Hardwood Facts

Make the Right Choice!

  • Good planning will save you unpleasant and costly surprises.
  • Our knowledgeable, experts will provide sound advice and successful results.
  • Purchasing a quality product will save you worries and give you peace of mind for years to come.

If you respect these principles, you’re sure to make the best choice based on your priorities, and you’ll know you’ve made a long term investment in the product that will give you the best value for your dollar. Remember, you’ll probably purchase a hardwood floor only once in your life.

Why Hardwood?

Hardwood offers many well-known advantages. It’s natural, beautiful, warm, and easy to maintain. It costs about as much as other high quality floor coverings, but it lasts dozens of years. It also creates a healthy environment, minimizing the risks of dust allergies. Available in many styles with a wide variety of features, hardwood flooring can complement any decor. Hardwood enhances a home’s interior and adds much to its resale value. Take the time to compare the many possible floor coverings and consider their benefits over the long term. Think about the feel you want to give your home. Avoid imitations — especially wood-look laminates. Natural is beautiful! Above all, choose wood because you love it’s warm, classical beauty.

A Choice That Lasts For Years

Buying a hardwood floor is an important decision and significant investment. In order to choose the type of flooring that’s right for you, it’s important to know your needs and preferences in terms of design, wood species, durability, technologies and maintenance, and the many other advantages hardwood flooring provides. This guide will take you through the various types and quality options to help you choose a flooring that’s everything you want it to be.

Your Project

There’s more to a successful project than just knowing what kinds of hardwood floors are available on the market. Make sure you actually see a large representative sample (color, grade, and species). Don’t be afraid to ask your retailer if you can compare products, open boxes of boards, and try assembling a few. Touch the surface of the wood, to make sure the boards are uniform and that they’re well manufactured and finished. Many hardwood floors may look alike, but in terms of performance, few compare. Now look at the following criteria and start personalizing your purchase:

1. What type of home do you live in?

If you live in a single family home, find out if your subfloor is made of wood or concrete. In a condo, special installation is required for proper soundproofing. Ask your condo association for the recommended soundproofing standards and consult a flooring specialist.

2. What kind of furniture is in the room, and what style of decor?

Is there already wood in the room? Are there a lot of furnishings, or just a few? What shades are they? In a new home, the ambiance you’re looking for will largely influence your choice of wood species, grade, color, and finish. Consult an interior designer.

3. What rooms are you planning to floor?

Sketch out the rooms where you want to install your hardwood floor. Indicate the areas of the rooms and make note of stairways, closets, and any obstacles that will require special fitting. Find out what kind of subfloor you have and in what direction the joists run. In a basement, engineered flooring is the best choice.

4. How many people live in your home?

The more people there are, the greater the traffic and the more durable your finish needs to be. If you have young children or pets, a low gloss finish would be better since it minimizes the appearance of scratches.

By educating our customers first, asking the right questions and always remaining cost effective; we are able to provide the absolute best service, installation and materials available.

Technologies of Wood Flooring

There are three main technologies of hardwood flooring on the market

Milford Hardwood Floors Inc.Solid Hardwood

All wood flooring, regardless of width or length, that is one piece of hardwood from top to bottom, is considered solid hardwood flooring.

Unfinished solid hardwood flooring is sold in the form of rough boards. These low-cost boards are generally easy to install, but finishing the surface is more complicated and has to be done on site. You have to pay for finishing on top of the cost of the wood. For quality results, you should hire a highly skilled professional to sand and stain the floor, then to apply three or four coats of varnish. This technique is less and less common, and contractors that use it are becoming harder to find. Because of sanding dust and fumes from the varnish, residents have to find someplace else to stay while their floors are being finished, which can take three to five days. When prefinished, solid hardwood is sold as ready-to-install wood boards that are already sanded, stained, and finished in an ideal, controlled environment. A full array of wood species is available in a range of grades, colors, sizes, and shines to blend with any decor. Prefinished solid hardwood is quick and easy to install, and the residents don’t have to leave home during installation.

Milford Hardwood Floors Inc.Engineered Hardwood

A prefinished engineered hardwood flooring is sold as boards made up of a hardwood surface (called the wear layer) glued on a plywood base. Developed for installation in areas with variable humidity levels, engineered flooring is more stable than solid wood.

Glueless Engineered Hardwood

This flooring consists of boards of real hardwood with a high density fiber (HDF) core and a fastening system at each end. These so-called “floating” floors get their name because they don’t need glue, nails, or staples. As they can be installed quickly and easily, they represent a practical and elegant means of owning a genuine hardwood floor that has the added advantage of being moveable.

“Floating Floor”

Choose your floor covering carefully. Some floating floors are made up of laminated planks that only look like wood, finished with a plastic polymer coating.”