood Flooring

Traditionally, hard wood flooring has been viewed as the creme de la creme of flooring, because until the early 1980's if you had hardwood flooring, then to a certain extent you were considered wealthy.

Times have changed as has technology and this either takes prices down or up depending on the supply and demand of a product. In today's times, hard wood flooring can be found almost in every retail flooring store around. Hard wood flooring is generally sold in only a couple varieties, which include unfinished hard wood, pre-finished hard wood, and engineered hard wood.

Unfinished is the traditional product, which was bought in a couple of different woods, widths, and lengths. The tongue and the groove design was laid and then sanded to get a smooth and even texture on the surface of the wood. Once the wood was sanded, it was then stained and lacquered, which traditionally consumed a lot of time and labor. Time equals money and in the early 1980's this was a very expensive process no doubt.

Pre-finished flooring has been on the market for many years now and is the most commonly used hard wood flooring used in homes. This flooring is unique, because right after the manufacturer cuts the tongue and groove, he sends the wood through the finishing sander and then on to the spray booth where all the pieces are finished.

The time consuming labor processes involved in the sanding and staining or lacquering unfinished hard wood flooring have been replaced by machines, which can produce at a higher level of efficiency than the human hand. The installation of the pre finished hard wood flooring is a step by step process. This type of flooring makes prices competitive with other flooring alternatives.

Engineered hard wood is the newest product on the market and is quickly becoming the most popular. This product is unique since it is made from a new form of particle board with a veneer layer of your choice of hard wood on the top. This is then pre finished and sold in your stores.

The unique aspect of this engineered hard wood is that it can be installed in basements and cooler rooms that have a more type of moist environment where the pre finished and unfinished hard wood cannot be installed. Of course, the prices are slightly higher on the engineered hard wood, but the price may come down as supply and demand increase.

In conclusion, choosing which of the three different types of hard wood to put on your floor greatly depends on the look you are going for. Each product will give you a slightly different look in your home. If your needs are driven by economy, then there are a lot of pre finished hard wood flooring options available for you now on the market. If you are driven by the traditional look, then unfinished hard wood flooring is a good option, but if you are driven by technology and flexibility, then engineered hard wood is your best choice.

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