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How Is Hardwood Flooring Hardness Tested?

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The hardness of your wood floor is determined primarily by the hardness of the species of wood you chose. That hardness is rated on the janka hardness scale. It measures somewhere between 100 and 4000, with 4000 being the hardest. There are several imported woods that come close to being around 4000 but they’re almost impossibly difficult to work with. They’re very dense and hard or very brittle. They don’t make the best floors. Domestic woods such as red and white oak typically rank about 2,000 on the hardness scale. How Is it Tested? In 1906, an Austrian researcher named […]

Red Oak or White Oak Hardwood Flooring: Which is Superior?

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In the world of hardwood flooring,domestic woods are going to be more widely available and more affordable than imported woods. They are also not as hard as imported woods. However, a good quality domestic wood will stand up to any high heels or pet claws that a family can throw at it. One of the most popular species of domestic wood is oak. There are two basic kinds of oak, red oak and white oak. Each one has advantages and disadvantages. Red oak is popular if you plan to sand and refinish. White oak is popular for prefinished hardwood flooring. […]

Can You Install Hardwood in the Kitchen?

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Hardwood flooring suppliers and installers are often asked what alternative to hardwood can be used for the kitchen. There are a lot of conflicting ideas about whether hardwood can be installed in the kitchen at all. Well, it can be but you need to be aware of the concerns. Many people believe hardwood flooring cannot be installed in the kitchen because hardwood flooring is susceptible to heat and moisture. The kitchen, obviously, is very vulnerable to spills and drastic changes in temperature. That means that you’ll need to be able to account for that. Engineered Hardwood or Solid? Since heat […]

The Difference Between Solid Hardwood and Engineered Hardwood Flooring

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There are three basic kinds of wood flooring; there is solid hardwood, engineered hardwood, and laminate. Laminate flooring isn’t actually wood flooring but is, instead, a type of synthetic material made to look like wood. If you want authentic wood flooring, you’ll need either solid hardwood or engineered hardwood. These two different types of flooring have many pros and cons. The Simple Difference The difference between solid hardwood and engineered hardwood is fairly simple. A solid hardwood plank is made from one tree. It’s cut from the tree trunk and shaped into a solid piece of flooring. In contrast, an […]

The Barn Wood Flooring Trend

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Reclaimed wood has become a very popular trend for flooring, cabinetry, and much more. In the world of reclaimed wood, barn wood is something of a holy grail. Barn wood is the gold standard. That’s because barns were typically made of old growth hardwood and exposed to the elements for years. That exposure to the elements led to incredible amounts of weathering. Since they’re made from old growth wood, and oftentimes heartwood, they are dense and durable. The weathering makes barn wood unique. Furthermore, the exposure to the elements led to the wood drying out and maturing. Flooring There are […]

Where to Find Reclaimed Wood for Hardwood Floors

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There are a few different places where you can find reclaimed wood for your hardwood floor. Reclaimed wood, also known as recycled wood, is wood that was used for a previous purpose. It is then processed again and used for flooring in a modern home. It could simply be an old floor that you’ve moved from its original spot to your current location; alternately, it could be antique wood that needs to be treated and processed completely to be appropriate planks. Here are a few places to find reclaimed wood. Old Houses The first place you can find great reclaimed […]

How to Clean a Hardwood Floor

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How To Clean Hardwood? We at West Coast Floor Company use and recommend the best products for our customers. Bona brings you innovation, consistent performance, and the highest quality the industry has to offer. Our concern for health and the environment and our exclusive focus are a testament to our dedication. You will see it in the longevity and beauty of your floors. It’s why Bona has been trusted by professionals like us since 1919. Why Should I Clean and Maintain My Hardwood Floors? Hardwood floors contribute greatly to the atmosphere and aesthetic of your home. But they are also […]

Why Hardwood?

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Hardwood is Safe & Clean Hardwood doesn’t hide harmful particulate matter, making for a healthier, safer living environment, especially for allergy sufferers. Generally, hardwood floors cost more than carpeted floors, but they also require less maintenance, last longer and can be“repaired” (instead of replaced). Especially in older homes, hardwood floors can be draftier and colder. But a well-selected area rug typically remedies this problem. Low Maintenance Comparatively, hardwood floors require minimal maintenance – in terms of both effort and equipment. Consider, simply, the difference in price between a mop and vacuum. Hardwood floors are also much more resistant to spills […]