Hardwood flooring looks amazing in every room in the home and at the discount prices available at Adamms Carpets why wait, a new hardwood floor is waiting for you!
If you have never had hardwood flooring in your home before then read on for the answers to our most frequently asked questions:
- How does your home environment and humidity affect hardwood flooring?
As a natural material, hardwood can be affected by changes in humidity in your home. In bathrooms or rooms below ground level, humidity and the potential for pooling water can create problems. Solid hardwood flooring is not recommended for these areas.
- What’s the best way to clean and maintain hardwood flooring and keep it looking like new?
Sweep or hoover (using a brush or felt head) your hardwood floor regularly to eliminate abrasives like dust and dirt that could damage the finish. Use outdoor and indoor mats to collect dirt and moisture at the door before it reaches the floor. Wipe up spills immediately and periodically clean your floors with a professional Hardwood Floor Cleaner.
- Should I buy prefinished or unfinished hardwood?
If you are trying to match an existing hardwood floor in your home, you may want to choose unfinished hardwood that can be stained to match on site before the finish is applied. Finishing “on site” takes longer, not to mention the inconvenience of dealing with the dust from sanding and fumes from sealants while the work is completed in your home. On the other hand, prefinished hardwood floors come from the factory already stained and sealed. All Adamms Carpets hardwood flooring comes with an option so you can choose the flooring type that best suits your needs.
- Will my hardwood floor yellow or change colour over time?
It’s natural for hardwood flooring to yellow, darken or lighten over time, depending on the wood species. Exposure to direct sunlight greatly accelerates this process. Adamms Carpets recommends moving furniture and rugs occasionally to allow your hardwood floors to age evenly from UV exposure. You can always re-stain your floors every ten years or so to ensure your colour remains consistent throughout your home.
- What is an engineered hardwood floor?
Engineered hardwood flooring is made up of several sheets of genuine hardwood fused together to form a durable, single plank. This multi-ply structure gives engineered wood superior stability, greater than solid hardwood, and is less susceptible to temperature and humidity changes. Unlike solid hardwood, engineered wood flooring can be installed below ground level, making it a great choice for finished basements.
- Can I install my own hardwood floor?
A hardwood flooring installation takes time, precision and know-how to get it right. Even for experienced DIYers, these installations can be challenging. A lot depends on your ability to take the time to learn what you need to know to properly install a hardwood floor so that it will look and perform beautifully. If you’ve never installed a hardwood floor, we recommend hiring an Adamms Carpets Certified Installer.
- What does it mean to “acclimate” a hardwood floor?
To acclimate hardwood flooring, move the packaged boards into the room where they will be installed and let them sit for several days, with the cartons open and raised off the ground. This allows the moisture content of the wood to adjust to the conditions in the room. Adamms Carpets recommends acclimation for all their solid hardwood flooring products. It is not necessary to acclimate engineered wood flooring however.
- How do I calculate how much hardwood flooring I need for my project?
You can easily estimate any flooring size requirements by following the simple steps in this article on how to measure for flooring and carpets. We would also recommend ordering slightly more flooring that you require as this will allow for damages in the future.
- Where do I get trims and moldings to match my hardwood floor?
Adamms offers a line of coordinated trim and molding pieces for both all types of hardwood flooring collections. Options include quarter round molding, reducer strip, t-molding, threshold and stair nose.
- Is hardwood flooring a good choice for a home with pets?
Yes – but take precautions. Keep in mind that the hardness of wood, which varies from species to species, affects how well it holds up to wear and tear. You can help ensure a beautiful-looking floor by keeping pets’ nails trimmed, sweeping regularly to remove dirt, grit and fur, and wiping up spills and accidents immediately.