With one billion dollars of losses associated to flooring problems each year in the USA and no state testing for wood floor contractors, everyone wishes they knew about the Nationally Certified Professionals after it is too late.
The wood flooring professionals certified by the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) have undergone rigorous testing, both written and hands-on, to prove their knowledge and skills and must complete continuing education requirements to maintain their certification.
NWFA Certified Professionals are recognized as the best in the business. In fact, more than 30 wood floor industry manufacturers recommend the use of an NWFA Certified Professional in their installation guidelines.
SOLID WOOD floors are one of the most traditional and popular flooring options available. Solid hardwood floors fit almost any theme a homeowner has in mind, and they offer long-lasting durability.
Overall thickness is usually 3/4”, the wear layer is a full 1/4” thick, width can be from 1-1/2” to 8” and is tongue and groove construction. Solid wood floors can be sourced prefinished or site finished. Installation method can be nail down or glue down. And can be installed over wood, concrete and some existing floor types.
ENGINEERED WOOD floors are real wood floors that are manufactured using three to nine layers of different wood veneers. The sub layers can be of the same species, or of different species. The grain of each layer runs in different directions, which makes it very stable. This means that the wood will expand and contract less than solid wood flooring during fluctuations in humidity and temperature. The top layer of engineered wood flooring consists of high-quality wood. While this type of flooring can be sanded and finished, it may not be done as many times as solid wood flooring.
Engineered wood flooring can be installed anywhere in your home; above, on or below grade because of cross layer design. Overall thickness varies between 3/8” to 3/4”, the wear layer varies between 1/16” to 1/4”, width can be from 2-1/4” to 9” and the construction can be tongue and groove or locking. Engineered wood floors can be sourced prefinished or site finished. Installation method can be nail down, glue down or floating. And can be installed over wood, concrete and some existing floor types.
LUXURY VINYL floors are a realistic wood-like flooring that is perfect for both residential and commercial use. Overall thickness varies from 2mm to 4mm, width varies from 4” to 8”, length varies from 36” to 48” and can be installed anywhere in your home. Luxury vinyl floors can only be sourced prefinished. Installation method can be glue down or floating.
PREFINISHED – the color and finish is completed at the manufacturing site. Most prefinished wood comes with a beveled edge.
SITE FINISHED (unfinished) – the color and finish is done at your home after installation, first by sanding then staining and finishing.
NAIL DOWN – Nailing cleats or staples are used with a wood flooring nailer and a mallet to attach hardwood flooring to a subfloor. This method of installation is typically used with the 3/4″ solid products, though adapters exist for thinner floors.
GLUE DOWN – the process in which hardwood floor is adhered to a subfloor using a recommended mastic or adhesive, spread on with the proper sized trowel. Concrete is a subfloor that typically uses glue down but glue down can be done over a wood subfloor as well. Engineered wood floors and parquets are typically glued down.
FLOATING – With this method of installation, hardwood floors are not mechanically fastened to any part of the subfloor. Instead, a thin pad is placed between the wood and the subfloor known as an underlayment or moisture barrier. If your wood has a non-locking tongue and groove construction a recommended wood glue is applied in the grooves of each board. This technique protects against moisture, reduces noise, feels softer and provides for some additional “R” value. Another construction type is a locking tongue and groove, which after insertion cannot easily be pulled apart. Both types produce a structurally sound floor.
Even More Decisions
After choosing the type of floor and method of installation, we have;
- Wood floor styles
- Wood floor species
- Wood floor grades
- Wood floor cuts
- Wood floor color
- Wood floor finish sheens
- Wood floor customization
We Can Help
Choosing wood floors can be a daunting task. For help in your decision making, call Burkhart Wood Flooring LLC. for free home estimates and consultations.