If you're remodeling a home, chances are you want wood flooring in at least one of your rooms. Wood flooring has a timeless look and it gives a house a warm feel. However, there's almost too much information out there about wood flooring, making it hard to know what's what. Learn the basics of wood flooring here and get a run-down on each of your three main choices: solid hardwood, engineered wood, and laminate flooring.

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Though it would be hard to find anyone willing to hand scrape a floor in our time, the principles behind scraping and filling still apply to many old-house floors: For old or new work, sand down to the finest grit practical in stages to remove mill marks, moving from, say, 80 grit to 220 grit. Vacuum meticulously between sandings, and don't make wide leaps between grits. Traditional wood fillers are still available for fine woodworking (albeit increasingly in altered, clean-air formulation) and can be an option for new open-grain wood floor installations. Test first to judge results.


When refinishing floors, study the floor and existing finish first. Removing the old finish may remove old filler and varnish down to fresh wood, opening pores that will accept finish or stain unevenly. To avoid this possibility, consider applying a filler, or at least a stain controller, over the floor to even the absorption as well as level the surface. For shine or a deep appearance, apply at least three coats of finish, sanding lightly between coats. The first two only fill the wood surface, smoothing it for the final coat.


Dustless System, designed specifically for professional wood floor sanding contractors, the AVAC 26 dust containment system is the perfect mix of power and performance. Its compact design makes it highly portable, and yet it still boasts a large 26 gallon capacity tank with superior filtration capabilities. Its high suction, high filtration, and ease of transport make it the vacuum of choice in the wood floor sanding market.