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Frequently Asked Canadian Flooring Questions (FAQ)


What are the benefits of wood flooring?

Wood flooring adds warmth and beauty to ANY home. It’s easy to care for and clean, and can last through many generations of use. What’s more, it’s hypo-allergenic and environmentally sound.

A wood floor can improve a home’s resale value AND the cost is way less than you may think! No matter what your décor or budget, we’ve got the flooring to fit your needs.

Isn’t there a lot of care and maintenance involved with a hardwood floor?

If you consider sweeping or vacuuming a lot of work, you may want to reconsider hardwood floors. With this type of flooring, you do need to wipe up spills right away or you risk damage. Occasionally, you’ll probably want to go over your floor with an approved hardwood floor cleaner, but that’s about it. There are some dos and don’ts you’ll want to pay attention to. Go to our Care & Maintenance Post for the rest of our advice.

What’s the difference between Solid wood and Engineered wood flooring?

Hardwood is now showing up in areas it’s never been considered for before! Engineered hardwood flooring is a versatile option that allows you to personalize your color, cut, finish, and surface texture in areas where solid hardwood is not recommended. The top layer is a species of real hardwood. The core layer is made up of high/medium density plywood. The multi-ply layer inhibits the flooring from expanding and contracting with changing temperature and moisture levels, thereby preventing floor movement the way a solid hardwood floor would. Most engineered hardwood flooring can also be installed over radiant heat. Engineered wood can be installed below grade and on a concrete subfloor, either as a direct glue-down or a floating floor, making it perfect for condos and houses alike.

What’s the difference between a Single Strip floor and a Multi-Layer floor?

Both flooring types are of the engineered variety, meaning they are both comprised of layers of solid wood, also known as plies, that are laminated together for added dimensional stability. Both have a premium hardwood top layer, but the main difference between the two is the number of layers. A single strip floor has three layers – a bottom layer, core layer and top or wear layer, which is of the selected species of wood. A multi-layer floor can have from five to eight plies in its composition again with a premium hardwood wear layer.

What are square-edge, bevel-edge, and eased-edge designs?

These terms describe the edges and ends of hardwood floorboards, AKA the edge profile. The edge profile for you is, basically, a matter of personal taste. Square edges are flush and tight to one another for a seamless look. Bevel and Eased edge have a slight angle on the top edge of the plank or strip. These edge profiles add a bit more drama and tend to hide minor imperfections where the boards meet. You can also feel these edge profiles as you walk on the floor barefoot. Bottom line, it’s all about what looks right to you.

I have pets. Are hardwood floors a good idea for me?

Pets present a challenge…but not a huge one. If you keep your pet’s nails trimmed, floor scratching shouldn’t be a problem. Plus, our UV-cured Acrylic Urethane finishes are pretty darn tough.

Should I expect color variations in my hardwood floor over time?

Yes. Over time, wood changes color, typically darkening. Some woods change more than others. This is natural and part of the charm of real wood. The wood is gaining its “patina”. To make sure your Floors Plus hardwood floor ages uniformly – and gracefully – move your furniture, area rugs and mats around from time to time.

How do I decide which installation method is right for my floor?

This depends on the type of floor you want, where you wantit and the type of subfloor it will be installed on. The basic installation methods are nail-down, stapled, glue-down and“floating” (installation without nails, staples, or glue). It’s best totalk to your Floors Plus representative for advice on the right methodfor you.

Can I install a hardwood floor myself?

Hardwood floor installation is a skilled trade that requires talented hands to produce the best possible results. Floors Plus uses highly skilled installers who install our products day in and day out. They not only do it right, but they also know how to avoid the headaches and hassles even the handiest of homeowners can run into. Best bet – if you really want to DIY, talk to your Floors Plus representative and see if you think the added cost for our crew to install the floor is worth it.

Can a Floors Plus hardwood floor be installed over my existing floor?

It depends on the type of wood floor you choose. Our Engineered floors can be installed over existing floors such as ceramic tile, vinyl, and most other types. Solid wood floors have some limitations in this area. Best to talk to your Floors Plus representative about whether or not it’s a good idea to install the floor you want over the floor you have.

Are hardwood floors from Floors Plus environmentally friendly?

Wood is a recyclable and renewable resource. Several of our wood floors are partially comprised of recycled wood. Typically, when trees are harvested for wood floors, replanting and other forest management techniques, as outlined by the Forestry Stewardship Council are employed to help promote the health and productivity of these forests.

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