Hardwood floors are synonym with classic elegance and durability. Their aesthetics are perfectly suitable to many different environments, and they can contribute to a classic, charming vibe anywhere. If you are looking to install a new hardwood floor in your home or commercial space, you might be out, looking for professional hardwood flooring providers.
Before you put your hard-earned money at stake, it might be wise to do some research and find out what you need to look for in the best hardwood flooring! Read on to learn more!
Selecting the best type of hardwood floor
Traditional hardwood floor panels, made of solid timer, are still widely available and highly sought-after. However, many hardwood floor providers out there often use different approaches to the way the produce hardwood floors. They might engineer their own panels by using different layers of wood. In some ways, engineered hardwood floors could help prevent issues such as warping - which might occur naturally when wood is exposed to weathering. It is important to understand that through moisture, heat and other environmental factors, wood actually contracts and expands in a cycle. This is the reason why you might see many old hardwood floor panels becoming squeaky or cracked! Engineered hardwood panels made up of multiple layers might indeed offer some relief from this particular issue and account for the wood’s natural expansion and contractions with their different layers.
Pre-finished, or finished on site?
Many hardwood floor providers offer raw hardwood floors that are then finished up by a professional installation after they have been mounted. However, many companies out there also offer refinished hardwood flooring options, which essentially are already stained and coated, so they would be installed and ready to go right away.
Many people prefer to purchase pre-finished woods because, through samples, they can get to see exactly how their floor will look like at the end of the process. On the other hand, there are many people who prefer the added flexibility of purchasing raw hardwood floors. This would allow them more options when hiring a professional to work on the finish. If you are a homeowner looking for high-quality and effective results in a timely manner, you might actually enjoy the convenience of pre-finished hardwood floors. On the other hand, if you prefer to widen your creative opportunity and pursue an ample range of customization options, you might be better off with raw hardwood installation. There is no right or wrong answer, and it is definitely up to your personal preferences and the particular needs of your environment.
Oil finishes or polyurethane?
There is a huge range of wood finishing products out there, but essentially, the range could be simplified in 2 wider categories: oil-based finishes or polyurethane.
Oil finishes are certainly the most traditional ones, and they can really help you give a more natural touch to your hardwood floor. Essentially, oil finishes penetrate deep into the wood, and this is the reason why they tend to look a bit more organic and natural. The downside is that they might not be as resilient to wear and tear, or occasional surface damage.
On the other hand, polyurethane is often considered the best choice for people who are looking for a protective finish that would also enhance the durability of their floors. “Poly” is well-known for its glossier look and for its coating capabilities. In some cases, polyurethane finishes can also offer a further layer of protection against temperature swings and humidity/moisture unbalances in your particular environment.
If you are looking to maximize the full aesthetic potential of your floor, and if you are a fan of charming old-fashioned looks, oil finishes might be your best approach. On the other hand, poly finishes can also contribute to a nice, modern look, and they also have the benefit of offering an extra layer of floor protection.
Do you need other information or have any request or question? Feel free to get in touch with us at BSI Flooring. We provide our services throughout the London area and we would be happy to get back to you with no obligation!