Why choose hardwood flooring?
Solid wood flooring, as the name suggests, is made of solid wood throughout its thickness. It usually made of a hardwood species, such as oak, maple, or walnut, and its major advantage is that it can be sanded and refinished many times over the course of its lifespan. Solid comes in pre-finished and unfinished.
Engineered wood flooring looks very similar on the surface, but it is made from a relatively thin layer of hardwood bonded over a substrate of high-quality plywood. Engineered flooring is somewhat less expensive than solid hardwood, but most types can be sanded and refinished only once since the surface hardwood layer is relatively thin.
Water-based and oil-based polyurethane both provide excellent protection for various surfaces. The significant distinction between these two options lies in their appearance. Water-based polyurethane offers a clear finish, ensuring that the natural beauty of the surface shines through. Additionally, it has the advantage of emitting a low odor, making it preferable for indoor applications. However, it is worth noting that the cost of water-based polys is double that of oil-based options.
Oil-Based leaves an amber glow and requires fewer coats than water-based poly and it is less expensive. Your house will probably be out of commission for 3-5 days. You will also have a strong odor while it cures.
Unfinished hardwood flooring and pre-finished/factory finished hardwood flooring differ primarily in their level of completion before installation. Unfinished hardwood flooring consists of raw material that must be installed on site. It requires additional steps such as sanding, staining and sealing to achieve the desired finish. On the other hand, pre-finished/factory finished hardwood flooring has already been finished in a factory setting and is ready for installation immediately. This distinction contributes to the time-saving advantage of pre-finished flooring over the unfinished variety. The process of installing unfinished hardwood flooring involves more extensive labor.
However, some individuals prefer the flexibility offered by unfinished flooring as it allows for customization and the choice of a personalized finish that best suits their preferences and existing decor.
Prefinished flooring offers a more time-efficient installation process. Once installed, one can comfortably walk on the surface and immediately place furniture on top of it. This swift turnaround time makes prefinished flooring a highly convenient and efficient choice for homeowners. Another notable advantage of prefinished flooring is the absence of chemical smells during installation. Since prefinished flooring is factory finished, there is no need for chemicals to be applied on-site.
Hardwood floors can be successfully installed in half bathrooms, provided that there is no tub or shower present. It is essential to consider moisture levels when choosing flooring materials, as excessive exposure to water can cause damage to hardwood floors. Therefore, it is not recommended to install wood floors in areas where they will be subjected to a lot of water, such as full bathrooms. However, half bathrooms that lack bathing facilities can be suitable for hardwood floor installations, as long as precautions are taken to prevent water damage.
One of the most suitable areas in a house for hardwood floors is the kitchen. Kitchens are known for being high-traffic areas that withstand constant use. By installing hardwood flooring in this space, homeowners can benefit from its incredible durability and ability to handle heavy foot traffic. Furthermore, hardwood floors in kitchens can enhance the overall aesthetic appeal and add a touch of elegance to the space. However, it is important to remember that spills and moisture are common in kitchens, so proper care and regular maintenance are essential to prevent water damage and maintain the longevity of the hardwood floors.
Installing solid hardwood flooring below grade is not recommended due to the moisture and humidity issues commonly found in basements. Solid hardwood is susceptible to warping, cupping, and shrinking when exposed to high levels of moisture. It is advisable to explore alternatives that are better suited for below grade installations. Laminate flooring, cork, and engineered hardwood floors are viable options that can withstand the unfavorable conditions typically present in basements.
Laminate flooring is a popular choice for below grade installations due to its durability and moisture resistance. It is composed of multiple layers that provide stability and protection against moisture penetration. Additionally, laminate flooring offers a wide range of designs and styles, mimicking the appearance of solid hardwood floors while providing a more suitable solution for basements.
GeoWood™ is a revolutionary engineered hardwood combining real timber layered over GeoCore™ -- Cali’s stabilizing limestone composite foundation. This technological breakthrough yields rock solid hardwood flooring with exceptional water resistance and comes at a lower price point than solid wood planks.
The different levels of the home are often referred to as "Grade Levels." In most cases, when you walk into a home through the front door, that ground level floor is known as "on grade." Every floor located above this ground level on grade is considered to be "above grade." Leaving the basement to "below grade".
There are many wood species available for wood flooring. The Janka test measures the force required to embed a .444-inch steel ball into the wood by half its diameter. This test is one of the best measures of the ability of a wood specie to withstand denting and wear.
Transform your floors from mundane to magnificent with Minwax® – your go-to for all things hardwood. Whether you're laying down fresh planks, breathing new life into time-worn wood, or simply maintaining the luster of your current floors, we've got the arsenal to make your floors dazzle.
If your vision extends beyond Minwax's existing palette, we're excited to offer a bespoke color mixing service. Our experts are adept at blending different stains to create a unique color that's tailored exclusively to your taste and interior design.
Your floors just received their final coat, now what?
Schindler Hardwood highly recommends Bona Floor Cleaners for maintaining and enhancing hardwood floors. Bona Floor Cleaners are known for their exceptional quality and effectiveness in removing dust, dirt, and grime from all types of floors. With their residue-free and fast drying formula, Bona Floor Cleaners leave no streaks or film behind, revealing the true natural shine and beauty of your hardwood floors.
For those who prefer a more natural clean, water and white vinegar can be used as an alternative.
Unleash the hidden charm of your hardwood floors with the artisan touch of Schindler Hardwood. Picture this: the days of drab carpeting and stubborn stains are behind you. Now, imagine the warmth and elegance that await as we breathe new life into your space. Our seasoned hands work magic, meticulously sanding, staining, and sealing to unveil the rich character and luster of your cherished hardwood.
At Schindler Hardwood, we don't just refinish floors; we craft a foundation for your home's future stories. Our team's expertise extends beyond the surface, harmonizing grain patterns, perfecting hues, and restoring every plank's integrity. Even the most forlorn boards are given a second chance, seamlessly integrated or replaced with the care of a master woodworker.
Trust us to transform the mundane into the magnificent. With Schindler Hardwood, you're not just renovating; you're reclaiming the timeless allure that only true hardwood can offer. Step into a world where every step resonates with quality and every room whispers tales of refinement. Welcome to the Schindler Hardwood experience – where every grain tells a story, and every floor is a masterpiece in waiting.
Discover the allure and functionality of hardwood flooring, where elegance meets practicality in every plank. Bid farewell to the days of battling stubborn stains and lingering smells in your old carpet. Instead, embrace the simplicity of upkeep that comes with hardwood floors—where a quick sweep or mop brings back the shine, hassle-free.
At Schindler Hardwood, we're not just about giving your floors a new lease on life; we're about transforming your living space into a haven of style and ease.
It's not just us singing the praises of hardwood; it's a chorus echoed by home enthusiasts and experts alike. HGTV reports that the top wish on the list for homebuyers and renters is the classic look and feel of hardwood floors. And it's not just about the visual appeal; it's a sound investment too. A study highlighted by USA Today, drawing on insights from the National Association of Realtors, reveals a compelling trend: a whopping 54 percent of homebuyers are willing to dig a little deeper into their pockets for a residence adorned with hardwood floors.
Transform your space with an air of sophistication and seamless elegance, courtesy of Schindler Hardwood's exquisitely designed hardwood flooring accessories. Our collection, including masterfully crafted wood vents, treads, risers, and trim pieces, is tailored to elevate the allure of your new hardwood floors.
Our offerings are not merely accessories but integral elements that enhance the character of your flooring. With an array of stains at your disposal, you have the power to achieve a perfect match, ensuring a cohesive and refined look throughout your space.