An Investment, Not An Upgrade: Hardwood Flooring In Dallas
Hardwood remains one of the most effective ways to make any space more aesthetically pleasing. With multiple varieties in color and type, it’s easily tailored to the design of any room or decor. It’s versatility is what renders it such an appealing aspect in any piece of real estate, as well as the pleasant click it makes under your heels. However, embarking on a project like changing the flooring in your house can be somewhat daunting. There’s so many choices in wood installation services, colors, styles, species of wood, and flooring contractors that it can easily get overwhelming. The guiding principle behind any home upgrade is that, at least subconsciously, you probably already know exactly what you want. The only thing you have to do at this point is find the best way to narrow down and execute your plan.
Rest easy in knowing you’re making the right decision in regard to choosing hardwood. Of all of the upgraded flooring options, including tile and stone, it has the lightest upkeep requirements. You find this type of flooring consistently throughout historical homes for a reason, it’s built for longevity. All your floor requires is the occasional sweeping and wood floor cleaning and it’ll serve you faithfully. In reference to our previous assertion, hardwood flooring holds its value. It lasts a long time, and it looks great for its entire lifespan. When buyers are searching for a home, hardwood stands out. In fact, it’s an estimated return of 1.5 times the initial investment when installing hardwood in Dallas. It’s an upgrade that acts as a major selling point. It’s so effective, in fact, that the popular real estate database sites have wood flooring as a listed filter for searches.
When considering the future of this project, the major obstacle you’ll have to hurdle is a budget. Since it’s hardwood, the materials and installation can be costly. This should not be a thing to deter you, as there are financing options available through Texas Hardwood Flooring. The fact that this is a furnishing that will be in your home for the rest of the time you occupy it, and beyond that, is an important aspect to acknowledge when you’re thinking of price. Whatever investment you put into this, you will definitely see an increase. Thus, if you purchase something you really want, you’ll be happier during your time in the house and when you sell it. Keep your options open, compare oak, cherry, and walnut, and find comfort in getting exactly what you want. On occasion, you may need to refinish your flooring. Throughout the life of the flooring, it will most likely get scuffed and scratched and in the event that these accrue enough to be noticeable, your next step is to get your floors refinished. If you decide that you should furnish high traffic areas with wood flooring, it’s going to show damage faster and it will be more noticeable. However, floor refinishing is often done by square foot and isn’t a huge inconvenience. It’s fairly quick, and flooring contractors aren’t expensive to hire for the job. You’re familiar with the charming click of shoes on hardwood. But hearing it in movies when it’s carefully emphasized, and hearing it on a day to day basis can be a noticeably different experience. If you truly love the look and feel of hardwood, it won’t phase you. The harmonious tick of solwa on your flooring will soon become apart of the familiar sounds of your household. That sound will be a gentle reminder of the flooring upgrade you love, a nod to the work and thought you put into planning out this project even after it’s finished.
Feel that? The gentle tug of a firm resolution? Take advantage of it, and determine now what kind of wood flooring you’re looking to install. There are a myriad of options to weigh in on, so let’s start by narrowing it down. You’re going to see flooring options come in strips, plank and parquet. Strips will be one and a half or two and a fourth inches wide, like the kind of flooring you’d see in a dance studio, or a 70’s era hotel. Planks will appear as wider strips, which are much more standard, you’ll see these in chic office buildings and expensive restaurants. Parquet flooring is the least common type, it’s compilation of separate squares that create a geometric pattern. This style is more commonly seen in places like indie movie theaters and other art venues where they have more liberty with creativity in the aspects of their architecture. Determining which style you’re going to go with is merely a preference, find examples of each and decide what you think looks better—don’t overthink it. There are options in regard to engineered wood flooring and solid hardwood. Engineered wood is a composite of plywood and hardwood. The only way to differentiate between the two is by looking for the word “solid” in the title of the product. Originally, engineered was the lesser counterpart to solid wood flooring. However, as with everything, technology has started to even the playing field.
Shortcomings of Engineered Wood:
- Good durability, but not excellent.
- Can only be sanded twice.
- There’s only a thin piece of hardwood over the top of the plywood.
- Cannot be found in softwoods like pine.
Advantage of Engineered Wood:
- Easier to install, placed on a floating board, unlike solid wood that needs to be nailed or stapled.
- Same resale value as solid wood, since they are both made of real wood materials.
- Due to stable layers, it is much more water resistant and can be installed below grade.
Solid hardwood is still the winner of this race. It’s durability and long-term potential is unparalleled as of yet. However, engineered is the better option for basement renovations. In this case, you’re getting your money’s worth when purchasing solid hardwood due to it’s versatile refinishing, sanding, and species options. The only thing to be wary of is moisture.
Both of your options, whether you choose solid wood or engineered, come in many different species of wood. Choosing the color and kind of wood for your flooring will probably be the most difficult portion of the process. We recommend shopping through pictures of buildings, finding similar styles of decorating, and observing what kinds of hardwoods they used. You don’t have to do exactly what they did, by any means, but it will give you a point of reference as far as color schemes and what sorts of ideas you can play with. The wood species is going to determine, of course, the type of tree it was harvested from, as well as the hardness, provenance and grain.
Hardness will often appear as a rating on the side of the box. There are both soft and hardwoods, and this directly correlates to pricing. Softer woods will dent and scratch, where harder wood will not. The rating system is called the Janka hardness, which is measured by shooting a small steel bullet into the plank of a species of wood and then measuring how deep it drills in.
When we mention provenance, that’s referring to whether or not the wood is considered extoic. It’s going to either be a domestic or exotic type of wood. Domestic can be characterized by its mild, neutral colors and low contrast. Whereas exotic woods will have high-contrast, vibrant colors. To find these, look for the words “Brazilian” and “kempas.” Domestics are going to consist of species like oak, maple, and beech.
It consists of how close the wood fibers are packed in. Close grain offers a harder surface and a different look, while open-grain splinter much easier. In the flooring world, you’ll see an emphasis placed on a few species, such as maple, a close-grained, lighter wood with a distinctive creamy and warm color. It’s becoming in sunnier areas with stark contrast decorating to match. It’s very attractive in lighter, country fresh kitchen designs. Another popular species is the red oak. It’s a highly popular option for its high-contrast colors and lower expense. Its darker color leaves it open to a more Mediterranean style of decor, but anything that takes advantage of the powerful color palette will work. There’s also beech wood, known for its odd swirls of colors and white oak, a wood that’s more beige in color. There’s cypress with distinctive darker spots peppering the surface and bamboo, which isn’t actually a wood. It’s now characterized in the hardwood flooring category, despite it actually being a type of grass. It’s created from the strands of bamboo and is extremely resilient and durable. It’s easily stained, rendering it one of the most versatile types of flooring on the upgraded market currently.
Real, solid hardwood is installed with nails and staples and is not a do-it-yourself kind of project. Hardwood is an expensive material that needs to be handled by flooring contractors in order to produce the best result. Engineered pieces are easier to install, but it remains a precise procedure that is not easily completed. You bought long-lasting when you chose solid wood, so it’s important to ensure you’re flooring is installed correctly.
Cuts Of Solid Wood
In order to avoid confusion, before installation begins, it’s crucial that you understand the way that your newly purchased product is cut. This clarifies the way it’s going to lay on your floor and the overall feeling it’ll produce once it’s been placed. This all comes down to how the pieces have been sawed and will contribute to how long your floor will last before needing refinishing or sanding. Plain saw is the most common cut found in flooring products. Each piece of solid wood is created by taking a log and slicing it vertically. With this technique, you get the most out of every log of wood, which renders this the least expensive and thus the most popular cut of solid wood. This product is only recommended for medium traffic areas due to its mildly lessened durability, a result of this type of cut.
There are two less common types of cuts: quarter sawing and rift sawing. Quarter saw cuts are created by pushing the saw through the middle and then cutting vertically and horizontally. This creates four wedges that are then sawed by following the radius. These are generally more resistant cuts because of how the grain is followed. Rift sawing is quartered and then cut at 45 degrees. This creates super uniform pieces that are of the same exact grain, and therefore, extremely durable. This method, however, creates a lot of wood waste, which renders the product proportionately more expensive. Our specialists will point you in the right direction when trying to choose the type of wood and the cut according to your budget and what rooms you want to furnish. If the area is higher traffic, it might make sense long-term to spend money now and get a higher quality cut, but if it’s in a low traffic area (like a bedroom, for example), this is much less important. Texas Hardwood Flooring’s experts will also assist you in determining the grade of wood you’re interested in installing. There are several grades of wood that factor in with budget and traffic areas when you’re starting out on your home improvement project. The grades include clear grade, select grade, low select, natural, and rustic. Clear is the highest grade with consistent color, and rustic is characteristic for its defects and color variations. The middle variants obviously have mild changes between each other. This is more of an aesthetic choice than it a practical decision.
Being prepared for the coming maintenance for your newly installed wood flooring is a great idea. When your floor starts to look a little scuffed, pause before jumping to refinishing or sanding your flooring. While these are both quality services that will bring back the life and shine of your wood flooring, you can try cleaners first instead.
Murphy Oil Soap:
It’s the number one for most flooring manufacturers. It does a pretty good job of ridding your floor of build-up. It’s not going to be the best option, but if you’re on a budget and just want to buffer your floors a touch, it’s a certainly the best choice. Be aware that it could leave a waxy film, since it’s oil based, it’s going to linger after rinsing. Despite this, it’s cheap and accessible at your local grocery store. If you’re sensitive to smells or oily build up, however, read on.
Bona Wood Floor Cleaner:
This is one of our top choices. It is somewhat difficult to obtain, but a bit of shopping around will prove fruitful. This cleaner is non-toxic, won’t dull your wood, and is worth the higher price point. After all, it’s cheaper than paying for a per square foot refinishing or sanding.
Pledge Wood Floor Cleaner
You’ll find this impressive product on the shelf right next to the previously mentioned Murphys. This may be made of only chemicals, but that also means it’s a much more effective cleaning method. It smells like lemons and it’s cheaper than many of the options. But it will strip off every grain of build up without question. No grease or residue, just clean, fresh hardwood flooring. If you do find yourself in need of refinishing be sure to call Texas Hardwood Flooring, as your wood floor installation company, we’re already familiar with your flooring and we’re happy to adapt to whatever your needs are. Refinishing refreshes your floors and gives you the opportunity to recolor your wood. Don’t limit the market value of your home, invest in high-quality wood flooring that will certainly make your guests drool and your neighbors jealous. The best way to start a home improvement project of this nature is to consult a flooring contractor expert. With 50 years of experience, Texas Hardwood Flooring, proudly represents a large number of the quality hardwood flooring in Dallas. So stop on by for a consultation. We’d be happy to discuss financing, species of wood, and more with you. Let’s get you started on the path to successfully making this idea a reality. Add measurable value to your home by investing in hardwood flooring with us.