Understanding wood flooring

By Hawaii Renovation Posted in: FlooringInterior

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Millions of homeowners already have discovered that wood flooring is not only beautiful and dust-repellent, but an excellent way to invest your new construction or remodeling dollars. You and your family are able to enjoy its beauty every day of the year, while the value that it adds remains and extends the life of your home. Unlike the majority of floor coverings, the right wood floor can last a lifetime and beyond.

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 and glued down. It’s generally considered the most “high-end” of wood floors because of its ability to customize the end product, but also because contractors must do what the finishing machine usually would in a factory, requiring added time and skill.

Pre-finished solids also consist of whole pieces of flooring, but the sanding and coating is done at the factory using sophisticated methods such as UV-curing. The only work done in your home involves nailing and gluing it down, and your floor is ready to live on almost the minute it goes down.

Lastly, there is engineered wood flooring, such as the Kahala Floors poduct, 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 belief, 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 also can be floated. Solids must be nailed and glued down. Most engineered flooring is sanded and pre-finished in a factory, and with the right brand of engineered flooring, you are looking at a lifetime product that can be re-finished several times.

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 Floors’ free monthly seminars, “Wood and Stone Flooring 101.” The next session is on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m., and will be held at the company’s beautiful showroom at 926 Kohou St. in Kalihi. Enjoy a continental breakfast while becoming an expert on 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 private sale only for attendees, where you are promised contractor, or better, discounts on its high-quality flooring packages. 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