Hardwood flooring has become a very popular choice for homes and businesses. Take this quiz and find out how much you know about hardwood floor choices.
Most hardwood floors almost never need replacement.
Hardwood floors are beautiful and durable.
Installation can be a do-it-yourself job or done by an expert.
An advantage is the cost savings. You need to consider if you will be able to get the look you want from DIY and if the time invested is worth the cost savings.
Unfinished wood must be job-site sanded and finished after installation. Pre-finished wood needs installation only.
Parquet floors are composed of geometrical patterns and have a very distinctive appearance.
Engineered wood is less costly than solid hardwood strip floors. Although solid hardwood strips are the most common choice, engineered wood has gained popularity because of its lower cost.
Beech has a reddish color with a consistent grain.
Cherry is too soft to be used for the whole floor, but it makes an excellent choice for accent use.
Red oak is the most popular choice. It has a reddish color, coarse grain and resists wear.
This rating system measures the force required to drive a .444-inch steel ball into the wood. The Janka rating system ranks woods' relative hardness.
Wood finish is a top coat which protects your floors from wear, plus gives floors color and luster.
Oil-based urethane finish may yellow with age.
There are three sheen options available. Consumers may choose from high gloss, low gloss or satin.
High gloss sheen may show scratches more easily than other sheens. Low gloss or satin may be a better choice for residential use.
The technique of pickling makes hardwood floors look whitewashed.
Moisture-cured urethane is slightly more durable than other options. This finish is best applied by a professional.
Brazilian cherry is the hardest of woods; next in line is mesquite.
There is an easy test to determine whether you need to refinish your wood floors. Find a high traffic area where the finish is likely to have the most wear and tear and pour one tablespoon of water on the floor. If the water beads and wipes up without leaving a mark on the floor. you don't need to refinish. It is time to refinish if the water quickly disappears into the wood and leaves a dark mark.
The manufacture of laminates does not use any wood components.