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Hardwood Floor Installation
At Cover-Ups Flooring, we provide expert installation services for solid and engineered hardwood flooring. Select from a wide range of hardwood flooring to find the right wood to enhance your interior design — or choose an engineered hardwood to accommodate high moisture or varying temperature environments in your home.
Solid Hardwood Flooring
Solid hardwood is a classic look that is popular in homes across Ontario. Solid hardwood is characterized by the texture variations found in the woodgrain, which means that no two planks of hardwood flooring will appear exactly alike. Homeowners love this authentic look.
As a natural material, hardwood will react to moisture and extreme temperatures, which may cause the solid wood to shrink and/or expand. For this reason, solid hardwood is not recommended for installation below ground level or in bathrooms. Long-lasting solid hardwood can be sanded and refinished to maintain its condition over the years.
Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Engineered hardwood can be installed where solid wood cannot. Engineered hardwood flooring is constructed using multiple cross-layers of wood, consisting of three to 10 layers with the top layer typically made of real wood. This multi-ply structure gives engineered wood superior stability, which reduces concerns associated with shrinking, twisting, or expanding when there are temperature and humidity changes.
Engineered hardwood is a great choice for finished basements. It can be installed directly onto concrete, which is not possible for solid hardwood. Depending on the construction type, engineered hardwood can be installed with either nail, glue down, or click-locking technology.
Choosing the Right Type of Hardwood
When it comes to selecting the type of hardwood for your floor, there are a number of considerations you should take into account — from plank size to type of wood, and more.
Durability is an important consideration when selecting the type of hardwood for your floors. Using a harder species of tree is important for high traffic areas. In these cases, you should consider options like Hickory, Maple, Oak, and Ash. The Janka scale is used to rate the relative hardness of wood and is one of the best devices for choosing wood flooring. Ask our team to advise on the best recommendations for your space.
Prefinished vs Unfinished
Finish is another important factor, when determining the durability and ease of maintenance for your hardwood flooring. Prefinished hardwood is sanded, sealed, and given multiple coats of ultraviolet-cured urethane resin by the manufacturer. Prefinished hardwood floors offer consistent quality, easier installation, and are functional as soon as they are installed.
On the other hand, unfinished hardwood floors must be sanded and sealed on-site. This involves extensive preparation and drying time is required after each sealing application. The process may require up to five days for completion. Make sure you factor in the additional finishing costs when considering your flooring budget.
There has been a trend away from the traditional 2¼” strip floor to wider 7½” planks. Random width planks are also popular, creating a more casual look and making use of more raw materials from the manufacturing process.
Depending on moisture conditions, exotic wood species are also becoming more popular. Don’t be afraid to get creative — consider pairing your hardwood with other flooring options like stone, tile, or carpet. This approach helps to define different seating or functional areas within a large, open space.
Hardwood Floor Maintenance
Want to ensure your hardwood floors continue to look their best? Make sure you are carefully maintaining your hardwood to get the best value and results.
Solid Hardwood Floor Maintenance
In general, the best way to maintain your hardwood floors is basic dust mopping, sweeping, or vacuuming with special hardwood floor attachments (or with the beater bar turned off). Avoid using a wet mop, which can dull the finish.
You should also know which type of finish is applied to protect your hardwood floor. Different finishes require different kinds of care. Check with Cover-Ups to learn what cleaner is best for your finish.
Wipe up any spills immediately, using a soft, dry, or slightly damp cloth. Allowing spills to remain on hardwood floors can damage the finish, as well as the wood.
Placing felt pads on the bottom of furniture legs and using area rugs will minimize scratches and keep small stones and debris off the floor. Special under-mats for area carpets can be purchased to protect your floors from discolouration.
In order to avoid gapping between your planks and to reduce the amount of movement, your indoor humidity level should be kept at 45-55% throughout the year.
Engineered Hardwood Floor Maintenance
Similar to solid hardwood, the best way to maintain engineered hardwood is with basic dust mopping, sweeping, or vacuuming with special hardwood floor attachments (or with the beater bar turned off). Spot clean spills as soon as possible.
Placing felt pads on the bottom of furniture legs and using area rugs will minimize scratches and keep small stones and debris off the floor.