Hardwood flooring features superior construction techniques and some of the highest quality finishes in the flooring industry. Its beauty and elegance add value to any home. At Di’s Floor Centre, we offer prefinished solid hardwood and engineered hardwood.
Get the look
Hardwood flooring is a truly unique flooring solution. The natural characteristics of hardwood add depth to your décor and an aesthetic look that many other types of floors can only try to duplicate. Hardwood adds warmth and character to your home with warm and cool tones, and it works well in any interior design from rustic to modern styles.
Simple to maintain. Many modern hardwood finishes make upkeep and cleaning easy.
Adds resale value to your home. Hardwood floors are attractive to homebuyers in every market and can help increase the return on your home investment.
Provides a natural look that other flooring options cannot. Laminate and vinyl flooring do a great job simulating hardwood floors, but when it comes down to it, there is nothing like the real thing. All-natural earthy textures and unique knots and lines are a feature that only hardwood can give you.
All flooring solutions at Di’s Floor Centre have a green certification and have low or no VOC emissions. We also offer hypoallergenic and all-natural products for customers who experience allergies or chemical sensitivities.
Things to think about…
Wood flooring, whether it is engineered or solid, is a great foundation for style and function in any room, and a wonderful investment for your future. The type of hardwood you buy (whether it is solid or engineered) depends on where it will go.
Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood:
Solid wood and engineered wood have different installation methods, as well as different costs:
Let’s say you’d like to remodel your basement, and you want to have a hardwood floor installed. It’s not impossible, but there are some things to keep in mind.
Because the basement is underground, more moisture will seep up through the basement concrete than a regular slab at ground level. For this reason, you would use engineered hardwood flooring instead of solid hardwood. Why?
Solid hardwood needs to be mechanically fastened or glued to a base floor to keep it from warping, which would not be advisable with so much moisture in the mix. Engineered hardwood, on the other hand, does not, so it’s more stable for basement applications.
Hardwood is sensitive to moisture, which is why we acclimate it prior to installation
Hardwood needs to be installed on a level floor, which means that proper prep work needs to be done to make sure it doesn’t float over the baseboards. This includes sanding and leveling of the subfloor prior to hardwood installation. It also involves evening out the moisture levels in the subfloor and the new wood floor.
Hardwood needs to be properly acclimated to its environment before it is installed to prevent warping. Di’s Floor Centre drops hardwood off at a customer’s home one week to 10 days before we install it so that the moisture levels even out between the new and existing wood. They must be no more than 3% different in moisture levels, otherwise, it will be detrimental to the floor.
What about the expense? Why solid hardwood is still a great investment
Because less prep work is required to mechanically fasten or glue engineered hardwood flooring down to the subfloor, it is less expensive to install than solid hardwood. But, as for all flooring, there are other factors to consider.
Solid hardwood is usually three-quarters of an inch thick, which means you could refinish it two to three, or even four times over its lifetime. That’s 50-60 years of solid hardwood flooring for your home without any replacement costs. Engineered hardwood is not as thick, so you will only likely be able to refinish it once before your flooring needs to be replaced.
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It’s tough to decide whether a floor is right for you when you are stuck in a showroom. Di’s Floor Centre has samples available for each of our flooring options so that you can take them home and consider them in your space for free, for up to 48 hours.
We are your local flooring specialists. If you have any lingering questions about whether hardwood is the right flooring for you, feel free to contact us or visit our showroom. You may also find out more about this and other flooring products on our FAQ page.
Di’s Floor Centre partners with an elite group of local flooring installation experts who are ready to get your new floor installed. If you’re interested in our hardwood flooring installation services, request your free in-home consultation today. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.Learn More »