Q- Do I have to keep the room temperature and humidity controlled all year round?

A- All hardwood floors can be adversely affected by extreme changes in humidity. During the hot, humid weather a de-humidifier may be required. Although engineered wood floors are less affected than solid wood floors, in the dry, heated winter months humidification may be neccessary to prevent surface checking.  


Q- Can I install wood flooring below grade (in a basement)?

 A- The following diagrams will help

Substrate / Subfloor Recommended Type Wood Floor
Concrete Slab Solid Wood Floors - only over a sleeper system with 3/4" plywood and moisture barrier.
Engineered Wood Floors - glued or floated
5/8" - 3/4" Plywood Solid Wood Floors - nailed-down
Engineered Wood Floors - glue, staple or float
Particle Board Its best to remove all particle board
Solid Wood Floors - NOT recommended
Engineered Wood Floors - float only
5/8" - 3/4" OSB Solid Wood Floors - nail or staple
Engineered Wood Floors - float only
Q- What is the difference between hardwood and engineered floors?

Q- Can I have a solid 3/4" hardwood glued to concrete?
A- You'll find some retailers will say yes. However, those that have dealt exclusivedly in hardwood flooring for some time will say no. In recent times some of the big box stores and adhesive manufacturers have been advocating this procedure. only time will tell if it's a viable procedure, but it's safe to find an alternative.
Q- Should I have hardwood floors in my home?
A- Hardwood floors will add value and beauty to your home.
FYI- These are just a few tips to help protect your hardwood
Wipe up spills and correct all leaks immediately
Place doormats or rugs at all entrances to help protect your floors
Replace floor protector pads as needed
High heel shoes may cause dents and damage your floor
Rearrange furniture and area rugs regularly to even out colour change on your floors
Certain species of hardwood are more resistant to dents, but no wood floor is immune to scratching and denting.