Offering The Best Selection On Flooring
Each species in the brands that we carry has its own distinct grain pattern, colour and hardness, giving you a multitude of choices to suit your own décor tastes.
What Is Prefinished Hardwood?
Unlike unfinished hardwood that is sanded, stained and finish coated on site in your home, Prefinished hardwood has been sanded and finish coated at the factory. Although the urethane factory finishes are very durable, prefinished floors still dent and scratch like other types of hardwood floors. Prefinished hardwood can usually be refinished unless the wear layer (the top layer of hardwood) is a 1/16th of an inch or less.
Prefinished hardwood ranges in size, typically 2 to 4 inches in width and anywhere from 1 to 6 ft in length with a 1/16th-1/4 of an inch wear layer. It comes available in almost any local or exotic wood species. Prefinished hardwood also comes in two varieties, solid hardwood and engineered. Engineered hardwood differs from solid hardwood in that its core is made from layers of wood glued together to form a single board. A thin layer of hardwood is then added to the top of the board.
Slight Grooves Between Each Plank
When considering the style of prefinished hardwood there is one thing to keep in mind. Typical prefinished hardwood has small beveled edges on each side. The result is slight grooves between each plank. Depending on their depth, in a high traffic environment such as the entrance to your home these bevels can become dirt traps that may be difficult to keep clean. If this is a concern for you then we suggest you go with either an unfinished floor that is site sanded flat with no visible bevels, or a square edge click together floor that has no noticeable bevel.
One definite advantage of choosing prefinished hardwood over unfinished hardwood is the time it takes to install. Unfinished wood floors need to be sanded, stained, finished and then require additional time to dry before you can walk on them, this is a lengthy process that can take up to a week to complete depending on the square footage of your floors. On the other hand Pre-finished hardwood is easier and faster to install and can be walked on immediately after installation.
What Is Engineered Hardwood?
The term engineered simply refers to the process in which this type of hardwood is made. It is not solid wood, engineered hardwood has a makeup similar to plywood with the top layer being real hardwood. It is made of various thin wood layers that are laminated and glued together in a cross ply construction to form a single wood board. A thin layer of hardwood called a veneer is then glued down on the top surface of the board. This top layer can vary from 1/16th to 3/16ths in thickness. The thicker the layer, the more times it can be sanded.
Like solid hardwood, engineered hardwood comes in a variety of wood species, grains, widths, lengths and colours. You can purchase it prefinished meaning that the sanding, staining and finish coats are applied at the factory or you could opt for unfinished engineered wood that is sanded, stained (if requested) and finish coated on site in your home.
Experts in Floor Installation
Over the years we have had the opportunity to hone our skills in the field of floor installation. Whether it’s Hardwood, Laminate, Carpet, Vinyl or Tile, you can rest easy knowing that our team of installers, adhere closely to manufacturer installation specifications. This means that your floors will look great and last the life of their warranty.
To live up to the high standards in quality that back our floor product warranties it is necessary for us to only install products that we sell. If you are interested in installing a new floor in your home or office why not visit our showroom today. We carry all the latest flooring brands with an extensive variety of options to choose from.
Why Use Us to Install your Next Floor:
- Residential and Commercial Installation.
- We are capable of any size or type of flooring project.
- Full warranties on all of our products.
- Skilled tradesmen ensures your floors are installed properly.
- Large Showroom of premium flooring products to choose from.
- We carry Hardwood, Laminate, Carpet, Vinyl and Tile.
Benefits of Hardwood Flooring
- Longevity – When properly cared for, hardwood flooring can last for decades.
- Easy Maintenance – Hardwood flooring is one of the easiest floor coverings to maintain, generally only requiring a damp dust mop with an approved cleaner.
- Increased Return on Investment – Properties with hardwood flooring tend to sell faster and for higher prices than those with other floor coverings.
- Improved Air Quality – Hardwood flooring is the perfect choice for those with allergies as it does not add to air impurities in your home or office.
- A Renewable Resource – Wood is a renewable resource and many exotic woods come from forests that are certified as sustainable.