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So you have decided that it’s time to purchase hardwood flooring. When you begin your search for that perfect floor that will help you achieve the desired look you’re after, your first thought is probably not what width of boards you are going to select but rather what color you are going to choose. Color is definitely a key choice when it comes to creating the specific look you desire but be careful not to underestimate the difference that the

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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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What is the Best Hardwood Flooring for Kitchens and Why?

November 24, 2015 Choosing the right flooring for your kitchen may seem like a difficult decision. Your choice will depend on your style preferences and practical considerations. After all, the kitchen is a high-traffic area that must be able to withstand the daily demands of a busy family. Considered by many to be the ultimate flooring option, hardwood never goes out of style. The following tips will help you choose the best hardwood flooring for your kitchen. Why choose hardwood for your

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What is Hand Scraped Hardwood?

The technique of hand scraping hardwood flooring was originally used in the 1600s to even out the difference between planks, but it is a style that is making a big comeback and has quickly grown in popularity over the past decade. Homeowners love the old world character and rustic warmth it brings to their home. Also known as hand sculptured wood flooring, it is designed to give the floor an original made-by-hand look while still being able to have the modern luxuries of a

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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

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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 home. Pictured: Newport

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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 sides. The terms are also descriptive of