What to Expect From Hand-Scraped Flooring

The hand-scraped flooring can give the home a casual, low-key feel that is perfect for those homeowners hoping to achieve a non-conventional touch. This style of flooring gives the impression of age and has a rough texture, which is able to complement the earth-tone decor styles.

The flooring produced by the skilled craftsmen is noticeably more expensive than those produced by the non-skilled workers. But it generally helps to pay a little bit extra to get the more attractive and unique finish.

Techniques

This floor technique can benefit from the skilled craftsmen that will give the work great care and attention. An alternative and more cost-effective option is to use the machine scraping process. The overall appearance of the work is significantly different when comparing the machine and scraped techniques. For those that want the more unique look and finish to the planks it benefits to buy the flooring that has been carefully worked on by hand. This method makes sure each floor board has an individual appearance which isn’t always the case with the machine method.

Maintenance

One of the benefits of this type of floor panel is the low-level of maintenance needed. Because there isn’t a smooth gloss finish to the flooring, there is less need to be concerned about gouges, dents, or general marks. This type of floor with a rough texture can be great for the household that have active children and pets. However, the rough surface has a lot of crevices which can collect dirt and dust, so the day-to-day sweeping might be slightly slower compared to a smooth surface.

Refinishing

While this type of flooring comes with a hard-wearing finish which has the potential to last 25 years, there might be difficulties should it become necessary to refinish. If the floor planks are sanded the surface will become smooth and you no longer have the unique distressed look. A better option to renovate this type of flooring is to use a procedure known as screening and re-coating. This helps to fully refurbish the existing flooring without sanding down the rough texture.

Own scraping

If the flooring in the living room is solid wood flooring there is the option to give it the hand-scraped look. Avoid using engineered flooring with this technique as the scraping will likely go right through the top veneer coating which could leave the planks in an ugly state. Use a simple pull scraper to complete the work and scrap perpendicular to achieve the best results with the grain. Plus, a light sanding can benefit the larger ridges that have been scraped into the wooden planks.

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Hardwood Vs Carpet Floor

Hardwood and carpet floors are two of the most popular types of floors in the world. The two types of floors differ in a number of ways:

Prestige

Hardwood is much more impressive than carpet. Since the wood is natural, your house will appear more high-end and luxurious. For ideal results you should ensure that you finish the floor in the best way possible.

Cleanliness

While many people feel that they can clean the carpet perfectly, this isn’t the case. When carpets get stains, the stains soak in and settle permanently. Dust and micro bacteria get attracted to the stains and get caught in the fiber making it impossible for you to clean the carpet perfectly.

Hardwood on the other hand has a smooth, solid surface that you can easily wipe clean. There is nowhere on the surface where dust or dirt can hide thus making it easy for you to maintain the floor.

Allergy

Since carpet tends to attract dust and microorganisms, the dust can affect you especially if you are fond of having allergic reactions. With hardwood you don’t have to worry of allergic reactions as dust doesn’t settle on the surface. If there is dust you only need to wipe or sweep the surface clean and you will be good to go.

Comfort

Carpet carries the day as far as comfort is concerned. The cool thing with carpet is that it’s soft thus feels great on your bare feet. The comfort feels great in the bedroom, family room, living area, and children’s room.

In addition to being soft, it’s also warm thus you won’t have to worry of your feet getting cold especially during the cold months of the year. The carpet not only acts as a blanket for your feet, it also aids in insulating your room thus ensuring that warmth remains indoors and doesn’t slip out.

Hardwood floor on the other hand is not as comfortable and cozy as the carpet. It also doesn’t insulate your home from cold.

Cost

Hardwood is expensive by all means. The cool thing with is that it will last for a long time when you take good care of it.

Conclusion

These are some of the ways in which hardwood floor differs from carpet floor. If you are wondering whether you should install hardwood or carpet, the best way of going about it is installing both. You should install hardwood in high traffic areas such as kitchen and hallway and then install carpet floor in the bedroom and other low traffic areas.

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Difference Between Solid And Engineered Floors

Research studies have shown that many people don’t know the difference between solid and engineered floors. If you are one of these many people, here are a few differences between the two:

Composition

Solid floor is composed of a solid wood from top to bottom and side to side. An engineered floor on the other hand is made up of a sandwich of 1/16″ to 1/8″ of fine wood on top and a base of high-quality plywood underneath it. In some cases the base is made up of high-density fiberboard (MDF).

Installation

Engineered floor is only available in prefinished form while solid floor is available in either unfinished or prefinished form. Overall, it’s easier to install an non-solid floors as you only need to lay the units as floating units by gluing or nailing them to the base.

In addition to being easy to install, engineered floor also provides you with more installation options. For example, you can install it in almost any room of the house. This is unlike solid floors that you can install only in rooms that experience very little change in humidity.

When it comes to the installation part, you should ensure that you install the right floor at the right place. Best areas to install solid floors include: bedroom, living areas, dining room and hallway. You should avoid installing solid floors in bathroom and kitchen.

Experts recommend that you should avoid installing engineered floors in areas that have moisture problems such as kitchen and bathroom.

Durability

The plywood base in non-solid floors protects it from warping and expanding which makes it durable. Non-solid floors are also excellent in handling and provide you with more stability.

Solid floors on the other hand are thicker; therefore, when there are scratches you can easily sand them out which is a feature that you can’t find in engineered floor.

Cost

Since both floors contain hardwood, the cost of installing the floors is almost the same. When buying the units, you should expect to pay more for engineered floors as they are only available in pre-finished form.

Conclusion

These are some of the main differences between solid and engineered floors. Regardless of the units that you are planning of installing in your house, you should ensure that you buy them from a reputable store. You should also ensure that the units are installed by a professional who is knowledgeable enough.

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Pre-Finished Hardwood Flooring or Un-Finished Hardwood Flooring?

I have outlined a few differences between the two types of flooring.

Yes, I admit that un-finished hardwood flooring takes more time to bring it up to your own standards but one advantage to this method is that when you apply the coating of urethane leaving no gaps for liquids to sink in under the hardwood flooring making it more “leak proof” — it was sealed with urethane remember?

On the other hand with the pre-finished flooring, you have gaps between the sides and ends of the pre-finished product to allow moisture or liquids to seep in and may do damage to your pre-finished floors if the liquid is left there too long.

We are all aware that sometimes a floor of any kind will be damaged in one way or another – maybe a small scratch or dent in one floorboard; with pre-finished flooring, the homeowner may not recall the brand name of the specified flooring that needs repairing, so the general rule of thumb is that you replace the whole floor right?

On the other hand, with un-finished products, you can install the new floor board (make sure it is the right species) and finish it the same as the rest of the floor. This would mean a substantial amount of cost saving for the homeowner.

What would happen if you wanted to match a pre-finished floor to the new floors you are installing? Personally, I made that mistake once. Although I almost matched the old to the new, I was unable to match it perfectly which looked like an imperfection in my pre-finished floor when actually this mistake was caused by a human error. Pre-finished floors are pretty hard to match with the constantly changing colors, aging process and some other factors; if you finish that hardwood floor yourself you can match the floors perfectly.

The one thing that all consumers look at is the costs involved in all types of flooring – pre-finished flooring is higher in the initial price than the un-finished flooring. To be totally honest, by the time the un-finished flooring is sanded and finished (in some cases, the sanding requires more sanding to make it flat in certain areas), the costs are about the same; with a bump in the floor with the pre-finished hardwood floor, the pre-finished floor will not be able to be installed without extra time in both scenarios when all the costs are added in.

At this point, I realize that I have overlooked the obvious — with pre-finished hardwood floors, you have no smell and you are able to walk on these floors immediately after installation and with the un-finished hardwood floors, you will have the smell as well as the mess and not being able to walk on these same floors immediately after installation. Please carefully weigh all the pros and cons of each type of flooring before making an informed decision.

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