Understanding the Basics

Frequently Asked Questions

When choosing between solid and engineered wood flooring, it will always come down to location, location, location!

Solid wood flooring should be installed above ground. This is because solid wood flooring expands and contracts with changes in your home’s relative humidity. So if you install solid wood flooring in your basement the humidity will expand the wood and ruin the flooring.

However, solid wood flooring is great above ground and it can be sanded and refinished many times.  Places that would be ideal to install solid wood flooring are family/living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms and even kitchens.

Engineered wood floors are made up of multiple layers of wood veneers, which minimizes expanding and shrinking in humidity and temperature. This makes engineered wood floors ideal for slab and basement installations, but they can be used in any room either below or above ground unlike solid wood. You can sand and finish engineered wood but not as many times as solid wood flooring.

Everyone has their own unique style and budget and might need to consult with experts to find the ideal wood flooring. Our Floorcraft Design Showroom located at 1755 W. Sylvania Avenue in Toledo, has many samples and options – let us help you choose the perfect wood flooring for your home.

This will all depend on how custom you want your floors.

A job-site finish is applied on site after your floors have been sanded. This will allow you to choose on site the type of finish, which stain and sheen of your wood floors. You might expect lots of noise and dust with a job-site finish but with Floorcraft Design’s Bona dust containment system we will collect 97% of the dust created. You will also need time to let your finish to dry and will not be able to walk on your wood floors until they do.

A factory-finished wood floor the finish has been applied in the factory. There are many different options to choose from but this option does not let you achieve the same level of customization as a job-site finish. But you will be able to walk on your wood floors as soon as they are installed.

Our contractors will need 10% more flooring then the space to install. This is because many of the boards will need to be custom cut to fit the exact space. Once a board is cut it will not have the end tongue or groove to connect to another board. Our craftsman can make the most of the wood but there is always some waste.
There are three types of sheens to choose from; Semi-Gloss, Satin Gloss and Matte. Satin gloss has the most shine and reflects the most light. Semi-Gloss will give you some shine on your wood floors and reflect some light. A Matte finish will give you a little shine and reflect little light. The less your hardwood floor shines the less you will see scratches in the floor.
The best thing you can do to prevent your pet from scratching your wood floors is to trim their claws regularly. If you get too many scratches on your wood floors give us a call 419-480-1700 and we can see what we can do to help.
Follow these simple steps and you’ll keep your floors looking great.

  1. You should clean your hardwood floors regularly. You can sweep, dust mop or vacuum with the beater brush off so you don’t scratch your wood floors.
  2. Don’t use a wet mop on hardwood floors it can damage your floors when using water over long periods of time.
  3. Don’t use rubber backs under your rugs because it will discolor wood flooring. Instead purchase special rug mats from your local wood-flooring retailer.
  4. Place floor proctor pads on all furniture legs that will have direct contact with the wood floors.
  5. If you spill something on your wood floors, clean it up immediately.
  6. Try not to walk on the wood floors with high heel shoes or sport cleats.
  7. Use wood floor cleaner to make sure your wood floors stay looking new and never dull or faded.
It will depend on your product selection or choice to install factory-finished floor or a site-finished floor. Factory-finished floor will take less time to install as it requires less steps but both factory-finished floor and site-finished floor need time to be delivered to the worksite before the hardwood floors can be installed. You can expect this to take several days depending on if your chosen wood floors are in stock and how far they need to be shipped.
This depends on many factors like the type of wood you choose, as all wood will age differently and fade at different rates of time. The amount of sun exposure will increase the rate at which your hardwood floors fade. You can keep rugs and furniture on top of your wood floors and move them every so often to minimize the sun exposure. Another factor that makes wood floors fade would be the finished used. If you use an oil-modified finish it will amber over time making the hardwood turn a more yellow color. If you use a water-based finish usually remain clear over time, which will help keeps the hardwood’s original color longer.
Installing wood floors is not an easy process for a novice. It’s not as easy as painting or wallpapering your home, where touch ups are easy. Installing hardwood floors requires special tools and some experience. You will need to make sure the area you are installing is flat, the subfloor is in good condition for hardwood and that there is no moisture that will damage your floors over time. You will also need to center the room, need to know the correct amount of space for gaps so your floors can expand from the moisture, and need to have the skills to cut the hardwood around all obstacles. Making too many cutting mistakes will force you to buy more wood than the 10% overage. So save yourself time and money and call 419-408-1700 for a free estimate today.