Indeed we cannot be expert in all aspects of life, especially when it comes to home improvement and flooring. However, consumers have plenty of ways to gain knowledge, and prepare themselves for upcoming home projects, after all, home improvement projects require some preparation, specially when it comes to hardwood floors.
Before installing your new hardwood floors there are few things to keep in mind that will needed to be done before even starting to put the first nail in the first board.
That is it; we are ready now to install brand new hardwood flooring! Good luck!
One of the most common problems we encounter with hardwood floors in Toronto is damages and scratches. There are many causes that can damage your hardwood floors over time. Certain areas of the home are high traffic areas; these ones usually get the biggest damages (such as entry and kitchen). Also, shiny take in mind shiny floors show more damages and scratches that exists on your floor (opposed to satin finish or wire brushed finish).
If your hardwood floor is scratched and damaged, maybe its time for a good sanding and refinishing.
One of the main benefits of having a hardwood floor is that it’s always possible to refinish the floor instead of replacing it when damages happen, or once its warn off. This process helps avoiding the costly process of removing existing floor and replacing it with a new one (unless you have 100 years old floors, then there is no point on refinishing).
The best part of this process? You can choose almost any color you want for your new stain. So not only you getting new looking floor, but also you can also change the color, as well as the finish (from shiny to less shiny for example)
Overall, refinishing hardwood floors is beneficial for both, people who damaged their floors over time, and people who tired of the color of the existing floor they have. The good news, we saved you time and money to turn around things!
Choosing an appropriate flooring type for a commercial venue might be an exhausting and time consuming process. There are many factors to consider when installing hardwood or laminate flooring at a commercial venue, such as weather the space has high traffic or low, or weather is basement level or ground floor. Also types of subfloors are important as well. Three main types of flooring a commercial space owner can consider is: Solid hardwood flooring, engineered flooring and laminated
There are also wide variety of wood types, texture, color and types of grain associated with wood species, and different pattern with laminated floors.
Perhaps the best choice for business facility owners would be an engineered hardwood flooring, one that has a hand scraped finish or wire brushed finish, if the space has high traffic.. Engineered flooring, as a product is also known for great stability due to its structure. Engineered flooring will last for decades without fading from high traffic and/or direct sunlight.
The second best option is laminate flooring due to its high resistance to any damages such as scratches and stains; it is also significantly cheaper than hardwood or engineered, which might be a good short-run investment. Laminate flooring maybe not real hardwood floor, but it has a similar look and sometimes texture as well.
Now that you equipped with some information, do not hesitate and call your local hardwood flooring installation company.
Condos are growing phenomenon in Toronto. As sales and new condo builds keep rising (just look at the amount of cranes we have), so does the demand for hardwood flooring in these condos. Along the years different types of engineered hardwood flooring in Toronto were introduced, and so did different methods of hardwood (engineered) flooring installation came along, that suit condo conditions and rules.
Below are main systems used by professional hardwood flooring installers:
*Glue tongue and groove system: Simple installation, as the installer puts glue in the groove and puts together the hardwood flooring planks (tongue to groove). Along the process, every few lines, the installer should tape (using tape that friendly for varnish and stain) the planks together so they stay tight until the glue completely dries (usually 24 hours to be sure)
*Click-lock flooring installation system: In this case, two planks are simply clicked together like a puzzle, similar to laminate flooring installation. The installation is faster and simpler, and therefore cost for this type of installation is usually lower than the rest.
*Glue-down method: widely used within the flooring installation industry, especially for parquet type of wood flooring. Today you can glue any type of engineered hardwood flooring using the glue down method (or double). This method usually being used over concrete subfloor, but also can be used in a house where sub floor is wooden. This method will be more costly than the rest of the above installation methods, but also the best in terms of durability and quality.
There are many factors that could aspect the system or method being used for flooring installation. Additional research and knowledge about different installation systems will enable you to make an informative choice.
You may visit our page for more details on flooring installation methods, or browse around our blogs as information constantly posted.
Recently, a lot of our clients have been asking us about environmentally friendly hardwood floors, and how to make a purchase of hardwood flooring with the least damage caused to the environment. We say it is a great question. And our answer is simple: Use engineered hardwood floors.
One of the main concerns people have had with engineered hardwood floors is the claim that they are not real. Let’s get this claim straight: It is simply not true. The top layer of the engineered hardwood floors is made of real wood, (in some cases bottom too, for more expensive types), and the bottom (or middle) made of different layers of plywood.
This particular structure eliminates the full solid wood structure, which tends to waste more wood.
Also, that same-engineered hardwood floors has enough thick wood thread on top to be able to refinish it in the future.
So, next time you go to shop for hardwood floors, and worries about the environment, then do not hesitate to go for the engineered hardwood floors. It is durable, in some cases cheaper, looks exactly the same like solid hardwood, but better for the environment.
After getting their new hardwood floors installed, one of the first questions that the homeowners usually will ask is how to properly maintain their hardwood floors. We admit, it’s not an easy task. Here are few tips how to properly maintain your floors so they will last decades:
* Any substance spilled on the hardwood floors needs to be wiped immediately in order to prevent future buckling and dryness to the spot where the spill occurred. Remember, water and hardwood floors do not work together well!
* The floors need to be moped or vacuumed at least ones a week or more frequent. Soft vacuum head (or soft brash attached to a vacuum head) is preferable. As for mopping, a special mop can be found in various hardware or hardwood flooring stores in Toronto. AVOID USING WATER! There are many cleaning solutions for hardwood floors!
* Furniture legs should be protected with the soft pads in order to prevent any scratches or severe damage due to the furniture weight or shifting.
* It is a good idea to use rugs in a high traffic area, around the kitchen sink or near the front door of your residence.
* If you decided to move your furniture, make sure you are not dragging it again the floor. The top layer could be scratch. (Lift the furniture or place soft material under the furniture in order to prevent any floor damage)
By following these simple steps, your hardwood floor should look brand new all the time and last for the decades it should last! Enjoy!
It is not a secret that the cost of new hardwood flooring, specially a good quality one, could cost the consumer not a bit, and the bigger the house, the bigger is the cost. But rather than viewing it as a cost, before coming to a decision, the consumer needs to look at the benefits and the investment aspects in installing hardwood flooring.
Yes, hardwood flooring installation is an actual investment, not a cost. When you replace your old floors (specially if its an old carpet), your house not only will look beautiful, but as well its price in the market will go up. Hardwood flooring became over the years the more popular choice among homeowners and business owners in Toronto. Whether it is a condo apartment or a
house, hardwood floors will bring you a beautiful look, warmth, and durability, that other flooring types will not.
When installed properly, with the right quality of materials, hardwood floors will last for many years, and best part – one time investment.
So weather you a business owner or home owner, that is tired of the old flooring, and want to refresh the look of your place, hardwood flooring is the best option for you.
Hardwood flooring installation could be viewed as an investment rather than a cost. Hardwood
Indeed it is most popular choice when it comes to flooring installation. Whether it is a condo apartment or a house, you cannot go wrong with the hardwood floors. It is well known for its durability, strength and "rich", sophisticated look. Hardwood floor lasts for decades, and by investing ones, you have a long lasting value added to your entire house.
Weather it is a house or a business venue, hardwood floors immediately increases the overall value of the entire property. After all, hardwood floor as a product is environmentally friendly and is a healthy choice for both pet owners and parents.
If you are looking for a long-term investment, hardwood flooring is the best choice. It increases the value of your residence and will pay of the money you spent.
This is a self-explanatory style of flooring, this style just does that, it floats. This style is like a puzzle, each of the individual hardwood flooring boards lock together without the use of glue or nails etc. The entire floor thus floats right on top the subfloor or underlayment. In relation to the other styles of flooring this one surely has its benefits, on top of being very easy to install. In regards to moisture, this style of flooring is ideal because this allows for a installation of some sort of moisture barrier that can be installed between the hardwood and the subfloor. In addition, these boards react differently when exposed to humidity, if properly installed this floating wood style will not bucket and adjust under moist conditions, and this does not develop any sort of gaps that would normally occur under certain dry conditions. This method will surely prove to save you time and most importantly money. There is no mess to deal with in regards to special adhesives and different nails, this is perfect for individuals who prefer doing their own home renovation projects, no need for a professional installer in this case. The time that it takes to install this neat style of flooring is almost half it would take in comparison to other methods. You are even able to install this flooring method on top of many materials such as carpet, plywood, concrete, vinyl sheet as well as low pile carpet. Easy enough right? Any Do-It-Yourself individual can easily take advantage of this easy to do flooring method, at a reasonably cost to add!
Hardwood floors are the easiest to keep clean. Unlike carpets, they require minimum maintenance and last for many years. Clean hardwood floors make your house look both beautiful and spacious. Maintenance methods do not depend on the particular type of hardwood floor, but
some varnishes may require extra care when removing stains.
The fastest and most eective way of cleaning a hardwood oor is to use a damp mop. Just make sure that
dust has been removed prior to mopping, because dust particles have abrasive properties. You can use a soft broom or lightweight vacuum cleaner and then simply mop, rinse and repeat several times. It is important to remove grit and dirt from hardwood floors, because they are the major reason behind floors getting scratched, and scoured.
There is a wide variety of hardwood flooring cleaners available, but a pH neutral cleanser (i.e., with neither low, nor high pH value) and water will do best and is just as effective. Please, make sure the hardwood flooring sealing coat is intact, because otherwise the water-based solution will seep through worn patches, penetrate the floor and cause warping.
Parqueteam Hardwood Flooring offers hardwood flooring and hardwood flooring installation in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. Call anytime for a free estimate.
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