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Posts made in June 2018

Two Myths about Wide Plank Flooring

Wood planksTraditionally, wide planks have been one of the most uncommon options on the hardwood flooring market. However, wide planks are gorgeous, sturdy, and even have a fantastic resale value. Below are three debunked myths about wide plank flooring and why you should consider it for your home.

  1. You do not have to be interested in wide planks to want it

Wide planks are commonly considered to only appeal to people who go in knowing they want this type of flooring. However, wide planks offer a variety of visual benefits, such as fewer seams between the boards, and a better view of the vertical grain, that can appeal to just about anyone. Wide planks are an exceptional choice for anyone who can appreciate the look of a good hardwood floor.

  1. It is not the most expensive option out there

Though wide planks can be more expensive than strip wood floors, it is not the most expensive option on the market and is quite affordable for many people. If you keep your plank width on the narrower side, around 4-6 inches, prices can be significantly competitive with slimmer flooring options.

At our flooring store in Pittsburgh, PA, we will work with you to find the perfect flooring plan for your budget. If you are interested in hardwood floors, contact Flooring Discounters Pittsburgh today at (412) 287-8251.

The Advantages of a Prefinished Hardwood Floor

Beautiful living room with hardwood floorsThe planks used in hardwood flooring are traditionally installed as unfinished, then stained and finished after they are in place. Prefinished flooring, however, is becoming increasingly more popular among homeowners looking for a more rustic look to their homes.

Below are some of the advantages of prefinished hardwood flooring:

Durability: When finishing treatment is applied to the wooden planks, it creates a durable seal on the wood that isn’t always possible with planks finished after installation. This is because the finishing treatment contains aluminum oxide crystals within a UV-cured urethane coating.

Installation: Installing prefinished hardwood is much easier than installing hardwood flooring that still needs to be coated with finishing treatment. Sanding the planks can fill the room with wood dust that needs to be cleaned, and some finishes can leave an unpleasant, lingering odor. When planks are prefinished, the new hardwood floor is ready to go!

Maintenance: Since the seal on the planks is much stronger when applied at the manufacturing facility, maintenance of prefinished flooring becomes a breeze. Often, these planks are more resistant to stains, moisture, and other discolorations than unfinished planks and the treatment will generally last much longer.

If you are interested in engineered hardwood flooring in Pittsburgh, PA, contact Flooring Discounters Pittsburgh today by calling (412) 287-8251. Feel free to stop by our store to view all of our available flooring options in person as well.