Hardwood Flooring

Why Choose Hardwood?
Hardwood is rich, natural, and timeless. The variety of species and grains make it a versatile decorating element, and it also has natural insulating properties. It is durable and easy to maintain, and has the added uniqueness of being the only floor covering that can be refinished to look like new.

Properly cared for, hardwood floors will last the lifetime of a house, looking better and better as they take on a patina of age. Hardwood adds resale value to your home, it is also hypoallergenic - it won't harbor pollens, mold or dust.

Types of Hardwood:

Solid wood flooring is a single piece of wood from top to bottom (generally 3/4" thick), and is recommended in most areas of the home on ground level or above.

Engineered wood floors consist of layers of wood pressed together, with the grains of each layer turned 90 degrees. Engineered wood flooring is perfect for areas of the house where solid wood flooring might not be suitable, such as basements, or on top of concrete or radiant heat floors, because it is dimensionally more stable and will expand and contract less.

Characteristics to Consider When Buying Hardwood Flooring:

Wood species, grade, board widths and lengths, colour, finish, and stability.

Ask your Carpet Superstores Representative for more information on all hardwood products.

How to Care for Your Hardwood:

With the variety and quality of finishes on the market today, cleaning your wood floor is easy. It is important, though, that you use the products designed for the particular finish on your floor. Aside from regular sweeping or vacuuming, you should always use the products recommended by the manufacturer, so as not to void the warranty.

Dirt, grit and dust are abrasive, and over time the floor will dull, particularly in high traffic areas. You can use refinishers to restore the luster level of your floor, and in time you may need to have it top-coated with finish. Damaged boards can be easily replaced from within the field of the floor. Scratches or dents may be filled, and/or touched up with markers of the same stain colour.

Use a humidifier in conjunction with your furnace or air-conditioning system to maintain a relative humidity in your home; 45 to 50% will maintain the moisture in the wood and minimize cracks between the boards.

If you have questions or concerns about hardwood floor care, feel free to ask the team at Carpet Superstores who will be more than glad to help.