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Difference between solid hardwood and engineered hardwood.Back to Top

Solid
  • Construction: Each plank is milled from a single piece of solid lumber.
  • Reaction to Climate Changes: More susceptible to humidity and temperature changes.
Engineered
  • Construction: Each layer of cross-grained products are fused under heat and pressure for added strength - resulting in floors that resist expansion and contraction.
  • Reaction to Climate Changes: Highly stable, with minimal susceptibility to relative humidity. The layered construction produces joints less likely to gap due to shrinkage and expansion resulting from seasonal temperature and humidity changes.

Why Choose Wood?

If you love charm, tradition, rich colours and varied patterns, then wood is the perfect choice for your home. There’s no better way to inspire your home decor.

Versatility- Wood can enhance any decorating style, from retro to modern.

Durability- Wood is resistant to the vicissitudes of everyday life.

A Greener Material - Wood is a renewable resources. In addition, it has a smaller environmental footprint than any other material, from extraction to final product.

Resistant- Wood floors have excellent mechanical strength.

Hypoallergenic- Wood does not trap dust, keeping the air clean in your house.

Great Value- Wood stays beautiful for a long time and never goes out of style. It will add value to your home.


Benefits of Hardwood FlooringBack to Top

From NWFA Real Estate Agents Wood Flooring Survey: Real estate results show that 99% agree homes with hardwood floors are easier to sell, 90% agree they sell for more money, and 82% agree they sell faster. In addition, more than half agree wood floors increase a home's resale value, promote a healthier indoor living environment, are beautiful, and are easy to maintain.
—Publication Date: November 2006, NWFA


Does wood flooring go well with most design styles?

Yes!  In a recent survey commissioned by the NWFA, more than three-quarters of interior designers find that wood flooring works well with many decorating styles. "It’s the most versatile floor covering there is," says one designer.  "Wood goes with contemporary and traditional and everything in between."  Designers rated natural materials as superior to man-made materials in beauty, prestige, style, maintenance, and durability. A variety of woods and finishes are available to complement the decor and style of any room. Oak and maple are the most popular woods, but some homeowners are investing in exotics such as Brazilian cherry and Purpleheart.


Healthy Indoor Environment

Yes!  Bacteria, dust and dirt do not embed themselves in wood flooring, as they do in other flooring options. Simple regular maintenance — such as dustmopping, sweeping, or vacuuming keeps wood floors sanitary.


Choosing the right sheens for wood floors.

It really is a matter of preference. If you choose to install a site-finished floor, you can choose any sheen that you like.  Satin finishes offer the most shine, and will reflect the most light. This finish also is sometimes referred to as glossy.  Semi-gloss finishes offer some shine, and will reflect some light. Matte finishes offer the least shine, and will reflect the least light. This finish also is sometimes referred to as flat.

Generally speaking, the less sheen, the less you will notice small scratches and other wear that is normal with wood floors. If you choose to install a factory-finished floor, you will be limited to the sheen available for the material you select. All sheens will offer the same protection for your floor, so it truly is a matter of which look you like best.


Instances where wood floors fade over time.  Is there anything I can do to prevent this?Back to Top

Wood floors are one of the few flooring options that become more beautiful with age. Like all natural things that experience change over time, wood floors will experience subtle color changes as they age. This is a natural process called patina that will add to the beauty and character of the floor.

Different species of wood flooring will experience color changes at different rates. In general, more-common species such as oak and hickory will experience minimal color change over time, while less-common species, like American cherry and Brazilian cherry will show more color change over time. These changes are natural, but can be minimized with a little prevention.

Two factors influence color changes in wood floors: sun exposure and the finish that is applied to the floor.  Over time, prolonged sun exposure will cause wood floors to change color. Think about how skin reacts when exposed to sunlight. Wood reacts in much the same way, and you can minimize this effect by periodically moving rugs and furniture to limit that exposure.

The second factor that can cause wood floors to change color over time is the finish used. Oil-modified finishes will amber over time, giving the floor a slightly yellow appearance. In contrast, water-based finishes generally will remain clear over time, minimizing long-term color changes.


Wood Floors Installation.

Installing wood floors is a lot more complicated than painting your walls or replacing the hardware on your kitchen cabinets. 

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 or $200 of hardware and starting over again. Plus, wood flooring requires special tools that you will likely have to rent and will have little experience using.  

More importantly, however, you will 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 a 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.

In some cases, you may not be able to exactly match the lot, much like running short of paint sometimes results in a slight color difference when mixing a new gallon.

The bottom line is that installing wood floors is not recommended as a DIY project.  In the long run, you will save money and time by using a professional.


Hardwood Floors Care and MaintenanceBack to Top

Use only cleaners approved for use with wood floors.  To prevent scratching from excess dirt and dust, dry mop or vacuum the floor regularly. Avoid leaving any moisture on the floor for long periods time. 

Place a doormat outside exterior entrances to collect excess moisture and dirt and stop it from getting on your floor.

Use only colorfast and non-scratch carpeting or pads on your floor.

Avoid sharp or pointed objects with concentrated weight such as high heels, on your floor.

Use protective felt pads under furniture legs or wide casters under appliance levelers.

If using a wheeled dolly to move furniture or appliances on your floor, place a clean sheet of smooth plywood or other protective layer over your floor surface.

Rearrange furniture occasionally for increased indentation resistance.

There is never a need to wax your floor at any time.


Use of Mop and Bucket to Clean Hardwood floor?

We do not recommend using a mop and bucket to clean your hardwood floors. If too much water enters the wood through the cracks in the floor, there is a chance that the flooring could expand and cause a range of problems, including cupping (when the sides of the floorboards curl up) and peeling finish (when the varnish detaches from the boards).

Always use high-quality products for better cleaning results. The use of lower-quality cleaners may leave a greasy residue on your floor (cloudy film or haze). It can also cause problems or reduce the life of your floor's finish.

If possible, avoid any product that claims to protect your floor. These products leave a cloudy film or residue, making your floor look damaged.


LaminatesBack to Top

Laminates are high performance floors made from wood.  The top layer, known as the wear layer, protects against staining, fading and wearing. It is made from translucent paper (wood fibre), impregnated with moisture repelling resin and abrasion resistant aluminum oxide, which is roughly as hard as diamonds.  The next layer is a color image printed on specialty paper providing an authentic appearance.  The core of the floor is a high-density wood fibre panel that is extremely dent and moisture resistant.  On the bottom of each plank is the balancing layer. This protects planks from bottom-up moisture and provides structural integrity.


Where Can I Install Laminate Wood Flooring?

It can be installed in any room of your home, above or below ground, over wood or concrete. But, because laminate flooring is a wood flooring product it is not recommended to be installed in wet locations such as bathrooms, washrooms, saunas, enclosed porches or verandas, or anywhere that may require wet-mopping.  Extended exposure to moisture of this type may cause the core of your laminate flooring to warp or swell.

Laminate Floors Care and Maintenance

Initial care
Following installation, clean with a no-rinse product made specifically for laminate floor care.

Regular maintenance
Sweep, vacuum or dust mop regularly, as built-up grit can damage the finish and surface of your floor. The vacuum head must be a brush or felt type.  Periodically clean the floor with cleaning products made specifically for laminate flooring. Frequency will depend on the amount of traffic the floor receives. Follow the cleaner instructions closely. Remove spills or liquids immediately using a soft cloth and the cleaning product recommended. Do not allow spills or liquids to remain on the floor for an extended period of time as it may cause damage to your flooring.

Preventive maintenance
Never use other types of floor covering cleaning products (sheet vinyl, ceramic tile cleaners etc.). Never mop or flood your floor with water or other products. Do not use oil soaps, liquid or paste wax products or other household cleaners that contain lemon oil, Tung oil, bleach, polishes or ammonia. Do not use products that may leave a residue allowing the floor to be slippery or sticky and causing your floor to appear dull quickly. This could also damage the flooring, leave a discolouring residue and cause swelling, warping and void the warranty.
Never use scouring powder products, steel wool or abrasives. Put fabric-faced glides (non-staining), casters or felt pad protectors under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching. Keep pet’s nails trimmed and paws clean and free of dirt. Use a dolly or protective sheets of plywood when moving heavy objects. Remove shoes with spiked or damaged heels before walking on the floor. When moving heavy furniture, do not slide it on your flooring. It is best to pick up furniture completely to protect the flooring. Do not use rugs with solid rubber or vinyl backings. Maintain normal interior humidity levels. The range should be between 40% and 60%. Use a humidifier and/or dehumidifier if necessary.


Vinyl PlanksBack to Top

Luxury vinyl planks and tiles are multi-layered constructions that have a relatively firm surface and a characteristic bounce. This type of flooring is manufactured to withstand high-traffic and high-moisture areas of the home. Due to its advanced print technology, luxury vinyl flooring realistically replicates the look and texture of many natural materials like hardwood, stone and ceramic.

Luxury vinyl flooring (LVF) is a type of resilient flooring that includes both luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and luxury vinyl planks (LVP).
Luxury vinyl flooring is a term that loosely describes a vinyl-based flooring material that closely mimics the look of a natural material through realistic images and textures


Vinyl Planks Floor Care and Maintenance

Overall, vinyl is tough, resistant to scratching, scuffing, staining, indentation and other daily abuse.  This durability is especially critical in commercial settings where routine wear and tear take their toll on floors. Vinyl floors maintain their good looks even in heavy traffic areas. Some of the most abusive substances to any floor are tracked-in dirt and grime, which can wear away the surface of the floor.  As with any material, proper cleaning and maintenance are critical to the long life and beauty of a vinyl floor. Regular maintenance should include daily sweeping or dust-mopping, as removal of gritty dirt is extremely important. Floors should be damp-mopped with a neutral detergent. Spills should be wiped up before they dry with a clean white cloth dampened with warm water. To control tracked-in dirt, grit or stains from asphalt and oil in driveways, non-staining doormats should be placed at entrances. (Some rubber or foam-backed doormats can cause surface staining).