Frequently Asked Questions
What are the different types of hardwood?
For many people, nothing can compare to the beauty, warmth and value of hardwood floors. It’s important to look at several factors when selecting hardwood floors, including wood appearance, durability and cost. See for yourself how different kinds of hardwood can transform your home. For more, read All About Hardwood.
Is the investment in wood floors worth it?
Wood floors can help increase your home’s resale value. In fact, a national survey of real estate agents revealed that houses with wood flooring hold their value better, sell faster and command higher prices than houses without wood floors. Wood floors not only enhance the look of your home, but they are also more sanitary than other types of floor covering.
How do I take care of my wood floors?
With regular maintenance, such as sweeping, vacuuming or dust mopping, wood floors are easy to maintain. Use either a broom with a soft bristle or a vacuum with a soft floor attachment to pick up dust and debris. We recommend and offer Bona brand cleaners for both prefinished and unfinished wood floors. For more, read Care and Maintenance.
Do I need solid or engineered wood floors? Does it matter?
Although it is now possible to install wood floors anywhere in your home, which types of wood flooring you install will depend on your budget and where you’d like to put them. Solid flooring is not recommended for areas of the house where moisture or temperature fluctuate, such as basements, kitchens or bathrooms. Engineered flooring is ideal for high-moisture areas, such as kitchens and bathrooms. Learn more about the difference between engineered and solid wood floors.
What are the environmentally friendly options when it comes to wood floors?
Although hardwood flooring options from rapidly sustainable resources have been around for several years, Eco Flooring is taking it to a whole new level. Eco Flooring’s products all fall into at least one of five categories:
- Made from rapidly renewable or non-wood products (i.e. cork, bamboo)
- Made from post-industrial recycled wood (i.e. sawdust, veneer backing boards, etc.)
- Made from salvaged logs (forest deadwood, orchards, forest thinnings, etc.)
- Made from reclaimed/recycled wood
- Sourced from a responsibly harvested forest, as identified by the Forest Stewardship Council
Read more about our Environmental (Green) Options here.
Should I choose prefinished or unfinished wood for my floors?
Unfinished floors are stained and finished with polyurethane in your house after installation.
Prefinished floors are sanded, stained and finished in the factory. under controlled conditions. before they are installed in your home. Once they’re installed, no further work is needed before you can place furniture and begin to enjoy your room.