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Hardwood Guide

 

Chilliwack Carpet One Floor & Home in Chilliwack, BC, is the place to go when you need the best hardwood flooring. Hardwood is a timeless flooring option due to its natural beauty as well as incredible durability. Not only does hardwood hold its value, but it also adds value to your home. We carry some of the best hardwood brands around, and we can help you pick your perfect floor. You can start browsing our hardwood flooring selection online now to learn more!

 

Are Hardwood Floors Worth It?

 

Hardwood is a big investment in your home. The cost alone can be intimidating, but the payoff is even greater than you may expect. Hardwood floors are allergy friendly, making the air in your home cleaner. Hardwood is also easy to maintain but does require regular maintenance. Always make sure you keep your hardwood floors away from areas with high humidity. If it is unavoidable, we have some tips about how to care for your hardwood floors. Hardwood’s design possibilities are expanding, now you can choose multi-length and multi-width planks to give your floors more dimension. Depending on the type of hardwood you choose can impact how it’ll perform in your home.

 

Are There Different Types of Hardwood Flooring?

 

Yes! There are two main types of hardwood flooring – solid and engineered. Solid hardwood flooring is considered the original hardwood floor, made from a single piece of natural wood. The simple construction allows for the wood’s natural character to stand out. Engineered hardwood flooring is a manufactured alternative to solid hardwood that offers homeowners a more durable hardwood floor.

 

Is Engineered Hardwood Real Wood?

 

It is a common misconception that engineered hardwood planks are not real wood. Engineered planks are made up of three to seven layers of composite wood. This layering helps combat the issue of wood expanding and contracting due to changes in moisture. The stability helps engineered planks to stand up in areas that see moderate traffic and withstand more moisture than solid hardwood. The top layer of engineered hardwood looks just like solid hardwood because it is a premium layer of wood. They can even be sanded and refinished to extend their lifetime in your home. You can install engineered floors on all levels of your home, even in a finished basement.

 

Does Humidity Affect Hardwood?

 

Wood flooring expands and contracts in response to humidity variations. During dry weather, the hardwood contracts. During humid summers, the hardwood expands. One of the best ways to reduce this movement is to install humidity controls. The optimal humidity levels for hardwood floors are in the 35 to 60 percent range. Indoor humidity levels can go up to 90 percent during warm and humid summers. The result is that the hardwood floors can expand and cause the wood flooring to cup. With cupping, the edges of the plank will be higher than the center. And if the humidity level rises to over 65 percent, the increased pressure can cause the planks to crack. To prevent this from happening, run a dehumidifier or keep the air conditioner on.

 

Where Can Hardwood Flooring Be Installed?

 

All around, installing hardwoods is an investment in your home’s value and decorating appeal. It’s a classic look that is timeless. Of course, you want your wood flooring to last for many, many years. Solid hardwood is beautiful and can help to add real estate value to your home, but it is limited in where you can install it. Since solid hardwood is moisture prone, it should be kept in dry, cool spaces of your home, like bedrooms, living rooms, or home offices. Solid hardwood flooring can also be refinished to extend its life cycle in your home. Engineered hardwood can be installed in all the same rooms as solid hardwood and more. Since it’s water resistant and more durable, you can enjoy engineered hardwood flooring in other rooms like finished basements.

 

Is Professional Installation Important for Hardwood Flooring?

 

It is important to understand that hardwood should be acclimated prior to installation, which means having it in the area it is going to be installed for a short period before the installation actually occurs. the installation method is one of the most crucial decisions to be made, and not all methods are equal! A bad decision on installation type can result in dissatisfaction in the future. This can be determined by the condition and type of substrate in the home. Thankfully, this is nothing you have to stress about.

 

Our hardwood installers are seasoned professionals, with many years of experience. They are hardwood specialists, not jack-of-all-trade installers! This gives them the ability to problem-solve trim issues, understand the floor preparation necessary for all the different installation methods, and provide custom stair work.

 

Where Is the Best Hardwood Flooring Store Near Me?

 

When you’re looking for the best hardwood flooring in Chilliwack, BC, look no further than Chilliwack Carpet One Floor & Home. When it comes to hardwood flooring, we only carry the highest quality products and services, including hardwood refinishing and moisture testing services. We carry incredible hardwood brands like Vintage, as well as our Carpet One exclusives such as Rustic River.

 

 

If you are interested in an eco-friendly floor, we have exotic and sustainable hard surfaces option like bamboo and cork. You can confidently shop with us knowing you’ll find a quality floor at an exceptional value.

 

 

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Caring for your Hardwood Floors

Maintaining your hardwood can be easy with the right tools and tips. Check out our Flooring Guide for just those tips!

 

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