Wood floor installation
Your hardwood floors are an important investment. Let us help you increase your return on investment with our experience and commitment to service.
Distinctive Wood Floors specializes in the installation of hardwood floors. The skill and know-how of our installers ensures a quality installation with the attention to detail you expect.
preparation is key
Do not fall for the so called flooring “experts” who do a poor site preparation and lack experience. A wood floor installation in your home is quite an investment and really should command more thought than just falling in love with the color of a sample from a display shelf.
The flooring material used in your project is honestly only one part of a bigger equation that factors in moisture, sub-floor preparation, and installation methods. Keep reading and I will detail each component that contributes to an artisanal and successful project.
make no mistake about it
A Key first step
prepare the product
Flooring materials can be glued, floated, or nailed. Manufacturers of flooring are very specific about details such as fastener length, nailing schedule, adhesive spread rates, and adhesives they allow to be used. We may be required to use cleats instead of staples or adhesive trowels with specific notch profiles. Products that have a factory warranty can lose that warranty from not following manufacturer guidelines. Manufacturer’s guidelines always hold precedence over industry guidelines for wood floor installations.
If you have read everything above, then you can see that we have a lot to talk about during an estimate if you need someone who cares about your investment. We welcome your emails if you are in the planning stage and just need some technical assistance before an on-site estimate. Experience has proven that projects often fail or succeed prior to beginning because of expectations and planning.
Three Primary product types
avoid confusion and myths:
solid wood flooring
A solid piece of wood from top to bottom of the plank. We generally prefer solid wood flooring for two reasons: service life and predictability of behavior. Solid wood floors tend to have approximately 6-8 sanding cycles available because of the wear layer thickness. This means that your solid wood flooring will likely be around for 100 years or more if it is well maintained. Solid wood flooring also has a more predictable behavior because it is simply one piece of wood within a board as opposed to engineered flooring that has differing expansion and contraction rates because of the multiple materials within one board.
Engineered flooring is simply a real wood layer that has been laminated to a plywood core or other materials for extra dimensional stability and to reduce the amount of real wood necessary to make a floor. You can purchase engineered flooring with finish applied at the factory or not.
Factory finished flooring can be EITHER engineered or solid material that was finished at the factory prior to installation on site. Factory finished flooring simply has a time advantage that it can be installed and does not require on-site sanding, but requires extra site preparation for sub-floor flatness and takes a little longer to install. The finishes applied at the factory can be good or not, it really depends on the quality of the product.
As a final note regarding factory-finished flooring, please be careful selecting a product based on warranties, because many warranties exclude scratches, wear and tear and finish issues. In most cases they only cover a structural failure of the floor itself. Understand that quality engineered flooring or factory finished flooring generally is not cheaper than a site-finished wood floor once labor and material costs are combined.
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