Know your options in flooring for your custom home.

When planning your custom built home in Va, eventually it will be time to choose flooring. In our area, wood flooring reins supreme. There are some basic general good qualities of having wood floors that are professionally installed in your custom home. For a comprehensive and experienced custom home builder Blacksburg VA, installing a wood floor is a straight forward installation with all the proper protocol in place to keep the job site clean and to complete the installation with expediency. 

Additionally, quality hardwood flooring is manufactured with such precision today that there are multiple options on the market. So in order to better explain the process, we will detail some of the most basic characteristics of wood flooring. This will allow custom home buyers to make a more informed choice in choosing hardwood flooring as an option in their custom home.

There are two basic types of hardwood flooring. There is solid hardwood flooring and engineered hardwood flooring. Solid wood flooring is the common product when people think of hardwood flooring, and it has changed in width over the years, but still remains almost the same product as it as always been since its inception. Because of this, they can endure practically forever because they can be maintained with product that never fades from the market, so it is always available for repairs and because of its solid wood construction.

Solid wood flooring is just what it states, it is a solid single piece of wood throughout its thickness with no other structural devices. This flooring is offered in a thickness of ¾ inches to 5/16 inches in most cases. Floors made of solid wood are very versatile. This flooring can be sanded and refinished a number of times because of the aforementioned solid wood construction throughout the course of its lifetime. Additionally, it can be installed on grade or even above grade, and it can also be glued down or nailed. The other option is a relatively new innovation called engineered wood flooring.

Engineered wood flooring is made of real wood, but it is produced using wood veneer or wood composite veneers. It can also be installed below grade or above. Sometimes depending on the thickness of its upper layer, it can be sanded and refinished, but in a much more limited amount than solid wood flooring, Each veneer is orchestrated in a random pattern to increase stability. This stratification of the veneer also makes the engineered flooring shrink resistant while also resisting expansion. Shrinking and expansion due to climactic changes is one of the drawbacks to natural wood flooring versus engineered flooring.

Choosing engineered wood flooring over solid wood flooring in your custom home will generate more steps for your contractor, but even when this is the case, the experience of your remodel contractor will make the impact on the homeowner during the installation phase a non-factor. Additionally, the look and finish of hardwood flooring both solid and engineered can be updated as new colors and finishes are invented and enters the market. This further cements hardwood flooring’s reputation as a lasting choice in home building. This product is not laminate flooring which may have no natural wood at all in the product.

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