HARDWOOD

Hardwood Flooring in Burke, VA

Floors & Designs, LLC installs hardwood flooring in Burke, VA, and in the nearby areas of the District of Columbia and Maryland.

Hardwood is one of the most popular and fastest-growing floor covering choices. The natural characteristics of wood add depth and a visual appearance that many other types of floors try to duplicate. Rich, inviting hardwood floors can add value to your home at resale time. Hardwood types, options, and applications are more diverse than ever. Manufacturers can now produce better quality finishes and superior construction techniques. The result of those advancements is that wood floors can now be installed throughout the home and over a wide variety of sub-floors.

FEATURES OF HARDWOOD FLOORING

  • One of America’s most popular floors
  • Versatile
  • Can add warmth and character to any room
  • Rich and inviting
  • Beautiful to live with
  • Easy to care for
  • Add value to your home at resale time
  • More diverse and delightful than ever

Engineered Hardwood Floors:

Engineered hardwood is made from thin sheets that are laminated and glued together to form a single plank. They are usually stacked in opposite directions to provide more strength, a procedure called cross-ply construction. Engineered hardwood is perhaps the most versatile of the three standard types. It can be glued, nailed, stapled or floated, is resistant to moisture, and can be installed over concrete slabs. You can also manufacture more widths and lengths.

Solid Hardwood Floors:

Almost the complete opposite of engineered hardwood, solid hardwood is made from solid pieces with tongue and groove sides. It’s sensitive to moisture and is not recommended for installation over a concrete slab or below ground level. Since it’s a natural product, it will expand and contract with seasonal changes. When installing a solid hardwood floor, it’s important to leave expansion room around the perimeter, particular in regions where the climate is seasonal.

Types of Wood

Unfinished:

  • Allow you to have a custom job
  • You choose the wood species
  • It’s sanded and stained on site
  • Can level the surface after installation
  • No extended finish warranty

Pre-finished:

  • Boards are already sanded, stained, and finished
  • Harder, better-protected surface
  • Wider variety of wood species
  • Save hours of labor and cleanup
  • Extended finish warranty
  • Ready for installation

Dustless Sanding and Refinishing:

Sanding and refinishing your hardwood flooring rejuvenates the wood. We use a dustless sanding and finishing process which doesn’t allow much dust to float around the customer’s home. We use two types of finishes. Oil-based polyurethane will turn a light amber color with age, whereas water-based stays clear. Another advantage of waterborne polyurethane is how quickly it dries — you can apply two coats in three hours and walk on the floor in your socks after seven hours. Oil-based polyurethane dries slowly, which means you can’t walk on the finished area for 24 hours or more after coating. It also emits noxious fumes.


Call us today to have a flooring specialist visit your location and receive a free estimate for hardwood flooring!