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Other considerations Hardwood Flooring

Other considerations Hardwood Flooring

Benefits | Step 1 – How to Choose | Step 2 – Design & Lifestyle | Step 3 - Other considerations

Step 3 - Other considerations
Price and Affordability
Buying a hardwood floor is an investment in your home. Technological advancements in engineered floors are making them more affordable. Some indicators of quality are construction methods used, (edge grain softwood slats at the core of the product to allow for expansion) verses plywood. In general a vertical grain picket substrate (as above) is best, the more stable the wood, the better the floor will be. Alternative products are Baltic birch multi-layered plywood, stay away from softwood core plywood and softwood flat grain pickets this is just filler material with very little engineering in the floor. Check for the thickness of the wear layer, the type of finish, length of boards, and percentage of long boards in a box.

Your floors will come with a warranty, for the structure and the finish. Check the length of each warranty, instructions and recommendations, as well as exclusions on manufacturers’ warranties. Generally, warranties do not cover improper installation, exposure to excessive heat or moisture outside tolerances specified by the manufacture, direct or indirect misuse, reinstallations and repairs and normal variance in the wood.

What to expect
Wood is an organic material, so some variations are normal. It can be pleasant to see some healthy knots and mineral marks in the wood. These characteristics don’t affect the quality of the floor and actually make it look more real. Note that the floor may not be an exact match to the store sample.

The size of the gaps between the planks of hardwood floors may fluctuate due to the wood’s natural expansion and contraction. Gaps may appear and disappear with the changing humidity of different seasons as well. If the flooring has been installed (incorrectly) parallel to the floor joists, there may be some additional movement within the floor. These fluctuations are much more noticeable in solid floors than engineered floors.

Your floors need to be protected from damage by rough wear from things like dogs, kids, improper cleaning and high heels. Use fabric entry mats to minimize dirt since rubber backing can discolour the floor. Use furniture pads to protect the floor below your tables, sofas etc.

The colour of your floors may change slightly as it ages, but moving furniture and area rugs around from time to time can minimize this. Some floors change color quite drastically.

For full details on installation, see our installation section. Be prepared to remove furnishings, drapes and artwork before installation. Check if your installer will do this for you or not. Most installers are not insured for damage to items and many will not move or work in an unprepared room.

The installation process can be messy, especially the large amount of dust creating by preparing the subfloor. Typically, materials are cut in the room where it is being installed.

The floor will need to acclimatize in the room prior to installation. Depending on what type of floors you choose, and your homes climate this can take from two days to several months.

Care and Maintenance
Maintaining your hardwood floors is easy. All you need is a special care product like Nucasa’s Enviromentally friendly non-toxic Floor Cleaning system. Dirt, sand, water and soap are a wood floors worst enemy.


  Sweep or vacuum with a hardwood floor head frequently to remove dirt and fine dust
  Regularly use an enviro-friendly cleaner like Nucasa’s Floor Cleaner
  Clean up spills immediately
  Use felt pad protectors under furniture
  Use area rugs in high traffic areas
  Keep pets’ nails trimmed
  Avoid walking on your floors with high heels
  Use fabric entry mats to catch abrasive dirt and grit
  Maintain room temperature between 68 degrees and 72 degrees
  Maintain interior humidity levels at a constant level of about 45 per cent


  Use soap and water, commercial soaps or detergents, or general cleaning products as these will damage the finish
  Use steel wool or other abrasive materials
  Use wax on a urethane-finished floor

Accessories and mouldings
Installing a hardwood floor usually requires more than just the hardwood strips. Don’t forget the finishing touches that pull a room altogether, and be sure to include these in your flooring estimate.

You will probably need transitions for the places where your wood floor meets another kind of floor, and your installer can usually stain these coordinated transition pieces to match if necessary. Wood vents are also available to provide a seamless look. Baseboards will finish the floor where it meets the wall and nosings will finish stair treads to create a complete look for your home.

Benefits | Step 1 – How to Choose | Step 2 – Design & Lifestyle | Step 3 - Other considerations



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