Monmouth Junction flooring comes in many different styles and sizes, but there are only two basic types: solid wood and engineered wood. Solid-wood flooring is where each floorboard is milled from a piece of solid wood. Engineered-wood flooring is an all-wood, laminated plank that’s manufactured from pieces of wood. Both types of Monmouth Junction hardwood flooring come in a wide variety of colors and wood species. The specific type and style of flooring you’ll ultimately choose will depend on several factors, including price, size of the floorboards, wood species, ease of installation, type of subfloor, and the room itself. Here’s a brief look at the types of Monmouth Junction hardwood flooring :
Basics on Monmouth Junction Hardwood Flooring
Solid-wood flooring is commonly available in narrow strips, wide planks, and parquet squares. Strip flooring is the most popular and traditional of all wood floors, and the strips you can buy measure between 1-1/2 and 3 inches wide. Planks range from about 3 to 7 inches wide and are often installed in larger rooms and wide-open spaces. Parquet flooring comes in preassembled tiles or it’s custom-made from individual wood strips. Parquet is ideal for creating eye-catching geometric shapes, weaves, and herringbone patterns. All three flooring styles come unfinished or prefinished and in thicknesses ranging from 5/16 to 3/4 inch.
Many homeowners choose traditional, unfinished hardwood-strip flooring in either red oak or maple because it’s affordable, attractive, and they can choose the stain color or leave it natural. However, unfinished wood requires sanding, staining and a clear topcoat finish.
Prefinished Monmouth Junction hardwood flooring costs more than unfinished flooring, but doesn’t require sanding or finishing. As soon as you install the last plank, you can nail up the baseboard trim and carry in the furniture. Prefinished flooring also comes in thinner planks than unfinished flooring, which creates less trouble when transitioning from one room to the next.
Engineered-wood flooring quickly became the most popular type of do-it-yourself Monmouth Junction hardwood floor. It’s composed of three or more wood layers glued together into long planks, with a top layer composed of a thin solid-wood veneer. This laminated construction creates a floor that’s much more dimensionally stable than solid-wood flooring, so it’s less likely to cup, split, shrink, or warp. There are more than two dozen wood species to choose from. Most engineered-wood planks measure between 3 and 7 inches wide and are 7 and 8 feet long. They range in thickness from about 3/8 inch to 3/4 inch. When shopping for engineered-wood flooring, be sure the top veneer is at least 1/8 inch thick, which will allow sanding and refinishing if necessary. The reason why engineered-wood flooring is so good for DIY is because the planks snap together and “float” over a thin foam-rubber underlayment. There’s no nailing or gluing, so installation is quick and neat. Plus, the planks can be laid directly over most existing floors, as long as the surface is hard, flat, and in sound condition.
J Brothers Flooring is a hardwood flooring company that services the Central NJ area. They serve towns such as Bernardsville, New Brunswick, Chester, North Brunswick, South River, Millstone, Raritan, Hillsborough, Green Brook, Bridgewater, Westfield, Warren, South Brunswick, and many more.
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