Hardwood is a popular flooring choice for Honolulu homes and offices because of its beauty and durability. However, there are three major considerations to take into account when selecting hardwood flooring: the environment, the construction, and the finish. Keep reading to learn more from the experts at Floor Coverings International Oahu.
If you plan to install hardwood flooring in areas that experience heavy foot traffic, pets, or contain heavy furniture, it’s important to select a hardwood variety with a higher Janka rating. For example, white oak has a medium-high score of 1360 and Brazilian walnut ranks near the top of the scale at 3684. These woods are more durable and will hold up better to scratches and dents when properly maintained. Softer wood like American cherry or pine can be a lovely choice for areas with less traffic. Another important consideration is the relative humidity of the environment as over exposure to water can cause hardwood flooring to warp.
There are three major categories of hardwood flooring to choose from depending on your needs. Solid hardwood is created from a single piece of wood and is good choice for projects that need long lasting durability. Engineered hardwood is constructed from layers of softer wood material sandwiched between hardwood veneer. It’s more resilient against moisture and performs better than solid wood in more humid environments like kitchens or laundry rooms. Longstrip flooring is similar to engineered hardwood, but comes in wide sections fashioned to look like multiple planks — making it a good choice for covering large areas.
The final decision when selecting hardwood flooring is choosing between prefinished or unfinished wood. Prefinished wood is generally more durable because it’s coated with multiple layers of protective finish under controlled conditions. Because prefinished wood is fully dried at the factory, it can be used immediately after installation. Unfinished wood is installed on-site and the protective finish is applied afterwards. This allows for more customization if you want a specific effect, but it also requires a greater time commitment because the floor can’t be used until the finished has completely dried.
The team at Floor Coverings International Oahu is here to help you find the perfect hardwood match for your project. Contact us today to schedule a free on-location design consultation and estimate. We proudly serve the Honolulu, Oahu areas!
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