What is puzzle piece hardwood flooring and where can you use it?
Puzzle piece flooring is a style of solid hardwood flooring. Instead of the the strips, or wide planks that are normally seen, the boards are cut into the shape of large jigsaw puzzle pieces. These solid hardwood pieces are 5/8" thick instead of the standard 3/4". There are currently 13 different colors available, and can be mixed and matched to get a more interesting look. Puzzle piece hardwood flooring will cost considerably more than traditional hardwood options, and runs about $15 per square foot.
Since puzzle piece flooring is an informal look, it is perfect for game rooms or children’s bedrooms and playrooms. This hardwood flooring could also be used in a casual family room, and you can even plan a theme around it.
Installation and maintenance of puzzle piece hardwood flooring
Puzzle piece flooring is installed differently from traditional hardwood. Because of the unique shape, nailing sections down would be very difficult, so a floating installation is used. This floating installation means that the pieces secure to each other, and are installed over a cushion adhesive pad. The hardwood flooring is also easier to cut when you are fitting in the edge pieces since they are only 5/8” thick instead of the standard 3/4” thickness. These two factors make installation considerably faster and much more simple. Puzzle piece flooring can even be a DIY job depending on your skills.
Since this flooring comes from the factory already cut to shape, the hardwood pieces will have a bit of a beveled edge where dirt can settle. Because these pieces aren’t straight like standard planks or boards, it will be more difficult to get rid of dirt by sweeping. Using a vacuum with a hard floor attachment, or with a rotating brush that can be turned off for use on hard floors makes things easier here. Also, use a slightly damp mop with a ph-neutral cleaner for use on hardwood floors, or one recommended by the manufacturer.
The professionals at Gowdy Flooring can help you choose the right style of flooring material for your home or business, and perform the quality installation you need. Call us today at (806) 353-6226 for more information about our products and services. You can also connect with us via email on Contact Us. We welcome you to visit our showroom and office located at 5205 S. Coulter St. in Amarillo, Texas.