What wood floor can I install over a concrete slab?
The challenge with installing a wood floor over a concrete slab, whether above or below grade, is attaching it. There are really only two economical options for this; full spread glue down, or a floating installation. Neither of these methods works for a solid hardwood floor, so your best option is an engineered wood floor.
Can we install a hardwood floor over an existing vinyl floor?
Yes, but only if you use a floating system. You can use either a click T&G system, or glue the T&G joint together. This is only available with an engineered hardwood floor product. If you try to nail or glue down over an existing vinyl floor, there is too much risk of movement or loss of adhesion bond, which can result in noisy floors or edge splintering.
Can I install a hardwood floor if I have pets?
Yes, but understand that most pets have nails or claws, and this will potentially damage your wood or the finish on that wood. Keeping pets nails well trimmed will help minimize damage. Note also that no hardwood manufacturers will warranty their floors or finishes against pet damage.
Can an engineered wood floor be refinished?
This is dependant on the thickness of the wear layer (the top layer of wood veneer), the effect you wish to achieve, and why you are wanting to refinish. The only real reason to sand down your floor is to change the colour. If this is desired, the wear layer must be a minimum of 3-4mm thick, and you must understand that all other finish effects (ie. microbevels, hand sculpting, wire brushing) will be lost when sanded down. All other reasons to refinish can usually be accomplished without the aggravation of a whole floor re-sanding. Stain repairs, fillers & putty, board replacements, etc. can do the trick in most cases, without the inconvenience and upset of a wholesale sanding and refinishing of the entire floor.
Can I use throw rugs on my hardwood floor?
Certainly. There are only a couple of things to watch for. Some rugs or mats with cheap backing can discolour your hardwood, or deteriorate and stick to the floor leaving a residue that is difficult to remove. Also, depending on the room’s exposure to sunlight, flooring can fade or darken on the exposed areas, and stay the same under the rug where it is not exposed to light. This is called “picture framing” and can be avoided by occasionally changing the position of the rug, or removing it seasonally.
How do we stop a wood floor from gapping?
This is a problem unique to non-engineered wood flooring, and can be resolved by either ensuring you can maintain relative humidity between 35% - 55% year round, or use engineered hardwood which does not gap seasonally.
What is the difference between engineered wood flooring and solid wood flooring?
Solid wood flooring is made out of a single piece of wood. Engineered wood flooring is 100% wood, but instead of a single piece, it is made up of a number of different pieces of veneer, wood fillets, or fibreboard that are bonded together differently to improve certain performance features.
WILL THE COLOUR OF THE FLOOR CHANGE OVER TIME?
Yes. Colour change is dependant on the species of wood used, the stain or finish that is applied, and the exposure to natural light through windows or doors. Some species of wood darken with age, some get lighter. Stains tend to slowly fade a little bit over the years, and this is accelerated with exposure to increased light levels.
SHOULD I EXPECT COLOUR VARIATIONS IN MY FLOOR
Generally yes. Styles and fashions change, and for the last decade or so, consumer’s preferences have shifted to a more “character grade” of material. This kind of natural variation that occurs in the tree creates a unique looking floor that is one of a kind, and full of interest. Different species exhibit different colour extremes, and stains tend to unify the colour and reduce the variation a certain amount. Darker stains tend to have much less variation than lighter stains. Each floor is as individual as you are. Make sure you open a few boxes before installing to ensure you are getting the look you want. Installation of these floors is as much “art” as it is science. Ensure you are arranging the boards in a pleasing manner before permanently fastening, so that you get a random look that avoids areas that draw the eye to it.
HOW DO I KEEP MY FLOORS LOOKING NEW?
Make sure you buy a cleaner that is recommended by your floor covering dealer. To avoid any confusion and to keep your warranty in effect, make sure you use Fuzion’s line of “FuzClean” floor cleaning products. They are extremely affordable, eco-friendly, and they work!