Wood Flooring from B.I. Rosenhaus
,Wood Flooring - Home, Office, Institutional, Commercial

Wood Flooring - Hardwood, Engineered, Laminate

 The introduction of engineered wood in flooring has come as a boon to wooden floor lovers. Technology has made it possible to manufacture flooring that is extremely durable and has the elegance of natural wood. The process of compressing many layers used to manufacture engineered wood makes it much tougher and heat resistant than solid wood and hence is suitable for any room, including the kitchen.

Wood responds to changing temperature and humidity by expanding and contracting. But engineered wood is resistant to all kinds of weather and temperature; its manufacturing process leaves very little chance for moisture to enter, thus protecting it from the variations of buckling and cracking.
There are two types of wood flooring - unfinished and pre-finished.  B. I. Rosenhaus carries only pre-finished wood flooring.  The color you see is the color you get. And you can walk on it right away.  The only colors you must be aware of that may vary are natural Cherry wood and the light color exotic species.

Engineered wood has a real layer of wood adhered to a substrate of fiber board or plywood.  The thickness of the real wood might be very thin or nearly as thick as the wear layer of solid wood.  This thickness will allow for up to three sandings and refinishing - enough for 15 to 20 years.  
One advantage of engineered wood is it only needs to be 3/8” to ½” in overall thickness.   This is important in New York City apartments so the metal doors don’t need to be cut shorter to clear the new floor.

Laminate Floors are a photograph of wood with a protective, strong, scratch resistant wear layer above a particle board substrate.  An economy priced flooring, usually installed loose with the ’click’ attachment method over a noise reducing pad.
There are three methods of installing plank floors:
    * Gluing directly to the wood or concrete sub floor or smooth tile for a permanent floor.  
    * Nailing to a wood floor .
    * Loose or floating with a thin soft pad underneath using the ‘click’ method.  Depending on price level and quality of the manufacturer, the seams can be glued for added stability.  The padding reduces the potential tapping sound heard and is a cushion between the neighbors below. A loose installation also allows replacing a damaged board and doesn‘t harm the sub floor.

Catering to continually changing tastes, floor boards come in a variety of widths from 2-1/2” up to 7” wide and a multitude of lengths. The boards are best laid in an off-set pattern paying attention to varying shades of stain to create an overall pleasing array of grain and color.

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