FAQ about hardwood flooring
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1. What is the most durable hardwood floor available?
All hardwood floors that are used for flooring are very dependable and resilient.They do have their different scales of hardness that you will find by referring to the Janka Hardness and Stability Chart.Some of the most popular species of wood that are used for flooring are Hard Maple,Red Oak,Cherry,Ash and Birch.Of these species listed , even thought they do have different scales of hardness,you will not see a great difference under normal wear and tear.
2. What is the difference between a prefinished and unfinished flooring?
The prefinished hardwood floor is end matched with a tight micro-beveled adge, and has up to 10 coats of aluminum oxide finish. The unfinished floors come end matched with a square edge and must be finished on site . Both floors come with a 25-year structural warranty.
3. How does moisture affect my hardwood flooring?
Excessive moisture can lead to numerous changes to your floor , such as cupping,buckling or cracking. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you do not use water to clean your floors.
4. Do i need a moisture barrier if it is above grade?
Yes. We recommend using a vapor barrier of 15-pound felt paper. This vapor barrier should be laid between the hardwood flooring and the wood subfloor to prevent any moisture from getting to the floor.
5. Can we install hardwood flooring in the basement?
No. It is highly recommended that you do not install hardwood flooring below grade. However,it is possible to install laminate flooring or engineered hardwood floors in these situations.
6. What is the best way to keep the floor maintained?
The best way to maintain your floor is to sweep, dust mop or vaccum the floors regulary . Hardwood floors also clean easily with a Swiffer or similary type dry mop . You should avoid excessive moisture . A slightly damp mop may be used to mop up a spill . For maintenance instructions call us and will be happy to help you with suggestions .
7. How should I clean my pre-finished wood floor?
It is very easy to clean pre-finish hardwwod floor.Simply dust mop, sweep, or vacuum (vacuum should have rubber wheels so no to scratch the floors).If you are not sure which cleaner is appropiate for your floor, contact us for assistance .
8. Can color variations be expected on the floor?
Yes. Hardwood flooring is a natural product. Therefore, you should expect there will be natural color variations in the wood.Although lower grades of flooring will have a larger number of character blemishes,you can expect color variations in all grades.
9. What are the different moldings and how are they applied?
The Quarter Round molding is used to hide the expansion gap left around walls during installation.
The T- molding is used as a threshold in doorways or as a transition strip where the hardwood flooring meets floor or carpet of similar height. T molding can also be used to change the direction in which the floor is laid.
The Reducer molding is used as a transition from the height of the sub-floor to the height of the hardwood floor.
The Stairnose molding is used to cover the front edge of the stair tread or step. If used on a stair, flooring is installed behind the Stairnose to cover the horizontal part(the tread) of the stair.
The Stairtread molding is a one piece molding used to entirely cover the structural stair tread.