Hardwood/Laminate

Hardwood/Laminate

Hardwood floors offer warmth and enhance the look of your rooms while increasing the value of your home. From solid to engineered to bamboo, you’ll find hardwood flooring that comes in a number of shades. In addition to looking great, hardwood is durable and easy to maintain.

Hardwood

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  • Residential Hardwood Flooring

    Our wide variety of products are not limited to the following:  Bella Cera and Hartco Quality Wood Flooring.

  • Commercial Hardwood Flooring

    Our wide variety of products are not limited to the following:  Bella Cera and Hartco Quality Wood Flooring.

Hardwood Buying Tips

  • Factory finish vs. Custom Sand & Finish on Site

    You should feel comfortable with either choice. However, factory finishing offers many nice advantages. Factory finished flooring is inspected for defects at the mill so you receive first choice every time. On-site finishing depends on the quality of the workmanship that day.

    Factory finished flooring usually installs more quickly and without the dust and odors that are involved with on-site finishing. However, even though factory finished flooring comes in a variety of colors, on-site finishing allows for closer color match with existing woodwork or cabinets.

    Both factory finishes and on-site finishes are available in either high gloss or matte. Both types have exciting new finishes developed with space age technology. These finishes are not like grandma’s old wood floors because they require no waxing.

  • Engineered products install where no solid hardwood dares to go

    Prior to the development of engineered hardwood flooring, hardwood products could not be installed on slab or in your basement without a special subfloor system. Now you can enjoy real hardwood flooring in those areas without all that fuss and expense. A special cross-ply construction eliminates the problem of expansion and contraction usually associated with solid hardwood.

    Don’t become overly concerned with thinner or thicker top wood layers associated with engineered products because it’s the finish you are walking on. Generally speaking you won’t need to re-sand and finish these products; just re-coat them unless you need to change the color.

  • Special considerations when selecting hardwood flooring

    Direct sunlight can affect the color of hardwood stains, therefore closing curtains or shades during peak periods will reduce damage. Area rugs left in place for extended periods of time may expose a shading difference once they are removed from the remainder of the floor.

    Large pets with sharp toenails can also damage even the best finishes. 

 

 

Laminate

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  • Residential Laminate

    Our wide variety of products are not limited to the following:  Quick Step and Armstrong.

  • Commercial Laminate

    Our wide variety of products are not limited to the following:  Quick Step and Armstrong.

Laminate Buying Tips

  • Why is laminate flooring such a hit?

    Laminate products feature a newer type of wear surface that resists scratching, denting, and burns better than many existing products. They also offer extended product warranties to back up these claims for superior performance.

    Much of the styling is done in wood grain patterns taking advantage of popularity of hardwood. Still other styling resembles natural stone like you would find in ceramic tile. Laminates offer a popular trade-off for people wanting wood or ceramic. Laminate floors are more scratch resistant than most regular hardwood finishes and easier to clean than the grout lines associated with ceramic tile installations. Laminates also require less demanding preparation of the subfloor because they are not glued directly to the subfloor. Most of these products are glued or snapped together over foam padding. This feature has made laminate flooring popular in areas where vinyl flooring traditionally was installed.

    Custom floor design is also very easily done with products that offer planks and squares that mix and match together.

  • High pressure laminate vs. direct pressure laminate

    You’ll hear conversation on this difference but both products perform equally as well in most situations. The high-pressure products have greater chipping and impact resistance. High-pressure laminates also have a separate wear surface protecting the pattern, where as the pattern and the wear surface is the same with direct pressure products.

  • Laminate flooring in wet areas

    Many of the products are okay for wet areas, but the core is made of wood fiber. Look for products that have warranties, that cover water damage. All of them will insist on proper installation.

  • Finishing touches are important

    Look for products that can provide the needed accessories like reducer strips, stairnose, and even air vents that either match or coordinate with the flooring.

 

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