How much do you charge per square foot to install engineered hardwood floors, hardwood floors and laminate floors?
The answer to all three of these questions will obviously depend on a number of factors. Please see our "How much does it cost" main menu item to access our calculators. This will enable you to get a free instant calculation estimate of your specific project. Including material choice, area size, and many other details from start to finish in real time.
If we decide to purchase the hardwood from you, Will it be Canadian wood or Chinese?
We ONLY supply Canadian grown, kiln-dried, milled and finished hardwood flooring.
Is Canadian hardwood better than Chinese hardwood?
Canadian hardwood is usually more durable than Chinese hardwood for a number of reasons. There is always an exception to the rule, but in our experience, not many. The top three reasons that Canadian hardwood is better that Chinese hardwood are as follows. 1) The wood itself. We know because during installation some boards need to be "Persuaded" in order to slide the tongue and groove together, due to the natural crowning characteristic of wood. Especially when using long board lengths, During this fitting process Chinese wood will break apart. Canadian wood will show no signs of wear. 2) Canadian manufacturers apply more coats of oxide finish. We have seen 3 or 4 year old floors constructed with wood that is "Made in China" that need to be refinished 3) The drying process is inferior. There is an abundance of Chinese wood on the market that was not dried properly before milling, so many of the board widths vary due to the boards having different moisture content, which in turn causes shrinkage, causing noticeable gaping. Again, there is always exceptions to the rule. There are most likely some great Chinese hardwood flooring manufacturers, but it's the buyers who demand the cheapest possible product, to maintain a high profit margin.
Why are my floors so squeaky, and can you fix them?
Sub-floors generally squeak because of loosened fasteners driven trough a sub-floor into the floor joists. We will address your squeaky floors before installation begins. We guarantee your satisfaction.
Also, if you currently have carpet, think of this. When you step on the squeaky area, you are stepping "directly" on the problematic section of floor. Now, once you have installed interwoven hardwood flooring and now step on that same area, you are now distributing the weight over a much larger section of floor. So in order to apply the same pressure on the problematic area, you would need to apply much more weight.
So in a nutshell, most squeaks will naturally disappear upon installation
What does laminate flooring AC ratings mean?
Although Abrasion Class (AC) ratings, which are a representation of the resistance of laminate floors to abrasion, stains, impact as well as burns are important. it's better to install a laminate flooring with a higher class rating than a lower one when in doubt. If you are considering laminate flooring for your home, according to the Association of European Producers of Laminate Flooring (EPLF), AC2 is all one needs.
But in our opinion installing a minimum of AC3 and AC4 if your home experiences heavy traffic makes more sense. AC4 pricing, colour & texture as well as tab lock systems are available at an affordable price today. Remember, all it takes is, one day, one pair of stilettos in a hurry, and you will be thankful for AC4
AC1 is suitable for lighter traffic like a bedroom. --- AC2 is suitable for living rooms and dining rooms. --- AC3 is suitable for small offices and less frequented commercial locations --- AC4 Is suitable for higher traffic commercial areas like offices, and restaurants. --- AC5 is suitable for busy commercial areas like department stores and Government buildings etc..
What is the German "Tab Lock" system?
We offer a very unique type of Laminate flooring that's "Made in Germany" that will never separate at the cross cut side's (small side's) of the planks. If separation was to occur, this is where it will happen. The reason that the Laminate flooring that we supply lacks these gapping possibilities is due to the incorporation of a "Tab Lock" system. Once this system is installed it is extremely difficult to separate the boards. In contrast, other floating floor products come apart very easily. If you have ever seen this "separation" of boards, you know how frustrating this would be.
Do you guarantee your workmanship?
Yes. We provide a written 1 year free of defects installation warranty.
Do you guarantee your flooring materials?
Yes. All of the hardwood that we supply carries a minimum 25 years warranty. Our preferred brands carry a 35 year warranty. Our engineered hardwood and laminate also carry 25-35 year warranties.
How do I maintain and clean my hardwood floor?
Preventive maintenance is the key. DO NOT walk on your hardwood floors with shoes on, as it's only a matter of time before they become scratched. DO wipe up spills immediately. DO vacuum regularly using a soft bristle brush, not a beater brush. DO use felt tipped furniture pads under tables, couches etc... Directional blinds so as light does not always hit the same area's of the floor everyday. For deep cleaning use products such as Bona to remove any normal build up. Swifers and alike are great for everyday maintenance.
Should I keep my house at a certain temperature?
In short, If you have effective humidity control within your home, and the temperature does not fluctuate significantly, your wood floors will be fine. This is because your humidity control system will compensate (add or decrease water) for the air's ability to hold moisture. The optimal level of humidity to keep your home at in order to eliminate the chance of checking (cracking) or buckling is between 40% - 50%.
Will humidity affect my hardwood floors?
Yes, "Relative humidity" (RH) should be kept between 40% - 50%. The higher the RH, the higher the moisture content, which expands the wood causing it to swell, cup and buckle. When RH levels become is too low, the moisture in the wood reduces which causes the boards to shrink.. The result will be "Checking" or cracking. If there is one thing that you should do as an owner of a hardwood floor is ensure that your RH levels are in check. and clean up an spills immediately. Doing this will ensure the longevity of your wood floors
Is wax paper a vapour barrier?
Wax paper is not approved by the Canadian Construction Material Centre (CCMC) as a vapour barrier. Because hardwood floors are typically installed on the main or second floors (warm to warm) a vapour barrier is not only "not needed", but is counterintuitive. Any moisture that may settle as a result of a liquid spill will become trapped, and depending on the amount of liquid that was spilled, this could cause wood rot. Wax paper can reduce dust a little bit, and some installers like it because it makes it easier to slide the wood around using your feet. But it is in no way "needed"
Do I need to have an underlay under my new laminate floors?
Yes most definitely. Especially in high rise condominiums where the condominium board stipulates "Sound transmitting class" (STC) and "Impact insulation class" (IIC) ratings of normally 62 or better. In your home although there are no codes to be met, the higher the ratings, the quieter your house will be with regards to loud televisions, Hi Fi, as well as foot traffic.
What does hardwood floor "Milling issues" mean?
Milling issues or problems are a nasty aspect of the hardwood flooring industry that few people are aware of. When one is viewing sample boards in flooring shops and home improvement stores, MILLING ISSUES most likely will never enter into their minds. Which is completely understandable. I mean, why should you know about milling issues? But.... one of the problems are that many, we mean many hardwood flooring manufacturers do not kiln dry the hardwood BEFORE the wood is milled. This will cause boards with higher moisture content, after the milling process to shrink, which creates a gap equal to the shrinkage difference. Most times this can be noticed before installation if the wood had already dried out. But if the wood has not completely dried out yet, further shrinkage will happen after you have installed it. Not a pretty site. So a more appropriate term for this problem should be a drying issue opposed to a milling issue. The other problem we have come across goes by the name "Lipage". Lipage is a milling issue, and happens when the tongue's and groove's are milled at slightly different heights with relation to the 3/4" thickness of the board. If you were to run your hand over the floor surface after the installation has been completed, the floor will not be smooth. The floor boards will be at slightly different heights. Also not only is this not a pretty sight, but uncomfortable to walk on when in bare or stocking feet.
I am selling my house. Will I get my money back by installing hardwood floors?
No one can accurately answer that question. But hardwood floors are one of the most important features that a prospective buyer is looking for when buying a home. Bias? If you think so, then ask a real estate agent. You will get the same answer. Keep in mind that hardwood floors will also make your home more "sellable" than the house around the corner from yours that's up for sale, that has carpet flooring.
Should I acclimate my hardwood flooring before installation?
You will find so many different answers to this question, it makes it very difficult for a homeowner to know what to do. The truth of the matter is, Time has no bearing on how long that you should acclimate hardwood. Humidity levels and temperature do. Depending on the temperature and humidity conditions of both the storage and it's final resting place, acclimation may take 5 minutes or 5 days.
Acclimation of hardwood flooring also depends on the species. For example Hickory and Maple should NOT be Acclimated because they naturally absorb moisture quicker than other species. Domestic hardwoods will not need as much time to acclimate as a Brazilian Cherry (Jatoba). And that will depend on how long the Jatoba has been sitting in a warehouse in Canada. And then it will depend on the conditions of the warehouse.
A rule of thumb for acclimating domestic Oak, with boxes unopened is a day or two in the home.
Does it matter what type of material the backside of engineered hardwood is made from?
Yes it matters a great deal what the underside of engineered hardwood is made from. Many stores where inexpensive engineered hardwood is sold you will find the backing or underside of the product made of spruce plywood. This matters because different species of wood will expand and contract at different temperatures and humidity levels. logically if you were to have a shift in temperature and/or humidity levels, with a more dense hardwood laminated or glued to a less dense softwood resistance is inevitable. This could cause warping and/or checking (cracking).