When making a first-time flooring purchase for your home, you may be overwhelmed with questions and concerns that are not easily addressed online. Investing in your floors is an excellent choice, but you probably have many questions pertaining to the process, cost, and product. Let us reassure you that your questions are normal and quite common that is why we want to welcome you to our frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) blog series, where we will try to help eliminate any questions or concerns you may have about flooring. Today we are going to focus on hardwood flooring. Let’s take a look!
Q: What is the difference between engineered and solid hardwood floors?
A: “If you purchase an oak hardwood floor, a solid hardwood flooring plank is oak throughout the entire plank; this is the most authentic form of hardwood. If you invest in an engineered hardwood, like hickory or cherry, your floor has been manufactured. The very top layer of your flooring is quality hickory or cherry wood. Below that layer, you will find several layers of plywood running different directions that help prevent the flooring from shifting when acclimating to varying climates throughout the year. Typically, a solid hardwood floor cannot be installed as a floating floor, because it experiences too much movement due to moisture and humidity that can jeopardize a floating solid floors integrity. On the other hand, engineered hardwood can generally accommodate it.”
Q: Should I glue or nail down my hardwood flooring?
A: ” If your floor is not a floating floor, it depends on the subfloor. If you are going over concrete flooring, it is best to glue down your hardwood flooring planks; however, if you have a wooden subfloor, you can choose either method, typically nailing in the planks, but glue is also an option.”
Q: Can I install hardwood in any room of my home?
A: “Not all hardwood flooring is created equally. Engineered hardwood is your best option for basement installations because it is not recommended to have traditional hardwood flooring in rooms that have the opportunity of water entering the atmosphere, such as bathrooms, mudrooms, or laundry rooms. Since water can easily warp, expand, contract, and damage your hardwood flooring, engineered hardwood can be a great alternative.”
Q: Can I sand and refinish my engineering hardwood flooring?
A: “Yes. A common misconception is you can sand and refinish your solid hardwood flooring more times than your engineered hardwood. While this may be true in specific scenarios, you can only sand as many times until you reach the nail in the plank. Sanding your floor can give you the most extended lifespan and most rewarding experience with your beautiful hardwood flooring.”
Q: Can I fix my damaged hardwood flooring planks?
A: “Yes. There are several ways to fix damaged planks. Depending on the level of damage, you can fill chips with a filler, use a touch-up kit for scratches, or replace a board altogether. Also, as mentioned earlier, you can sand your floor, refinish, and stain it again and again for a new and improved look.”
Q: Why is my hardwood flooring a different color where my area rug was?
A: “Hardwood ages with time. Sun exposure or ambient lighting can enhance the aging process. Hardwood can tint or discolor over time even if exposed to the same light. However, if furniture or rugs are placed over certain areas, the aging process can be postponed and can create noticeable shading spots.”
If one of your questions was not answered here, we encourage you to ask it in the comment section below so we can help educate you before your purchase.
Thanks for reading and we hope to see you next week for more FAQ’s.