You may be considering the idea of brand new, hardwood flooring in your home. The addition of hardwood floors is able to add beauty and value to any home. However, while you are contemplating your possible decision and interviewing prospective contractors, such as Ross Brothers Flooring, to install your flooring, it is likely there may be some terminology that you find yourself unfamiliar with. It is important, as a consumer, for you to be able to make as informed of a decision as possible. With that in mind, here are a list of some common terms that you may hear as it relates to hardwood flooring, and what- exactly- it means in relation to your choice.

Sanding: Sanding is the process where the polyurethane finish and the stain are removed to be able to get down into the wood.

Edging: Edging is a process that is similar to sanding, with the primary difference being that it is limited to being done around the floor’s edges (hence the term “edging”), and in tight spots of the hardwood floor.

Refinishing: Refinishing in when an older hardwood floor gets a new life, so to speak, breathed into it. Refinishing involved first sanding to remove the original polyurethane finish, as well as the stain, to get into the wood. Afterwards, the floor will be re-stained, and three new, fresh coats of polyurethane are applied to give it a finish. The final result of refinishing your hardwood floors is a floor that looks practically brand new.

Installation: Installation is the process where planks of wood are placed throughout a home; these wooden planks are one of the critical components that will make up your beautiful hardwood floor.

Moisture: Moisture is any sort of water- even just a small amount (such as droplets, humidity, etc.)- that has the potential to affect your hardwood flooring greatly. Moisture is able to come from almost anywhere; be in from underneath the house, as a result of the outside weather, or even from the sub-floor.

Concrete Subfloor: The concrete subfloor is a layer of concrete that is often found underneath the finished hardwood flooring. The purpose of concrete flooring is to make the subfloor even, which is critical to have before the hardwood floors can be installed.

Wood Subfloor: Like the concrete subfloor, a wood subfloor lies beneath the finished hardwood flooring. Unlike concrete, however, a wood subfloor is a layer of wood. The purpose of the subfloor is to ensure the surface where the finished hardwood lays upon will be as even and level as possible.

Nail the Floor: The term “nail the floor” refers to one way as to which hardwood flooring can be installed. The method includes the use of nails, and is an option to consider if, for whatever reason, the subfloor isn’t even.

Float the Floor: The term “float the floor” is another term to describe a method by which hardwood floors are installed. This particular installation method uses no glue or nails. The installation relies on the finished hardwood surface essentially “floating” on top of a subfloor with underlayment foam between the subfloor and the finished hardwood.

Coat the Floor: The term “coat the floor” refers to the process of applying a polyurethane finish to the hardwood flooring.

Water Base or Oil Base: The terms water base or oil base are short for the type of finish for the hardwood floor. As it would seem, the terms are both relatively self-explanatory. Water base means a water based finish, and oil base means an oil based finish.

Eco Friendly: Eco friendly, as it pertains to hardwood flooring, is a term that is reserved for flooring that falls under certain guidelines of low volatile organic compounds (commonly abbreviated as VOCs). If you want your eco-friendly floors to be sustainable, you should check to make sure that the flooring contains labels such as “FSC-certified.”

Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC): The Forestry Stewardship Council (or FSC) is an international not-for-profit organization that sets the standards in responsible management of woods and forestry practices around the world.

Dust Containment System (DCS): A Dust Containment System (or DCS) is a vacuum system which is able to cut down the amount of dust produced during sanding by about 75% to 80%. DCS allows for the cleanup from a hardwood flooring installation project to be cleaned up faster and easier.

Sound Transmission Class (STC) and Impact Insulation Class (IIC): Both Sound Transmission Class (STC) and Impact Insulation Class (IIC) are guidelines for sound that are used in residential and commercial jobs for hardwood flooring. They are ways in which the potential of sound carrying through ceilings, the floors themselves, and walls are rated.

Now that you have a better understanding of what some of the more common terms used in relation to hardwood flooring mean, you are in a better position to be able to discuss the possibility of putting hardwood floors in your home or condo. When quality and expertise count, make sure to go with the name you can trust for your home flooring needs, as well as any and all of your home improvement, renovation, and remodeling needs. Choose Ross Brothers Flooring to install your beautiful, new hardwood floors. They can be reached at 954-361-0771 in Broward or 561-320-8170 in Palm Beach County.

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