FAQ’s

Is there anything I can do to prevent hardwood floors from fading?

Two factors that cause hardwood floors to fade are sun exposure and the finish that is applied to the floor.

Installing your hardwood floors in an area that has direct sunlight can cause your hardwood floor to fade overtime. This is very similar to how skin reacts when exposed to sunlight. You could prevent the floors from fading by moving furniture periodically to limit that exposure.

The second factor is the finish applied to the floor. Oil-modified finishes will give the floor a slightly yellow appearance over time. In contrast, water-based finishes generally will remain clear over time.

How do you figure the difference between square feet and square yards?

Because carpet only comes in 12 ft Wide Rolls and 15 ft wide rolls, you must first determine the width of the carpet you are going to use. Take the width of the carpet and multiply it by the length of the room. This is how you calculate square feet. To figure square yards take the square feet and divide by 9.

What is the difference between different forms of padding and is it beneficial?

Although there are different types of thickness, most padding is graded by density. The greater the number the higher the density. The higher density, the firmer the padding resulting in higher foot traffic . Padding increases comfort levels, extends life of carpet, can be used for moisture barrier protection, and offer good thermal and sound insulation.

What is the difference between solid hardwood and engineered hardwood?

Solid Hardwood is referring to a 3/4 inch thick piece of solid wood. It can be installed on or above grade but not on a slab. The wood is generally nailed to a plywood sub-floor. Solid wood does not perform well in areas of high humidity or areas with significant temperature changes. However, solid wood can be sanded many times.

Engineered Hardwood consists of a range of various products manufactured by binding the strands, particles, fibers or veneers of wood together. It can be installed anywhere in the house, above or below grade, on concrete or plywood sub-floors, with glue or nails. Engineered Hardwood can even float. It can be sanded and refinished about twice depending on the thickness of the wear layer.

Either type of wood, be it solid or engineered will increase value of a home because it’s considered a permanent fixture of the home.

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