Starke, FL
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KLC Floors in Starke, FL



All about hardwood flooring

Style alone is just one reason to love hardwood, but there's so much more to know.

KLC Floors, for over 15 years, has been serving North-Central Florida with our full flooring inventory and our services, such as kitchen/bath renovation and installation.

Our showroom is in Stark, FL. and we serve Middleburg, Lake Asbury, Gainesville, Green Cove, and High Springs. We also provide free estimates.

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Engineered vs solid hardwood flooring

Everyone knows solid, which is one big slice throughout the entire thickness. There is, however, another version, which is taking a major share of the wood industry: engineered wood flooring.

The only difference is construction, which makes it more stable and better able to handle water. Engineered is layered and, at the top, is a slice of genuine wood. This gives the surface all the beauty we've come to expect, with undertones, knots, swirls, etc.

Underneath are three or more layers of authentic timber combined with resin. Then they are placed in a criss-cross position, resulting in a floor that won't expand with humidity, need acclimation, or have similar installation limitations in higher-than-normal moisture rooms.

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Thickness matters for all hardwood

It's less expensive than solid and provides more flexibility in installation techniques, such as the DIY-friendly floating floors.

Like solid, there is an almost unlimited number of species. Some of the most popular ones, however, are maple, oak, hickory (pecan), and walnut.

While solid ranges from 5/16 to ¾-inch in density, engineered floors can be found in the⅝ to ¾ -inch span.

Thicker is better because it affects the number of times the floor can be sanded and refinished. Solid is usually done approximately every ten years with a total of four to six times during its lifetime, which can last for many years with proper maintenance.

Engineered can be sanded anywhere from one to five years, and it has a total lifespan of 25-40 years.

Both are easy to care for. Dust mop frequently (once a day if possible) so dirt won't embed and scratch the floor. Wipe spills immediately; when polishing, make sure the floor is completely dry so no liquid gets between the boards. No wood should ever be submerged in water or installed in the full bathroom, but engineered is fine for half baths, powder rooms, and all house grade levels.