Purchasing Hardwood Flooring

Using wood flooring not only enhances your home’s beauty and warmth but also increases its value. Learning about the different types of hardwood floors available is quite handy when it comes to choosing the best flooring option for your house.

Because they are available in various constructions, you can install wood floors to every single level in your home. Compared to the other subfloors, wood floor constructions enhance the flexibility of installation and result in a better mitigation of moisture. Because variations in humidity often lead to the warping and gapping of hardwood floors, it is important to consider moisture during installation. However, you can mitigate the effects of moisture by opting for proper installation materials and maintaining the levels recommended by the manufacturer. In addition, installing a moisture barrier boosts the levels of protection against moisture damage.

You can install hardwood flooring over three types of subfloors, and these are:
• Above ground plywood subfloor
• At ground level concrete subfloor
• Below ground-level concretes slab subfloor

There are four types of hardwood floor constructions to address each subfloor, and these are:
• Locking hardwood
• Engineered hardwood
• 5/16-inch Solid
• 3/4-inch Solid

Locking Hardwood
Alternatively referred to as the floating wood floor, it is an engineered floor that features extra benefits thanks to its locking tongue-and-groove system. Since it does not require glue, nails, or staples, it is an ideal DIY option. All you will need to do is roll out the underlying moisture barrier and lock the planks in place.

Engineered Hardwood
The use of a cross-layer construction helps to keep the wood flooring from expanding after being exposed to moisture. As such, engineered hardwood floors are not only designed for installation over concrete but to also help in mitigating the problems that can occur due to moisture. As a result, you can install engineered hardwood flooring throughout your home including the basement. Compared to solid floors, engineered hardwood floors are relatively less costly and more eco-friendly thanks to a veneer that is just a few millimeters thick.

5/16-inch Solid
Although slightly slender, this type of hardwood flooring is somewhat similar to the ¾ inch solid wood floor. While its solidity makes it impossible to installation below ground level, it is thin enough to glue down against ground-level concrete or install over plywood above ground-level. You must, however, use moisture barriers and urethane adhesives to glue down the 5/16 inch solid floor.

3/4-inch Solid
As a typical hardwood floor construction, it comprises of solid wood planks that are ¾ inches thick. However, you can only install the 3/4-inch solid flooring over a plywood subfloor at or above ground-level since exposure to moisture causes solid floors to expand more compared to engineered hardwood floors. However, you can easily manage the moisture entering your house through the ground by placing a moisture barrier underneath the crawl space. There are online resources available at Fuse Flooring, which may provide you with more information.

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