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Hardwood Floors

Why choose Hardwood flooring?

Hardwood flooring is one of the most stunning additions you can integrate into your home.  

  • They add warmth, beauty and elegance as well as providing a whole list of added benefits.  Hardwood  floors add natural, long lasting beauty to any home.
  • Increases the value of your  home instantly, and can even provide the advantage needed for a quicker sale in today's  competitive housing market.
  • Cost less in the long run than other types of flooring.
  • Properly maintained, hardwood floors can last a lifetime.
  • Hardwood floors are more sanitary than other types of flooring.
  • Hardwood floors are hypo-allergenic, trapping fewer allergens, bacteria, and dust mites than  other flooring option
  • Hardwood floors help to improve air quality.
  • Hardwood flooring is easy to maintain when compared to some other types of flooring.
  • There is a wide range of wood species, color, grain variation, and staining to choose from, to match your style.
  • Hardwood floors can be repaired if damaged It's always an option to have your floor refinished if you would like to renew it.

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  • Refinishing Hardwood Floors
    Hardwood -the most practical of all flooring materials wears off too over time. A modern new finish can make the hardwood floors much easier to maintain.  Refinishing your hardwood floor can freshen up the finish of a wood floor that's dulled from being hidden under carpet for years.

  • Anyone who's tackled a hardwood refinishing job can tell you it's a mess, starting with the removal of the previous finish. As hardwood flooring professionals, we have the knowledge and experience to give your wood floors a quality new finish. We also have the proper equipment to handle the job efficiently. Unless you have experience in this area, a project of this magnitude can get complicated.

  • Sanding Hardwood Floors
    The purpose of sanding the floors is to remove the old finish and prepare the surface for a new finish. You can then choose to stain the floor or leave it natural. While refinishing can be done as a DIY project, it involves renting specialized equipment, a good bit of muscle and can get pretty messy. W

  • Staining Hardwood Floors
    There are many different stain shades available. Although color charts are helpful, what looks right printed on paper will always look different on its intended surface. Furthermore different types of hardwood floors can look different with the same stain, and stain will look differently on refinished flooring than on newly installed wood. Therefore before you start to stain ensure you are talking to professionals. We would be happy to help you choose the right shade for your floor. 

 

Hardwood Wood floor Education

    1. Starting Point
    2. Hardwood Floor Manufacturer
    3. Wood Flooring products

     

    Flooring Starting Point

    Subfloor

    - Is your subfloor concrete or plywood?

    Plywood - you can nail the hardwood product directly to the sub-floor. Traditionally a 3/4" solid wood product is ideally suited for this situation.

    Concrete - plywood can be installed over the concrete and then  nailed down. This has two negatives:

    1. you are adding 1 1/2" of height to your floor which impacts transitions, around door frames, etc. 
    2. additional cost of supplying and installing sub-floor.

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    Flooring Manufacturer

    Once you know what type of product you need you must decide on a manufacturer of that type of product. When choosing a manufacturer you should evaluate the following:

    1. History - has the company been in business for a substantial period of time
    2. Reputation - are they known for producing a consistent, quality product
    3. Capability - can they produce the product on time or will it be continually back-ordered
    4. Strength - do they stand behind their products - not only in writing but in practice

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    Flooring Products

    1. The key features of a quality prefinished solid hardwood are the finish and the milling of the board itself as well as an endless array of details.

    The finish needs to be as strong as possible without compromising the natural look of the wood nor the ability to work with the finish in the future. Multiple coats of seven or more can be individually applied and ultraviolet cured which give extra strength and prevents the finish from yellowing. The most obvious sign of good milling is the size of the bevel. The more accurate the milling, the smaller the bevel is required to assure there is no "overwood" (a ridge or lip) between the boards.

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    2. The most important things to look for in an engineered floating floor are strength or thickness and stability. An easy determinant of quality is the thickness of the hardwood wearlayer. The thicker the hardwood the more times you can resand the product and the longer its life. Equally as important is the process that glues the hardwood layer to the core layer. The hardwood layer should be a true cut layer of hardwood and not a peeled or veneer layer. The core and back layers should be of substantial thickness and be from a coniferous source. This will increase stability.

    A unique design originating in Germany puts the core in thin strips running perpendicular to the surface and the backing. Finally, the narrower the panel, the more stable the product will be. The reason that stability is so vital is that the floating floors are susceptible to movement either warping (cupping) or separation (gapping).

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    3. Besides the general look of the product the quality of a direct pressure laminate can be determined by looking at three of its features. The core of the board consists of various densities of fiberboard. The higher the density the greater the strength. The greater degree of water impermeability and the more stable the product. The board's backing should be made of melamine or of similar construction. This way it moves in conjunction with the top layer and decreases the chance of warping or separation. As well it further adds strength to the product. Finally and most importantly the strength of the surface or wearability. A standard "taber test" result of at least 6000 revolutions (the number of rotations before the full finish is breached) shows good strength. The manufacturer's warranty is the industry standard for a high-end quality product.

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