Genuine Hardwood Floors
Traditional hardwood flooring is 3/4" thick and comes in various widths, lengths, and types. They're fastened to a wood based subfloor then sanded smooth. This step is followed by a sealer coat and multiple coats of finish. Real hardwood flooring can take weeks to acclimatize, especially in Hawaii's tropical climate. Real wood needs to sit in your home in order to reach the right moisture level and to adjust to your living environment. Living in more moist parts of Hawaii, like Manoa, can increase the acclimatization period up to 50%. Although real hardwood floors can be time consuming, dusty, and expensive, it is by far the best when it comes to wood flooring. Real hardwood floors can be re-sanded and refinished up to five times and individual boards can be repaired if they are ever scratched or damaged. With all other types of flooring there will be highs and lows between each board. This will affect the feel of the floor as you walk on it, and it will also be visible when looking across the floor. This kind of inevitable unevenness does not occur with genuine hardwood floors. Laminate flooring, sheet vinyl, and vinyl planks are a lot cheaper than hardwood flooring. In some cases, engineered wood flooring can cost more than real hardwood, but this depends on the product brand and the type of wood. The truth of the matter is solid hardwood flooring is the Rolls-Royce of flooring. It needs a lot of love and care, but in the end it will be a joy to have.