Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Are tired of dust mites, dust and dirt in your basement and also in your house?

Do you want to upgrade your floors you may be asking yourself what is the best course of action. Also if you are in a situation with high moisture in the substrate and or moisture readings that change frequently and even if you are dealing with radiant heat you may ask yourself the same question: How do I install hardwood flooring that is stable and good to look at? The answer is easy, Engineered wood floors.

Most folks only know about 2 1/4 and 3 1/4 inch thick solid hardwood flooring, most people do not realize that Engineered Hardwood Flooring may be another very reliable and viable way to use hardwood flooring in their house. Matter of fact the choices are many and the options available more than you may consider. Do not limit yourself by the opinion of an inexperienced installer or a cash conscious sales person.

 

Cash conscious?

Engineered Hardwood Flooring may be on the average more expensive than solid hardwood, but in some cases it may be the only sensible alternative addressing a variety of multiple concerns having to do from moisture critical environments to below grade installations and even radiant heat applications.

Bear in mind it is not laminate. NO instead Engineered Hardwood Floors are built using multiple layers of plywood that is glued together under high pressure and layered in 90 degrees cross patterns. The flooring is made of internal layers which are more structural, made mainly of soft white hardwoods, while the top area or top layer is made of veneer which is mainly cut for beauty and good looking grain.

This way one obtains a piece of […]

By |August 12th, 2013|Front|Comments Off

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.

 

Appearance
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.
Grades
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 […]

By |September 1st, 2012|Front|Comments Off

White Oak Plank

White Oak plank
White Oak is very misunderstood. I am referring at the striking disconnect between how beautiful White Oak flooring can be and how inexpensive it is. I am talking about the ultimate paradox in flooring. Yes white Oak is totally misunderstood. White oak is a beautiful tree, and the wood that comes from it makes exceptionally durable flooring, But unlike it’s most famous cousin the Red Oak, it does not have any of those more golden, and reddish tones everybody, specially in the Northeast find so appealing…. No instead White Oak sports some more subdued light brown, yellowish, and even sometimes greenish undertones.
Way back in ancient times…White Oak was as plentiful as Red Oak
and there was no real strong distinction between the two like there is today..even in color. Sometime when remodeling a house one has to take advantage of a chemical test to even tell them apart. Well that’s how it was years ago, like 30, 50, or more when more northern species were used, while today we source most of our commercial woods from the south of the United States. So a little bit of the mystery revealed..A much colder climate contributes to a much lighter wood, and that’s what we’ve seen been used in older houses. Today instead we source most of our White Oak from the south..Southern White. Yes Southern White is browner and darker, …so don’t try to mix the two.

Did i say paradox? So what happen when we stain it?
I say the unthinkable happen, the unappealing light brown undertones, become the perfect foil for all kinds of dark stains, coffee, cappuccino, dark chocolates and ebonies. While it’s cousin Red Oak has a basic problem with stains because […]

By |August 23rd, 2012|Front|Comments Off

How to Stain Wood Floors

How to Stain Hardwood Floors
As you know Staining your Hardwood Floor is a vast subject requiring a lot of research and knowledge and experience..some beyond my pay grade. 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 the edge of the […]

By |August 12th, 2012|Front|Comments Off

Rift and Quartered Flooring

How lumber is cut for hardwood flooring
Hardwood Flooring is the final product we put in our houses, however before there was a floor, there was a tree. The tree was cut down and sent to the mill, where it was cut in to boards by machines in any of three ways.Flatsawn, Quartersawn, or Rift Sawn.

 
Plain Sawn

Plain Sawn Lumber or Flat sawn, as it is called, is the most widely used and common method of sawing a log. Plain Sawn Lumber is obtained by first making a horizontal or vertical cut tangent to the circumference of the log and every cut after that is parallel to the very first cut. This method produces the very widest possible boards, with the least amount of waste. It is the most economical way to mill the lumber from trees in comparison to the other sawing techniques utilized in the industry. Plain Sawn lumber produces a very distinct cathedral pattern on the face grain of the boards.
Quarter Sawn
Quarter SawnLumber is produced instead by first quartering the log followed by sawing it perpendicular to the annual growth rings. This method produces a nice straight grain on the face of the board. In many wood species this particular technique makes the medullary rays visible on the face of the board in the form of “flake”. In mahogany it produces what is commonly called ribbon stripe. Quarter Sawn lumber creates more log waste and the end result is narrower boards in comparison to the Flat Sawn method.
Rift Sawn
 

The technique of Rift Sawing is very similar to that of Quarter Sawing producing similar limitations and advantages. During Rift Sawing, the quartered log portion is turned slightly off perpendicular before cutting not to expose […]

By |July 1st, 2012|Front|Comments Off

Hardwood Care the right way

How to Properly clean your Hardwood Floors
First of all, don’t ever use Murphy’s Oil Soap. This soap works great on furniture, do not use it on wood floors because it will leave a residue that will leave your floors looking dull after a bit of consistent use. Use Dry Swiffer instead, it is great for collecting dust, pet hair, and dirt form your floors and it is also less abrasive than a vacuum cleaner, However do not use a wet Swiffer, because the chemicals in the cleaning solution will break down the Urethane finish of your floor and cause long term damage, leaving The hardwood dull and lifeless.
After a basic sweeping with Dry Swiffer, You can use a microfiber cloth, and spray one of the many Hardwood specific Cleaners. I have to say there is many good products out there, and for sure the retailer providing the wood has their preference.
Protection from Water
Place area rugs in places where water might collect or spill. The prime areas are in front of the sink, by the refrigerator, and by the dishwasher. Even a small pool of water is a very fast way to ruin a hardwood floor.
Also you should never use a wet mop on your hardwood floor.
Continued use of a wet mop will warp your floor, by introducing excessive moisture thru the top layer, causing unnatural expansion of the wood. This will surely lead to a warped floor in which the boards start to “curl” leading to the problem we call “Cupping”.
Also the extreme expansion of the floor as a whole will cause “Checking” of the finish between boards, sometime resulting in a complete failure of the finish.
Also never use harsh cleaning solutions made by […]

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