Why Hardwood Flooring?
Beautiful and long-lasting, hardwood floors make an elegant choice for any room in your home. Below are the important factors to consider when choosing the best hardwood for you:
- Color – The color of hardwood floors ranges from quite light to intensely dark. Usually, lighter floors work well in contemporary settings and darker floors are elegantly at home in more traditional rooms. However, choosing is a matter of preference.
- Character – Naturally present in hardwood, grain variations help to determine a wood’s “personality.” Dramatic grain suggests a rustic feeling, moderate grain is associated with the traditional style, and very little graining has a sleek contemporary look.
- Construction – There are two basic choices: solid or engineered. Solid planks are created from a single piece of wood and make a handsome floor that can last for years. Engineered planks are made from several layers of wood and are designed to withstand higher levels of humidity.
Note: There are many differences in finishes- gloss or luster level, scraping degree and technique, wire-brushing, etc. Ask our sales staff to show you samples!
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Hardwood Flooring Manufacturers
At Canopy Flooring & Interiors we offer LM Flooring. LM Flooring produces more flooring from rapidly renewable and recycled material sources than any other hardwood flooring manufacturer. The flooring styles, made from both domestic and exotic species, range from traditional strip to wide plank, many with hand-crafted scraping and distressed designs. The collections also include hand-inlaid borders, decorative patterns, and our newest commercial-grade acrylic infused hardwood floors.
At Canopy Flooring & Interiors we offer BOEN, who’s main product is engineered hardwood flooring in approximately 13 various wood types, with a choice of thicknesses to cover different needs. Today, BOEN delivers customized hardwood flooring for gluing to sub-floors, gluing or nailing in tongue and groove, self-bearing parquet boards for nailing to joists and hardwood floors in clic or traditional tongue/groove for installing using the floating method.
Canopy Flooring & Interiors offers one of the world’s leading manufacturers of fine flooring, Mannington Mills, Inc. Style and beauty meet performance and durability in award-winning resilient, hardwood, laminate, and porcelain tile flooring, designed to make anyone feel welcome in your home.
DuChâteau® is an encompassing lifestyle brand, specializing in the fine manufacture of luxury architectural finishes from various types of flooring to wall coverings, and beyond. Its timeless, yet incredibly personal design statements herald a new era of design innovation – one that seats nature with fashion and architecture.
At Canopy Flooring & Interiors we offer Chesapeake Flooring. They were founded with the goal to make elegant, comfortable and casual flooring available to every home. They carefully selected beautiful flooring styles in hardwood, ceramic, luxury vinyl and carpet that best represent the Chesapeake region. The old-world style of wide planks and rustic tiles in an array of shades display the quaint and calming style of the Chesapeake.
The mission of Forest Accents is to offer uniqueness and options in hardwood flooring. The hardwoods offered were chosen for their striking radiant colors and handsome graining and will reflect your taste, your spirit and your style. Choose from their textured floors, domestic smooth floors or exotic smooth floors.
Installation of Hardwood Flooring
If you want a problem-free installation, here’s a checklist of things to do before the installer arrives:
- Make sure you know who’s removing your existing flooring, whether its you or the installer.
- Who’s moving the furniture? Decide in advance if you want to take on the responsibility or leave it to the installer. Either way, be sure to remove all fragile items from the room.
- Reminder! Your hardwood should run parallel to windows, or to the longest wall. Added stability is achieved by installing hardwood perpendicular to floor joists.
- Measure door clearances before you have your hardwood installed. If the new floor is thicker than your existing floor, door bottoms may rub.
- Paint first! If you’re planning to paint, wallpaper, or do any remodeling in the room, it’s best to do it before your hardwood is installed.
To make your hardwood flooring look good for a long time to come, proper installation is critical. Here’s the procedure an experienced installation professional will follow:
- Current flooring – A professional installer will evaluate your floor and subfloor construction and will know whether to remove the existing flooring or install on top of it. If it’s removed, the installer knows how much preparation is needed for the subfloor.
- Moisture testing – Proper acclimation and moisture testing of the wood flooring and subfloor are required so floors won’t cup, buckle, or develop gaps later. Your installer will follow this critical step for either solid or engineered hardwood.
- Installation – Using the proper equipment, your installer will nail or glue boards in place, working from multiple cartons to create consistency in the look of the floor. When encountering unforeseen problems, experienced installers know how to solve them.
- Overall quality – Professional installation ensures that your floor will look beautiful and perform well over time.
It’s a good idea to check with us directly to find out if there are other actions we recommend before installation, and if you want help choosing a highly skilled professional installer. Just call 904-624-7002 to talk with a member of our friendly sales staff.
Care and Maintenance of Hardwood Flooring
For cleaning, follow these tips of what you SHOULD do:
- Use a damp cloth to blot spills and spots as soon as they happen. For tough spots such as oil, paint, markers, lipstick, ink, tar, or cigarette marks, use acetone/nail polish remover on a clean white cloth. Then, wipe with a damp cloth.
- Sweep, dust, or vacuum the floor regularly with the hard floor attachment (not the beater bar) to prevent the accumulation of dirt or grit that can scratch or the dull the floor finish.
- Occasionally wipe the floor with a damp mop of cloth.
- Periodically clean the floor with R2X Hard Surfaces Flooring Cleaner from Shaw’s line of floor covering care products.
For cleaning, follow these tips of what you should NOT do:
- Don’t use oil-based wax, polish, or strong ammoniated or abrasive cleaners.
- Don’t use steel wool or scouring powder.
- Don’t wash or wet-mop the floor with soap, water, oil-soap detergent, or any other liquid cleaning material. This could cause swelling, warping, delamination, and joint-line separation, and void the warranty.
- Don’t use any type of buffing machine.
Routine Care Instructions
For spots such as candle wax or chewing gum, harden the spot with ice and then gently scrape with a plastic scraper, such as a credit card. Be careful not to scratch the flooring surface. Then, wipe clean with a damp cloth.
- For tough stains, use Shaw’s R2X Hard Surfaces Flooring Cleaner.
- Do not use any type of buffing machine.
Good quality entry and exit mats will help collect the dirt, sand, grit, and other substances such as oil, asphalt, or driveway sealer that can otherwise be tracked onto your flooring. Do not use rubber or foam backed plastic mats as they may discolor the flooring. To prevent slippage, use an approved vinyl rug underlayment.
Use floor protectors and wide-load bearing leg bases/rollers to minimize indentations and scratches from heavy objects. As a rule, the heavier the object, the wider the floor protector should be.
Maintain a normal indoor relative humidity level between 45 and 65% throughout the year to minimize the natural expansion and contraction of wood.
- Heating Season (Dry) – A humidifier is recommended to prevent excess shrinkage due to low humidity levels. Wood stove and electric heat tend to create very dry conditions.
- Non-Heating Season (Wet) – An air conditioner, dehumidifier or periodically turning on your heating system can maintain humidity during the summer months. Avoid excessive exposure to water during periods of inclement weather.
Avoid Sharp Objects
While your Hardwood floor is one of the most wear resistant floors on the market, sharp or pointed objects can damage it nonetheless.
Watch Your Feet
Don’t walk on your flooring with stiletto-style heels, spiked golf shoes, or cleats. They may cause indentations in your flooring.
Watch Your Pet’s Feet
Keep your pet’s nails trimmed to keep them from scratching your flooring.
Rearrange Your Rugs and Furniture
Periodically rearranging your area rugs and furniture will allow the flooring to age evenly. UV sunlight will soften the tone of different species of hardwood to varying degrees.
Protect the Floor When Moving
Use a dolly when moving heavy furniture or appliances. But first, put down a sheet of quarter-inch plywood or Masonite to protect the floor. Never try to slide or roll heavy objects across the floor.
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