Hardwood flooring comes in two types, solid and engineered. If you are planning to get hardwood flooring installed, then first you should know which type is the right choice for you. With solid hardwood floors, each plank is constructed from a solid piece of wood, usually domestic and exotic hardwoods. Engineered hardwood flooring is made up of layers. The layer on top is fully made of wood and the bottom layer is wood too. Both hardwood types are available in species, styles and stains and both will add value and structure to your home. If you’re unsure which flooring type will suit you, then this is the best guide for you.
When it comes to hardwood floors you may not know it, but wood flooring will stage itself perfectly if the indoor environment in which you’re installing it consists of a relative humidity range of 35% to 55% and temperature in the range of 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Interestingly, wood flooring has a comfort level too and this comfort range is the same we as humans prefer.
As an installer and a reliable homeowner you should begin the entire process of flooring the room by reading the instructions first. There’s a copy of information in every box of material. So sit back, relax and read the complete instructions for the materials provided. Keep in mind the moisture content for wood and subfloor must be between 2 to 4 percentage points. The subfloor shouldn’t exceed 12% moisture content. You‘ll have more problems the farther the percentage points are from subfloor moisture percentage. Proper acclimation will occur only when the material has attained room temperature for at least 24 hours before the installation. We advise you to store the material as directed by the manufacturer. When you read instructions carefully, you’ll know whether to store the material opened or unopened. Also look for where to store it – whether at the edges of the room or in the center.
The average moisture content in hardwood flooring is approved to be between 6 to 9%. On the off chance the moisture content of the subfloor happens to be 12% and 9% for hardwood flooring, the clear difference between the two wood products would be 3%. It’s under the acceptable level of tolerance for installation purposes. You can also test the moisture content of hardwood through various electronic moisture meters available on the market.
Sometimes climate control can be the sole reason for customer dissatisfaction. Throughout the life of hardwood installation, proper temperature and humidity level has to be maintained unless you want swelling, shrinking or gapping in the material. Moisture in the subfloor is the prime reason for hardwood floor failures. Moisture meters can provide you with accurate readings. Wood floors are tough yet delicate when it comes to moisture and household cleaners. So the cleaning of hardwood flooring should be done by professionals to preserve the integrity and uniformity of the hardwoods.