Hardwood floor variations
As tempting as it can be to believe that hardwood planks for flooring will be uniform because they are cut and often finished in a factory, wood is a natural substance that will exhibit some variations. Certainly, it is possible to cut a board to a standard size so that all planks perfectly match in their dimensions. This, however, will not make them uniform.
Since a given set of planks may come from a large number of individual trees, variation can be expected in the patterns in the grain and even in the colours present in the heartwood and sapwood. Variation is not only caused by the differences from one physical tree to the next, however. A plank can have a different appearance because of a number of other factors. These range from the angle at which the sawmill or factory made the cut relative to the trunk, to factors that derive from the growing conditions that an individual tree was able to enjoy out in nature.
Sunlight levels, moisture levels, a tree’s individual position among the other trees in the forest, and soil quality are only a few considerations that can affect growth, and through it, the final appearance of the wood flooring product made from the trees.
Consumers can rest easy, however, because if high levels of variation are not desired, most differences can be wiped away through simple processes. Variations in colour, for example, can be largely corrected through the use of high quality stains. Surface texture variations can be reconciled through floor sanding services; London and other major cities offer consumers the chance to work with skilled craftsmen who can help them to achieve the look desired in a wood floor.