Any room except a full bath. With the variety of
products available and a choice of installation options,
hardwood flooring can now be installed in any room of the home.
The only consideration is whether the floor will be
installed on-, above- or below-grade.
For example, because of potential
moisture problems, solid
hardwood is not recommended for installations below grade, such
as in a
products, which are inherently dimensionally stable, are better
choices for this type of area. All
types of hardwood can be
installed on- or above-grade.
Does wood flooring go well with most design
Yes. In a recent survey commissioned by the NWFA, more than
three-quarters of interior designers find that wood flooring
works well with many decorating styles. "It's the most versatile
floor covering there is," says one designer. "Wood goes with
contemporary and traditional and everything in between."
Designers rated natural materials as superior to man-made
materials in beauty, prestige, style, maintenance, and
Engineered products, available in Planks, Strips
are manufactured of hardwood using a cross-directional laminated
construction (3 to 5 layers), with a top layer of premium
hardwood. This construction counteracts the natural tendency of
wood to expand and contract with seasonal changes in temperature
and humidity, making engineered products inherently
dimensionally stable. Solid products, available in Planks,
Strips or Parquet, are manufactured from a solid piece of wood.
Yes. In general, engineered products can be
installed in any room in the home, whether
on-grade, below-grade or above-grade.
Engineered products can be nailed down, glued-down or stapled
down, depending upon the situation. Engineered product, can be
glued down, stapled down or some can be “floated” over most
subfloors without the use of nails or adhesives, making it ideal
for remodeling. Solid products are not recommended for
below grade installationsand must be nailed down or glued down.( See
Yes. With a square edge, the sides of each plank
or strip are square. An eased edge, more commonly known as a
beveled or micro-beveled edge, features a slight angle on the
top edge of the plank or strip. An eased edge can help mask
slight subfloor imperfections, and can be felt if walking on the
floor in bare feet.
The method used for your hardwood installation
will depend upon the type of product you have chosen, where the
flooring will be installed and the type of subfloor. Nail down,
glue down & floating are the three type of installation. For
instance, if you are remodeling your kitchen, some products can
be “floated” over most subfloors, including vinyl or ceramic
tile, eliminating the mess and cost of tearing up the existing
floor and installing a subfloor. Engineered products, which are
dimensionally stable, are ideal for basements and can be nailed,
glued or stapled down. Your flooring retailer or contractor can
help you to determine the best method for your situation.
Installation methods & details.
Engineered hardwood floors--in planks, strips
are the best floors to use with radiant heating systems. These
floors are manufactured of hardwood using a three-ply or
five-ply laminated construction, making them inherently
dimensionally stable. This means they are less susceptible to
changes in temperature and humidity. Of the engineered flooring
options, with a floating installation as the best choice,
because it can be "floated" over the subfloor, without the use
of nails or adhesives for a permanent installation.
It is important to note that when installing any hardwood floor
over a radiant heating system, the maximum temperature of the
subfloor should never exceed 80º (F). For the correct water
temperature inside the heating pipes, refer to your
Oak is an ideal
species for in-floor
radiant systems. We also recommend
merbau. We do not
recommend that you use maple or pecan for an in-floor radiant
heat system. If you have a question about your species choice
Radiant Heat & Wood Floors.
No. A hardwood floor finished at the factory
features three to seven layers of a UV-cured polyurethane. This
finish gives the floor a tough, durable and smooth no-wax
surface that is both luxurious and easy-care. See
Do's & Don'ts for your
wood floor. DO NOT damp mop -
Water and wood do not mix.
Therefore, we suggest that you use the maintenance products and
procedures recommended by the manufacturer of your floor.
Maintenance kits can be purchased from your retailer or