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Repairing and Installing New Hardwood Flooring

When a rug is walked on, there is pressure to push through the rug and hit the floor. The more solid and dense the pad, the better the protection to the hardwood floor. This is dense enough to protect the floor from scratches and indentations. If the rug tends to slip, then a felt and natural rubber rug pad is ideal. The type of pad that does this is an open weave waffle looking pad. It is always best to buy a solid pad when it comes to any hardwood or wood floor. Take care in making sure that if it is a 100% felt pad, the felt is recycled without any chemicals or adhesives.

Both have their pros and cons and once you have heard both sides of the story you should be able to determine what type of finish will be best for you. Oil Modified Urethanes. Over time the finish will amber, leaving a warm natural look. On the downside, oil-based finishes are more toxic, containing higher VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds). Once dry, the odour from the solvent may still be discernable for several days but shouldn’t’ cause any discomfort to the residents unless they are sensitive to smells or have acute allergies. Waterborne Urethanes are a blend of synthetic resins, plasticizers, and other film forming ingredients that produce a durable, moisture resistant coating. While single-component finishes are ready to use out of the canister, two-component finishes have a catalyst or cross linker mixed into them at the job site. As a result they’re considered low odour, meaning you don’t necessarily have to leave your home during refinishing. Waterborne finishes are also non-yellowing so will not change colour over time. They’re fast drying so you will be back on your floors at least a day earlier than if you used an oil-based finish. They’re also considered more durable than the oil based finishes. Also because of there fast drying nature, some floor layouts can prevent the finish from being flawless. The facts presented will hopefully help you to determine what type of finish is right for you. So whether you opt for the silky feel of an oil finish or its environmentally friendly water based counterpart, rest assured that both finishes will give your floors the protection needed to endure the years to come.

If you want to have hardwood flooring for your house then there are things you should be reminded of to make sure that everything will work out perfectly fine and you will have the best flooring. If you want to have hardwood for your home, you should always consider your budget. So if you find some hardwood that are sold in a very low price then think again, this might be too good to be true. Choose a flooring made of wood that will perfectly fit every room in the house. You can always ask some professional hardwood installer or an interior designer on what hardwood will be best for your living room, kitchen, and each and every bedroom in your house. Listen to these people when they tell you suggestions on what type should best fit your home, since they have the expertise and the knowledge to help you. You can also look around and check some online hardwood flooring calculators to help you figure out how much it will cost. If you have the knowledge to know everything about hardwood then it would be easier for you to choose the right one for your home.