Wooden flooring is a type of flooring made from the timber of hardwoods, or of hard pine.
There are two basic manufactured types of hardwood floors. Traditional wooden flooring comes unfinished, and once installed is sanded, then finished on site. In a more recent method the product is pre-finished in a factory and has a polyurethane finish that has added aluminium oxide.
Metal oxide finishes are used in several types of floor coverings and increase the wear that a hardwood floor can handle. This type of hardwood flooring can be installed with a nail-down installation method over wooden sub floors. Because hardwoods expand and contract with moisture and temperature changes in the atmosphere it is not recommended that wooden flooring be installed over a concrete slab unless otherwise advised by the manufacturer.
The appeal of properly installed wooden flooring is its ease of care and maintenance. Proper use of vacuuming, sweeping, and damp mopping is usually all that is required to maintain the cleanliness and appearance ofwooden flooring. In the same way as tile floors, excessive grit and foot traffic will affect its appearance.
However, unlike carpet or rugs, a properly finished wood floor, like tile, does not accumulate hidden soil or malodorous compounds. Laminate flooring has several advantages over hardwood. It is extremely hard wearing, it maintains its ‘new’ look for years, and it can be installed almost anywhere in a comparatively short time.
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