Homeowners in Toronto lately had been shifting their preference from solid hardwood floors, to engineered hardwood flooring. Why? There are many reasons for this shift. One of the main ones is humidity and climate. As we all know, with weather changes and humidity fluctuations, solid hardwood floors tend to shrink or expand, causing gaps in between the planks. Engineered hardwood flooring is more resistible to that fact, having a wider range of possible humidity in the house/apartment, as opposed to the narrow range for solid hardwood floors. Also, as opposed to solid wood floors, engineered hardwood floors have different ways of installation. Solid wood floors require to be nailed to a wooden sub floor. Engineered hardwood floors can be glued down, nailed down, floated, and some of them even come with a click float system.
Also, engineered hardwood floors can be installed over concrete, and in apartments and basements without having a subfloor installed before.
The introduction of engineered hardwood floor solved a lot of issues that homeowners faced with hardwood floors such as the humidity issue, high installation costs when trying to install solid floor over concrete or in apartment, and more importantly, it adds more flexibility to your budget, making sure you can afford and enjoy new wooden floors at your place!
Nothing increases value of a house in Toronto area as newly installed floors. By installing solid hardwood flooring you are actually investing money and will obtain benefits and advantages of your investment in the future. Hardwood flooring perhaps is most popular choice. Hardwood flooring is highly reliable, durable and long lasting flooring material. Hardwood flooring is also poses aesthetic benefits: rich and sophisticated look.
Regardless of your residence type (condo, apartment or a house) you cannot go wrong with the solid hardwood flooring installation. Whether you own a business venue or private residence, hardwood flooring installation will immediately increase an overall value of the entire property. In addition, there is eco-friendly hardwood flooring materials available. It is a healthy choice for both pet owners and parents. If you are looking for a long term investment into your property, hardwood floors probably would be a best option. It increases the value of your residence instantly and costs are paid off quickly.
Hardwood floors have long been considered a sign of an elegance and class. Homeowners are indeed aware of this, but are also aware that an investment in hardwood floors is a wise one. Hardwood flooring will last for years, and is much easier to maintain than carpet. A gorgeous oor that is easy to clean and will last for years can be yours. Even better, it might not cost as much as you think.
Hardwood floors are routinely installed and refinished in the majority of new homes today, as they have become something that home-buyers are specifically looking for. If your home was built during a time when carpet was all the rage, take heart, the hardwood flooring installation process is not as hard as you might think. Those who own a home that does not yet have hardwood floors are actually at an advantage, as they are free to choose any type of hardwood flooring that they wish.
Existing hardwood floors can be refinished in order to restore them to their original beauty. One of the greatest benefits of using real wood is that it is resilient. Once sanded, stained, and resealed, it can look as good as new. The cost of refinishing will certainly be less than installing a completely new floor. This job can be done by you, but may be a job best left to professionals as the cost of the tools that are required to complete the job on your own will certainly add up and the refinish hardwood floors process isn't an easy one without prior experience.
Parqueteam Hardwood Flooring offers high quality hardwood flooring in Toronto and the greater toronto area. One of our specialties other than just installing hardwood floors is sanding and refinishing them as well. Call now!
Winter Related Hardwood Problems
Hardwood floors have a stress level much like anything else in nature. If you happen to live in a home that sounds out it’s displeasure during winter days and nights by crackling or making sounds that pop, your floor is telling you something.
What’s It Trying To Say? Why?
It’s telling you, ”I’m getting stressed out man, fix me!” You’re bewildered. You moved into the home in the spring and it never happened before. Strange indeed. Colder weather forces us to heat our homes. Heating dries out the indoor air and moisture is lost. Your hardwood floor is actually alive of sorts. It still has pores that gain or lose moisture in minimal amounts. Moisture is being removed from the hardwood flooring, but it did not happen overnight. Individual floorboards are generally installed tight against one another. With drier air they begin to move apart ever so slightly, and finally a breaking point is reached. It cries out. Sounds will be more prevalent with narrower strip floors opposed to wider planks because of the number of seams.
How Can It Be Rescued?
Over the years I’ve heard questionable ideas such as boiling water on the stove, or having a large sized fish tank. Boiling a pot of water will do nothing as long as the dry heat continues to crank. Besides it takes a prolonged period of time for the floor to reach an equilibrium level to satisy. Most often a humidifier is added to the furnace system or other heating system you may have. This will provide a constant level of humidifaction to the home environment.
Perhaps the next step after conducting an explicit research in regards to wood flooring installation process and companies that are currently operating in the market is to create a list with all questions and information you seek from the professional hardwood flooring installers. In order to tackle such difficult task, a few tips could be taken in consideration.
Schedule an estimation at your convenience and make sure to prepare the list prior to estimation on order to make an informative choice. Make sure to ask more basic questions firs such as Cost: the price of material as well as labour cost combined. Do your calculations. If you have the flooring area measured and the cost of installation compute it yourself. If you have any special (customized) requests make sure you clearly articulate them prior to flooring installation process.
Ask advice in terms of wood type, its structure (colour (grinding, texture, colour of stain ext). Also decide on installation system (method) that best suits your expectations. Types of sub-floors you having , areas such bellow (basement) and/or above - level areas where flooring installation will take place will help you to choose right installation method or system. Basements typically have high moisture concentration, so adjust wood types accordingly. But the most important thing to remember is to ask questions and seek advice. It is better to "over" asked than walk on the floors you don't appeal to your taste and expectations.
Eco-friendly flooring material currently is most popular trend in a flooring renovation and installation industry. Home design companies started to realized the importance of natural and safe materials being used for the any renovation and installation processes, especially flooring. Now you can contribute to society by installing an installing environmentally-friendly floors without a hassle. This particular area within wood flooring installation industry has been greatly improved over time, which led to a large variety of the wood flooring types of installation as well as actual flooring materials.
Perhaps today, installation and/or renovation of a sustainable hardwood flooring is at the top of the list due to its natural and hazard-free components (solid wood from variety of wood species made without any artificial parts). The main benefits of a hardwood floor such as strength and sophisticated look can now be complemented by eco-friendly materials it is made of.
Eco-friendly flooring material that gang more and more recognition and popularity is bamboo. Bamboo is highly sustainable flooring material and it is a great hardwood flooring alternative. Bamboo is highly serviceable and comes in a large variety of different graining, colours and patterns. and texture. For the past few years, demand for the bamboo hardwood flooring been growing rapidly. Due to innovations in technology, eco-friendly solid hardwood flooring installation could be obtained easily and will last for decades.
Engineered hardwood flooring in Toronto indeed has numerous advantages such as stability and high resistance to moisture and humidity. However, there are another advantage that concerns your budget allocated towards engineered flooring installation: you can do it yourself in a timely and messy-free manner with minimal money spending. Let me guide you through the installation process with the 10 easy steps. You can follow in order to be in control of the entire installation of your engineered hardwood floors.
1.Decide on the installation method. For the engineered hardwood flooring type there are three main methods: Float, Nail and Glue. Today I will talk about floating engineered hardwood flooring installation method. Please follow my blogs for the future information in regards to other two installation methods).
2. Prepare your subfloors for the installation: cover the subfloor area with the plastic sheets. If you working with the concrete sub floors below grade level place more layers of plastic sheets. Then cover plastic sheets with foam underlayment (its comes with the wood material).
3. If you have click lock type of engineered flooring material then click the planks together as stated at the guide from the manufacturer. (You will end up with one big panel that is not attached to the subfloors). If you purchased engineered hardwood material with tongue and glue method then apply glue to the end of the planks and glue them together as specified in the manufacturer's guide.
4. Start to install engineered hardwood on your first row. Leave the expansion gap as recommended. Remember that rows should be vertical, not horizontal i.e along the length of the room, not the width.
5. Continue installing engineered hardwood flooring by starting a second row. Fit the planks at the end of each row carefully in order to get perfect gaps between plans and rows. Keep add rows in the same manner you install the first two.
6. Now you can remove the guideboard and install engineered hardwood in the resulted space.
7. You almost done. Now it is time to install the baseboards in order to cover the expansion gaps near the wall.
8. Now its time to enjoy the result: a great looking, stable and comfortable engineered hardwood floor that will last for decades. Congratulations !
If your goal is to make a bold statement and work on the contrasts, then dark hardwood floors is a best way to achieve it. There is no doubt, that dark hardwood floors poses luxury look and instantly complement home decor with its rich, eye-catching color. However, there are few thing worth considering in terms of maintenance and one’s lifestyle.
Dast will be highly visible on the dark colored hardwood floor, especially if you choose to use glossy finish and/or wood stain. In addition, pets hair might be a serious concern for the pet lovers, due to high visibility.
High traffic areas of your might fade over time if not protected by rag(s) made from the natural (breathable) material, so no moisture is being concentrated. Moreover, kid’s playing area must be protected as well in order to prevent any scratches and other damages caused by sharp edges of toys and furniture. Finally, wood has natural uneven parts that could be more visible on a dark hardwood floor, as oppose to any light color wooden floors.
Although downside listed above could be a serious concern, you can easily overcome them by regular cleaning procedures. If you are willing to commit to maintain your dark hardwood floors by simply wiping it regularly and by protecting sharp edges of the furniture as well as by covering high traffic areas, you will indeed be a proud owner of a house with unique character that is highly admired by your family members and visitors.
As we move towards a more modern look in today's ‘fad’ trend, we can see that the use of dark Hardwood floors are becoming increasingly popular. The most obvious ‘con’ in a sense for this popular style is the price, this is one of the most expensive styles of flooring in comparison to floating and laminate flooring. However, there are a great deal of different types and colours of dark hardwood flooring as well as many different grades (depending on your needs/budget) On the higher price range and quality range, there are styles such as Red Walnut and Brazilian teak, these are some of the hardest dark wood floors. On the other hand, there are softer styles of wood like Pine and Fir that are not as hard as the others but still a great alternative. In regards to moisture resistance, with are most consumer’s issues regarding this style of flooring, is very hostile unlike floating or laminate flooring. Hardwood can be finished and sealed in order to make it resistant to liquid infiltration, although it will become much damaged if you allow water to sit on the wood for a long period of time. Depending on your cost as well as your intent for the floors, this is a great ‘look’ to go for that will surely last a very long time if you take care of it properly. The key to making the dark wood look great is to dust, as you can see every particle of dust on dark objects, the best thing to use is a floor friendly dusting agent. Dark wood hardwood floors are becoming very popular amongst consumers and is a great way to add some class to your space!
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