1. Where can hardwood flooring be installed?
Hardwood can be installed on or above grade, but not below grade. Basements usually have a great deal of moisture and are therefore not recommended spaces for hardwood installation. Nail down installation can be done over wood sub floor. Glue down can be installed over wood or over one layer of existing floor as long as it's clean and firmly attached to the sub floor beneath. Neither should be installed over carpet and glued down is not recommended on particle board or chipboard.
2. Is it possible to sand and refinish hardwood?
A hardwood floor can be refinished several times depending on the wear layer. Each manufacturer has their own specifications regarding refinishing.
3. How can I get the longest life out of your hardwood floor?
- Use of doormats at each entrance will help reduce the amount of dirt, debris and moisture from outside.
- Mopping is not recommend but a damp mop may be used. It is preferred to use the cleaning products offered by each manufacturer. This will also help in the warranty of your hardwood floor.
- Keep pets nails trimmed to reduce scratching of the hardwood. Avoiding high heels on your hardwood is also recommended.
- Using felt or approved protective pads under the legs of the furniture will help reduce scratching and gouging. Never slide heavy furniture or appliances across the floor.
- Keep room temperature controlled all year round. Use a dehumidifier in hot, humid weather and a humidifier in very dry weather.
4. Can hardwood be installed over radiant floor heating systems?
Some hardwoods can be installed over radiant heating but it is generally recommended to use engineered wood flooring because it is less sensitive to moisture and temperature changes.