Tips for DIY flooring projects: Everything you need to know

There are many things that you should consider before purchasing oak flooring. From choosing the grade of oak, maintenance, and installation, here are tips to know before going to a shop to buy oak flooring products.

  • There are two kinds of oak flooring—solid oak and engineered oak.  Solid oak wood is more durable and can be sanded and refinished many times. However, like other solid wood floors, it’s not very suitable for areas with high temperatures and moisture fluctuations. Engineered oak flooring is composed of real wood veneers that run in perpendicular directions with the top layer of oak. Although it can be sanded only a few times, engineered floors are suitable for places like bathrooms and kitchen and installation over underfloor heating.
  • The sub-base affects which type of wooden floor you can fit and determine the installation method of the wooden floors. If it is a concrete sub-base, engineered oak flooring is a better option. If your sub-base is an existing wooden floor, you can install solid or engineered floors on top of it.
  • Also, consider what type of panels you prefer – prefinished or site finished. With the job-site finish, you can select the final finish, which will impact how the floors look, its maintenance, and its stain. With factory-finished wood floors, there is no dust and noise in your home that you need to accommodate.
  • If you planning installs oak flooring in high traffic places, keep in mind that white oak is slightly harder than its red counterpart.
  • Finally, there are several grades of oak flooring. Clear grade oak flooring is the best choice when you want the floor to have minimal characteristics. Select grade oak flooring is produced by a combination of heartwood and sapwood, which creates flooring that offers more characters and color perforations.

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