Many companies today have a play on words for what they tell the consumer what constitutes a solid hardwood flooring product. At TD Remodeling we know the difference and make sure you choose the right product for your project to make your new build or renovation count.
Most people know a solid hardwood floor as a species of tree such as oak, ash, birch to be cut to shape from its natural state through a lumber mill to create the proper thickness and width desired at varying lengths. No customers or consumers I have dealt with classify compressed sawdust held together by glues and adhesives to create what looks like true solid hardwood as the real deal. Yet many manufacturers will try to pass off products created from sawdust and other means and say you’re purchasing solid hardwood. They may be made of what once started off as solid hardwood but if they are partial remnants of their former self-held together using glues or adhesives, they are not solid hardwood.
These other product forms can have their advantages under proper use such as engineered flooring to be used over an in-floor heating system. To learn more about these types of products you can go to ” Best Laminate Flooring.”
As mentioned, solid hardwood flooring comes in many species of wood. Depending on where you live determines the price per square foot you can expect to pay.
Locally grown trees offer the best price than the ones that require being imported in most cases. There are times when an imported species of wood can be cheaper if it is grown in great abundance and the faster it grows also reduces overall cost. It only makes sense that rare species of hardwood will demand a higher price per square foot.
Another consideration, of course, is how the hardwood in question is grown. It is common knowledge that different hardwoods have varying densities between species. What a lot of people do not realize is the same species, for example, take oak. If one tree grows in a mild climate while another grows in a harsh climate, even though they are both oak trees. The mild climate tree has wider spacing between the rings which make the hardwood produced from the tree softer than the hardwood from the other tree from harsh conditions. The tree from a hard climate has tighter rings as it goes dormant during winter months creating a denser hardwood even though they are the same species of tree.
Another consideration when purchasing solid hardwood flooring that most people may not consider is the milling process.
The quality of your install has a lot to do with the product you purchase. A poorly milled tongue and groove hardwood flooring leave’s you with a floor that can be very squeaky over time with excessive movement.
Some floors are so badly milled that the boards do not close up properly during installation due to width variations. The groove is much wider than the tongue causing the board side with the groove to move causing squeaks against the tongue side of the board. Always check for tighter tolerances to avoid these issues when possible.
Whenever possible you are best to have a professional installer who understands structural issues and knows how to prep the job to be done properly. Improper preparations lead to imperfections that may not be able to be fixed for a seamless job for those looking for perfection once finished. Saving money with your own prep work is fine and even possibly doing the whole job.
Professionals will make your job the best it can be lasting through the years without having to do everything over again due to mistakes.
Hardwood flooring by TD Remodeling showing home renovation how to for new installations, replacement, and repairs all done by using home improvement hand tools.