Top 10 Hardwood Flooring FAQ
Top 10 Hardwood Flooring FAQ
Hardwood floors can afford any home a classic, luxurious look. Of course, they're also favored because of their durability. If you're shopping for hardwood floors, you likely have many questions about your flooring options. At S&G Carpet and More, we're happy to answer your top 10 most frequently asked hardwood flooring questions.
How can I clean my hardwood floor so that it stays in great condition?
You can keep your hardwood floors in great shape by regularly sweeping or vacuuming them. This helps eliminate dust and debris that can cause scratches. You should also wipe up spills immediately and wet mop your floors with special cleaning products designed for hardwood. It's also a great idea to use throw rugs at the entrances to rooms with hardwood floors.
Will humidity affect my hardwood flooring?
Because it's made from natural wood, hardwood flooring is susceptible to changes caused by very high humidity levels. This is why we recommend that you don't install hardwood floors in bathrooms, basements and rooms below ground level.
Will my hardwood floors change color or get yellow over time?
Exposure to sunlight can alter the color of hardwood flooring over time and may cause fading, darkening or yellowing. It's a good idea to move your furnishings and rugs on a seasonal base to promote even aging of your floors.
Is it best to buy prefinished or unfinished hardwood flooring?
Whether you choose prefinished or unfinished hardwood flooring is a matter of personal preference. However, it's important to keep in mind that unfinished floors must be finished at your home, which can be incredibly time consuming and can kick up a lot of dust. Prefinished floors are the easiest to install and care for from day one.
What are engineered hardwood floors?
As their name suggests, these floors are specially engineered for added durability. They are composed of several plies of real hardwood fused together. This type of flooring is great at resisting humidity and warping, which means that it can generally be installed in bathrooms and below-ground rooms.
Will I be able to install my own hardwood flooring?
Installing hardwood flooring requires knowledge of special techniques. It also requires a great deal of patience. Whether or not you can install hardwood floors depends on your experience level and willingness to learn these new techniques.
Should I acclimate my hardwood floors?
If you're not using engineered hardwood floors, we recommend opening flooring boxes and sitting the product in the room where it will be installed several days before installation. This allows humidity levels in the wood to adjust to your space.
Should I choose hardwood floors if I have pets?
Hardwood floors can be a great choice if you have pets but remember that hardness is key. Choose a hard species and keep up with sweeping and mopping to prevent pet-related damage.
Where can I find molding and trim for my hardwood floors?
At S&G Carpet and More, we carry an extensive selection of hardwood trims and moldings to meet your unique needs.
How do I calculate how much flooring I need?
How much flooring you need depends largely on the size of your room. Bring your room's measurements to the specialists at S&G Carpet and More, and we'll help you calculate the total cost of your flooring project.