Isn’t it great when a project you’ve been planning to do forever finally gets done? Pre-staining helps prevent streaks and blotches by penetrating the wood to promote uniform acceptance of the final stain. Our plank is pine, a soft wood that is notoriously difficult to stain evenly, so we slathered the pre-stain on liberally before applying the Golden Oak with a rag and quickly wiping it off. Laminate, or engineered, flooring is a built up composite to form planks with a specialty tongue and groove assembly also on the sides and ends of each plank. A floor installed with engineered hardwood flooring is not amenable to patterns as each planks must be installed just like all the other planks.
See the picture for a patterned hardwood floor; this type of work is not possible with an engineered hardwood wood floor. Test fit a piece of flooring to see if it will fit under the jamb; most work will require the new wood flooring to be installed under a jamb somewhere. Other areas can have a metal trim or custom wood trim to match the hardwood flooring and that provides a transfer between your hardwood flooring and adjacent carpet or tile.
Personally I like the look of the hardwood floor in long planks better, but the installation of either is very similar, and not difficult at all. I’m not quite so satisfied after several years – it is a relatively soft wood and has many small dents in it. It might have worked better if not under a dining table with table and chair legs moving around on it. It might be 25 cents per square foot for a small floor using materials picked up at a yard sale to $25 per square foot for high dollar flooring.
The biggest cost of wood floors is the installation and knowing how to do it yourself saves BIG bucks! This is not only an aethetic issue but also the wider that the planks are, the more chances they will have to expand which can cause cupping issues. Barring flooding, it probably is. If the wood is wet, it should be dried thoroughly and you need to correct whatever problem caused it. In most cases, you can usually forgo removing the entire floor and instead rip cut some of the wood planks to make them smaller. Square flooring is literally small squares of glued wood and is slightly less expensive.
For larger paintings, we nail several sections on boards together, using two 1 x 4’s across the back in order to hold the planks together. If you study real barn wood that’s been exposed to years of weather, you’ll see that it isn’t just one color. Painting on wood really isn’t a lot different than painting on canvas, but there are some subtle differences.