Hardwood Flooring Services
Our wood floor selections include oak, cherry, walnut, pine, maple, ash and
bamboo to name just a few. Our extensive knowledge and experience with
wood flooring ensures you will get the best advice in flooring for your unique
situation. We take into consideration the decor of your home or business.
What the area will be used for. How much foot traffic is typical for the area
being treated. Temperature ranges, humidity, and any moisture
Raw hardwood flooring allows for the greatest variety of wood, stains and
finishes. It brings the beauty of nature inside and instantly enhances
character and value of any area. Soothing natural tone finishes and
hand-scraped planks lend both a rustic and luxurious appeal. Unfinished
flooring can be sanded from four to six times in its life span.
On raw wood installations we finish using only
LOW VOC-GREEN Certified products and equipment.
This creates almost no dust and leaves no orders behind either.
Air pollutants are reduced to the lowest present day industry
standards. Raw wood installations are ideal for when you
are doing the whole house or large areas. Raw wood
flooring allows for greater variations in wood sizes and allows
you to pick your stain color and finish. It allows for
greater uniformity in general.
Unlike engineered or laminate wood flooring, solid hardwood flooring can be
sanded and refinished to restore the original luster of the wood with a new
finish. Engineered or laminate floors consists of a paper-thin strip of wood
over a strip of non-finished plywood.
Our pre-finished floor installations require no finishing.
They come ready to use as is. This type of flooring is
often best in high traffic areas due to it's durability.
For sensitive noses pre-finished floors release much less of an
odor even though the floor is new.
Which is best for you solid or engineered hardwood floors? Solid
hardwood floors are susceptible to moisture and humidity. Extremes in
either can warp hardwood floors. Engineered flooring is much more suitable
for areas with extreme changes in humidity or temperatures.
Engineered hardwood floors are much more resistant to humid conditions and will
hold up better and last longer under these conditions. Also engineered
hardwood flooring can be installed even over cement. A great solution for
areas like basement cement floors.
Universal Hardwood Floors
guarantees that no part of any project will ever be
sub-contracted out. All work is done at the project location.
All installations, sanding, and finishing jobs are done by our
employees and overseen by David or done by David himself.
Quality craftsmanship and workmanship are guaranteed. Education
on maintenance and which products to use is always extended.
Taking good care of your hardwood floors ensures that the
investment will last for many years adding beauty and value to
Solid Wood Flooring comes in three styles:
- Hardwood Strip Flooring: This is linear and usually
provides a traditional decor.
- Plank Hardwood Flooring: This type provides a lighter
and more casual appearance.
- Parquet Hardwood Flooring: This type of flooring varies
from standard parquet floor designs to much more elaborate
and involved designs. This type of flooring usually delivers
a very elegant look.
To Use Underlayment or Not To - That is The Question!
For hardwood floors if needed a solid (not foam) underlayment that is
specially designed for absorbing sound under hardwood flooring can be used.
Normally there is no underlayment requirement for hardwood flooring.
In general when it comes to wood flooring hardwood floor is
usually the way to go. However there are going to be
homeowners who are attracted to the even softer, more rustic
feel of softwood flooring. From a standpoint of durability,
softwoods aren't as durable as an alternative as hardwoods.
Softwoods are going to show more damage quickly. Things like
dents and scrap marks are going to show up easily. This type of
flooring is best in low impact areas with little traffic.
Cleaning and Maintaining Hardwood Floors
After the floors have gone in and the (very
little if at all
) dust settles, now what? No
worries it's not hard to care for. Get a few floor mats
made for hardwood floors. Don't get the non-ventilated
kind like (rubber back mats) these types of mats will damage the
hardwood floors. Place the mats anywhere that water is
used like the kitchen floor around the sink area. Also
place mats at doors and entryways. This will help reduce the
particulates brought onto the hardwood floors. These
particles are pressed into and dragged causing tiny dents and
scratches that build up and are quite visible over time. Sweep
using a soft broom or dry dust mop on a regular weekly schedule.
For hard to reach nooks use a dry terry cloth. Clean up spills
as soon as they occur with a soft mop or cloth. As far as
regular care goes that's about it. If you want to use a
cleaning product use one especially made for your specific type
of flooring. Check with your contractor or the manufacturer of
Things you should
- Don't leave spills on the floor for "any" length of time
- Don't use a wet cloth or mop to clean hardwood floors
- Don't use ammonia or oil based soaps on hardwood floors
- Don't use over the counter wax products on hardwood floors
- Don't use any kind of wax on a urethane finish hardwood