Hardwood flooring FAQs

Hardwood flooring offers an aesthetic appeal and long-term durability that is hard to beat. There are two common types of hardwood flooring, which includes engineered and solid hardwood flooring. Both are available options that come as part of flooring solutions. Below, we take an in-depth look at the installation process of hardwood floors as well as at the questions that arise from hardwood flooring.

Installation of hardwood floors

Solid wood flooring is made from one continuous piece of solid wood that measures around 3/4 inches thick. Wood strips are anywhere from 1-1/2 inches to 2-1/4 inches wide. Wood strips or planks are generally nailed to the subfloor. It is important to let the flooring planks or strips adjust to the temperature and moisture conditions in your house, as wood often expands and contracts with temperature changes. Try to have it delivered at least 72 hours before installation is due to begin to help with this.

Hardwood flooring installation can be done by using the following techniques:

  • Glue down installation
  • Nail down or staple installation
  • Floating engineered installation
  • Glueless installation

General questions on hardwood floors

What is hardwood flooring?
Wood flooring is any product manufactured from timber that is designed for use as flooring, either structural or aesthetic. Wood is a common choice for a flooring material and can come in various styles, colors, cuts, and species.
What is the best type of hardwood floors?
The best hardwood floors are made with wood species that are readily available and tough. Oak flooring, maple flooring, and cherry flooring are all good choices and other types include bamboo, walnut, ash and mahogany.
What Is engineered hardwood flooring?
Engineered wood flooring consists of two or more layers of wood adhered together to form a plank. Engineered wood flooring uses a thin layer (lamella) of a more expensive wood bonded to a core constructed from cheaper wood. The increased stability of engineered wood is achieved by running each layer at a 90° angle to the layer above.
How thick is hardwood flooring?
Most flooring is 3/4 inch thick, although some manufacturers often opt for a solid that is 5/16 inches thick. While solid hardwood flooring is normally nailed to a subfloor, thin-profile solid flooring can be glued down over concrete and other hard surfaces.
Why do my hardwood floors look cloudy?
If you wax a floor that does not need it, the wax will react negatively with the finish and create a cloudy look. Sometimes cloudy floors can occur when too much cleaner is used or when there are moisture issues, such as water and hardwood floors that do not mix well together. Avoid damage to the floor finish by using it sparingly. Mix a one-to-one solution of vinegar and water, dampen a cloth and rub off the cloudy deposits by hand.
Which direction should hardwood floors be laid?
It should be from the front door, straight to the back of the house, perpendicular to the front.
How to pick hardwood floors:
Select solid or engineered hardwood flooring. Traditionally, hardwood flooring came in thick planks of solid timber. Choose your type of style, finish, and width for your floor area. Hardwoods include the likes of mahogany, teak, walnut, oak, ash, birch, and maple. Softwoods include pine, spruce, cedar, larch, and fir.
What causes hardwood floors to buckle?
This is the most extreme reaction to moisture in a hardwood floor. This occurs when the wood flooring actually pulls up from the subfloor, lifting several inches in one or more places.
What types of hardwood flooring are best for dogs?
  • Bamboo
  • Cork
  • Laminate
  • Stone
  • Tile
  • Vinyl
Can you change the color of your hardwood floors?
You can change the color of hardwood flooring when you refinish your floors, although it is an expensive process. The finish that is currently on the hardwood floors can be a major factor in the work required to refinish or recoat the floors.
Should I refinish or replace my hardwood floors?
A: Many window treatment styles are decorative framing of the openings with “functional” treatments inside. Try wood blinds with a fabric valance or stationary side panels on a decorative wood pole. The result is a much lighter, tropical look, due to less fabric being used.

Hardwood flooring design questions

What to put under furniture on hardwood floors?
You can protect your flooring with items like rugs and pads, with proper cleaning, and with other modifications. Furniture tends to move slightly across flooring with daily use. Pads will help prevent the bottom of your furniture or other sharp parts from scraping or scratching against your laminate flooring.
What kinds of rugs are safe for hardwood floors?
When it comes to rugs, natural fibers are best, but synthetic rugs without latex backings are also safe, as long as they allow ventilation.
When can I put furniture on refinished hardwood floors?
Ideally, you should wait a total of 4 days before moving furniture back, and you should wait at least 24 hrs before walking on the floors. It is best to wear socks only (no shoes and no bare feet).
What color furniture goes with dark hardwood floors?
Marble, white, bronze, and wood are best for matching hardwood floors and the furniture combination and their colors.
How to protect hardwood floors from furniture?
Most damage to wooden floors comes from dragging or pushing furniture across the floor when moving or redecorating, so make sure not to push objects across the floor. Use an area rug and consider wheels.
What is the best color for hardwood flooring – dark or light?
Light-colored furniture should be used in the room or rooms featuring cherry wood flooring. The darker the flooring, the lighter your furniture should be. Shades of lavender, white, cream and yellow, pastel or muted shades of blue and pink often go with cherry cabinets for example. Go slightly lighter or darker than your existing honey oak cabinets, such as wheat oak or colonial oak laminate. For dark rooms, you could opt for a dark beige color to keep a classic look in a room with a dark floor. Paint the ceiling and trim white for a crisp finish.