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Site-Finished vs. Pre-Finished

What’s your best option when it comes to choosing a hardwood flooring product: Prefinished or unfinished hardwood flooring?

Pre-Finished: Prefinished flooring – as the name implies – is flooring that has the finish applied to it at the factory before it reaches the suppliers. This flooring has become very popular in recent years because of the advantages it offers:

Pros:

  • During installation, you skip all the dusty mess and smells that go along with sanding and finishing.
  • The boards are already finished, so as soon as they’re installed, you can walk on them.
  • The boards are finished in a factory under ideal environmental conditions. Seven to nine coats of urethane are applied. In addition, the finish contains aluminum oxide. The result is a very hard, smooth, and durable floor.
  • Because there is no sanding and finishing, a prefinished floor can normally be installed in a little over half the time, cutting the cost of labour.

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By |April 15th, 2016|engineered floors, hardwood flooring, Unfinished Flooring|

Refinishing vs. Replacing Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors provide a warm, classic feel for your home. In kitchens, living rooms or entryways, hardwood flooring offers benefits over carpet, including easier clean-up and lower maintenance. Treated well, wood can last for decades. But no flooring is invincible, Hardwood floors take a lot of abuse, and over time they can become stained, warped, chipped or just dull and eventually you’ll need to repair or replace your existing hardwood. Both options come with a price. How you want to tackle the project and the extent of the damage will determine which choice is cost-effective. There are certain advantages that are gained from refinishing or replacing your floor, as well as several drawbacks.
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By |April 8th, 2016|hardwood flooring|

Small Spaces and Wide Planks

These days it seems people are getting busier, and living spaces are getting smaller and smaller. These small spaces create unique design challenges for designers and homeowners alike. But thanks to new technologies in engineered hardwood manufacturing, there is at least help when it comes to your floors.
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By |March 16th, 2016|Design, hardwood flooring|

In the kitchen – To hardwood or not to hardwood?

One of the biggest dilemmas when trying to redo your kitchen is the choice for flooring. Design magazines will show kitchen after kitchen featuring beautiful hardwood floors. Designers will tell you that wood floors look fresh, warm and modern. But looks aren’t everything. How is one to really decide whether hardwood flooring is the right choice for the kitchen? We are going to break it down for you.
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By |February 18th, 2016|hardwood flooring|

Exotic Hardwood Flooring

Exotic woods augment a classy glimpse to a conventional home and modish gaze to a contemporary home. These are old but sturdy in nature and highly sustainable. Exotic wood can complement the allure of the air of any expanse they are laid.
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By |February 8th, 2016|Exotic Hardwood Flooring|

Soy-Based Eco and Health Friendly Flooring

We spend almost 90% of our time indoors, where the degree of air pollution is usually 2 to 5 times higher than outdoors. Children are particularly susceptible to the effects of air quality on health, because their immune and nervous systems are continuing to develop. To protect our children’s health, it is essential to reduce their exposure to chemicals and substances at home and at school, as well as in any indoor environment.
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By |January 26th, 2016|Eco and Health Friendly Flooring|

Wide or Narrow Wood Flooring

When it comes to interior design or decor, how we perceive things depends on what we’re used to seeing in which setting.  For example, until a few years ago, a distressed, aged floor would have been perceived as uncared for and in need of repair.  Today this look is highly sought after, and both artificially aged and reclaimed flooring are in high demand.
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By |January 15th, 2016|hardwood flooring|

New Trends in Hardwood Flooring

Over the last decade, hardwood floor trends have been influenced by leading designers and flooring manufacturers with custom capabilities. Three current trends in hardwood flooring include: wider boards, textured surfaces, and natural grey toned patinas.
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By |January 7th, 2016|Design, hardwood flooring|

Beauty Tips for Brushed Floors

Brushed products have become one of the hottest selling segments in hardwood flooring. The attraction of brushing is obvious. The procedure involves lightly brushing the hardwood surface of the floorboard with a wire brush. This removes some of the softer fibers in the wood and leaves the remaining hard fibers more sharply defined. This effect, called ‘opening’ the grain, gives the surface of the wood a more contoured, textured and ‘natural’ looking appearance. This adds to both the aesthetic and practical value of the floor, as a brushed surface looks more interesting and is also better at concealing some minor wear and tear. Many laminate and luxury vinyl wood-look floors are also now sporting ‘brushed’ surface treatments.
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By |December 21st, 2015|Wire Brushed Hardwood Flooring|

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is the ultimate copycat. It looks like a real wood or stone floor, but what you’re actually seeing is a high-resolution photograph of real wood or stone pressed on top of a High Density Fiberboard (HDF).
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By |December 14th, 2015|laminate flooring|