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Topic: Flooring Color/Finish to match Kitchen Cabinets
nookway

Posts: 1

Hello,

We are building a new kitchen/great room and would like to put in new engineered wood flooring for the great room and the whole house. The cabinets in the kitchen are of the 'Kaffe' color from Kraftmaid. Please see link below.

http://www.kraftmaid.com...&ProductType=Finish


What color of wood finish would look best with these cabinets? We are think of going with Santos Mahogany engineered wood from BR-111. Any guidance would be very helpful.

Thanks!

Topic: How do you stop hardwood floors from swelling up?
admin

Posts: 190

Originally Posted by: laren Go to Quoted Post
Hi Thank you for this forum

I have heard that wood flooring expands and swells up depending on moisture. How can we stop that from happening?

Thanks
Lauren


Even though the tree has been cut down wood flooring has the ability to absorb and release moisture through its cell structure. Any wood flooring should be brought into the home and allowed to acclimate to its new environment before it is installed. The normal relative humidity levels of a healthy home are between 40-55%. Allowing the wood to acclimate allows the wood flooring to absorb or release what moisture content it had and to adjust it self to its the present moisture levels.

If after the flooring is installed your homes (relative humidity) level changes say in the drier heating season for any great period of time you could see either the flooring contract (dry out) and shrink in size slightly or during the more humid spring and summer months swell up and see the edges cup upward. You want to try and keep the interiors homes RL at between 40-55% for Solid wood flooring and 30-65% for engineered flooring.

You can help maintain the RL in your home by using Humidifiers, Dehumidifiers and Air conditioners. Depending on how your flooring is acting. Having a inexpensive hygrometer on a shelve will monitor what the RL of a home is.

Some separation between planks is considered to be normal during the heating season as they will most likely close during the more humid seasons.

Thank you for your posting!
Jeff Hosking

Topic: Is Bamboo flooring hard?
admin

Posts: 190

Originally Posted by: Seemore Go to Quoted Post
Hello

Is Bamboo flooring hard, which is the best?



Bamboo flooring can be very soft or very hard depending on the species of Bamboo used and when it was harvested. Bamboo reaches its maturity in 5-6 years and will be the ones where the fiber density has developed making it very hard and dense. The very best Bamboo floors on the market that we offer are shown below.

Teragren Bamboo flooring

Wellmade Bamboo flooring

Thank you for stopping by and posting your question.

Jeff Hosking

Topic: How to repair a laminate floor
admin

Posts: 190

Originally Posted by: Seemore Go to Quoted Post
How do you repair a scratched board in laminate flooring?

ThanksBlushing


Depending on how deep the scratch is you can sometimes use a colored marker and blend the color over the scratch to make it less noticable. Since most newer laminate floors are of a click lock type of design you can UN click the floor back and remove the damaged board, replacing it with some of the boards you had left over from the installation.

For people reading this message it is critical to keep any left over boards for any possible future repairs. Just store them in a dry area within the home. I cant tell you how many people have called us over the years looking for more of that flooring they purchased that is now discontinued to fix an area within their floor. Crying

Thank you for stopping by and posting your question!

Jeff Hosking

Topic: Whats the deal with engineered flooring
admin

Posts: 190

Originally Posted by: Paul Go to Quoted Post
Hello

Is engineered flooring better to use than solid wood flooring, why?
How long will it last?

Thanks!!! Paul
RollEyes



Hi Paul
It depends on where your installing the flooring, Engineered flooring was initially designed for regions of the country that had higher moisture levels and in basements. But engineered hardwood flooring can be installed on any floor level and is technically more stable than solid wood flooring because of its ply layer base. If it's going to be installed in a heavily trafficked area then make sure you choose on that has a thick wear layer that can be sanded and refinished new again 2-4 times. Some of the styles we offer that have a thicker wear layer are linked below.

Baltic Wood flooring

Harris Wood floors

Kahrs Hardwood Floors

Lauzon wood flooring

For more information on Engineered flooring see our articles below:
Engineered Wood Floors

Floating Engineered Wood floors

Thanks for stopping by and contributing to the forum!

Jeff Hosking

Topic: Whats the deal with engineered flooring
Paul

Posts: 1

Hello

Is engineered flooring better to use than solid wood flooring, why?
How long will it last?

Thanks!!! Paul
RollEyes

Topic: Resurgence of Cork Flooring
Seemore

Posts: 3

We had it in our kitchen when we lived in NY it was a very nice comfortable floor to stand on. Love

Topic: Is Bamboo flooring hard?
Seemore

Posts: 3

Hello

Is Bamboo flooring hard, which is the best?


Topic: How to repair a laminate floor
Seemore

Posts: 3

How do you repair a scratched board in laminate flooring?

ThanksBlushing

Topic: How do you stop hardwood floors from swelling up?
laren

Posts: 1

Hi Thank you for this forum

I have heard that wood flooring expands and swells up depending on moisture. How can we stop that from happening?

Thanks
Lauren

Topic: Resurgence of Cork Flooring
Carolz

Posts: 2

My mother had cork flooring in the kitchen of the home we grew up in it lasted a long time. People always commented on how great it looked 20 years later.

Carol

Topic: Prefinished Hardwood Floor
admin

Posts: 190

Originally Posted by: Carolz Go to Quoted Post
For a rental property,what do you think would be a fair life expectancy for a pre-finished hardwood floor?Blink


Solid 3/4 inch thick hardwood flooring can last over 100 years and can be sanded and refinished new again approx 7 times. Normal sanding and refinishing is every 20-30 years depending on traffic.

Jeff Hosking

Topic: Prefinished Hardwood Floor
Carolz

Posts: 2

For a rental property,what do you think would be a fair life expectancy for a pre-finished hardwood floor?Blink

Topic: Regluing loose spots for engineered wood floor
admin

Posts: 190

Originally Posted by: rllisby Go to Quoted Post
How do I reglue loose areas of my Engineered Wood floor? It is glued to concrete slab.


We use a glue injection kit where a 1/8 inch hole is drilled through the wood flooring over where it is loose from the subfloor and inject a adhesive resin down through to the subfloor then we apply a weight until the glue has dried usually 8-24 hours. Then plug the hole with a dab of matching wood putty.

We will offer these kits in about 2 weeks.

Jeff Hosking

Topic: Laminate Flooring is very easy to install
admin

Posts: 190

Originally Posted by: Steven9 Go to Quoted Post
Hello
Can I install laminate flooring over fairly new carpet padding instead of using the laminate flooring underlayment pad?

Thanks for this forum!

Steven


Hi Steve

Unfortunately, any carpet pad would be too thick and cause the laminate floor to compress when stepped on which could cause the floorboards to separate or the click loc system to break. We always recommend to use the proper laminate floor underlayment.

Jeff Hosking

Topic: Laminate Flooring is very easy to install
Steven9

Posts: 1

Hello
Can I install laminate flooring over fairly new carpet padding instead of using the laminate flooring underlayment pad?

Thanks for this forum!

Steven

Topic: Regluing loose spots for engineered wood floor
rllisby

Posts: 1

How do I reglue loose areas of my Engineered Wood floor? It is glued to concrete slab.

Topic: Water Damaged Flooring - Beware Insurance companies will.....
admin

Posts: 190

Please beware that most insurance companies will lead you to believe that once they remove moisture from the wood subfloor and the wood flooring, your the flooring will revert back and be fine. It is not necessary true. It depends on how badly the floor has been damaged by the water.

They may be able to dry the visible areas of the floor and possibly even the subfloor by pumping air between the floor and the subfloor. But there is no in home mechanical way of drying the cell structure of the wood flooring from the water it has absorbed. It could take up to a year depending on the homes relative humidity levels to completely remove any excess water.

If the edges of the flooring are cupped upwards or split then you will most likely want to have that whole flooring removed and replaced. Because when that flooring finally dries out "months" later it can dry out and split and/or contract in size and leave wide open gaps between the boards. These gaps are caused by the wood swelling so tight together from absorbing the water that it crushes the edges of the boards. Then when the floor dries out you will see large open gaps between the floorboards. Its called compression set.

You should also be concerned about mold growing under the flooring if the flooring is not removed. I would demand a total replacement cost from your insurance company and do not settle for any quick fix methods. Remember that they want to settle with you at the lower cost for them. ThumbDown

Jeff Hosking

Topic: Installing wood flooring in Cold weather
sinjack

Posts: 1

I agree

Topic: Installing wood flooring in Cold weather
Steven

Posts: 1

Hello
I just wanted to let everyone know that I am a contractor in northern Maine and work on a lot of folks summer homes where the temperature varies a lot because the summer homes are left to 50 degrees (or turned off) during the winter. What I do is to bring up the temperature to 65 degrees and let the wood flooring acclimate in the home for two weeks before installing it. I always leave an expansion gap all around the edges of the room. I have never had a problem. I have used both engineered and solid wood flooring.

SteveThumpUp

Topic: Resurgence of Cork Flooring
admin

Posts: 190

Cork Flooring was used quite a bit years ago but kinda fizzled out in the early 70s mostly for the fact that it only came unfinished and had to be either oiled or waxed every year and cleaning it left white spots from the use of all the waxing. That kinda maintenance wasn’t appealing to the average homeowner.

But in the last several years we have seen cork making a strong comeback as today’s cork flooring is virtually maintenance free as it is now coated with a durable finish. Cork has many, many great qualifications, it is very soft and very quiet underfoot great for kitchens where standing in front of a sink for long times is common. Shock absorption is another quality as cork has a tendency to rebound or heal itself if something is dropped on it.

Cork flooring is available in many different colors and styles and shapes. See what you have been missing out on in Cork Flooring.

Topic: The Unique Look Of Bamboo Flooring
admin

Posts: 190

Bamboo Flooring has a unique look all it's own. Bamboo is really not a wood it's classified as a type of Grass which after harvested regenerates very fast usually within 3-8 years. Known for its hardness and durability if allowed to mature at the correct age before its harvested, makes for an eye catching floor quite commonly found in unique upscale restaurants, hotels, museums and homes.
Commonly bamboo flooring is offered in two versions the "Vertical Grain or Horizontal grain" both giving you two distinctive looks.

Bamboo flooring is even offered in different stained colors and is even manufactured using a system of gluing and pressing small shards of bamboo into boards called Strand which is even harder and heavier than standard bamboo flooring. Some styles are offered in an easy Click Lock installation style.

Take a peek at the high quality styles and brands of Bamboo flooring we offer at really low pricing.

Topic: Laminate Flooring is very easy to install
admin

Posts: 190

If someone is looking for a fast and easy job of up dating their flooring I would have to say that installing laminate flooring is one of the easiest DIY projects there is. The days of using messy glue to fasten the boards together are gone. All that is required to fasten most all laminate boards together is to simply fold them together one at a time using their quick locking system.

Laminate flooring is available in two basic looks either Wood or Tile each offering many different styles and colors. Newer technology in the manufacturing process produces unbelievable realistic images of the type of flooring it is trying to resemble.

Laminate flooring can be installed over any flat hard surface over a foam pad which can add moisture protection and comfort when walked on.

See the High Quality laminate Flooring and styles we recommend.
See our in depth article on Laminate flooring.

Topic: Cleaning Hardwood Flooring the proper way
admin

Posts: 190

Hardwood Floor finishes are meant to be cleaned using the manufacturers recommended cleaner. Most do allow the use of Bona cleaners that are formulated for the new finishes.

We do not recommend using any wax or oil type cleaners, such as furniture polishes etc. Do not use water and vinegar as the chemicals in the water could damage the finish over time. Click here for more information on the Do's and Dont's of cleaning your new flooring.

Topic: Installing wood flooring in Cold weather
admin

Posts: 190

Installing hardwood flooring in colder weather is fine as long as the homes inside temperature is between 65-75 degrees and the wood flooring has been allowed to acclimate within the home for approx 7 days prior to it being installed.

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