Engineered hardwood flooring is also resistant to temperature change. One of the problems you may experience with tiles or even solid wood flooring is that it expands and contracts with the temperature changes. With tiles this can lead to cracking, but with wood it can result in warping, which means unstable floors which will need replacing sooner rather than later.
What is Factory Finished Flooring? Wood flooring can be purchased and installed either factory finished or unfinished. Finished products are generally the easier way to go since it will be complete and ready to walk on immediately after installation. Depending on where it will be installed, unfinished wood can be beneficial. It comes without stain or a topcoat, making it ideal for matching existing floors or for obtaining a specific, custom color.
You cannot refinish or sand it so if it becomes scratched, chipped, or starts to peak in the corners you have to replace it. Although laminate flooring is hard it still makes noise when someone walks on it. The one disadvantage it has over wood flooring is that it has a shorter life span and could lower the resale value of your home. Even if you are experiencing problems with your laminate flooring, some things can be done to overcome these problems. When installing laminate flooring make sure that you do not use it in the basement, laundry areas, or bathroom.
It can be slippery because the flooring surface is very smooth. Because of this laminate flooring should not be used in a bathroom. There is a possibility of the flooring becoming chipped. High-heeled shoes or sharp objects can scratch it. If you move appliances or heavy objects can make the flooring full of scratches and hard. Laminate flooring tends to rise in the corners, known as peaks. The flooring can even be spoiled by changes in the weather.
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