Hardwood floor adds warmth to any space. As well, it increases the property value and by giving the interior a wonderful look and feel. The style, colors and sizes may alter, but hardwood will forever be popular giving character and value to any home or flat. Nothing can compare the elegance offered by traditional hardwood flooring.
DRM experienced designers can assist you accomplish the perfect mix of style and functionality. From engineered or solid, natural or stained - we have many hardwood options, all of which are 100% made in Canada.
Engineered hardwood floor wastes less of the tree during production and can be floated over a variety of sub-floors without having to staple, mail glue-down the planks. And drastically reduces the natural expansion or contraction of the hardwood due to humidity changes and increases the overall lifetime.
Modern days manufacturing techniques have dramatically improved the finish, durability and ease of maintenance of hardwood flooring with the introduction of engineered hardwood floors, which is quickly gaining immense popularity.
Engineered wood flooring is built up of layers of wood. It consists of three to ten layers, called plies, that are glued together. This multi-ply structure gives engineered wood superior stability, greater than solid wood, which reduces concerns relating to shrinking and expanding when temperature and humidity change. Engineered hardwood flooring can be installed below ground level making it a good choice for finished basements. Style and size may vary but hardwood floors will never go out of fashion and will always add real value to your home.
Solid wood flooring is 100% hardwood milled from lumber. Ideal for living rooms, bedrooms, family rooms and offices. All solid hardwood can be sanded and refinished if needed over the years. Solid hardwood is not recommended to be installed below ground level or in bathrooms. As a natural material, hardwood reacts to changes, for examples, moisture and extreme temperatures, which cause solid wood to shrink or expand.
HARDWOOD FLOORS INSTALLATION
There are different methods of installing hardwoods depending on your sub floor product.
Nail down installation
Nail down installation is performed on solid hardwood with a tongue and grove edge over a plywood sub floor. Staple down is done on engineered hardwood with a tongue and grove edge over a plywood sub floor. Glue down installation uses a specialized wood adhesive and can be carried out with any hardwood on any sub floor.
Floating floor offers a lower cost and ease of repair. Leveling is the important factor, bumps can be removed by grinding and the grooves can be filled with a concrete compound to level the surface. If the sub floor is not leveled it will drastically reduce the lifetime of your flooring. The initial leveling cost is well worth the future peace of mind.
Underlay offers a great solution for insulating both acoustics and temperature, it's not available for nail/staple down, it is available for all floating floors. Basic foam is available as well as one with a vapor barrier.