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The 411 on Beveled Hardwood Flooring

beveled hardwood flooring

Example of a pre-finished beveled edge hardwood floor by Shaw Floors.

Here’s the 411 on Beveled Hardwood Flooring. To bevel or not to bevel, that is the question. The number of options, finishes and edge styles can be overwhelming if you are in the market for a new hardwood floor. It is important to understand the difference between beveled hardwood flooring and straight edged hardwood flooring.

Just what is beveled hardwood flooring?

Beveled hardwood flooring is flooring with a cut down the length of the floorboard. Sometimes called an eased edge, a beveled edge plank is the opposite of a square edged plank. When too beveled boards meet, the bevels create a “V” shape. When two straight edge boards meet, there is not a “V” but a smooth floor. The bevel is the main difference between a site finished floor vs a pre-finished floor which doesn’t get any sanding. Almost all pre-finished flooring will have a bevel because the bevel covers for any variances in the milling process.

  • Aesthetics- Beveled edge flooring highlights each individual board. There is a visual distinction between the boards which can be a design element of the space. Bevels come in differing depths. A traditional 45% bevel is deeper than a more shallow micro-bevel. It just depends on the look you want to achieve.
  • Ease in repair-ability. If there is ever a scratch or a dent, an individual board is easier to replace.
  • Beveled edges eliminates the risk of ledging. Ledging is unequal or uneven board heights because the sub floor is not level. No sub-floors are perfectly level.
  • Thorough cleaning requires the use of a vacuum because dirt and dust can settle into the grooves of the bevel, however in terms of time and care, the difference is negligible. It takes no more time to vacuum or mop a beveled edge floor than it does to vacuum a flat surface straight edge floor.

Now that you have the 411 on beveled edge flooring, which are you more likely to choose? Straight or beveled? The experts at Textures are happy to help you with all of your flooring needs. For more information please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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