Staining Hardwood Flooring

What are some ways to stain Hardwood?
As you know Staining your Hardwood Floor is a vast subject requiring a lot of research and knowledge and experience..some beyond my paygrade. I will say this that I will try my best.

From the contractor point of view
practices between contractors. Some absolutely love to stain Hardwood Flooring, they are good at it and they are able to offer custom colors to customers giving them the effect of very exotic Hardwood Species, and they are able to charge appropriately for their work. Other unfortunately hate staining Hardwood Floors, they see it as a hassle and a common source of complaints from their customers. Either way all reputable contractors should be very proficient at Staining.

So what are these customer concerns? To properly answer this question we refer to the Experts at Hardwood Floor Magazine From the revered NWFA

A good stain job is only as good as the sanding job that came before it. Wood flooring contractors who have done natural floors for years without a problem often find that they need to take their sanding skills to the next level in order to get an acceptable stain job. Any imperfection left by the sander will be highlighted once the floor is stained. Everything from drum marks to edger marks to screen marks seem to come alive with added color on the floor.
One of the most common problems caused by sanding is known as “picture-framing” or the “halo” effect. This is evident when a floor looks like one color in the field and another—lighter or darker—around the room’s perimeter. The effect is caused by a difference in sanding grits and/or sanding patterns used in the field and around […]

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Difference between red oak and white oak hardwood flooring

What is the difference between red oak and white oak hardwood?
Oak flooring is the most popular species of hardwood here in New England, and in most of the United States for that matter. Oak is a very practical hardwood flooring, is readily available (grown and made in the US), very affordable and very easy to stain, to give you the color effect you prefer. Many consumers don’t realize that there are 2 species of oak – red oak and white oak flooring.

If you are installing new hardwood flooring everywhere, either red oak hardwood or white oak hardwood will work, and your choice will probably be dependent on which look/color seems more appealing to you.

If you already have oak flooring, and are adding more material, you will want to match what you already have…that way, you will have a consistent look and wood will absorb the stain colors the same way. I’ve seen it happen too often where a customer (or contractor) has mismatched the wood with red oak in some areas and white oak in others. This means that your wood will never completely match – the graining will be different and the stain color will be different.
What’s the difference between red oak flooring and white oak flooring?

Red Oak has a bit of a pinkish tint is a little bit lighter than white oak. White oak tends to be a bit browner, darker and more yellow. When you stain them, the difference between the 2 species decreases, especially the darker you go. With lighter stains, the red oak tends to have a bit of red undertone in the color.

2. Graining – Red oak has stronger graining than white oak. White oak has a bit […]

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Hardwood Nailers and Staplers

Hardwood Flooring Tools
are very different today than they ever used to be. In the Old Days Hardwood was being nailed by hand,using cut described by the black and white picture on the right. I can only imagine how difficult, hard, and imprecise a job that might have been. Think how many times you would miss, and how many dents and bent nails…or sore thumbs..Ouchh!!

Nowadays we have some of the best equipment, powernailers, compressors, air hoses and lots of great choices in fasteners. In this brief article we are going to give you some simple tips and most of all explain some of the choices available to the modern contractor. When you look at the choices we list, everything is there. You can buy with confidence from Amazon.
Flooring Nail Guns
can be manual or pneumatic. They are designed to sit on the wood & drive nails into it. These tools grip the edge of wooden boards & can fire staples & cleats at high speeds into hard, soft & engineered (laminated) wood. Nailer Guns are specialized tools & there are many on offer from a variety of manufacturers.

Manual Floor Nailer
This type of nailer is similar in appearance to the pneumatic flooring nailer. The difference between the two is that the pneumatic gun is assisted by the power of a compressor. In simple terms by using a manual nailer, you will need to exert much more muscle power to drive the nails into the flooring.

Pneumatic Floor Nailer
Once connected to an air compressor this tool will install flooring planks concealing the staples & cleats by driving them at angles, producing an accurate, smooth finish. You will still need to strike a plate on the top of the […]

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Maple Hardwood Flooring

Maple flooring has many benefits for the homeowner that is looking for a new floor – Maple Hardwood Flooring is very sturdy and very  appealing. The maple tree comes in many different types with varying wood grain patterns and is perhaps best known for being the source of that Canadian favorite, maple syrup.

However, it is the maple wood itself that tends to attract attention from those looking to update their homes. Maple is usually relatively light in colour, but its markings can be significantly darker – making for a particularly striking appearance. The wood is also very strong, meaning that homeowners can be confident they are investing in flooring that will last for years to come.

Janka Hardness scale

As you can see in this chart Sugar Maple also called Hard Maple or Rock Maple has a Janka hardness rating of 1450. By comparison Red Oak has a hardness rating of 1290, making Maple 13% harder than Oak….That means a more durable and dent resistant type of floor. A true domestic exotic. It is this quality along with the clear light color that makes Maple flooring a favorite of contractors for gymnasiums, bowling alleys and dance floors.


Maple wood flooring also has a wonderful appearance. Due to the fact that Maple is nonporous it takes very good to the finishing process, giving it a glistening appearance. Other Hardwoods by contrast sometime show a bit of a rough look due to the fact they are a lot more porous.
The way Maple looks, and therefore it’s grading are primarily related to the zone of the United States where the material comes from. Check out this informative video from Carlisle floors, and see them explain how it’s all about […]

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