Continued from page 1
Solid wood is milled from one solid ¾" piece of wood. Solid hardwood floors expand and contract more than engineered woods and are particularly susceptible to moisture. As wood expands and contracts, it may buckle or it may leave gaps. Two common methods of counteracting these gaps include beveled edges and leaving expansion gaps—gaps between wood and wall—hidden by base molding.
You'll find most of popular wood species, such as oak, maple, cherry and others available in engineered wood. Sometimes called pressed wood, engineered wood comes in 3-ply or 5-ply versions—three or five bonded layers of wood. Engineered wood floors succumb to little, if any expansion and contraction and are perfectly suited for rooms susceptible to moisture. If you want wood floors in bathroom, kitchen or in any room where moisture accumulates, consider engineered wood for its greater stability. If you plan to lay a wood floor directly over concrete, you must install engineered wood to maintain structural integrity.
Once you've determined species, wood grade and decided between solid and engineered wood, you can move on to fun stuff—the style. Common wood styles include:
Parquet Plank Strip
Strips and planks are long, linear cuts of woods. The main difference is width of wood. Strips range from widths of 1 ½" to 2 ¼", while planks range from widths of 3" to 8". Consider strips if your goal is to create illusion of a larger room. Series of small wood pieces create parquet's geometrical design. Parquet floors complement large, airy rooms.
Select your hardwood floors with care; they can add beauty and warmth to your surroundings for a very long time, even a lifetime.
M J Plaster is a successful author who provides information on shopping online for http://www.a1-wood-flooring.com/bamboo-flooring.htm and http://www.a1-wood-flooring.com/ in general. M J Plaster has been a commercial freelance writer for almost two decades, most recently specializing in home and garden, the low-carb lifestyle, investing, and anything that defines la dolce vita.