Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a showroom?

No, but we can provide some basic samples. Otherwise you can visit the showrooms of reputable distributors that we work with.

 

What is the difference between solid wood, engineered wood and laminate flooring?

Solid wood flooring is created from a solid piece of timber that is cut from a tree, milled and dried and then finished in one of a variety of ways. Solid wood is considered the premium choice of floors, and although more sensitive to moisture and temperature levels, if laid correctly will last for years. 

Engineered wood flooring consists of a real wood veneer top layer that provides the look and finish of the floor, bonded to multiple plywood backing layers which add strength and stability. Engineered wood floors are generally more stable than solid wood floors, but rarely can be refinished.

Laminate flooring looks like wood flooring but is in fact made of a fiber board topped with a photo of wood and a protective wear layer.

 

What are the main advantages of wood flooring?

Wood is an insulator, has excellent acoustics, is much warmer than vinyl, tile or laminate, and can increase the resale value of your home. It is also hypoallergenic and will not contribute to an increased allergic response or will not trap allergens the way carpet does.

 

What is the difference between pre-finished and unfinished flooring?

The pre-finished hardwood floor is end matched with a tight micro-beveled edge or groove, and has up to 10 coats of aluminum oxide finish. The unfinished floors come end matched with a square edge and must be finished on site.

 

Can I expect my floor to have color variations?

Yes. Hardwood flooring is a natural product. Therefore, you should expect there will be natural color variations in the wood. Although lower grades of flooring will have a larger number of character blemishes, you can expect color variations in all grades.

 

What are the best ways to prevent dents and scratch marks on wood floors?

Wood floors are natural products which will stain, dent and scratch over time. Wood is strong and resilient but ultimately when subjected to enough force it will show the effects. To prevent damage, remove foot ware or maintain proper heel-tip protectors. Use felt or rubber protectors under heavy furniture legs and chairs or use furniture casters. One cure for small individual dents when wood fibers are not broken is to cover it with a dampened cloth and press with an electric iron to draw fibers up. If this doesn’t work, the only other option is to sand down your floor and refinish.

 

Can I use rugs on my hardwood flooring?

Yes, but only when the floors have completely cured, which takes about 14 days. Also make sure rugs do not have rough or rubber backing and are non-staining. It is also a good idea to move or rotate rugs on a routine basis to prevent discoloration of hardwood flooring.

 

How does moisture affect my hardwood flooring?

Excessive moisture can lead to numerous changes to your floor, such as spotting, cupping, buckling or cracking. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you do not use water to clean your floors. The ideal relative humidity to maximize the performance of hardwood flooring is 40 to 60 percent. Not maintaining an appropriate humidity level may cause gaps between boards.

 

Is wood flooring difficult to take care of?

Not at all. With the new finishes and cleaning products available in today’s market, wood flooring is easier maintained compared to carpet.

 

Can I use solid wood with under floor heating systems?

Under floor heating is becoming a popular choice of alternative heating and we are pleased to say you can have real wood over it. Under floor heating is efficient and hidden from view, creating a clean look to your rooms. There are a few guidelines that need to be considered prior to choosing this system. To name a few, correct floor temperature and relative humidity must be maintained and not all types of wood can be used.

Your local experts for wood flooring installation and refinishing in Greater Milwaukee area

Call TMJ Hardwood Flooring for a FREE, no obligation consultation  at

414-364-5800 today!

 

 

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