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How to install hardwood flooring

How to install hardwood flooring.

It is very common for hardwood flooring to be installed over an existing subfloor the subfloor needs to be three quarter of an inch plywood.However installing hardwood floors in today’s day and age includes nailing methods that have changed very much over the last few years.

In the old days we used to use nailers by hand with the big old mallet they required exact aim and quite a bit of strength but today we don’t rely on those nailers anymore instead we rely on pneumatic nailers.

In the old days the nails were very similar to a cut nail use for concrete today we use staplers for the most part. The question is asked all the time is it better to use nails or is it better to use staples.
For me is very easy staples come with long legs. As they entered the hardwood the legs braid themselves creating a very intricate lock. It is very hard to remove boards that were stapled together. Installers always have their own preference of which tool is best to use on the hardwood floors. We will leave that choice up to them but remember pneumatic staplers are much better to use.

The next thing that one has to make sure is that we have a good subfloor. The proper subfloor is three quarter of an inch plywood, particle board will not do or any other subfloor that is thinner than three quarter of an inch will not allow the nails or staples to seat properly.

If the nails do not grab a hold of the subfloor in a proper way the floor will be spongy underfoot will make noise, it will creak and the nails eventually […]

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Composite Decking

Composite Decking
If you ever thought about buying or building a deck made with composite decking than this small article is for you.

In times past it was much easier to build a deck, any deck for your house and the decision to choose the material was even more simple because there was only one material available: wood.

Today there are way too many choices regarding the materials used for decking, and the color choices and textures multiply the possibilities exponentially, also many different brands offer continuously improved versions of their decking at a ever increasing pace. What’s even stranger is that some of the components available to the contractor and the consumer today don’t even have any wood in it.

Do we even need that many choices and options? Man’s effort keeps improving thanks in no small part to technology and making our life better and more efficient.

In the not so distant past there was a common thread when it comes to wood decking, whether you are talking pine, cedar or redwood they all need extensive care and maintenance to keep up with the beating the elements bring like snow, rain, and the damage caused by the sun’s rays. Sanding the deck, resealing it and re staining are awful chores that cannot be ignored if one’s to maintain the deck.

Leave it to technology to find areal world solution to a real world problem. We call it composite decking.

Typically composite decking is made by combining different materials like wood by products and plastic and processing it to give it the appearance of real live wood. These materials themselves can be made out of virgin products or even recycled materials. Think of it as an amorphous pudding where the […]

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Engineered Floor Staplers

Many people ask us what are the best Engineered Floor  Staplers.
Here is a small list:

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Brazilian Cherry

Prefinished Brazilian Cherry Hardwood
The most beautiful South American Hardwood Flooring, is named Jatoba, in the native language, Brazilian Cherry. Though it does not produce any fruit, the hardwood floors we harvest out of this majestic tree are beautiful, hard, and super durable.
These pictures are beautiful examples of how and why Brazilian Cherry is known universally as the “king of Hardwoods”. Deep brown with strong wine undertones, make the color bouquet of this superstar. However what is most astonishing is the hardness associated with this species. Check out the Janka Hardness Scale as it relates to it.

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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 nails..as 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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