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Best Wood Floors for Radiant Heat Flooring

Best Wood Floors for Radiant Heat Flooring

When installing radiant heat systems be sure to ask for quarter sawn wood. Besides the unique appearance, rift and quartered wood flooring is highly prized for its stability.

In general, wood flooring adjusts to the climate that it is in by regularly absorbing and releasing moisture from the environment.  This causes floor boards to expand and contract as its surrounding conditions change. But, because of the way the logs are cut, rift and quarter sawn material is less inclined toward gapping, expanding/contracting or cupping as a result of temperature and seasonal changes which makes it very desirable flooring.  For these reasons, Rift and Quartered hardwood flooring can be used over radiant heating and in homes near the water.  White Oak Rift and Quarter Sawn wide plank flooring is a shown in this image from a newly built home in CT. It’s not only stylish and beautiful but also very stable.

 

What Type of Hardwood Flooring is Right for You?

What Type of Hardwood Flooring is Right for You?

What type of hardwood floor is right for you?

Which wood species is right for me?

Choosing the right species of wood flooring for you is strictly a matter of your style, budget and personal preference.

Do you like light woods like ash or maple? These species generally make a room appear more open and airy.

Do you like medium woods like hickory or oak? These species generally make a room appear more warm and cozy.

Do you like dark woods like walnut or mahogany? These species generally make a room appear more stately and refined.

Once you decide on a look, you should consider how your floors will be used. Are you a retired couple living alone you can purchase a softer wood like cherry as you won’t see as much traffic in your home. Or, if you are a busy family with young children and pets consider a harder wood like white or red oak?

Each wood species is rated for its hardness and durability using the Janka Hardness Scale (We can explain this).

What are the most common hardwood floors?

Red Oak, White Oak, Maple, Hickory, Black Walnut, Cherry, Beech, Ash

What hardwood floors are the most durable?

The Janka Hardness scale  ranks wood for density and is a reliable indicator of floor durability in regard to hardness and denting. The higher the rating, the more resistant the floor is to dents, scratches and wear.

What is the cheapest wood flooring?

If you read our blog dated September 14th we detail three great choices for affordable plank flooring. Southern Yellow Pine and Eastern White Pine are our top choices for affordable and great looking floors. Next, is Character Red Oak followed by Character White Oak.  Most floors with character come with knots and color variation offering a unique and beautiful contrasting appearance.

Once you decide you want wood flooring in your home, we will help you make the right choices for you.  We have over 30 year experience providing consumers with stunning heirloom wood flooring for their homes. Let’s start the conversation today

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More Affordable Plank Flooring Options

More Affordable Plank Flooring Options

 

Affordable Plank Flooring:
Perfect for New Homeowners & Budget Conscience Buyers

Hardwood flooring is a key selling factor in homes. Buyers really like hardwood floors especially when they are in great shape. They can really change the complexion of a home quite a bit. Hardwood floors add another level of a quality to a home. There is no question that hardwood floors are one of the top flooring choices for home buyers. So, if you are a home owner and on a budget, we have 3 wood flooring choices that you’ll find are beautiful and yet affordable. Make the upgrade, you won’t be disappointed.

Southern Yellow & Eastern White Pine Flooring
Knotty grades of Southern Yellow Pine and Eastern White Pine is especially popular plank flooring. Technically, it is considered a “soft” wood, but is a durable American favorite that develops its own unique character and becomes harder through wear. It features smooth grain and beautiful knots, with versatile finish capabilities, making it extremely popular for a range of décor styles. Left natural or stained, Southern Yellow Pine’s wood grain pattern and golden color provides visual interest and a high quality look.

Character Red Oak Flooring
Red oak can add warmth and character to any room and coordinates well with rich wood furnishings. It can easily be used in a rustic setting as well as inside a luxury-style home. Red oak is more affordable than other domestic hardwoods. Its rich, honey-gold tone mixed with bold reds and pale pinks adds a distinctive look to any décor. This flooring is strong and durable; it is resilient to wear, impact and splitting. When you choose character grade, you will see knots, color variations, mineral streaks and worm holes hence the term “character”. All this great character comes with an added bonus – a lower price tag.

Character Grade Hardwood Floors
It is also known as natural grade wood flooring. Available in solid and engineered wood flooring options, it is an affordable and attractive option that, not surprisingly is full of character. Wood is a completely natural product and as such has features such as larger tight knots and the most color variation. It’s a great choice when character marks and contrasting appearance are desired. It’s also more cost-friendly than higher grades of wood like clear, select and natural.
There you have it – three great options for an upgrade in any room in your house. You’ll add value and undeniable beauty to your living space. Call us today to get the conversation started. We will guide you through the wood selection process and work within your budget to find the perfect wood floor for you and your lifestyle.

4 Wood Flooring Treatments that are Gaining Popularity

4 Wood Flooring Treatments that are Gaining Popularity

While smooth floors were once the norm, people are seeking out more textured options for an older looks. Distressed flooring is one thing but, the types of treatments listed below are much more artisanal in nature and will be an additional cost. But, the result is beautiful, unique and you really never have to worry about scratches like you would with a shiny, smooth floor.

Hand-Scraped:

The style gets its name from the once-common technique of using a shaving knife to scrape a plank into smoothness. It was all done with hand held tools at least until powered sanders arrived the natural, human imperfections were tweaked into deliberate styles. Craftsmen became artisans, not just functionally evening out boards, but deliberately marking and sculpting the wood. Using hammer and chisel, the installer could give the floor distinction. This process leaves scrape marks that were once typical of wood flooring. The result is stunning

 

 

 

 

 

Fumed or Smoked:

Fumed or smoked oak is oak wood flooring which has been treated to change its color.  Fuming or smoking involves putting the oak into an enclosed environment in which ammonia is introduced into the atmosphere.  This enclosed environment might be a closed tank or a sealed tent or some form of container into which only a relatively small amount of ammonia is introduced.  The effect of the ammonia in the air is that the color of the wood is changed.  The result is a more antique look with grayish highlights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saw Marks:

Using a circular saw at varying speeds and with varying densities and the moisture content of logs and unevenly blade wearing all create t a unique saw-marked effect.  The surface left behind by the saw creates subtle differences in texture that have a noticeable effect on the overall feel of the room giving it a more natural and authentic look and feel.  Circle sawn flooring, along with other rough sawn flooring products, is easier to install than standard flat hardwood floors. Rough sawn flooring is not designed to be perfectly flat, so this makes laying and sanding the flooring much easier than smooth finish wood floors. Also, the patterns, textures, and wood grain on circle sawn flooring make scratches and dents much harder to see than on a smooth floor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wire-Brushed:

When hardwood is wire brushed it will essentially undergo a process just as the name implies – a wire brush will be used to scrape the surface. This must be done during it is manufactured to create a unique texture. You can easily recognize this type flooring due to the toothed, rough consistency and accented (open) grain it displays.

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