Bruce Hardwood Flooring Overview
Bruce hardwood flooring is designed specifically to stand the test of your family’s lifestyle. They literally have the largest selection of colors and design in the entire flooring industry. It boasts virtually carefree finishes and comes with an assurance of quality. These floors are gorgeous, very durable, and incredibly affordable, which is always a good thing. You also get a product that is natural and safe in regards to the environment.
Bruce Solid Hardwood Floors
When we are talking about solid wood flooring, planks are the bread and butter. It comes in varying widths from 2 ¼ inches to 5 inches wide. The thickness is also varying, but ¾ inch is the industry standard. Customers simply love this hardwood flooring and the good reviews far out weigh the bad ones. Because most bad reviews are a result of improper care and handling, I would like to stress the importance of reading the care and installation packages before installing this floor covering. But in the meantime here are some key points that you need to keep in mind before you purchase Bruce solid hardwood flooring.
- Moisture levels and temperature changes will cause solid wood to shrink and expand given certain conditions. This will typically happen during season changes.
- Solid hardwood floors can be sanded and refinished when needed and is typically required if you have had the flooring for at least 15 years.
- Renewing the wear surface on solid wood floors is as easy as applying more coats of urethane as needed. This is done to save money on entirely refinishing your hardwood floors by eliminating the sanding element.
Bruce Engineered Hardwood Floors
Despite the misconception engineered hardwoods are completely real wood boards, meaning that there is NO laminate or plastic parts. It is simply formed by adhering 3 to 10 layers of wood called plies. They are glued in a cross-ply construction for added durability. The top layer of the wood is called the veneer and this is what you will be able to see when you are looking at it installed. The thickness of Bruce veneers will rage from 1/16 of an inch thick to 1/6 of an inch. And the overall thickness of the planks ranges from ¼ of an inch to ¾ of an inch. Because of the multi-ply structure, engineered woods are a lot more stable and less susceptible to moisture and temperature causing shrinking and expanding. Like before here are some things to consider before you choose Bruce engineered floors:
- Unlike solid wood flooring, engineered floors can be installed directly over concrete or below grade level.
- Engineered wood flooring with a veneer thinner than 1/10 of an inch can not be refinished; but it can be re-coated to renew the surface of the floor.
When it comes to flooring both solid and engineered hardwood are some of the longest lasting options. If you care for your Bruce hardwood properly you may never have to replace your floors. In high traffic applications this is a different story however, because hardwood surfaces are extremely susceptible to scratching. This can be remedied by choosing a harder specie of wood, such as oak for your floors. Also you can go with a distressed look and never have to worry about scratches showing. It will just add to the character of the floor.