If you want to buy a new wooden floor, then the first thing to take note of is whether or not the floor you’re buying is good quality. Take a look below to find out more.
Wood Floor Grading
Product names tend to include grades. This could be Prime, Rustic, Select and Natural to cite a few examples. These grades give you some detail about the visual aspects of the wood, and they have no bearing on the overall quality. If you have a rustic-grade engineered wood floor then this can be as expensive as the prime option. The choice you have will depend on the overall visual you need.
At the end of the day, one thing to take note of is that the grade is merely an indicator of the design, and if you want to make the best choice, then there are many other factors that you have to take into account. Some of them can be found below.
The top layer of engineered wooden flooring is known as the wear layer. It’s important to know that this layer is subject to both wear and tear. It can be anywhere from 2 mm in thickness to 5mm. Even though wear layers tend to look the same when they are installed, you have to know that the differences are obvious when you recoat or sand the floor. Sanding down 1mm of the floor and then refinishing it helps to revitalise the wood and it also goes a long way when it comes to eliminating imperfections. Sanding your floor every 5 years or so will help you a lot here.
Type of Wood
Another thing to take note of would be the type of wood. Different wood species all have their own unique characteristics. This is especially the case when you look at the grain pattern, the hardness and even the colour variation. Oak happens to be a popular choice because it is resistant to wear and tear. On top of this, it’s a very dense hardwood. Walnut, even though it is softer than oak, has a darker color and this means it is ideal if you want to hide any surface imperfections.
The Flooring Finish
The finish that is applied to the floor will also influence the quality and the aesthetic appeal. It will influence how long the floor lasts. If you go for a lacquered finish then this is durable and it is also low-maintenance. If you opt for an oil-based finish then this will highlight the grain. Varnish and wax finishes, even though they are effective, will probably require way more applications as well as maintenance.
Next up, warranty. If you get a long-term warranty on the floor then this is a strong indicator of quality. Warranties that are offered by the company help to signify confidence in the durability of the product as well as its overall appeal. This gives you peace of mind and it is also a great way for you to feel confident in what you are paying for. If you have a shorter warranty then this can indicate that you might have a bad product which is something you will want to avoid if you feel as though you are spending a lot of money.