Types of Floors and Woods
Selecting the right types and style of woods can have a large influence on the quality of your flooring project. We work closely with our clients to educate them about wood flooring so they can make an informed choice.
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In general hardwood comes from deciduous trees and softwoods come from conifer trees. On average, hardwood is of higher density and hardness than softwood, but there is considerable hardness variation in actual wood hardness in both groups with a large amount of overlap for example some hardwoods such as Balsa are softer than most softwoods.
We sand and refinish any existing hardwood floor, and install any type of tongue and groove hardwood floor.
We also install Floating Wood Floors. A floating floor does not need to be nailed or glued to the sub-floor and can be installed over most existing floors, including concrete, ceramic, vinyl, wood and even some carpet.
Woods styles come in strips, planks, or parquet tiles with numerous edge treatments such as square, micro, and beveled edges. You choose from a wide range of stains to complement your décor and from several types of finishes including unfinished and prefinished / preengineered.
Another factor that determines the appearance of wood floors is the angle, or "cut," of the grain. No matter what the species, construction or finish wood floor comes with one of three cuts: plainsawn, quartersawn or riftsawn.
Plainsawn is the most common cut. A plainsawn board contains a more open and varied grain patterns because the angle of the cut shows the growth rings more prominently. Quartersawn wood is cut at an angle that produces less board feet per log than plainsawn, therefore it can be more expensive. As for appearance, quartersawn wood is tighter-grained for a more consistent look, which many clients find desirable. Another benefit of quartersawn wood is that it tends to twist and cup less and wears more evenly. Riftsawn wood is similar to quartersawn in cost and benefits, but is cut at a different angle for a slightly different grain pattern.
Wood Floors That We Install
Asian White Oak
Heart Pine Purple
Heart Red Oak (Northern)
Southern Yellow Pine
Call today for a free estimate on all your wood flooring needs (617) 254-2558. Dustless floor sanding and refinishing is now available.