Homeowners who are thinking about new flooring have lots of questions. Hopefully, GoldenPainters can help. Let’s start with some basics about the products themselves.
Hardwood flooring boards come in many different sizes and shapes. The most common species in Las Vegas floors is red oak, and the most commonly seen width is three inches.
Flooring pieces come in different lengths, usually from one foot to five feet. These are mixed and matched to give texture and design to the laid floor. Hardwood floor planks also come in different widths; however for a solid hardwood floor, you won’t want a wood that is less than an inch thick. (These standards are different for laminate flooring – but we will discuss Pergo and its cousins in a later post.)
The choice of flooring width is both esthetic and practical, and can run anywhere from 2 inches to 7 inches. Your selection depends on the size of the room, on your personal tastes, your species and, of course, your budget. (The wider the pieces are, the more expensive they can be).
Your choice can also depend on the color, for different species of wood come in differing color groups.
Wood flooring also comes in varying degrees of hardness. The Janka hardness test measures the resistance of a sample of wood to denting and wear, and ranges from the softest Eastern Pine to the toughest Brazilian Ebony. Your choice can be based on foot traffic in different areas of the house, for example.
This is the beginning of the hardwood world, the beautiful products of Nature that we bring into our homes. In the next post we will start to discuss installation procedures.