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"Nothing enriches the look of a home more than hardwood flooring. It is available in a tremendous range of styles, colours, textures and durability that lasts for years, when installed properly and professionally."
Why Hardwood Floors?
One of the few interior design choices that will actually raise the value of your home, wood makes a timeless statement of impeccable taste and elegant style. Rich, inviting hardwood floors are not only beautiful and stylish to look at, they are natural and safe for the environment, hardwood is a beautiful addition to any room.
Hardwood floors are typically a greater investment compared to all other flooring products, both from material and an installation point of view. This makes it even more crucial to invest in a company that offers the highest value for every dollar spent. We at Decor Floors work hard every day to deliver the same. If hardwood is the flooring choice for you, then you have found the right place to find the hardwood flooring that you will love for years to come.
Based on construction, hardwood is available as:
Solid Hardwood is a type of wood flooring, which is solid all the way through and offers diverse options that add warmth and beauty to your home. It can be installed on or above grade e.g. main floor or upper floors.
Engineered Hardwood is an alternative to the traditional solid hardwood flooring. It offers environmental responsibility to superior performance and lasting beauty. Engineered hardwood can be either nailed stapled glued or floated, thus providing multiple installation options over a wide variety of sub floors. If hardwood is the flooring choice for you, we invite you to explore one of our showrooms and fall in love with the hardwood of your choice.
Tips for Choosing the Best Hardwood Flooring In Toronto.
Hardwood floors boast an array of benefits. They are durable, easy to maintain and add beauty and value to your home. If you’ve already made the decision to go with hardwoods, then you’ve probably discovered that the choices are extensive, and even overwhelming. The key is to start with your needs and lifestyle in mind. From there, choosing products that match the color and style of your home will be simple. If you’re looking for hardwood flooring in Toronto, here are a few things to consider.
Think about how you live. Are you a single person, low traffic household, or do you have teens, pets and a constant string of visitors? How you live makes a huge difference in what type of finishes and wood you’ll want to look at. Features like hand-scraping or distressing can minimize the appearance of scratches and dents, while the hardness of the wood species, also known as a Janka rating, will affect the overall durability of your floors. List out whom and what will be on your floors and how often. Think about furniture, and whether it’s moved frequently. Once you have the information you can think about a few other factors.
Lifestyle and location go hand-in-hand. With locale, consider how much moisture the wood will be exposed to, or if there are major temperature changes throughout the year. Geographical location is just as important as what room in the house the hardwood floors will be - this is especially important when choosing hardwood flooring in Toronto. Areas like the basement may do better with an engineered wood, especially if it is a damper environment.
Choices will also be influenced by cost, subflooring material and the width of the planks. With today’s hardwood flooring technology you have two viable choices:
- Hardwood: Think planks of solid wood.
- Engineered hardwood: A layer of solid wood on top of multiple layers of plywood. Engineered hardwoods are particularly good if you prefer wider planks. They have no room to expand and won’t buckle and peel.
Both engineered and regular hardwoods come in several styles and colors, and a variety of wood species. It’s essential to obtain a sample to see what you’re getting before making a major purchase. Look at samples in different lights, and compare to cabinets and molding.
Installing hardwood flooring in your Toronto home is one of the best investments you can make, especially if you choose the ideal hardwood flooring choices from Decor Floors.
Proper maintenance and care for your hardwood floors will keep them looking great for years to come. Proper maintenance will also protect your investment.
- The following elements can damage your floors: prolonged exposure to sunlight, dust and other particles and inappropriate solvents.
- Use doormats to prevent outside dirt from being tracked onto your new floors. Make sure the mats are made for hardwood floors (avoid non-ventilated or rubber backed mats). Clean the mats regularly.
- Use mats near areas where there is water such the bathroom or kitchen.
- Keep pet’s claws well groomed.
- Stick clean felt pads under the furniture to prevent scratches.
- Be very careful when moving furniture, left properly when possible— do not drag.
- Get a small touch up kit at time of purchase, so you can treat small scratches quickly. Test the kit in small isolated area before using.
- Invest in a good quality broom and sweep your floors regularly.
- See the manufacturer’s instructions too.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I transition different floors from one room to another?
A: A threshold is used when there are height differences between different floors. Ask your flooring specialist for other decorative and family friendly transition pieces that can be designed according to your specific needs.
Q: Will removing my existing carpet improve my allergy symptoms?
A: According to the American Hardwood Information Centre, removing carpeting and installing hardwood flooring can reduce allergy symptom because hardwood flooring trap fewer allergens including dust mites.
Q: Can I install solid hardwood over concrete?
A: Most manufacturers do not honour the warranty if solid hardwood is installed over concrete. Although, there have been some successful installations over dry concrete slab. It requires a plastic vapour barrier (taped at all edges). Then a moisture resistant wooden sub floor is built on top of the plastic film.Hardwood can be nailed on top of this. If you decide to take this chance, be sure to consult the manufacturer’s warranty and installation guidelines.
Q: What type of hardwood can I install on concrete?
A: Most engineered hardwood floors can be installed on concrete slabs. Always be sure to consult the manufacturer’s warranty and installation guidelines.
Q: How do I remove scratches on my wood floor?
A: This really depends on the type of wood floor you have, the finish you have and how deep the scratches are in the top layer. For small minor scratches in a urethane finish you should be able to order a touch-up kit from the store you purchased the flooring from. Be sure to use the manufacturer's recommended finish products and test first by applying a small amount in an out of the way area. For deep scratches you will probably have to have a professional do a screen and recoat. With some wood floors you may be able to just replace the damaged boards. It is best to leave the sand and recoat, or board replacement to a professional flooring installer, or refinisher.
Q: How can I stop hardwood floors from gapping?
A: Gapping in solid wood floors cannot be stopped completely. Wood expands and contracts with changes in humidity. Using a humidifier during the heating months may help reduce the amount of gapping in solid wood floors. Also, some wood species may gap, expand and contract less than others. Engineered wood floors are much more dimensionally stable than solid wood floors and will show little or no gaps between planks.
Q: Can I install a hardwood floor if I have pets?
A: Hardwood flooring can’t usually withstand the abuse a dog or cat can cause on a floor. Urine may permanently discolour the finish of the wood floor and large dogs' claws will probably leave scratches in the finish. It also depends upon the type of pet and the type of hardwood you have. Scratches can’t be eliminated but homeowners can choose the type of hardwood that will hide the scratches or is easy to touch up, such as hand scraped hardwood or rustic grade hardwood. Stay away from a smooth finish or high gloss finish if you have pets.
Q: What should I use under furniture legs?
A: Use felt pads on the legs of chairs and all other furniture to prevent hardwood floor scratches. Keep the pads free of grit and replace as often as needed. Not only will furniture pads protect your floor, but you'll love the ease in which you can move items around as desired.
Q: Where can I find a stain to match my existing hardwood floors?
A: Consult a stain specialist that can custom blend a matching stain color to order. Most major paint stores and home centres offer custom mixing programs. If you have a sample of your existing floors, matching it will be very easy. If not, keep the basic information of your floors, like name and manufacturer as some stain specialist carry the stains in their database by the name.