A Guide to Hardwood Flooring

Many homeowners in Australia succumb to the charms of genuine hardwood flooring. Hardwood floors usually last for much longer than other flooring materials. In addition, you will be able to refinish your hardwood floors several times. Hardwood floors also provide you with the option of changing their appearance some years down the line. So, if you grow weary of the look of your hardwood floors, you could consider re-staining them to alter their appearance. In some cases, you will be able to refinish your solid hardwood floors an unlimited number of times too.

Wooden and timber flooring in Engadine and other places usually come in parquet squares, planks and strips. This flooring is appropriate Traditionally, people avoid using hardwood flooring in their kitchens and bathrooms. This is because exposure to moisture could damage the flooring. But, hardwood floors these days come with special polyurethane finishes. These finishes can protect the hardwood floor from some water spills. However, even using this finish might not be sufficient to protect your hardwood floor from excessive amounts of water spillage. To get the best value for your money, install engineered wooden flooring in your kitchens and bathrooms.

When you go shopping for new hardwood flooring, you will typically come across hardwood flooring that features the following kinds of finishes:

-  Unfinished Hardwood Flooring: This flooring comes with an almost endless variety of colour stain options. However, this flooring will typically require sanding and finishing once installed. For this, you will inevitably require the services of a professional. At the same time, sanding the floor and finishing it will take some days. This means that you will not be able to use the room until the work is over.

-  Prefinished Hardwood Flooring: These kinds of hardwood flooring come with a factory-applied finish. Some builders prefer this flooring as it serves to eliminate the mess of sawdust and finish vapours. This means that the room will be ready for using within 24 hours after the installation. But, it is worth mentioning that you will not come across a diverse range of colours in prefinished flooring as opposed to its unfinished counterpart.

-  Solid or Engineered Hardwood Flooring: This is perhaps one of the most popular varieties of hardwood or timber flooring in Sutherland Shire and the neighbouring areas. This flooring typically comprises two or more layers of wood. The uppermost layer features a hardwood veneer. Similarly, the lower layers usually feature softwood. This kind of wood bears a close semblance to plywood. However, it is worth highlighting that most solid flooring will come in unfinished forms, while most engineered flooring will come in prefinished forms.