Hardwood Flooring Terms You Should Know

As you go through the process of installing new hardwood floors in your home, you will probably come across some terms that you’re not familiar with. No worries! We’re breaking down popular hardwood flooring terms so you won’t be left confused.

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Sanding

This is the removal of the hardwood floor finish and stain to get to the wood grain.

Edging

Similar to sanding, but it is done on the edges of the floor and in tight crevices.

Refinishing

This is the process of making an older hardwood floor in a home come back to life. It entails sanding of the original finish and stain to get right down to the wood grain. Then, it is re-stained and new coats of finish are applied for durability.

Installation

This is the general process of placing planks of wood on the floor of a home.  Sometimes you may be installing new wood over an existing floor or directly over concrete or a subfloor.

Concrete Subfloor

This is a layer of concrete below the hardwood floors. This makes sure the area is even and stable.  In this case, an engineered wood floor would need to be installed.

Wood Subfloor

This is a layer of wood underneath the final hardwood floors. This subfloor helps make the space flat before installing the floor planks, which are nailed directly into the subfloor.

Moisture

Even though it is just a small amount of water, moisture can negatively affect your hardwood floors. Moisture can come from underneath the house, outside, or in the actual subfloor. Hardwood floors can only be installed after the moisture levels are taken and deemed to be at appropriate levels.

Water Base & Oil Base

These are just two types of finishes Signature Hardwood Floors applies to the top of the newly installed hardwood floors.  There are several differences between the two and should definitely be addressed prior to work being done. Ask your professional to explain those differences.

To learn more about hardwood flooring terms and the process, contact the flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors by calling 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

 

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