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Swing by District Floor Depot this month only to enjoy steep discounts on a variety of waterproof and water-resistant products. Thanksgiving is over, and the winter holidays are right around the corner. Is your home ready to entertain family, friends, and guests this season?

With as much as 50% off on select waterproof products throughout December, there couldn’t be a better time to enhance your home’s look while protecting it from unfortunate spills, slips, and kitchen mishaps.

Browse our selection of discounted products below!

Shop Over 500 Flooring Products

Visit our showroom on 1600 Rhode Island Ave, and you’ll find over 500 unique flooring products to enhance your home this season. Plus, this month only we are offering up to 53% off select WPC and Luxury VInyl Glue Down flooring products.

WPC Easy Install

WPC stands for Wood Plastic Composite and is best known for being 100% waterproof. It is made up of vinyl plank or tile and is placed overtop a waterproof core which prevents ripples, warping, and swelling no matter how much water or any other liquid it is exposed to.

Thanks to a wear layer placed overtop, it is also remarkably resistant to scratches, dents, and stains, even from red wine!

If you purchase select WPC products from District Floor Depot this December, you can take advantage of incredible savings!

Brazilian Cherry


$4.29 $2.99
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Beachwood


$3.19 $2.35
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Tea Party Brown


$3.99 $2.79
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Luxury Vinyl Glue-Down

Luxury Vinyl Glue Down Flooring is Luxury Vinyl Tile that is installed using an adhesive. It is known for mimicking a natural wood look while providing excellent durability and water resistance. It includes a thick wear layer on top to protect the material from scratches and scrapes.

Luxury Vinyl flooring is affordable and easy to install, making it a great flooring option for rental properties. This month only, you can shop luxury vinyl tile products at district floor depot and take advantage of huge savings!

Weathered Acacia


$1.69 $0.89
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Red Oak


$2.69 $1.39
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Revival


$3.99 $1.89
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Natural Blond


$2.69 $1.39
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Enhance Your Home with Waterproof Flooring this December!

The holidays are just a few days away, and you can prepare your home to entertain your family, friends and other guests right here at District Floor Depot!

This December, we are offering select waterproof and water resistant products at steep discounts. The sale ends December 31st, so get your new Luxury Vinyl or WPC floors now for as much as 53% off.

Swing by our showroom on 1600 Rhode Island Avenue or give us a call to schedule an in-home consultation, and we’ll bring the showroom to you! If you get an in-home consultation, you’ll receive an addition $100 off your purchase.

rental home flooring

Many property owners who rent out their properties to tenants wonder what the best flooring options are for their house. Naturally, a rental property can see an abnormal amount of wear and tear. The tenants don’t have any stake in the condition of the property and can be careless in maintaining it.

Because of the unpredictability of tenant behavior, it’s best to choose durable flooring that can withstand a large amount of wear and neglect. Here are just a few products that will keep your rental home looking beautiful with low maintenance and little risk of expensive damage.

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Flooring Options for Rentals

Luxury Vinyl

Luxury Vinyl products are incredibly popular for rental properties due to their affordability, durability, and ease of install. It holds up well to everyday wear and tear, is remarkably water resistant, and is available in a wide range of aesthetic varieties including wood-look varieties.

It is also more resistant to denting from dropping heavy objects compared to harder flooring options like ceramic tile or hardwood.

Ultimately, luxury vinyl allows property managers to give their tenants the beautiful look of real hardwoods with low costs and superior durability. Call District Floor Depot for more information about vinyl flooring products.

Hardwood

Hardwood floors are usually not recommended for rental properties due to the potential for wear and damage requiring refinishing. However, real hardwood floors will increase the property’s overall appeal and may help you achieve a higher rent.

If you do choose hardwood floors for your rental, it helps to give your tenants thorough instructions for caring for the floor. Though there is no guarantee that they will care for the floors, this at least gives you the best shot at having your flooring survive the rental period.

You will also want to choose a durable species to further protect the floors from scratches and dents. Hardwood floors are rated using the Janka Hardness Scale to determine their hardness compared to other species.

Carpet

Carpet flooring is another very popular flooring choice for rental properties. What it lacks in durability is made up for by sheer affordability. It is much cheaper to purchase and install than both hardwood and luxury vinyl flooring and can be replaced each time you switch tenants if necessary for a remarkably low cost.

Unfortunately, carpet lowers the appeal of the property by looking “cheap” compared to vinyl and hardwood options. Depending on the property, the most affordable option might night attract the rates that you are looking for. Also, the need for frequent replacement is too much of a hassle for some property managers.

Call Your Local Flooring Expert for More Information

If you aren’t sure which type of flooring will work best in your rental property, don’t hesitate to reach out to a local flooring retailer to ask any questions you have. If you’re here in the D.C. area, the specialists at District Floor Depot will be more than happy to help you make the best choice for your property. Just give us a call or swing by our showroom on 1600 Rhode Island Ave today!

Dark Hardwood Floors DC

In our last post, we discussed the pros and cons of selecting a lighter hardwood color. This post will explore the many features of darker hardwoods, from stains and design elements to how they fare against day-to-day impacts and so much more.

Choosing hardwood floors is an investment of both money and time. You’ll want to do due diligence on the type of wood you’d like to use (see our previous post for a list of wood types and their characteristics), then choose the stain that fits your décor and lifestyle. Read on for more details about darker hardwood flooring.

luxury Dark Hardwood Floors

The Many Varieties of Dark (and Light) Hardwood Floor Stains

Dark hardwoods come from the same wood types as light hardwoods but are simply stained darker. As with lighter floors, dark hardwoods include a wide range of options. Here are some of the most popular offerings available, all with varying characteristics, tones, and other distinguishing features.

Black/Ebony — One of the darkest shades, black creates a floor that almost appears to be painted. Very little grain shows through, meaning the flooring appears to be planks of all one, very dark color.

Dark walnut — Like ebony, but a bit lighter, which shows the variations in the wood better and helps to minimize the appearance of dust or dirt.

Espresso — A deep coffee brown, between a brown and a black. It shows some graining but tends more toward the black or ebony colors in terms of opacity.

Royal mahogany — A darker stain with a touch of red.

On the other end of the spectrum, and in large contrast to the dark stains above, we have the lighter stains:

Golden oak — Adds a touch of gold to the nearly natural hue of light wood.

Grey — More modern in color, grey offers a beachy vibe that shows off woodgrains and stands up well to wear and tear.

Mahogany — A redder color, mahogany provides great options for showing off woodgrain or brightening a room, but may limit color patterns or clash with some home décor elements.

Whitewash — This color lends itself to beachy styles or rustic chic, giving floors a white shade that holds up well to scratches, scrapes, general wear and tear, and dust buildup.

It’s important to note that not all stain looks the same in all environments. A color that looks great at a store under certain lighting might look different once applied to your floors in your home. Be sure to test your chosen stain in a small area before applying it to your whole floor. An incorrect stain can be sanded off to allow for reapplication of the correct hue.

 

Dark Hardwoods and the Problem of Wear and Tear

As with all hardwoods, those stained a darker color require a sealcoat to protect them from scraping, scratching, and everyday wear and tear. They tend to mask ordinary staining from food or beverages better, but darker hardwoods tend to show scrapes and scratch marks easier. This is because the gouges typically go through the stained color and into the undyed, much lighter wood.

Such damage can be avoided by taking a few steps, as mentioned in our previous post. Limit wearing heels to rooms that do not have hardwoods. Trim pets’ nails and clean up spills as soon as possible. Lay rugs in high-traffic areas to minimize wearing. Put up curtains to mitigate sun damage, and add pads to furniture feet to avoid scratching.

If you’re still concerned, use an extra layer or more durable sealcoat to add additional protection, and be sure to refinish or recoat your hardwood floors regularly to ensure that the layer stays strong.

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How Dark Hardwoods Compare from a Design Perspective

The darker the elements in a space, the less spacious that room feels. This means that darker hardwoods, especially those that are very dark, work best in very large rooms. They also work in open-concept designs, and with both traditional and modern aesthetics.

Also, a lighter or reddish dark tends to fit the more traditional design, particularly if one can see the wood’s graining through the stain, whereas a more one-dimensional look, with less graining, fits in with more modern looks.

The most important element of floor staining is that you and your family are happy with the color and how it works in your home. Design professionals can steer you in the right direction, should you be completely unsure what will work best, but the last thing you want is to invest the time and money necessary to purchase, install, and stain your floors only to find that the color isn’t for you.

Do You Have Concerns About Selecting Dark Hardwoods?

Your local flooring expert, District Floor Depot, is here to address any questions you might have about the process of selecting a dark hardwood floor variety. We’re here to help you decide on the tone that best fits your design aesthetic and your lifestyle, as well as provide additional information about caring for hardwoods. Let’s discuss today.

Light Hardwood Floors

Choosing hardwood floors for your home is a big decision. The costs involved in both procuring the product and its installation are significant, and the flooring type itself requires quite a bit of care to ensure homeowners protect it and get the most from their investment.

It’s not a decision to be taken lightly, but knowing what you want from the product will provide significant help in determining which type of flooring is best for your home.

This guide explores many aspects of lighter hardwood flooring, including a more in-depth look into the many varieties, the interior design options that work best with lighter woods, and how lighter hardwoods hold up against everyday life.

Light Hardwood Floor options at District Floor Depot

Light Hardwood Floor Varieties

Ash — With graining like oak, but not quite as hard concerning durability, ash is less popular though still used as a light wood hardwood flooring.

Bamboo — A lighter flooring choice, bamboo is technically a grass and a renewable hardwood source that regrows quickly. It is less durable regarding wear and tear, softer than other options, cannot be sanded or refinished, and is difficult to stain and protect with polyurethane sealants.

Birch — Light and smooth grained, birch is difficult to stain and yellows without the protection of a water-based poly sealant.

Maple — The lightest of light hardwoods, maple boasts smooth graining, a more expensive price tag, and both soft and hard varieties. Its color varies by grade, with clear grade as the most costly. Lower grade maple has a greater number of knots and more color options.

Red oak — This is the most common and abundant hardwood variety in the U.S. It’s also the lightest variety, and includes pinkish undertones and stronger graining than other light woods.

White oak — Slightly darker and possessing a more golden hue, white oak is also a little harder and more durable than its red oak counterpart. It also tends to have more mineral streaks, meaning it’s a little more modern and works better with whitewashes.

 

Design Logic: Why Choose Light Hardwoods Over Dark

Selecting a lighter wood over a darker one really comes down to what you’re looking to achieve from both a durability standard and a design aesthetic.

The upside of lighter hardwoods is that most can be stained to a darker color. If you’re looking for a lighter or reddish hue to your hardwoods or using multiple stains to go with a multidimensional look, a lighter hardwood is your best bet for achieving that end result.

It’s also the best option if you’re hoping to go with a white-washed or light gray floor tone, as a natural light hardwood floor produces the lightest traditional look you can achieve.

In terms of which designs work best with lighter woods, the good news is they’re incredibly versatile. The most traditional hardwood flooring tends to be on the lighter side, and ultra-modern and minimalistic designs work well, too. Open concepts that are lighter colored, with white walls and modern light finishes, look even more open and spacious when paired with lighter flooring.

Light hardwoods also pair well with dark cabinets in kitchens, providing a nice contrast and making the space feel bigger.

new Light Hardwood Floors

How Light Hardwoods Stand Up Against Wear and Tear

Light hardwoods’ durability depends on the wood in question, the protective polyurethane sealcoat applied, and several environmental factors. As they are lighter in color, lighter hardwoods tend not to show scratches and scrapes as predominantly as darker woods, simply because there isn’t the contrast between the light scratch and dark stain. Appropriately applied poly coats protect hardwoods of all colors from scratches, scrapes, gouges, and other surface abrasions.

Adding pads to the bottom of furniture legs, using runners in high-traffic areas, abstaining from wearing cleats or high heels in the house, trimming pet nails, cleaning up water and other spills quickly, and using window coverings to ensure minimal sun damage all go a long way toward protecting them, too.

In short, light hardwoods stand up just as well as darker hardwoods, except for bamboo. They require proper care, but can be maintained, re-sanded, re-stained, re-sealed and kept for decades.

Questions or Concerns?

Contact District Floor Depot, your local flooring expert. Our team is available to address any questions or concerns you might have when choosing light hardwood floors. Whether you’ve decided to go with light woods or are on the fence about them, we’re happy to help you understand your investment and what to expect.

District Floor Depot November Holiday Sale

To help our valued customers prepare their homes for the holiday season, District Floor Depot is offering five distinct, beautiful hardwood products at massive discounts this November. Read on to learn about these products and the fantastic deals available for a limited time.

Transform Your Home With Huge Savings this Season

We are offering five distinct products for 30% or more this November. Check out the incredible savings up for grabs this season.

District Floor Depot Holiday Sale

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District Floor Depot Holiday Sale Fall 2018

Everglades Oak Cork (50% Off)

Everglades Oak Cork brings a natural stone-like look to your home with the temperature and comfort advantages of cork. Because cork has a little bit of “give” when compressed, it provides a comfortable underfoot feeling that hardwood or stone products just can’t match.

Plus, cork is naturally warm and quite making it a perfect flooring option for the holiday season. This month only, you can purchase Everglades Oak Cork at District Floor Depot for half the usual cost.

$4.99 $2.49
Call to Inquire at (202) 652-1660

 

Antiqued Pine (30% Off)

Antiqued Pine is a solid hardwood product that can enhance any home with its natural character and aged look. The wood is distressed to give it the appearance of being centuries old, providing a one of a kind aesthetic to any room. This November, you can purchase Antiqued Pine from District Floor Depot for 30% off.

$4.49 $3.15

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Distressed Walnut Saddle (53% Off)

Distressed Walnut Saddle brings vibrant color and a historic character to any home. The distressed wood gives it the appearance of an advanced age that highlights the hardwood’s natural grain patterns. If you’re looking for a product that will instantly beautify your home just in time for the holidays, you’ve just found it. Call District Floor Depot today and get yours for over half off.

$7.39 $3.49

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Sierra Oak (32% Off)

Our Sierra Oak products bring a natural, earthy aesthetic into your DC home. It provides rich color and natural texture with a smooth finish. Additionally, it’s an incredibly resilient product standing up well to daily use and wear. If you’re looking for a hardwood product that will beautify your home for many years to come, consider Sierra Oak. And, this month only you can get it for 32% off.

$4.39 $2.99

Call to Inquire at (202) 652-1660 

 

Wirebrushed Rocking Chair Hickory (30% Off)

Wirebrushed flooring products are hand-sculpted to enhance the natural texture of the wood and bring out its best aesthetic characteristics. Our Wirebrushed Rocking Chair Hickory product offers homeowners a unique, rustic addition to their home. Purchase yours today at District Floor Depot and enjoy a 32% discount.

$5.49 $3.85

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Prepare Your Home for the Holidays at District Floor Depot

District Floor Depot is standing by to help you prepare your home to entertain family, friends, and guests. Now is the time to enhance your home before the holiday season, and here at District Floor Depot, you can do it for less. Swing by our hardwood flooring showroom on 1600 Rhode Island Ave or call and schedule an in-home consultation today.

Get House Ready for the Holidays

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, with Christmas and the new year coming soon after. The holiday season is a great time to gather the entire family, reflect on the past year, and enjoy the festivities.

But if you’re hosting this year’s celebration, it can also be an incredibly stressful time. You need to be prepared to entertain more guests than you’re used to and show off your home to the entire family.

We’re here to help our valued customers in the Metro area improve their home and enjoy enormous savings this month only. After all, you should be focused on enjoying the time spent with your family and guests, and not stressing about the appearance of your home.

If you’ve been thinking about making some improvements, there couldn’t be a better time than now to get started. Here at District Floor Depot, we are offering several discount hardwood products to help homeowners in the DC area improve their homes before the holiday season.

Prepare Your Home with Discount Hardwood Flooring

House Ready for the Upcoming Holiday Season

Hardwood flooring is among the most significant improvements you can make to your home before the holidays arrive. They add an immense amount of value to the property, are long-lasting, easy to maintain, and most importantly, are sure to impress your family, friends, and guests.

To help our local homeowners get their homes ready for the coming festivities, we are offering several hardwood flooring products at huge discounts this month only. We stock over 500 unique hardwood and other flooring products to ensure our customers can achieve the perfect new look at competitive prices.

Swing by our showroom at 1600 Rhode Island Ave to take advantage of these deals while they are still here!

District Floor Depot Holiday Sale

District Floor Depot Holiday Sale Washington D.C.

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0% APR 12 Months Financing

The holidays can also be hard on your wallet. District Floor Depot has got you covered with 0% APR financing for 12 months on purchases of $3,000 or more. Put no money down and improve your home with just 12 low monthly payments. You’ll have a beautiful new home to show off the family and still have plenty left in the budget for food, gifts, and more.

Let Us Bring the Showroom to You!

If you’re already busy preparing your home to welcome your family and don’t have time to swing by our showroom, that’s not a problem either! Just give us a call to schedule an in-home consultation, and we’ll bring our showroom directly to you!

For a nominal fee, one of our associates will bring samples to your home, discuss various options and available discounts, and measure the house to provide accurate pricing information. When you place your order, you’ll receive $100 off!

Schedule an In-Home Consultation

Get Ready for the Holidays at District Floor Depot

Don’t miss out on exclusive savings available this month only. Visit us in our showroom at 1600 Rhode Island Avenue today to browse our vast inventory of discounted hardwood and other flooring products. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call, and one of our associates will be happy to answer them. Happy Holidays!

Hardness scale for different species of hardwoods

Hardwood floors are rated on a scale by their hardness. A flooring product’s hardness determines its durability and resistance to scratches and scuffs. In this brief guide, we want to explain to our customers how the hardness scale works, and how a wood species’ hardness should impact your final purchase decision.


What is the Hardness Scale?

Janka Rating Infographic

The most common scale used in the industry is called the Janka wood hardness scale. It is a universal system used by hardwood retailers and manufacturers to define the hardness of any particular wood species.

A wood’s hardness is determined by the amount of force needed to drive a .444 inch diameter steel ball to a depth of half the ball’s diameter. The amount of force this takes, measured in pounds-force (ibf), becomes that species hardness rating. The higher the rating, the harder the floor.

Red Oak is the benchmark by which all other species are compared. With a hardness rating of 1290, it strikes a perfect balance between standing up to daily wear and being easy to work with.

Floors with higher hardness ratings will be more resistant to scratches and dents. It’s important to note that a wood’s species is not the only factor that contributes to the product’s durability. The Janka rating does not take into account other factors that affect the hardness of the floor such as finishes and manufacturing processes.

 

Why is a Hardness Rating Important?

hardwood rating scale

Most hardwoods are suitable for regular flooring use, but the hardness scale gives buyers an easy way to compare the durability of two or more species. Though aesthetics tend to be the most important factor for homeowners shopping for new flooring, the hardness rating can be the determining factor when deciding between two similar products.

Also, certain homeowners might place a higher importance on more durable or scratch resistant products such as those with children, pets, or heavy appliances in the space.

Ultimately, the hardness scale exists to help homeowners and contractors make informed decisions about their flooring purchases.

A Higher Hardness Rating Isn’t Always a Good Thing

Just because one species has a higher rating than another does not mean it is the right choice for your home. Woods with high hardness rating are more challenging to work with and install because it is more difficult to drive nails and screws into the wood. This leads to a long and often more expensive installation.

Have Questions about Hardwood Hardness? Ask Your Local Flooring Expert.

If you have any questions about the durability or scratch resistance of a hardwood – don’t hesitate to get in touch with your local hardwood flooring retailer. A hardwood flooring expert will be familiar with which hardwood species and products will be the best fit for your home and can help you make a purchase decision.

If you are in the DC Metro Area, feel free to give District Floor Depot a call. Our associates are standing by to answer questions you have about hardwood and other flooring products.

Flooring Installation Job

Our last post discussed pre-finished and unfinished hardwood flooring, the differences involved, and a few of the available hardwood finishes. This post expands on that, explaining hardwood types and what is involved in installing unfinished and pre-finished offerings. Learning about these variations can go a long way toward helping homeowners decide which products are right for them.

Finished Hardwood Flooring Installation

Types of Hardwood Flooring

It’s crucial to understand a few key terms before choosing flooring for your home. It’s also important to note that varnishing happens on site, regardless of the type chosen. Varnish is the clear, often glass- or plastic-like layer that protects flooring from scratching, scraping, and general wear and tear. Learn these definitions before choosing a flooring type:

Unfinished hardwood — raw, unstained wood installed, stained, and finished on site. This allows homeowners to custom-stain wood to fit their preferences or stain trims to match but involves a longer installation process that tends to require a higher budget.

Pre-finished hardwood — factory-finished wood that is then transported to homes for installation. It requires less time to install because processes like sanding and staining are already completed. Trims cannot be stained to match, and the pre-stained products are often costlier to purchase.

Solid wood — flooring created from one solid piece of wood. It can be sanded or refinished several times in its lifespan and ranges from ¾” to 5/16” in thickness.

Engineered wood — wood flooring comprised of multiple wood or composite veneers, made from the same or different species. Grains run in different directions, and some planks can be sanded or refinished to achieve different coloring.

Consult a flooring expert to decide which options are best for your hardwood flooring project.

Species of Wood Used in Hardwoods

In addition to differences in unfinished or pre-finished hardwoods and solid versus engineered makeups, it’s also good to know a little bit about the species of wood used in hardwood flooring offerings. Here are some distinguishing characteristics of the most popular varieties:

  • Ash — light tan to dark brown with yellowish hues, bold and moderately open grained, readily available and produced in North America 
  • Bamboo — imported from Asia, light or yellow tones to dark tan shades, has a distinctive grain pattern that shows stalks, can be horizontally or vertically laminated
  • Maple — imported from Africa, medium brown color at installation that can turn darker over time, medium to coarse texture, moderately available
  • Oak — reddish when freshly cut, varies from yellow or orange to reddish brown, closed grain with clear to knotty patterns, soft and fairly durable, readily available in North America
  • Walnut — imported from Australia, ranges from pinkish to deep burgundy reds, colors become less vibrant over time, moderately available

Other hardwood varieties include beech, birch, Brazilian cherry, cherry, cork, cypress, Douglas fir, hickory pecan, Iroko, jarrah, mahogany, mesquite, pine, purpleheart, spotted gum, and teak.

 

Hardwood Flooring Installation Work

Installation Differences: Unfinished vs. Pre-finished Hardwood Flooring

When it comes to installing these floors, there are a few differences. Pre-finished hardwoods are sanded and finished in a factory, meaning they come to the site ready to cut and install in a homeowner’s room of choice. A layer or two of varnish is applied once they’re installed, but the overall process is cleaner, faster, and more cost-effective than for unfinished varieties.

Unfinished flooring, by comparison, needs to be nailed to a plywood subfloor, sanded down, stained, and then finished in varying numbers of coats. The process is much longer, involving drying time between each of the stain and varnish layers, but the result is much more customized to homeowners’ preferences.

Unfinished Flooring Installation

Keep Your Local Flooring Expert in Mind

Deciding which version is right for your home is a personal choice, one you can discuss with a flooring expert to ensure you make the proper decision for your project.

When you have questions about unfinished and pre-finished hardwood flooring options, call your local flooring expert. Professionals have years of experience in the field, and they’ll be able to walk through your needs and provide advice to help you make the right home flooring decision.

different hardwood floor finishes

When you’ve decided to lay hardwood floors throughout your home, the next step is deciding which type to install: unfinished or pre-finished. There are pros and cons for each, depending on what you need. Read on to learn more about hardwood floor finishes and the differences between pre-finished and unfinished hardwood flooring.

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Defining Pre-finished and Unfinished Hardwoods

Unfinished or raw flooring was previously the norm, with flooring experts installing naked planks and then applying staining and finishes while on the job site. This would ensure that floors were uniform in color and that there were no gaps or holes between the boards, creating an overall tighter finish compared to the subpar pre-finished flooring of the times.

These elements also differentiate unfinished hardwoods from their pre-finished counterparts:

  • They can be custom-stained to fit the owners’ preferences.
  • Unfinished hardwoods require several coats of finish, which must dry between applications.
  • They require a longer installation process.
  • Trims and unfinished planks can be stained to match.
  • The option generally involves solid wood planking.
  • Unfinished hardwoods are costlier to install, but the flooring itself costs less.

Pre-finished hardwood flooring, with finish applied at factories before being transported to a home for installation, has come a long way, however. It may have previously resulted in nonuniform coloring that was evident in finished products, but new technology has made those issues a thing of the past. Today’s pre-finished flooring is color perfect, more affordable, and involves more hues and shades than ever.

Here are a few of its attributes:

  • It cannot be custom-stained to fit owner preferences.
  • Pre-finished hardwood comes with three to nine finish coats already applied.
  • It requires a shorter installation timeframe of just one to two days.
  • It can be used immediately after installation.
  • Pre-finished hardwood involves mess and smells as staining occurs well before installation.
  • Trims cannot be stained to match pre-finished floor planks.
  • The process involves both solid and engineered wood.
  • Pre-finished flooring is less costly to install, but the flooring itself costs more.

 

finished hardwood flooring installation

Understanding Hardwood Floor Finishes and Colors

There are many hardwood finishes and textures available to homeowners, making selecting appropriate flooring an intricate and important step. Here are just a few of the many options:

Distressed — Weathered to look a more rustic, distressed flooring is achieved by hand scraping or removing staining to create a less-than-smooth appearance.

Smooth — Applied in simple, elegant coats, these hardwood floor finishes ensure that hardwoods look polished, traditional, and extremely level. This is often chosen by homeowners with more modern or classic tastes, particularly those who avoid the farmhouse or rustic-modern décor approaches.

Staining — This can be done to owners’ specifications, and comes in many color options. Stains can also be mixed, thinned, or applied in multiple coats to achieve the desired coloring.

Varnishing — A sealcoat, varnish protects hardwoods from damage. It comes in multiple varieties, but can be applied in layers for an additional buffer between floors and everyday life.

Choosing a hardwood flooring color or texture may seem overwhelming, but it’s important to consider and discuss your options. Understanding the differences between and choosing an appropriate sealcoat to protect the wood and colors you choose is also important. An expert can help you select the best options for your home and style.

Questions? Ask An Expert!

If you’re not sure whether an unfinished or pre-finished hardwood flooring finish is better for your home, don’t be afraid to ask a flooring expert for help. Calling a local professional to explain your needs and get his or her opinion will keep your project on track and help ensure you make the right decision.

sustainability in logging industry

In our last post, we discussed why forests are so important and the many positives they provide such as creating oxygen, filtering out toxins, preventing erosion, combating climate change, providing food, and housing wildlife, among other attributes. We also talked a little about how sustainability efforts are striking a balance between acquiring wood for projects and preventing harmful deforestation.

This post delves deeper into those conservation efforts, the regulations involved, and the ways logging and other timber-related companies are protecting wooded environments. Read on for a quick guide to how hardwood flooring and other related industries are protecting forests.

Sustainable wood for flooring

Sustainable Practices for Lumber Creation

Several organizations are ensuring lumber companies are procuring their materials in environmentally friendly ways. These include the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), among others. Here’s how these agencies are impacting sustainable lumber sourcing.

 

FSC — The organization is protecting forests for future generations, ensuring “forests for all forever,” and promoting “environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically prosperous management of the world’s forests.” Its mission is to meet “current needs for forest products without compromising the health of the world’s forests for future generations.”

 

USGBC — Committed to transforming building design, construction, and operation, the USGBC’s mission is to enable an “environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life” through community, collaboration with industry experts, market research, and global staff.

 

SFI — An “independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management,” the SFI works to “address local needs through a unique grassroots network.” It offers a certification based on forest management, water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, at-risk species, and more.

 

In addition, U.S. Forest Service Forest Management legislation and directives like Forest and Range Renewable Resources Planning, National Forest Management Act (NFMA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Endangered Species Act of 1973, National Historic Preservation Act, Clean Water Act, and Wilderness Act of 1964 are all having lasting impacts on the lumber industry’s reach.

 

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The Results of Sustainable Practices Done Right

Lumber is not simply cut and sold. Mills are required to replant to avoid depleting one of Earth’s most important renewable resources, and they can’t cut in protected areas or those that were recently impacted by lumber-related activity. They also can’t cut if ecosystems could be wiped out, or if an endangered species inhabits a particular patch of forest.

This means deforestation is being avoided. Negative industry impacts are minimized when firms adhere to sustainable lumber practices. Most now follow strict national standards, planting new trees, managing and maintaining planting projects, and preserving habitats. Planting one, if not multiple, trees to replace one that is cut creates a positive overall result, and plenty of agencies are doing their part to ensure forests remain a renewable natural resource.

 

Work with a Flooring Expert You Trust

If you’re wondering whether your hardwood flooring expert uses sustainable practices when creating its materials, call and ask. Many, like District Floor Depot, only partner with mills that use sustainable milling practices. If this is important to you, work with a team that also finds sustainability and environmental protection a must.

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