Solid wood flooring is just as the name implies, flooring planks made of a solid piece of wood, generally ¾” in thickness but thickness can vary. Solid wood flooring can be installed both on or above grade. Solid wood strips and planks are manufactured with one side having a tongue and the other a groove. The tongue side interlocks with the groove creating a strong joint and makes installation much easier.
Prefinished wood floors are pre-sanded, pre-stained and therefore pre-finished under factory controlled conditions and then cured with ultra-violet lights. Prefinished floors can be installed relatively quickly, are odor free, and, once installed can be walked on immediately; making it a great choice for those who need quick turnaround.
Engineered wood floors are the most popular and versatile because they are composed of a select top layer veneer bonded to a plywood core. The plywood, or base layer, provides exceptional dimensional stability and installation versatility. Engineered floors can be glued down directly to concrete, floated over a subfloor or nailed to a subfloor. Engineered wood floors also expand and contract less than solid wood flooring with temperature and humidity changes, and can be installed above, on or below grade.
Laminates are designed to look good for many years with a minimum amount of maintenance. Contact Floors2Luv Flooring Services today for professional laminate flooring installation in the Houston and surrounding areas. Living in the 21st Century, the “golden age” of imaging and creative visual reproductions are stunningly realistic with High-Definition TV and digital photography. Laminates are a result of this type of technology transferred to floor covering. Durability, no-fade, no-stain, and no-wear warranties assure that laminate flooring is perfect for the emerging family as well as all active lifestyles needed for flooring in your home. Textures embossed and imprinted with visuals of wood and natural stone make laminate look more like the real thing. You can not distinguish between real stone or wood and laminate. Affordability, easy installation and less sub floor preparation, are just some of the reasons why so many people are moving to Laminates; making this one of the fastest growing product categories in the floor covering industry.
Floating floors, is an installation method as opposed to a flooring type and describe floors that are not attached to the subfloor. These floors have a foam underlay that is placed on top of the subfloor to absorb sound and protect against moisture; the hardwood strips or planks are then laid on top. The flooring is then glued or locked together with tongue and groove joints and the entire floor, therefore “floats” above the subfloor. Floating floors are easy to install on nearly any surface. Call today to see if floating floor installation is perfect for your specific needs.
You might not give your floors much thought — until it comes time to replace them; then you are faced with the many different options out there. For busy Texan families whose floors need to stand up to kids and pets, and life in general, laminate floors are a good option. They are very durable and require almost no maintenance. The most common designs have a wood grain appearance; some are made to look like stone or marble.
Engineered or pre-finished floors are becoming ever more popular as technological advances in the construction of material has greatly improved the quality of the product. Engineered wood flooring has a real wood surface layer and a cross laminated bottom layer which gives the product its strength and durability. As a consumer you benefit from the wide range of options available when choosing a pre-finished floor that perfectly fits your home such as: type of wood, width and color.
Engineered floors offers additional options including: hand-scraping and distressed products. Some of the benefits of an engineered floor are that it can be glued directly to a concrete slab, and your furniture can be moved back in as soon as it is finished. The time required for installation of engineered flooring is about half of the time required for a un-finished floor, start to finish.
Intentionally distressed by hand or machine, gives a time worn, rustic look and texture.
Board faces without distressing or texture.
Intentionally distressed by brushing out the soft grain giving the floor a subtle texture and worn look.
Prefinished engineered wood floors are factory sealed with urethane, polyurethane or polyacrylic. These floor types are stain and water damage resistant as well as the easiest to care for and clean.
Unfinished floor care begins before installation. Properly acclimating your floor to the environment in which you plan to install your floor, and keeping that environment consistent, is the best way to ensure your floor will last a lifetime.