Whether you are building a new home or renovating a new one, the hardwood flooring you choose is a major consideration. Hardwoods can be used throughout most of the rooms in your home, including your bedroom. As you begin to select which hardwood flooring you’ll use in your home, there are some things you should consider.
Prefinished Hardwood flooring versus Sand-on-Site flooring
You’re probably familiar with sand-on-site hardwood flooring. The process consists of installing solid planks and then sanding and finishing them in your home. You have control of the luster of the finish and the color. Another advantage of sand-on-site is the appearance–since it’s installed on a level surface and the planks are all even it gives your flooring a seamless appearance. And you can use any wood surface for a sand-on-site project. Classics such as walnut, oak and hickory are very popular. But exotic species like Brazilian cherry or Ipe are options also. Sand-on-site looks great and is very economical.
One of the advantages of prefinished hardwood flooring is the number of options available to you. It’s available in different sizes, colors, textures and finish. And with prefinished flooring you know what the surface will look like before it’s installed. The finish is applied in a controlled environment, and once it’s on the ground it is ready to go–no waiting for it to dry. One additional bonus feature of prefinished flooring is that it can be applied to any substrate–meaning you can even have hardwood floors in your basement! And prefinished hardwood floors come with a warranty.
Which is right for you? Sand-on-site or Prefinished? Here are some considerations:
- How does it look? This is the most important thing to take into account. You’re going to be living with the results for a long time–you want to make sure that the style is right for you.
- How much does it cost? Make sure that you take into account all factors and how they fit into your budget.
- Is it durable? Is the flooring your selecting right for the high traffic areas of your home?
- Does it come with a warranty? If you select a prefinished hardwood you get a warranty, which can provide peace of mind.
- Is it practical? How does the flooring stack up in terms of price, ease of installation and performance?
Want more information on these types of hardwood flooring? Call Andrew Denny at Textures (615) 228-2922. Or visit us online: texturesflooring.com