Hardwood Floor Installation Baltimore MD
Floor Medic is equipped to handle any type of new installation including nail/stapling solid or engineered hardwood to wood subfloors, glue downs to concrete, and floating engineered floors.
What Kind Of Installation Do I Need?
Solid unfinished hardwood has been the traditional choice in the Maryland and Washington DC area due to the large number of wood subfloors and with wood floor joist construction. Determining what kind of subfloor you actually have narrows down which type of installation is best suited for you, but doesn't rule out other types of installation.
Solid Hardwood Floor Installation
Flooring usually comes unfinished, which is then installed and finished on-site or prefinished, which is completely finished at the factory with several coats of durable finish.
Prefinished or Site finished?
We know the decision to install wood flooring in your home is a big decision, and with so many options available, it can be a confusing decision as well. Floor Medic is here to help.
One of the questions that comes up often is whether prefinished wood flooring or solid unfinished flooring that is in house sand and finished should be used.
- Prefinished hardwood flooring has its benefits such as convenient Installation. Floor Medic usually only needs a day depending on the floor size and layout.
- Prefinished flooring already has been coated, usually multiple times from the factory.
Prefinished disadvantages to consider as well
- Prefinished flooring can be a dirt trap and very hard to clean between the cracks sometimes called micro-edge, eased-edge, beveled-edge.
- Although prefinished floors are convenient in that they install without sanding and finishing most have a beveled edge on the wood strips which some people find unsightly. A site finished hardwood floor has a table-top appearance and is flat looking and much easier to clean as well as maintain with a Screen and Coat of your desired finish.
- Prefinished floors have to have a next to perfect subfloor, Site finished flooring is sanded flat, so is more forgiving of slight irregularities or slight height variations in the subfloor.
- If your prefinished floor gets scratched or damaged, it usually means removing a section of flooring and completely replacing it to fix the problem, where site-finished hardwood flooring can, in most cases, be easily fixed with a quick sanding and finish or touch up repair.
- Hardwood Flooring Consumer Guide - comprehensive guide to hardwood floors.
- Hardwood Floor TALK Message Board - consumer and professional message board.