Prefinished or Unfinished?
Prefinished wood is sanded and finished in ideal conditions at a factory. It can be walked on right after installation. The subfloor must be in good condition or you can get highs and lows. Some cheaper quality wood have poor milling of ends and joints and can be visually displeasing. That is one reason almost all prefinished wood come with bevel on the long side. Some prefinished woods come with bevel on all four sides. The appalachian Wood shown above in our showroom comes with bevel on four sides and with the aluminum oxide on top. The milling is done with such precision that problems of butt ends not matching in height are a non-issue.
Unfinished wood gets all high points and low points filled and sanded totally flat and smooth. It is then coated with either a water base or oil base urethane. The oil base has been wekened over the past few years due to toxic vocs being removed. Oil base has a higher shine than the water base. We are strong believers in water base urethane being the better of the two. An exception might be when the wood is stained. Wood with water base urethane is easier to repair or touchup. It does not yellow in time like the oil base. An emulsion can be added to the water base giving it the patina that many customers like in the oil base finish.
Staining wood has been very popular. White oak has a better grain look when staining Appalachian weakened and is slightly harder than red oak. The issue often encountered with light stains on white oak is that they do not exactly match up to the red oak stair treads. There are countless verities of solid wood that each have there own beauty. Some wood like pine can be soft but very appealing while others like the exotic woods are off the chart when it comes to hardness or ability to avoid denting. If radiant heat is used under hardwood then exotics are not an option. Many wood over radiant heat are susceptible to gapping and cracking.
From exotics to simple Oak, Prefinished to Unfinished, we have it all!
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Solid Or Engineered?
Engineered Wood... is often misunderstood. Many customers usually want the real thing "or solid wood". They want the authentic look. What they do not understand is that Engineered wood is consturcted in two very different ways, dry-sawn or rotary cut. They each have multiple layers of plywood with marine glue connecting each layer. On top of that they put a thin layer of the actual species, which can be oak, maple, birch,exotic or any type one desires. This makes the
final product stronger and more resistant to cupping and separating especially when the wood is more than 2 1/4" wide.
The rotary cut is when the wood is rolled out in layers much like a roll of paper towels. The thin layer is put on top of multiple layers of plywood. This method makes an exaggerated wood grain pattern making it look slightly different than solid wood. It can still be sanded one or more times if wear starts to show. Most times wood is never constructed but simply screened and urethaned to retore its original look. This wood typically sells for less than solid wood.
The dry-sawn method is when the top layer is solid wood just cut thinner. It is put on multiple layers of plywood which makes the wood much more stable and less
likely to seperate or cup and looks exactly like solid the solid wood. Engineered wood that is dry sawn is better but cost more than most solid woods. This wood can be urethanerestoreseparate just like solid wood. All engineered wood can be stapled, glued or floated.
Solid Wood... should not be installed over concrete or in high moisture areas such as basements and master bathrooms with few exceptions. Solids need to be in a controlled environment never too dry or too moist or problems arise such as gapping or cupping. The good news is that solid wood can be resanded over and over again to restore its natural beauty and nothing looks more authentic than engineered wood that is rotary cut.