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Solid Hardwood Flooring Knowledge Base

Solid Hardwood flooring benefits:

Solid Hardwood flooring has been the flooring choice of Americans since the first log moved through the mill and into the home.  Solid hardwood flooring has many advantages including:

  • A variety of very attractive grain patterns, color variations, etc.
  • Maintenance and cleaning is easy with hardwood.
  • Solid hardwood floors don’t promote dust or harbor dust mites – perfect for allergy sufferers.
  • Solid hardwood flooring is long-lasting. Many hardwood floors last for decades and far exceed the manufacturer’s warranty.

Unfinished or prefinished hardwood – which one should I choose?

If you are trying to match up with an existing solid hardwood floor, you may want to go with an unfinished floor so it can be stained to match, which is done onsite. Prefinished floors are, as noted, already finished which means you get the convenience of not having to close off the room while you finish your floor on site.

Explain the difference between prefinished and unfinished flooring.

A prefinished solid hardwood floor is finished with up to 10 coats of aluminum oxide finish and is end matched with a tight micro-beveled edge. Meanwhile, an unfinished solid hardwood floor is finished on site and is end matched with a square edge.

Can you float a solid hardwood floor?

The simple answer is “no”. Solid hardwood flooring through WeShipFloors.com is a four-sided tongue-and-groove product that is nailed directly to a wood subfloor. If you’re looking to float a floor, our engineered flooring options would be better suited for that purpose.

How long does it take a hardwood floor to acclimate?

A minimum of 3-4 days once you’ve opened all the boxes and laid out the wood flat in the room where it’s going to be installed. A humidifier or a dehumidifier may be needed if you live in an area with high humidity.

How does moisture affect my solid hardwood floors?

High moisture levels can really transform a hardwood floor. Cupping, buckling or cracking are just a few of the bad breaks that could occur. Additionally, it is highly recommended that you do not use water to clean your hardwood floors.

So then, what is the best way to clean my floors?

For years, people have swept, dust mopped and/or vacuumed their floors regularly to keep it clean. More modern cleaners like a Swiffer or a similar type of dry mop will also do the job. Avoid excessive moisture when cleaning.

What about commercial cleaners?

You can use commercial cleaners. For prefinished solid hardwood floors, always use manufacturer-recommended cleaners. Unfinished floors are finished on site, so refer to the recommendation of the floor finish manufacturer. Do not use wax based cleaners.

Should a wax finish be applied to my prefinished solid hardwood floors?

Never

Is a basement a good place for solid hardwood?

No. A below grade installation is never recommended for hardwood flooring. Engineered hardwood or vinyl are much better choices for a below grade installation.

For a first or second floor installation, do I need a moisture barrier?

We do not recommend foam underlayments when installing solid hardwood flooring, this can cause squeaking at your staple/nail points.   You can use 15-pound felt paper (or red rosin paper) as underlayment.  

When placing my hardwood flooring order, how much extra should I allow for waste?

We always recommend adding 7- 10% for waste and various cuts depending on the room layout.

Should I install a solid hardwood floor in a bathroom?

Avoid it if you can as any type of moisture can cause damage to solid hardwood flooring.

Here are a few tips for maintaining your new solid hardwood flooring:

  • Avoid excessive water at all cost. Place mats wherever spills may occur including near sinks and other appliances.
  • Though the pre-finish contains UV-inhibitors, it is recommended that hardwoods not be exposed to direct sunlight for long periods.
  • Doormats or rugs should be placed at entrances to collect moisture, dirt, and other substances that may damage your hardwood floor.
  • For any messes, use a damp cloth to wipe floor. If necessary, use a generic hardwood floor cleaner. Forgo using steel wool or any other abrasive scouring pads on your hardwood.

Where can I install solid hardwood flooring?

Hardwood flooring can be installed in basically any above ground room in your home. There are however, a few places where it should not be installed - bathrooms, washrooms, saunas, enclosed porches…. You get the picture, or anywhere that may require wet-mopping. Any extended exposure to moisture may cause your hardwood flooring to warp, swell or crack.

Before beginning your install:

  • First and foremost, make sure that your sub-floor is flat and smooth.
  • Be sure you’re prepared if installing over a radiant heating system. Read both the hardwood flooring and radiant heat system instructions carefully before you begin your install.
  • Along those same lines, read the instructions provided by your hardwood flooring manufacturer before beginning your install.
  • We suggest letting your solid hardwood flooring “breathe”, or acclimate, out of the package and in the room where it will be installed for at least 3-4 days.

 

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