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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the benefits of hardwood flooring?

    Hardwood flooring offers several benefits, including durability, timeless aesthetic appeal, ease of maintenance, and improved indoor air quality. It can also increase the value of your home.

  • How long does it take to install hardwood floors?

    The time required for hardwood floor installation depends on various factors such as the size of the area, the type of hardwood being installed, and any additional preparations needed. On average, installation can take anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks.

  • Can hardwood floors be installed over existing flooring?

    In many cases, hardwood floors can be installed over existing flooring, such as vinyl, or tile. However, it’s essential to ensure that the existing flooring is in good condition, flat, and securely attached to the subfloor.

  • What type of subfloor is suitable for hardwood floor installation?

    A plywood or OSB (oriented strand board) subfloor is commonly used for hardwood floor installation. It should be structurally sound, level, and clean. Concrete subfloors may require additional preparations, such as moisture barriers.

  • Should I acclimate hardwood flooring before installation?

    Yes, it’s crucial to acclimate hardwood flooring before installation. This involves storing the hardwood planks in the room where they will be installed for a specific period. This process allows the wood to adjust to the temperature and humidity conditions of the environment, minimizing the risk of future issues like warping or gaps.

  • Can hardwood floors be installed in basements?

    Hardwood floors are not typically recommended for basements due to the higher levels of moisture and potential for water damage. However, engineered hardwood, or luxury vinyl (LVT/ LVP) which is designed to be more moisture-resistant, may be a suitable alternative.

  • How do I maintain hardwood floors?

    Regular maintenance includes sweeping or vacuuming to remove dirt and debris, promptly wiping up spills, and using a hardwood floor cleaner recommended by the manufacturer. Avoid using excessive water, harsh chemicals, or abrasive cleaning tools that could damage the floor’s finish. Always avoid cleaners with the words “Oil, Wax or Polish”. These may prevent your floor from being recoated.

  • Can hardwood floors be refinished?

    Yes, most hardwood floors can be refinished multiple times. Refinishing involves sanding down the top layer to remove scratches, stains, and imperfections, followed by applying a new finish to restore the floor’s appearance. Typical 3/4″ thick solid hardwood floors can be refinished 7-10 times over their lifetime.

  • How do I protect my hardwood floors from scratches?

    To protect hardwood floors from scratches, consider using felt pads on furniture legs, placing doormats at entrances to trap dirt and grit, and avoiding walking on the floors with shoes that may have abrasive soles. Regularly trimming pets’ nails can also prevent scratches.

  • Can I install hardwood floors myself, or should I hire a professional?

    While it is possible to install hardwood floors yourself if you have the necessary skills and experience, hiring a professional installer is often recommended. Professional installers have the expertise, tools, and knowledge to ensure a proper and efficient installation, minimizing the risk of errors or complications.