Installing and Refinishing Hardwood Floors in Boise since 2000
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Here are some samples of domestic hardwoods that are commonly used in hardwood floors. Hickory, Oak and Maple are very typical of hardwood floors in the Treasure Valley. Click on an image to see it enlarged.
Exotic hardwoods are imported from tropical regions and can vary greatly in cost and availability but offer unique and stunning colors and grain patterns not found in domestic hardwoods. The following Species (and others) are available:
Cherry (Brazilian), Cypress (Australian), IpÍ, Mahogany (Santos), Merbau, Padauk, Purple Heart, Rosewood (Brazilian), Sapele, Sucupira (Brazilian Chestnut / Walnut), Teak (Brazilian), Tigerwood, Wenge, Zebra wood^ Top of Page
The grade describes the appearance of the wood. The Higher the grade, the more expensive it will be. A grade of "#1 Common" is very typical for a hardwood floors in the Treasure Valley.
(NOTE: Characteristics included in a higher grade are automatically accepted in lower grades. Some wood species such as Maple, Beech, Birch, and Pecan are graded as "Firsts", "Seconds", and "Thirds" that are comparable to "Select", "#1 Common", and "#2 Common" respectively.)^ Top of Page
A-MAX Hardwood uses only the finest finish products available. We apply one coat of sealer and 2 top coats for a superior 3-coat finish that is durable and easy to maintain. The following options are available:
A-MAX Hardwood typically recommends a natural color finish (no stain) with a Satin sheen. Semi-Gloss and Gloss sheens are available but imperfections and scratches will be more apparent. Wood stain can also be applied (prior to finishing) to enhance the color and grain on bolder grained hardwood species. Read more about hardwood flooring finishes here.^ Top of Page
Hardwood floor planks are available in several widths: 2 1/4", 3 1/4", 4 1/4", 5 1/4", and 7". While wider planks have an elegant appearance, the wider widths have lower dimensional stability. Mixing widths (alternating 4 1-4" with 5 1/4") can add some stability while maintaining that wide plank look. Wider widths will also be more expensive than a typical width of 3 1/4".
Most hardwood flooring is plain or flat-sawn. Flat sawing produces tangential grain that is characterized by cathedral arched and flame-shaped patterns. Rift and quarter sawing produces a tighter radial or vertical grain that appears as roughly parallel lines with medullary ray fleck and figure. Because flat sawing is faster, easier and cheaper, rift and quarter sawn hardwood is more expensive. However the radial grain greatly increases the planks dimensional stability and yields a more consistent appearance than flat-sawn hardwood, especially in bold grained species such as Oak.
Other specialty planking includes pre-engineered surfaces that have a rustic country appearance such as Rough Sawn, Hand Scraped, and V-Grooved.