Hardwood Floors St. Louis
Wood Flooring from Pro Floors is your best choice when it comes to flooring options. Hardwood floors are preferred over carpet flooring because it does not retain allergy causing pollen like carpets do. Also, carpets need a lot more cleaning and maintenance than hardwood floors. Carpets also tend to smell over time, while hardwood do not.
Aside from carpets, hardwood floors also beat other synthetic materials in the sense that hardwood floors are more durable and elegant. Hardwood floors will add style, grace and value to your home that other types of synthetic flooring can`t do. Hardwood flooring can even be an eco-friendly decision. If you want a romantic and warm tone to your home, hardwood floors will also have an advantage over other extracted flooring material like stone.
Generally, modern wood stains and polyurethane varnish finishes the wood and gives it a protective coat that will shield it from untoward accidents like spills and the like. You also don`t have to worry about too much wear and tear on the hardwood floor because the usual protection from the varnish usually lasts for years before a reapplication is needed.
Even cleaning hardwood floors is made a breeze by these modern wood finish and varnish aids because the surface of the floor becomes very even and smooth, which makes it hard for dust to settle. Any dirt or dust is easily lifted off the surface without much effort.
To gain a sense of warm and homey permanence, wood flooring has few rivals.
Universally popular for a century, is warm, natural, and easier to maintain than carpets. Today, the varieties of wood flooring which have long been in use are still popular for residences and commercial spaces. This includes traditional domestic solid hardwood wood floors made from oak, cherry, maple, ash, and walnut among other species. But technology, innovation, and imagination have expanded the choices in wood flooring to an even greater degree.
Even more recently, exotic species have made a splash in the wood flooring industry, Offering even more choices unique looks and impressive durability.
Numerous types of hardwood and softwood tree species offer a wide range of beautiful timber for making floors. From expensive mahogany and cherry wood to the less expensive bamboo and pine, we will help you a good match for your home decor and budget.
Prefinished Hardwood Flooring
Prefinished hardwood flooring eliminates the time consuming chore of the sanding and refinishing and gives you the added benefit of a perfect finish all done for you at the factory. Most of the wood flooring we carry has variety of stain colors to choose from and are coated with the durable 7- 10 coats of the " Alumide or Ceramic" finish, which is far more durable for wear than anything that can be purchased in a hardware store or home center. Using prefinished Hardwood flooring allows you to move right back in as soon as a room is installed No Waiting for the finish to dry!
Job Finished Hardwood Flooring
Installing unfinished Hardwood flooring requires a series of steps including sanding, staining and sealing the floor. Applying the finish to the floors after the sanding would requires several days waiting for finish coats to dry before being able to move back in.
Unfinished hardwood flooring is delivered raw then sanded, stained and finished on site. It is available in more widths and wood species than prefinished flooring and can be matched to existing wood floors.
A custom sanded hardwood floor is perfectly flat looking, with a tabletop appearance that cannot be achieved with a prefinished hardwood floor. If the subfloor is uneven, then a pre-finished floor will be uneven. Since unfinished flooring is sanded flat on site, it is more forgiving of slight irregularities in the subfloor.
Engineered Wood Flooring
Laminate is melamine-infused paper on top, wood chip composite on bottom. Solid hardwood, by definition, is real wood. And engineered wood, too, is real wood. It is a sandwich of 1/16" to 1/8" inch of finish wood on top and non-finish plywood underneath. The top finish layer is pre-finished, which means that it is already sanded and sealed. So as soon as the floor has been laid, you can walk on it.
Unlike solid wood, which must be nailed to a wood sub-floor, engineered wood can be installed in a different number of ways. Depending on the type you buy, it can be either:
- A nail-down floor - This is for the 3/8" thick floor--its thinness requires nailing to enhance stability;
- A glue-down floor - The 1/2" thick floor can be nailed down; or
- A floating floor - The 5/8" planks are thick enough to act as a floating floor.
What you should know about hardwood flooring
Traditional solid hardwood floors come in a wide range of dimensions and styles. Each plank is made of solid wood and milled from a single piece of timber.
Solid wood has many limitations when used for flooring, due to the natural characteristics of wood. Expansion and contraction of wood from moisture and temperature fluctuation puts many dimensional restrictions on solid wood floors. The usual dimensions are typically, 5" wide and 3/4" thick. These are the largest that can be simply manufactured from solid wood (while some manufacturers can produce wider boards using proprietary milling techniques).
Engineered Wood flooring is popular in homes as well as businesses.
Engineered wood flooring is composed of two or more layers of wood in the form of a plank. This layered flooring is with two solid wood products, each of substantial thickness. Laminate, vinyl and veneer floors are often confused with engineered wood floors. Laminate uses an image of wood on its surface, vinyl is plastic formed to look like wood, and veneer uses a thin layer of wood with a core that could be one of a number of different composite wood products such as high density fiberboard.
Engineered wood is the most common type of wood flooring used internationally. North America is the only continent that has a larger solid wood market than engineered.
Comparing Engineered Floors to Solid Wood Floors
It is very difficult to compare a solid wood floor to engineered wood floors, as there is a wide range of engineered wood floor qualities. There are several limitations on solid hardwood that give it a more limited scope of use:
- solid wood should not be installed directly over concrete,
- should not be installed below grade (basements) and
- it should not be used with radiant floor heating.
Solid hardwood is also typically limited in plank width and is more prone to gapping and cupping with increased plank size.
Regardless of your material, hardwood flooring is known to markedly improve the resale value of any home when it is properly installed and finished.
At Professional Floors of St. Louis, we are able to install either solid or engineered floors. We can help you with a wide choice of finishes and styles. Our trained technicians can help you choose the best floor for your use.
Care of Wood Floors
Proper use of vacuuming, sweeping, and damp mopping is usually all that is required to maintain the cleanliness and appearance of a wood floor. Oil soaps should not be used to clean the floors. The best suggestion is to use the manufacturers recommended cleaning products. Like tile floors, excessive grit and foot traffic will affect appearance. Unlike carpet or rugs, a properly finished wood floor, like tile, does not accumulate hidden soil or odorous compounds.
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