How Popular Hardwoods Look and Perform
Solid hardwood floors are made from solid wood planks that expand and contract in different conditions depending on how much moisture they are exposed to. These floors are available in a variety of different types and tones. The following are among the most popular types of hardwood:
- Cherry: These floors have a reddish brown or pinkish white tone to them that becomes deeper over time. Cherry floors have a smooth texture and a high level of durability.
- Walnut: These floors come in dark brown tones that have auburn or grayish-brown undertones. These highly durable floors are highly resistant to fading from light exposure.
- Oak: These floors range in color from light beige with pinkish undertones to deep golden tones. They are sturdy and dense, giving rooms a warm look and feel.
- Maple: These floors range in color from creamy white tones to golden tones. They have a uniform texture that gives them a smooth look and are highly durable.
- Hickory: These floors range in color from light yellowish-brown to darker browns and reddish-brown tones. They are among the most durable types of hardwood.
Where Is This Type of Flooring Best Used?
Solid hardwood floors are best used in rooms that are at ground level or higher in your home. They perform best in areas with carefully controlled humidity levels. This is because they are more vulnerable to moisture damage.
Distinguishing Hardwoods by Grading Quality
What Is Grading Quality?
Grading quality usually refers to the appearance of a wood floor, such as whether or not it has knots or other marks, how large these are and how much contrast there is between lighter and darker tones. Typical grade names include Clear Grade, Cabin Grade and Select and Better.
- Refined: This class has the smoothest and most uniform look with few knots and other flaws.
Traditional: This class includes more knots and other marks, making it less smooth than the refined class and giving it a more natural look.
- Vintage: This class typically has more marks and knots and features a higher degree of variation with light and dark boards.
- Character: This class has the most noticeable knots and mineral marks and shows the highest degree of contrast between colors.
Hardwood Installation Process
At the Store
When you come to Premier Floors for hardwood floors, please feel free to ask questions. We’ll provide information on different hardwood types and styles so that you can choose the best one for your home.
Preparing for Installation
This involves ensuring that all furniture and other objects are removed from the area, so that our experts can install your hardwood floor properly. We will make sure that plywood subfloors are also level before starting the installation process.
Our team will install your new hardwood floor plank by plank according to strict standards. This ensures that your floor is safely and properly installed. We will cut planks as needed during installation.
Hardwood Care and Maintenance
Solid hardwood floors should be vacuumed and regularly swept to prevent debris from building up and dulling the finish. A slightly damp mop can be used to clean these floors thoroughly, using a floor specific cleaner such as Bona.
Tips for Preventing Damage
Lower the risk of damage to your new hardwood floor by avoiding using certain cleaning products on it, such as ammonia and harsh or abrasive cleaners. Prevent scratches by placing mats in high-traffic areas and using fabric pads on chairs.
Engineered Hardwood Flooring
What Is It?
Engineered hardwood floors are made cross-ply construction that is not as vulnerable to contracting and expanding due to moisture exposure and humidity. These floors are available in different lengths and widths.
Where Is It Best Used?
Engineered hardwood floors can be installed in any area of your home, including rooms that are below ground.
What Are Its Benefits?
Engineered hardwood is less likely to form cracks or develop other flaws from changes in humidity or moisture levels. It offers a stable flooring option that is more versatile than solid hardwood.
Care & Maintenance of Engineered Hardwood
Engineered wood floors should be swept and vacuumed on a regular basis to get rid of dust and dirt. You should also use a mop for a more thorough cleaning about once a week. Do not use vinegar, ammonia or steam cleaners on these floors.
If you’re interested in learning more about our hardwood floor or other flooring options, please contact Premier Floors to schedule a consultation.