solid hardwood floor finishingSolid hardwood flooring is a popular choice for homes and offices thanks to its durability and diversity of colors and styles. Wood varieties include oak, birch, beech, pine, cherry, maple, fir, walnut, and exotics such as acacia, jatoba, brazilian cherry, merbau, tigerwood, teak and even bamboo.

Most solid hardwood flooring comes in one of three styles: strip, plank and parquet. Strip hardwood floors range from 1 ½- to 2 ¼-inches wide. Plank floors are wider, while parquet floors are made of individual wood squares arranged in a pattern.

Years ago, solid hardwood flooring was used for structural purposes. Today, it is mainly an aesthetic choice. When choosing a color and style, keep in mind the installation options for solid hardwood flooring: tongue-and-groove, click systems and floor connection systems. Also remember that special consideration is needed when installing hardwood over concrete or below ground.

Your FCI design associate can show you the many options in either pre-finished or site finished hardwoods and help decide which is best in your particular application. Today’s premium pre-finished hardwoods come with a durable surface coating that significantly extends the wear life of the wood. Antiqued or hand-scraped planks give a comfortable feel underfoot and timeless beauty and character to your interior.

If you install unfinished solid hardwood flooring, often referred to as site-finished, the professionals at Floor Coverings International of Wheaton & Naperville can help choose the stain and surface finish to achieve the look and durability desired. This will protect your hardwood floor and give it added color and shine. Surface finishes come in water-based urethane, oil-based urethane, moisture-cured urethane and conversion varnish.

You can also choose a penetrating finish that soaks into the wood, though this requires periodic waxing and may reduce the number of cleaners you can use on your floor. Surface-finished floors can usually be cleaned with a broom or damp mop; check manufacturer recommendations for a complete list of safe cleaning products.

Contact Floor Coverings International Wheaton & Naperville for a consultation on solid hardwood flooring today.

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