The following frequently asked Hardwood Floor Questions are the ones we receive most often when discussing and quoting hardwood installation and refinishing projects.
Hardwood Floor Questions
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The most popular color : red oak natural, maple natural running second, but with today’s eclectic decoration styles,
- Darker colors – Formal or traditional interiors,
- Lighter colors – country, casual and contemporary settings.
There are many choices when selecting the right floor for the rooms in your home. There are several many species,
colors and grain variations to consider. See Wood Floor Species, Grades & Cuts
A variety of woods and finishes are available to complement the decor and style of any room. Oak and maple are
the most popular woods, but some homeowners are investing in exotics such as Brazilian cherry and Purpleheart.
For instance, if you are remodeling your kitchen, some products can be “floated” over most subfloors, including
vinyl or ceramic tile, eliminating the mess and cost of tearing up the existing floor and installing a subfloor.
Engineered products, which are dimensionally stable, are ideal for basements and can be nailed, glued or stapled
down. Your flooring retailer or contractor can help you to determine the best method for your situation. See
Installation methods & details.
some wood species better for radiant systems than other?
are manufactured of hardwood using a three-ply or five-ply laminated construction, making them inherently
dimensionally stable. This means they are less susceptible to changes in temperature and humidity. Of the
engineered flooring options, with a floating installation as the best choice, because it can be “floated” over the
subfloor, without the use of nails or adhesives for a permanent installation.
It is important to note that when installing any hardwood floor over a radiant heating system, the maximum
temperature of the subfloor should never exceed 80º (F). For the correct water temperature inside the heating
pipes, refer to your manufacturer’s guidelines.
Oak is an ideal species for in-floor radiant systems. We also recommend ash and merbau. We do not recommend
that you use maple or pecan for an in-floor radiant heat system. If you have a question about your species choice
see Radiant Heat & Wood Floors.