Choosing a floor for your home is an important one, as it is the foundation of your interior look. Generally, it is the most used and seen item and the one that will last the longest in your home. You want to get it right! Here we give you some of the essential information you will want before purchasing the perfect floor.
They are both made with real wood, and both can be either prefinished or finished onsite. However, solid wood is just as it states: is a solid piece of wood and can be used in any room including powder rooms (the only exception is usually 3+ piece washrooms) as long as it is above ground. Engineered hardwood flooring is made with wood layers that lay perpendicular to each other. This creates greater stability and less expansion and contraction than solid wood. Engineered can be used below grade making it perfect for basements.
What is the difference between solid and engineered hardwood flooring?
They are both made with real wood, and both can be either prefinished or finished onsite. However, solid wood is just as it states: is a solid piece of wood and can be used in any room including powder rooms (the only exception is the washroom) as long as it is above ground. Engineered hardwood flooring is made with wood layers that lay perpendicular to each other. This creates greater stability and less expansion and contraction than solid wood. Engineered can be used below grade making it perfect for basements.
Should I use unfinished or prefinished hardwood?
longer production time as stains and finishes require proper drying / curing times. Finished on-site is also extremely more difficult to repair especially when it comes to board replacement. Finished on-site finishes aren’t usually as strong or flexible as many of the pre-finished products that integrate products such as aluminum oxide and also aren’t as protective against UV-damaging rays that will discolour the floor where many of the prefinished finishes have UV-retardants. While many prefinished manufacturers offer custom-staining, finished on-site is the most flexible for achieving a custom colour.
What is the difference in sheen levels?
Broadly, there are 3 types of sheen. High gloss, which has the most shine and reflects the most light, semi-gloss, which is some shine and reflects some light and matt finish or flat, which has the least shine and reflects the least light. The less shine you have, the less you will notice small imperfections that are common with normal wear and tear. Most sheen choices are based on personal preference.
Can I install hardwood in a kitchen?
Yes, hardwood in the kitchen has become the norm. Hardwood is much easier on your legs than most surfaces. There are a few facts you should know before proceeding.
Can I install hardwood flooring in a bathroom/powder room?
Washrooms can receive hardwood but we usually recommend powder rooms only as most hardwood is not impervious to moisture and usually 3+ piece washrooms experience high amounts of moisture. However, there are many other options beyond tile that Darmaga Hardwood offers including water-impervious vinyl products that are textured and appear just like hardwood. Come in to our showroom and we’ll show you some options.
Does sunlight affect my floors?
Yes, hardwood floors are a product of nature & will change in appearance over time. Some facts to consider:
Why do I need to consider children & pets when choosing a floor?
Both children and pets put much more stress on your floors than you might think. Dropping toys and your pet’s play will eventually create damage. Area rugs and keeping pets nails trimmed will help reduce the damage. Looking for a floor that is a harder wood (such as oak) rather than a softer one (such as pine) is recommended. Also, hand-scraped flooring is a good option, this is a floor that will hide or camouflage minor damage. Come to the showroom and let our sales staff educate you and show you the many options you have.
What is the difference between Nail, Float, Staple & Glue-Down Flooring?
Some hardwoods can be installed all 4 ways; others need to be installed more specifically. Here are the four primary methods of hardwood floor installation:
When we do the install we can assure you are getting the right application for your floor and it will be installed with quality materials.
Does it matter where the Nails, Staples & Glue come from?
Quality standards can vary greatly depending on the factory or country of production. You are making an investment into your home, and using inferior nails or adhesive will have an effect on the look and longevity of your floors performance.
At Darmaga, we use only the highest quality North American made products to make sure your floor installation stands the test of time.
What is the most durable hardwood floor available?
When considering durability of your floor you need to think about the traffic in the area in which you are putting the hardwood. This is will dictate how durable you really need it to be. Durability is mostly based on the hardness of the wood, which is measured by the Janka Scale which tests the force needed to embed a steel ball half way in the wood.
Can I expect my floor to have color variations?
Yes. Hardwood flooring is a natural product. Therefore, you should expect there will be natural color variations in the wood. Although lower grades of flooring will have a larger number of character blemishes, you can expect color variations in all grades.
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