Versatile wood flooring adds value, shows style

By Hawaii Renovation Posted in: FlooringInterior

Millions of homeowners have already discovered that wood flooring is not only beautiful and dust-free, but also is an excellent way to invest your remodeling dollars or to place within a new construction.

You and your family will enjoy it every day of the year, but the value that it adds will remain — and even escalate — for the life of your home. The right wood floor can be something that lasts a lifetime and beyond.

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The most traditional form of wood flooring is called unfinished solid. This is a solid piece of wood that’s been milled into flooring, which will be sanded and coated in your home after it’s been nailed or glued down. It’s generally considered the most high-end of wood floors due to the ability to customize the end product, but also due to higher installation cost (man must do what the finishing machine usually would do in a factory).

Prefinished solids are also one whole piece of flooring, but the sanding and coating is done at the factory using sophisticated methods, such as UV curing, and the only work done in your home is to nail or glue it down. Your floor is ready to live on almost the minute it goes down.

Lastly, there is engineered wood flooring, such as the Kahala Floors’ line, which is made especially for Hawaii’s unique climate. Engineered flooring involves taking a precisely cut slice of flooring wood and pre-installing it onto plywood. Contrary to popular assumption, this is not done to be stingy on the wood. Rather, it is done to provide a more versatile, stable form of wood flooring.

Engineered woods can be installed below grade (where solids cannot), and they can also be floated (where solids must be nailed or glued down). Most engineered flooring is sanded and prefinished in a factory, and with the right brand, you are looking at a lifetime product that can be refinished several times, just like a solid.

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Wood flooring can be nailed, glued or floated and finished off with a variety of moldings including reducers, end caps, t-moldings, base shoe, quarter rounds and base boards. This is just a fraction of what you would learn at Kahala Pacific Floor’s free monthly seminar, “Wood and Stone Flooring 101.”

The next session is on Saturday, June 14 at 10 a.m., and will be held at the company’s Kalihi showroom at 926 Kohou St. Enjoy a continental breakfast while you learn what your flooring options are, how they are installed and what might be right for your budget.

Best of all, Kahala Pacific Floors offers a sale only for attendees, offering lower than contractors’ discounts on high-quality flooring products. Space is limited, so call 847-7711 to save your seat today!

KAHALA PACIFIC FLOORS
contact // 847-7711
address // 926 Kohou St.
web // www.kahalafloors.com