Frequently Asked Questions
- Ask friends and relatives for referrals
- Ask the Better Business Bureau for references
- Get two-three estimates from companies you think are reputable
- When requesting a quote, ensure the company sees and measures the job site
- The best is when you actually see a beautiful floor at a house to inquire and get the numbers
That depends on where you want to install it.
Solid wood flooring is a solid piece of wood from top to bottom. The thickness of solid wood flooring can vary, but generally ranges from 3/4” to 5/16”. Solid wood can be used in any room that is above grade (above ground). Solid wood floors are ideal in family/living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, and even kitchens and powder rooms. Solid wood flooring can be sanded and refinished many times.
Engineered wood floors are real wood floors that are manufactured using multiple layers of wood veneers whereby the top layer consists of high-quality wood. The layers that can’t been seen, however, can be of the same species, or of different species. The grain of each layer runs in perpendicular directions, which makes it very dimensionally stable. This means that the wood will expand and contract less than solid wood flooring during fluctuations in humidity and temperature.
Engineered floors can be nailed or stapled to a wood subfloor, or glued down to a wood subfloor or concrete slab. This makes engineered wood floors ideal for slab and basement installations, but they can be used in any room either above or below grade.
It really is a matter of preference. All sheens will offer the same protection for your floor, so it truly is a matter of which look you like best. Keep in mind, if you choose to install a factory-finished floor, you will be limited to the sheen available for the material you select.
Gloss finishes typically offer the most shine, and will reflect the most light.
Semi-gloss finishes offer some shine, and will reflect some light.
Matte finishes (flat) offer the least shine, and will reflect the least light.
Generally speaking, the less sheen, the less you will notice small scratches.
Installing wood floors is a lot more complicated than it looks. Installing wood floors is not recommended as a DIY project. In the long run, you will save money and time by using a professional.
First of all, you will be spending several thousand dollars on material alone, so if you damage it, it’s not as easy as buying another $30 gallon of paint.
Wood flooring requires special tools that you will likely have to rent and will have little experience using. You will also need to make sure the room you’re working in is flat, that the subfloor material will work for wood flooring, and that no moisture issues are present that will damage the wood long-term. Testing for moisture requires special tools as well, and you must test both the subfloor and the flooring to ensure successful installation.
In addition, you will need to know how to center the room, how much space should be left for expansion gaps, how to work around obstructions like closets, fireplaces, bay windows, staircases, and cabinets, and if you make cutting mistakes, you may end up running short on your material and not have enough to finish the job.
Yes. Wood salvaged from a variety of sources, including old barns and factories, is a popular design trend.
Gapping occurs when wood floors lose their moisture content. Several factors can lead to its cause. Even though the hardwood is no longer living and growing, it contains cells that still take on and lose moisture with changes in relative humidity. Gapping in solid hardwood floors cannot be stopped completely. Wood expands and contracts with changes in humidity. Using a humidifier during the heating months may help reduce the amount of gapping in solid wood floors. Also, some wood species may expand and contract more or less than others – this is determined by climate. Engineered wood floors are much more stable than wood floors and will show little to no gaps between planks.