Everything You Need to Know About Acclimating Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring is a beautiful and durable option for homeowners that provides timeless beauty while complementing almost any style of decor. However, many people don’t realize that there’s one important step you need to take before you start your hardwood flooring installation. It’s called acclimation, and following the proper steps will help you get a lifetime of quality use from your hardwood floors. Here’s what you need to know to get the desired results. What is acclimation? Acclimation is a process that

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Hardwood Flooring Installation Methods: Fasten vs. Glue-Down vs. Floating

December 31, 2015 Many people spend a great deal of time selecting the right hardwood flooring product. However, it is also important to carefully consider the installation process. There are three common installation methods from which to choose: fasten, glue-down, and floating. Here we will look at the benefits and drawbacks of each method, which will help you choose the best strategy for your circumstances. Fastening Fastening (also called nail-down) is the most common method used to install hardwood floors. The process involves

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Janka Hardness Scale

August 26, 2015 As you are shopping for hardwood floors for your home, something you will probably come across is the phrase “Janka Hardness Rating”. Each species of hardwood is assigned a Janka hardness number and this number can tell you some important information about the floors you are considering. So what is a Janka rating and how should it influence your decision about hardwood flooring? In 1906, an Austrian wood researcher, Gabriel Janka invented a test (adapted from the Brinell hardness

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Hardwood Flooring Pre-Installation Considerations

July 30, 2015 There are many things to consider when installing hardwood flooring. We have outlined the top 4 things you should think about before making your decision. Choose the appropriate type of hardwood flooring Not all flooring types are right for all situations. A simple rule of thumb is… do not install solid hardwood below grade (ground level). Engineered hardwood is best suited for installation below grade. Also, the wider the board, the more movement the floor may have. Wide planks look

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Acclimating Hardwood Floors: How and Why?

June 1, 2015 Installing hardwood floors is one of the most exciting things that can happen in your home. More than likely you have spent hours doing research, asking questions, looking at samples, talking to your retailer or contractor, and finally, you have decided on the perfect floors for your home. After all that work, we’re sure you are more than ready to get your floors installed and enjoy them! But before you do, there is one very important thing you

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Can you Install Hardwood Floors Over Radiant Heat?

March 25, 2015 Radiant heat flooring is quickly becoming a new favorite among homeowners. It is quiet, great for families with allergies, highly efficient, and will lower winter energy costs. How Radiant Heat Works Warmth is supplied by hot water tubes or electric wires installed beneath the floor that send gentle heat waves up into the room. These heat waves warm up anything they reach (including your feet!), so although the air temperature in a room may remain relatively the same, you feel


Prefinished Floor Finishes vs Site Finished Floor Finishes

March 1, 2015 Hardwood flooring is a wonderful addition to any home! Before you start considering your options with regard to color and style, make sure you understand the difference between finishes that are commonly used on prefinished and site-finished floors. The finish is a protective top coat that seals a hardwood floor against damage from everyday wear-and-tear, moisture, and stains. Prefinished floors have the finish applied during manufacturing. Unfinished floors have the finish applied on-site – at the customer’s

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What are Face Nails in Hardwood Flooring and Why do I have them?

February 1, 2015 Face nailing is the common practice used to nail the first few rows of boards in place because it is difficult to maneuver hardwood floor nail guns close to the wall. The proper way to face nail is to countersink the nails with a nail punch and fill the remaining hole with coordinating wood putty.  Why do I have them? The nail guns used today for installing hardwood flooring are made to seat the nail

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What are “edges & ends” and why are they important?

January 1, 2015 If you’ve been looking for prefinished flooring for any amount of time, you’ve probably run across the term “edges & ends” on your research to the perfect floor for your home! So what exactly does edges & ends mean and why are they important for you to understand? These terms are used to describe the way the sides of the individual prefinished hardwood boards are cut. “Edge” refers to the long sides of the board while “end” references the short

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When is the Best Time to Install Hardwood Floors?

When is the Best Time to Install Hardwood Floors? Original article found on   It can take time for a home improvement project to take flight–from budgeting, picking your paint colors, selecting materials and finishes, planning layouts, and scheduling professional help like hardwood flooring installation, there are so many steps to completing a successful renovation. But did you know that you should factor the season into your home improvement plans? You should ask yourself questions like “When is