How should I clean my hardwood flooring?
During the weekly routine, use a vacuum or mop to get the hard-to-reach places like corners and underneath furniture. You must be extra careful with both vacuums and mops. Be sure that the beater bar is turned off on the vacuum cleaner to avoid scratching the surface of the hardwood. A soft bristle floor brush is the best choice for vacuuming wood floors. When using a wet mop, barely dampen the surface of the wood with a safe hardwood cleaner. It’s extremely important to prevent any water from pooling or beading up on the floor, as water is never good for hardwood floors. Creek & Hollow Hardwood does not advocate the use of steam mops. Learn more.
Can I put hardwood flooring in my basement?
You can put hardwood floors in the basement as long as they are engineered hardwood. Solid hardwood does not resist moisture due to its lack of dimensional stability, and will become damaged in most cases. Because of the way engineered hardwood is constructed, it is safe to put in basements.
How is engineered hardwood made?
Engineered hardwood is constructed by bonding together 3 or more plies together with an adhesive to form one plank, and the top layer is the desired species of wood giving it the look you want. Each ply is stacked on top of the one beneath it in alternating directions which causes it to be dimensionally stable. Because it isn’t negatively affected by moisture levels like solid hardwoods, engineered hardwood floors can be installed on every level including below grade. The top layer of engineered hardwood can be harvested from exotic or native North American trees. It is available unfinished or prefinished at the factory.
How is solid hardwood made?
Solid hardwood is a single piece of wood constructed entirely from the same species of wood. Due to its natural characteristics, it is not dimensionally stable which means that it expands and contracts until it reaches equilibrium with the humidity in the environment. Because of this, solid hardwood should not be installed in below grade spaces like basements as the excessive moisture from the ground would cause the wood to eventually buckle or cup. Solid hardwood can be harvested from both exotic and native North American trees, and it can be unfinished or prefinished. Solid hardwood can be sanded and refinished many times if it becomes worn from use.
What is radiant heat?
An energy-efficient heating system installed below the flooring, radiant heating keeps homes at a comfortable temperature, starting with the floors, and is especially popular in cooler areas of the country.
What are the benefits of purchasing unfinished hardwood?
A protective coating and stain is not applied to unfinished hardwood until it is installed on site. This allows for complete customization of the color outcome and can be matched with the trim. Unfinished hardwood takes significantly more time to install as each coating (typically 3) requires nearly a day to dry and cannot be walked until then. Unfinished wood often costs less for the material but more to install.
What are the advantages of purchasing finished hardwood?
Prefinished hardwood has been stained and finished at the factory before installation. There are endless varieties of prefinished wood which makes it easier to find the color you are looking for. Prefinished hardwood can be installed and is immediately ready to use – there is no waiting for finishes to dry, so the installation time is much less. Prefinished wood often has between three and nine coats of finish and a UV-cured urethane protective coating.
Is it true that hardwood flooring is better for people with allergies?
Due to the nature of hardwood, allergens can’t find a permanent home inside the flooring and can quickly be removed with a casual cleaning. Furthermore, hardwood floors do not contain the harmful chemicals that new carpets made from synthetic materials can emit. These chemicals have been known to cause sinus and breathing problems. Overall, hardwood flooring is a more natural choice and it’s good for your health.
Are hardwood floors a good investment for my home?
While hardwood floors may carry a higher price tag for material and installation than other types of flooring, they more than make up for it when you consider the increased value to your home and their incredibly long lifespan. Realtors agree that hardwood flooring can add up to 15% resale value and is a positive factor in the time it takes to sell a home. Learn more.
What can I do if my hardwood floors become worn or scratched?
When the surface of the hardwood becomes scratched or worn, it can be sanded and refinished to look brand new again. Rarely does hardwood flooring have to be replaced, unlike carpet which can often need to be replaced in just five years. Many homes over one hundred years old still have their original hardwood floors – now that’s an investment that paid off! Learn More.
What factors influence the cost of hardwood floors?
The three most influential factors in hardwood flooring cost are species of the wood, width of the planks, and the type of construction – engineered or solid. Learn more.
What is Creek & Hollow’s stance on sustainable forests?
Creek & Hollow is committed to providing a sustainable and approved product to the market. We ensure that our vendors and suppliers have appropriate paperwork certifying that the wood has been harvested from sustainable forests and is 100% legal. Learn More.
What are common problems that homeowners find with hardwood floors and how can I prevent them?
We encourage you to explore these common problems compiled by the National Wood Flooring Association so that you can begin taking preventative measures to avoid having to repair your hardwood floors in the future. Each common problem includes a definition, a list of causes, and repair tips. Learn More.