Always in search of simple and inexpensive tools that make my life easier, I have been a user of Swiffer WetJet mop for many years. It is recommended to use a Floating engineered wood floor which allows the use of a 4-6-mil plastic vapor barrier in any areas where there is a slightly higher moisture conditions. A. Yes, you should make certain that your slab is dry and that the moisture content does not exceed 4%. Again, depending on your particular situation we may recommend using a floating engineered floor.
If you can measure a board, cut and direct glue it down to a concrete subfloor or in the case of a floating floor installation glue the boards edges together over a foam pad or if you have a wood subfloor staple it down, then you can install our engineered hardwood flooring. Porcelain is more durable than ceramic or cement wood tile, but a bit more expensive.
If you purchase your flooring from Hosking Hardwood Flooring, we will gladly take the time to walk you through your installation. If you want to run the flooring at a 45-degree angle in the room then you would want to add approx 15% for a waste factor for the added cutting waste. In the dry winter heating months, moisture leaves the wood causing the floor to contract, which can leave unsightly gaps between each plank.
A. Yes, aside from their smooth surface styles some wood flooring manufacturers also produce character or hand scraped versions that are available, which would show more light and dark boards along with more pronounced character – with the possibility of small pinholes and knots. A. Purchasing prefinished flooring eliminates the time consuming chore of the sanding and refinishing and gives you the added benefit of a perfect finish all done for you at the factory. Using prefinished flooring allows you to move right back into the room after installation.
Most of the brand name manufacturers carry a variety of stained colors to choose from and are coated with a durable 7-10 coats of the Aluminum oxide finish, which is far more durable for wear than anything that can be purchased in a hardware store, or home center. In the summer months when the humidity is higher the wood will absorb excess moisture and expand and the gaps will disappear. This is why it is important when installing a wood floor to acclimate the wood to the home from 4 to 7 days or more prior to installation and to leave the proper expansion gap around the perimeter and at all fixed objects.