Hardwood floors are a great way to open up a space and give it a natural feel. For this reason and more, hardwood floors have become very popular with homeowners and are in high demand. However, there are many questions that arise when considering hardwood for your flooring and we have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions below for reference.Can Hardwood Flooring Be Placed Over A Concrete Slab?
Engineered wood flooring can be 'floated' onto a slab, which is essentially gluing it directly to the slab. The concrete in question must be clean and dry and remain relatively moisture-free all year. The slab must also be completely cured, allowing it to make a solid bond with the hardwood.Can Hardwood Flooring Be Applied To An Existing Floor?
It depends on the flooring in question, but it is possible. Engineered wood flooring can be floated on an existing floor, but only if the material is stable and secured. There are a variety of conditions that must be met to make a solid bond, but it is possible.Can A Radiant Heat Floor Have A Hardwood Covering?
Yes, so long as the temperature of the floor doesn't exceed 85 degrees. It is also important to keep in mind that, while this is possible, some manufacturer's warranties will have conditions that limit this application.Engineered or Solid Wood?
Solid wood flooring may have a rugged appeal for some, but engineered wood carries the day in every regard. It is precision engineered and factory-produced, with a UV-cured urethane finish that will allow it to last longer and fit better than its solid counterpart.Can A Kitchen Have Hardwood?
Any floor can have a hardwood floor, but it may be advisable not to place it in the kitchen. Wood flooring can be damaged by extended contact with liquids and kitchens are prone to spills and other similar issues.Do Pets And Hardwood Mix?
This depends on the pet. Many animals are not a problem, but pets with tough claws can scratch up flooring over extended use and the liquid issue mentioned above can be a recurring problem depending on the animal.What Is The Most Durable Hardwood?
All engineered wood flooring is durable, but there are certain species that are tougher than others. The industry uses something called the 'Janka Hardness Rating' to measure this durability and you can use this to determine specifics for the woods you are interested in.
Hardwood flooring is beautiful and versatile. Most spaces can utilize hardwood in some capacity and discovering the specifics for your area can be beneficial. If you are interested in learning more or just have a few questions, we invite you to give TongueandGroove.com a call at 800-689-9006.