1. In this method of installation, tiles, boards and even individual planks are attached together along with the tongue and groove side either with glue or by snapping together over the subfloor. The tongue and groove edges are fit together and locked in place, thus, the entire floor is snapped together to itself and not the subfloor. The prime example of a floating floor is laminate flooring, howeveWhat is a floating floor?r aqua floor vinyl and engineered flooring can also be installed on a floating basis.
2. What is better, prefinished or unfinished wood flooring? Can I resand and refinish a prefinished floor?
With unfinished floor you have greater choice of finishes, however, prefinished products also come in variety of wood species, colors and grains. If you prefer a mirror like surface with no bevels then unfished flooring can give you that, but prefinished flooring usually have micro-bevels on all edges. Overall, the cost for both unfinished flooring and prefinished flooring is almost the same, but usually unfinished wood can cost less. It is much easier and cleaner to install prefinished flooring, however it doesn’t mean you can’t receive great result with unfished flooring. You can walk on installed prefinished flooring right away, but with unfinished flooring you have to wait two to four hours in order to use it and move in your furniture. Overall, both have their own unique qualities and it depends on your own personal choice if you prefer unfinished flooring or prefinished flooring.
Yes. You can resand and refinish a prefinished floor. However, it will cost a little more to resand and refinish a prefinished floor than unfinished hardwood flooring. The main difference between prefinished hardwood flooring and unfinished hardwood flooring is that their finishes are applied at different places. Prefinished wood finishes are applied at the factory whereas unfinished wood finishes are applied in the buyer’s house.
3. How hard is it to install hardwood/laminate floor?
If you have adequate carpentry skills then you can install hardwood floor, but you will need all the basic equipment such as a table-saw, nail set and hammer. There are many retailers that offer DIY products, but the easiest DIY product is lock and fold. It is very simple. You place a board on the subfloor and lock the tongue and groove side to another piece. You repeat the same processes over and over. It is important to note that not all installations are easy and can be quite messy especially glue down thus it’s better to hire professional installers to do the job.
4. How much will it cost me to buy and install carpet and hardwood flooring?
The cost of carpet, tile flooring and hardwood flooring all depend on the quality of the product and the square footage. It is important to note that carpet is priced by the square yard, not square foot. Nevertheless, it is very easy to convert the square yard price into square feet; just divide it by 9. For example, carpet priced at $18/square yard costs $2/square foot. The average cost of cheap carpet is $2/square foot, but good quality carpet can cost from $3 to $4 per square foot. Furthermore, the cost of designer labels can range from $5 or more per square foot. Don’t forget that you will pay extra for padding and installation.
The cost of hardwood flooring can range from $3 to $6.99 and the installation cost can be around $1.99 and more.
5. What is recommended for cleaning hardwood floors?
It is mainly recommended to use maintenance products from manufactures of prefinished wood flooring. Avoid using homemade cleaning products because they are mainly water based which can cause cupping and even damage the surface of floor that might create problems when recoating your floor in future. Check with your retailer for hardwood cleaning product recommendations.
6. How to clean grooves in the prefinished hardwood flooring?
Dirt collected in the wood beveled edges are easily swept or vacuumed out. If you want a mirror like surface flooring then it is better to install unfinished wood. However, in prefinished hardwood flooring the grooves are there to conceal unevenness in the sub floor and other expansions and contractions.
7. How long does it take to acclimate hardwood flooring?
One or two days is sufficient for acclimatization of hardwood flooring.
8. During an installation how long should I be away from home?
Here at M3 Interiors, it takes 2 business days to install 1000 square foot hardwood flooring. It takes 2-3 days to resand 1000 square foot of existing prefinished and unfinished wood.
9. I am installing DIY hardwood, what percent of waste should I include to my measurements for cutting?
It all depend on the layout of the rooms. If the room is squarer shaped then the general rule is to add 5% wastage, but if the rooms are angle shaped then add 7%-10% wastage.
10. Can I install hardwood in my kitchen?
Yes, but you must follow the proper maintenance. If there is spills from broken water glass or kitchen faucet overspray then mop it right away to avoid causing cupping. In addition, always keep in mind that there is the possibility of disastrous water-related events such as unchecked water under the sink or a slowly leaking refrigerator.
11. Is floor scratches, cuts, scuffs, marks and dents covered within the warranty period?
Majority of manufacturers of prefinished wood flooring have residential warranty and commercial warranty periods between 5 to 25 years. These warranties do not cover conditions caused by improper maintenance of flooring such as scratches, cuts, scuffs, marks and dents. It only covers manufacturing defects and warranty that the finish will not fade under normal traffic.
12. What humidity level is good for hardwood and engineered flooring? What happens if humidity level is either too high or too low?
It is essential to always maintain humidity levels between 35% and 55% with solid or engineered hardwood flooring in your house. If the humidity level is too high then it will cause moisture to seep into the wood as a result there will be cupping. On the other hand, if the humidity is too low then it will cause the wood to dry out. As a result, the wood will weaken; thus, always try to keep the humidity levels in check.
13. What is Hardwood Floor grading?
Wood products are known for their natural beauty, but when selecting a type of wood for your flooring project, it is important to also consider the level of durability by understanding the difference between wood grades. You may go to National Hardwood Flooring Assossiation(NWFA) page to see the Hardwood Grading deference.