Hardwood Floors Guide
Hardwood floors remain the most elegant flooring that can be placed in a home. European Parquet offers a large selection of the finest quality of hardwood floors for any room in your home.
One can consider hardwood floors to be an investment that can last a lifetime, not to mention the fact that it goes with all styles, whether you are going for a classy look or contemporary, traditional look. Aside from being a lifelong investment, hardwood floors remain the most popular flooring choice for home buyers across the country. Hardwood floors are sought after and add value to the home.
Understanding the different types of hardwood floors can help you decide which choice is best for your home and family. Wood floors are produced in both solid and engineered planks and strips and come in a wide variety of wood types:
Solid Wood Floors
Solid hardwood floors are made of a solid piece of wood about 3/4″ thick. European Parquet’s selection of solid hardwood floors are produced from the finest domestic and exotic hardwood floors including red and white oak, American cherry, hickory, maple, and Brazilian cherry. Our selection features all different types of styles and thickness.
Because solid hardwood floors are more susceptible to humidity and temperature changes than engineered wood floors they should only be installed above grade over approved wooden subfloors and must be nailed or stapled down. Recoating and refinishing can be done anytime.
Engineered Wood Floors
These floors are produced by laminating several hardwood plies together to form the planks. Most engineered hardwood floors can be glued–down, staple or floated over a variety of subfloors including wood, dry concrete slabs and some types of existing flooring. Engineered hardwood floors come in a wide variety of widths, thicknesses and colors in both North American and exotic hardwoods.
Exotic Wood Species
Wood flooring is available in a variety of hardwood species that are not found in North America. European Parquet features some of the finest exotic hardwoods from all over the world. Many of these exotic species are photosensitive and are subject to changing color over time.
Prefinished Versus Unfinished
Unfinished floors require several days to install, stain and finish the flooring. Pre-finished floors are less messy and can be installed and completed the same day.
When deciding on hardwood floor, it is important to take into consideration where the flooring will be placed. It is best to avoid placing hardwood floors in areas with high moisture. Flooring will either be placed on grade, which is ground level, above grade, which is on a second level or higher or below grade, such as in basements or sunken living rooms.
If you plan to install over concrete, you must use an engineered product to ensure structural integrity. Solid wood flooring or engineered flooring may be used over plywood, wood, or OSB subfloors.
If there is going to be moisture in the room, it is best to install engineered hardwood which is naturally moisture resistant and can even be placed in a bathroom.
Maintaining your Hardwood Floors
Hardwood floors are easy to maintain. Cleaning could be done by sweeping or vacuuming. Many choose to place an area rug over hardwood floors, just to maintain their beauty and elegance and protect against normal wear and tear. Floor protectors are also a great way to protect hardwood floors from furniture. For pet owners with hardwood floors, it is best to keep pet nails trimmed and keep paws free of dirt, to avoid damage to floors. With all natural wood, there is a chance that wood will fade due to prolong exposure to the sun. It is a good idea to use protective window coverings and rearrange rugs and furniture from time to time, to lessen the exposure to the sun. Avoid walking with shoes and heels on hardwood floors. The use of a humidifier could help protect your hardwood floors from shrinkage.
Do not wet-mop, damp-mop, or clean your floor with water or other liquids and avoid using buffing machines and steam cleaners on your hardwood floors. Oil and citrus cleaners should not be used to clean your floors. Cleaners with acrylics or urethane polish will damage hardwood floors as well.