Perhaps you’re sold on the idea of hardwood flooring but aren’t sure about what kind to get. Let’s look at four categories of options you’ll have as you begin the process of ordering your new Rehmeyer Wood Floor.
Engineered Wood Floors vs. Solid Hardwood Floors
Engineered floors are still real wood floors. They’re just undergo a special manufacturing phase first. Engineered floors consist of 3 to 5 layers of wood laminated together in a cross-directional pattern and topped with a single layer of premium solid hardwood. This kind of construction helps counter the natural movement of wood, which fluctuates with seasonal shifts in humidity.
Essentially, engineered floors offer dimensional stability. As such, they can be installed in virtually any room, even if it’s below-grade (as in a basement) where moisture levels would otherwise become a concern for solid wood flooring. Engineered floors can be nailed, stapled, or glued down; they can also be used as floating floors over a variety of subfloor types, ranging from ceramic tile or vinyl. Engineered floors are ideal for use with in-floor radiant heating. Of course, solid wood floors have to be glued or nailed down.
Prefinished vs. Unfinished Wood Floors
Prefinished hardwood flooring is definitely durable; it’s also cleaner, quicker, and easier to install, as opposed to unfinished wood floors. Once unfinished flooring is installed, it must be sanded before finish is applied. On the flip side, unfinished floors allow for installation experts to demonstrate their expertise and the application of what we believe to be the best finishing solution: a Tung Oil finish.
Protected vs. Unprotected Wood Floors
Many new wood floors can stand up to high traffic and water, thanks to innovative finishing options. Bathrooms, kitchens, entryways, and other high-stress areas can be protected from standing water or dirt with small rugs or floor mats. Protecting your floor against scratches or dents from furniture, cleats, or high heeled shoes is also important. You can do this by attaching fabric or plastic glides under furniture legs and adopting a no-shoes-in-the-house policy.
Regular maintenance includes dry mopping but not wet mopping, along with periodic cleaning with professional wood floor cleaning products. Keeping a lightweight, cordless vacuum nearby can help you keep daily messes from scratching or staining your hardwood floor.
Micro-Bevel Edges vs. Square Edges
Different Collections seem to work well with different edge styles and other options, such as Flush or Time-Worn raised pegs. With Square Edges, each plank or strip is square, making each board line up against one another smoothly. With Micro-Bevel Edges, each plank or strip features a slight angle, not only highlighting the distinctions between boards and providing added visual interest, but also by masking any imperfections in the subfloor. As you might imagine, micro-bevel edges can be felt by bare feet.
Now for the fun part! Take a look at our Custom Collections and Species choices, along with our Extreme Custom option. If you contact us at (888) 474-4047, we’ll be glad to help you determine the choices that best suit your individual needs and taste.
Rehmeyer Wood Floors
Rehmeyer Wood Floors offers a full range of custom milled and engineered wide plank hardwood flooring. Rehmeyer’s flooring is all 3/4″ solid hardwood and sold unfinished, prefinished, or completely custom finished to suit your project.
Call Rehmeyer Wood Floors today toll free at (888) 474-4047 or visit their website at RehmeyerFloors.com to learn more about their custom flooring services. Rehmeyer Wood Floors ships nationwide.