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Frequently Asked Questions About Hardwood Floors
Solid vs engineered hardwood floors — Which type of wood floor is right for me?
When it comes to solid vs engineered hardwood floors, the important thing to remember is that both are made using real wood. Solid hardwood boards are cut from a single piece of wood. Engineered boards have a thick surface layer of high quality hardwood followed by cross-sectional layers of composite materials. Solid wood floors can be installed above or at ground level. They are not recommended for any rooms that are moisture prone, such as bathrooms. Engineered wood floors can be installed on any level of the house, and are ideal for basement or slab installations.
What’s the best method for hardwood floor care and maintenance?
Regular sweeping or dry mopping is key to keeping your wood floor looking good. You can also use a vacuum with a wood floor attachment . Avoid oil or water based cleaners that can build up and create a cloudy haze to your floor. Instead, use a neutral pH cleaner made specifically for wood floors. Ask your sales person to advise you on what the manufacturer recommends for proper hardwood floor care and maintenance. Also check your floor’s warranty for specific wood floor care instructions.
Why is the color of my wood floor different under my rug or couch?
Hardwood floors will change color over time from exposure to the UV rays of sunlight or indirect light. This is a perfectly normal part of wood’s aging process and it usually happens during the first year after installation. Move furniture and area rugs periodically so your floor ages evenly. You may be able to prevent or slow down this process with window treatments that restrict UV rays.
Why does my wood floor make noise?
Wood floor expands and contracts due to changing humidity and temperature levels, you may hear small cracking or popping noises.