Milwaukee hard wood floor company educates home owners on Bamboo and Bubinga types of wood species that can be used successfully for flooring.
Royal Wood Floors specializes in hard wood floor refinishing and installing hard wood floors in the greater Milwaukee area and has been highly successful for over 15 years. “After servicing or installing a new floor, we make a point of providing the following as a special series of tips for every customer in order to ensure that their floors are protected and provide that stunning hard wood beauty for as long as possible”, says Keith Allman who owns Royal Wood Floors. He continues to say, “there are a variety of problems that can affect the beauty and life of hard wood floors and once these are isolated they can be handled properly so that the hard wood lasts for years the way it should”. “We feel that by educating the home owner they can be better equipped to tackle a project themselves or will know what to ask and expect when working with professionals”, he ends.
In many cases a wood floor that has lost its luster can be restored with a buff and coat project or a full restoration. The way to find out is to contact Royal Wood Floors and schedule a free estimate where their professionals will evaluate exactly what must be done to restore the hard wood floors natural beauty. Here are different types of wood that can be used to create beautiful spaces in homes or work environments.
Is Bamboo Good for Hard Wood Flooring?
Bamboo is a very nice type of wood that has many benefits and can be used to create a very nice nature look and feel to any space.
Bamboo is typically available in light (manila/yellow tones) or dark (tannish brown) shades. The colors will vary between manufacturers that you visit or buy from. There are variations in grades. Bamboo is available either horizontally or vertically laminated. Horizontal construction tends to show nodes from the bamboo stalks more predominantly. The distinctive grain patterns tend to show the nodes from the actual bamboo stalks. Bamboo is actually grass. The hardness will vary depending on the manufacturer of the boards.
There are no real known nailing problems with it and due to its unique and fibrous structure, bamboo should not be sanded across the grain or at a 45-degree angle to the grain. Its light color tends to show swirl marks, other sanding marks and finish imperfections, much as a light maple floor can. All surface type finishes have been used successfully with bamboo. Darker colors may tend to show lap marks – moving quickly during application and applying the finish quickly around cut-in areas can minimize this affect. Filling the floor is recommended. Bamboo flooring is mostly available with a factory finish. Because bamboo is rigid, Professional installers will tend to pay close attention to the flatness of the sub-floor at the time of installation. The origin of bamboo is Asia. The majority is made in china from what is called Moso, however, some is made from different types of bamboo species that are grown in countries such as Vietnam. Bamboo is excellent for hard wood flooring.
What is Bubinga Hard Wood?
Bubinga is a type of wood species that comes in pinkish tones, red or red/brown with purple streaks or veins. It changes from pinkish/rose when freshly milled, to burgundy red when aged. The grain is fine, straight or interlocked and it can be highly figured. Quarter exhibits flame figure; flat-sawn has rosewood graining.
It has what is considered an average dimensional stability. Nailing tends to split tongues. And so, pre-drilling or hand nailing may be preferred. When sanding this type of wood, it will sand correctly if the sanding is done correctly and the professional sequence is followed. Royal Wood Floors will understand this. If you are attempting to finish this type of wood floor, be sure to test all finishes first. An oil-modified finish will take a longer time to dry. With this type of wood species, dust has been known to cause contact dermatitis. The origin of this type of wood is Africa.
“The best way to make sure that your hard wood floors are protected and as beautiful as they naturally can be, is to always do the research first or seek professional help. Then problems such as the ones described here can be prevented,” says Allman.
For more information about this experienced and professional hardwood floor restoration and new installation company, or to schedule repairs by these wood floor refinishing contractors, or learn about custom wood styles or the company’s inlay and medallion installation services, phone Keith Allman at 414-378-2066.
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