Unfinished Strip Flooring
Unfinished Strip Hardwood Flooring is one of the best known types of flooring available on the market today. It is a flooring that is made entirely of solid pieces of wood, generally ¾" in thickness and 2 ¼" to 3 ¼" or more in width.
Most often the lengths will vary, from 10",to 84", on occasion, longer pieces (up to 12' are available), depending on the grade and quality of product you seek.
Strip flooring can be purchased as narrow as 1½", most common being 2¼" and 3¼" ,with some varieties as wide as 7½" called planks , and sometimes only 3/8" in thickness.
Each individual board is made by machine with a tongue on one side and one end, and a groove on the opposite end and side. All boards are nailed down one at a time, taking care to offset the end joints.
This allows the installer to produce a natural looking pattern, select appropriate pieces that work with other adjoining pieces of wood.
Unfinished Hardwood Flooring is a real wood floor that is first installed in your home and then finished with stain and varnish. This process is quite loud and messy and definitely long, but your patience will be rewarded. Finished floor will be spectacular and one of a kind. It is well worth the effort.
Here you need to endure the noise of the sander, that usually produces quite a bit of dust. Most reputable professionals own sanders that implement dust control systems, but only a few can be proud of dust free machines that will not pollute your home with harmful wood particles. Then there is the smell of stain, sometimes overwhelmingly sweet, then couple of days latter the smell of varnish, your choice of oil based or water based, one worst then the other... Once you get past that, you can look forward to the... drying of your floor finish.
Here you have to be very patient. Depending on the weather conditions, finishing procedures and varnish applications, wood species and wood condition at the time of finishing, the drying process can take up couple of days.
You can not rush this process... if you do you may end up with all your furniture stuck to the floor. We had some eager clients, who had to go through the entire process again, because they did not wait long enough for their floor to dry...
When all of this is done, you will have a beautiful floor finished just the way you like it. It could look exactly the same like the one you liked so much at your friends home, or it can be one of the kind. The choice is yours.
Be sure to read about the pre-finished hardwood flooring as well, so you can understand the differences and make informed decisions about your new hardwood floor.
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