Hardwood - Before You Buy

Before you purchase hardwood, know this.

Nothing motivates people to learn about something than when they have to invest a sizeable sum to purchase it.

Buying hardwood flooring is no exception.

It pays, today and tomorrow, to know not only the basics but some of the specifics.

In the journey to finding the right flooring for your home, understanding things like hardwood characteristics, traits and quirks can be invaluable.

That’s why we offer you this section.

It’s a summary of many of the things you should know about hardwood before you open your checkbook or get out the charge card.

Know this about Finish in Place hardwood. Nature’s rich beauty is abundant when displayed through the character of a Finish in Place hardwood floor.

In addition to various wood species and finishes, these hardwood planks are also available in different widths – an elegant addition to any home.

Finish in Place, or unfinished hardwood, is installed in the home and then sanded. The stain and 2-3 coats of urethane finish are then applied. The urethane finish, brushed or mopped on, is known as a “floor finish” not a “furniture finish”.

Dust is a fact of life and finishing. Since your floor is being finished in your home, please be aware that your floor will not be “dust free” as it is impossible to create a “dustless” environment.

Some dust will fall onto the freshly applied topcoat of urethane finish.

You may also see sanding marks, small bubbles and brush marks.

However, take heart, Finish in Place floors may be screened and recoated to rejuvenate the finish and revitalize the floor’s natural beauty.

The different hallmarks of hardwoods.

Each species of wood has its own unique characteristics. colour is determined by what part of the tree the wood originally comes from.

The grain pattern is determined by the species and how the wood is cut.

Natural variations in the colour and grain are normal and to be expected. Similar to natural stone, these variations create the beautiful and unique look of a wood floor. They make your floor close to one of a kind.

Understand that wood moves, naturally.

Wood floors will expand and contract due to moisture and temperature changes, causing hairline cracks, slight height variations or both.

Hardwood does not expand or contract equally in all directions. This is not considered a defect but a natural result of nature.

So, in dry climates, you may want to consider the use of a whole house humidifier to help minimize shrinkage and hairline cracking.