Wood flooring is any item made of wood that’s intended for application as wood flooring, either for interior or exterior applications. Wood is an extremely popular option as a floor covering material and the grain of the wood can be used to complement or contrast with the other aspects of the room’s design and layout. Some types of wood are more susceptible to scratches, dents, dings, and damage than others, while some products require professional installation and a considerable amount of skill to keep in top condition.
There are many different types of wood flooring to choose from, including solid wood flooring, planks, and engineered wood strips. Solid wood flooring provides a consistent and smooth appearance in comparison to planks. The planks tend to have a more uneven or wavy grain pattern. Engineered wood strips and planks often have a smooth, consistent look because the individual planks are made from smaller pieces of wood that are glued or stapled together. All solid wood flooring products are built using a core, which is the thickest part of the piece.
Flat wood flooring products include tiles, laminates, plywood, and composite materials that imitate the look of hardwood, but don’t have the strength or durability of solid wood. A good example of this type of product would be laminate flooring. Another option would be planks that have been pre-finished with an effect like an unfinished wood floor. When you’re selecting flooring for an interior application, you should be especially careful about the moisture content and chemical resistance of the plank flooring.
It’s important to know the differences between different types of wood flooring and to select the one that will work best for your space. For example, floating floor systems use a plastic floating membrane between the boards to prevent moisture from penetrating. Janka hardness testing measures the hardness of a plank based on its weight. If the janka hardness test indicates higher levels of hardness (which may indicate inferior quality wood for the floor), it’s recommended you purchase a system that uses thicker planks.
Other features to look for when comparing planks are plank thickness, adhesion, and janka hardness. In order to get the most out of your engineered wood flooring or engineered wood ply flooring installation, you should install it in a room that has a consistent temperature and humidity level. If the room is humid or you regularly use hot water to clean, the planks may warp. This means you may need to replace the entire system with new flooring.
While installing wood flooring is fairly straight forward, it’s important to note that if you have pets, they will need to be treated differently than others. This is because many chemicals and disinfectants used to clean wood floors are toxic to animals. It’s best to hire a professional to perform this treatment to ensure no pets are damaged during the cleaning process. A good recommendation for pet proofing is to only use disinfectants containing Diatomaceous Earth. Also, remember to check with the manufacturer or retailer to be sure the system you’re installing is appropriate for your room.
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