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  • Top 10 Reasons to Buy Wood Floors Online

    Wood floors create a warm, comforting atmosphere in any room of your home, enhancing living space and improving property value. In the past homeowners traveled from flooring store to flooring store, searching for the ideal wood floors at an affordable price. Savvy shoppers can now buy wood floors online, saving time and money.

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  • What Should You Expect From Your Newly Installed Hardwood Flooring?

    Hardwood flooring remains a popular choice for homes of all sizes, outlasting the latest home décor trends and improving the value of homes across the country. Consumers should consider this type of flooring as a lifetime investment, but performance, durability and appearance depend on product quality and installation methods. Be sure you know what to expect from your newly installed hardwood floor, and how to extend the life of this beautiful feature.

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  • Does Your Home Need Minor Floor Prep or Major Floor Prep?

    Preparation is a vital component of flooring installation. Your contractor needs to ensure that ideal conditions exist on the subfloor, providing a clean slate for adhesives and flooring materials. Every project requires minor floor prep and the installation price should cover those costs, but major floor prep may be necessary for a durable installation, driving your installation cost higher and extending the schedule.

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  • Benefits of Cumaru Brazilian Teak Wood Floors

    Stronger than domestic hardwood species, Cumaru Brazilian Teak is an exotic wood used for solid hardwood and engineered wood flooring products. Homeowners can benefit from several characteristics of this species, including the strength and distinct appearance. Although the cost is a bit higher than popular domestics like Red Oak and Maple, Brazilian Teak creates a stunning look that lasts in any home.

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  • Choosing Between Solid Vs Engineered Wood Flooring

    Replacing carpets and other aged flooring with wood is a wise option for homeowners across North America. But consumers wonder which option provides the best value and ponder the question of solid vs engineered wood flooring. What are the major differences in these popular products? And how can you choose the ideal wood flooring for your home?

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  • Pros and Cons of Radiant Heating for Your Home

    Homeowners and home builders should consider the pros and cons of radiant heating when deciding whether or not this heating method is an efficient, economical choice. Available for new builds and as part of your home renovation project, radiant floor heating uses tubes laid below your flooring to heat specific rooms or the entire house.

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  • Top Three Benefits of Installing Floating Floors in Your Basement

    Finishing the basement provides additional living space without the added cost of home additions. But choosing the proper flooring for your basement renovation is essential. Floating wood floors provide a durable, comfortable and attractive surface for any basement, and come in a wide range of colors, textures, and styles.

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  • How Hardwood Flooring Is Made | Part 3

    Finishing Stage

    In the last two posts we’ve looked at the selection, grading and planing of hardwood flooring. Now we’re at the final stage of manufacturing and taking a closer look at the finishing process, when protective coatings and sealants are applied to hardwood and engineered wood flooring.

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  • How Hardwood Flooring is Made | Part 2

    In the last post we talked about log selection and covered the differences between plain sawn, quarter sawn and rift sawn logs in the manufacturing process for solid hardwood. Engineered wood floors are cut using the dry sawn method or processed with the rotary peel or sliced peel method.

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  • How Hardwood Flooring is Made | Part 1

    Have you ever walked across gorgeous hardwood flooring or browsed through the floating wood floor aisles at your local building supply store wondering how hardwood flooring is made? Quality wood floors go through a rigid selection and preparation process that provides superior appearance and durability for years to come.

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  • Understanding Flooring Grades for Exotics and Domestic Wood

    Wood species dictates Janka hardness ratings as well as the flooring’s general appearance, such as color and grain pattern. So how do flooring grades fit into the mix? And why do exotic wood floors have a different grading system than domestic wood floors?

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  • Uncovering the Myths of Quarter Sawn and Plain Sawn Wood Floors

    Wood floors provide classic appeal and dependability for any area of your home, but the quality of wood flooring available today covers a broad range. Your flooring supplier carries many different products in various styles and finishes, but they'll also offer you a choice between quarter sawn and plain sawn wood floors. What's the difference? And how does rotary peel wood flooring measure up in comparison?

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  • The Rise and Fall of the Wood Flooring Industry In America

    Like many other trades in the United States, the wood flooring industry has seen its share of ups and downs over the last decade. Wood flooring business surged from 2002 to 2006, but this thriving domestic market was also facing the pressures of increasing imports and price wars.

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  • All About Janka Ratings for Wood Floors

    The Janka hardness test provides consumers with valuable information about the durability and strength of a particular type of wood species. This test is particularly important when considering which types of wood floors are best for your home. But what do Janka ratings actually mean and how does this measurement relate to the durability of engineered and hardwood flooring?

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  • Benefits of Using AcoustiCORK Underlayment

    Last week we discussed the advantages of using closed cell underlayment for your floating wood floors. This week we’ll switch gears and have a look at AcoustiCORK underlayment, a natural product that provides a similar level of insulation, sound deadening and resistance to mold and mildew.

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