Top 10 Hardwood Flooring Questions Answered by Armstrong Flooring
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Top 10 Questions About Hardwood

Learn how to choose the best wood flooring for your project, while getting answers to the top hardwood questions.

 Frequently Asked Questions About Hardwood

Like most people who have looked into buying a hardwood floor, you probably already know it will add beauty, comfort, and value to your home. But questions may come to mind about how to maintain your investment and keep it looking beautiful for years to come. Read on for the answers to our most frequently asked questions about hardwood.

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 1. How does humidity affect hardwood flooring?

As a natural material, hardwood can be affected by changes in humidity in your home. In bathrooms or rooms below ground level, humidity and the potential for pooling water can create problems. Solid hardwood flooring is not recommended for these areas.

Humidity's affect on Hardwood

 2. What's the best way to clean hardwood flooring and keep it looking like new?

Sweep or vacuum (using a brush or felt head) your hardwood floor regularly to eliminate abrasives, like dust and dirt that could damage the finish. Use outdoor and indoor mats to collect dirt and moisture at the door before it reaches the floor. Wipe up spills immediately and periodically clean your floors with Armstrong Hardwood and Laminate Floor Cleaner.

How to clean hardwood floors

Maintaining Hardwood Floors

 3. Should I buy prefinished or unfinished hardwood?

Prefinished hardwood floors come from the factory already stained and sealed. All Armstrong hardwood flooring comes prefinished for a no-fuss, no-muss installation. If you're trying to match an existing hardwood floor in your home, you may want to choose unfinished hardwood that can be stained to match on site before the finish is applied. Keep in mind, finishing "on site" takes longer, not to mention the inconvenience of dealing with the dust from sanding and fumes from sealants while the work is completed in your home.

Prefinished or Unfinished Hardwood

 4. Will my hardwood floor yellow or change color over time?

It's natural for hardwood flooring to yellow, darken or lighten over time, depending on the wood species. Exposure to direct sunlight greatly accelerates this process. Armstrong recommends moving furniture and rugs occasionally to allow your hardwood floors to age evenly from UV exposure.

Hardwood Floor Yellowing

 5. What is an engineered hardwood floor?

Engineered hardwood flooring is made up of several sheets of genuine hardwood fused together to form a single, durable plank. This multi-ply structure gives engineered wood superior stability - greater than solid hardwood - and makes it less susceptible to temperature and humidity changes. Unlike solid hardwood, engineered wood flooring can be installed below ground level, making it a great choice for finished basements.

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Engineered Hardwood Floors

 6. Can I install my own hardwood floor?

A hardwood flooring installation takes time, precision, and know-how to get it right. Even for experienced DIYers, hardwood installations can be challenging. A lot depends on your ability to take the time to learn what you need to know to properly install a hardwood floor, so that it will look and perform beautifully. If you've never installed hardwood, we recommend hiring an Armstrong Certified Installer.

How to install hardwood floors

Installing Hardwood Flooring

 7. How do I acclimate my hardwood floor?

To acclimate hardwood flooring, move the packaged boards into the room where they will be installed and let them sit for several days, with the cartons open and raised off the ground. This allows the moisture content of the wood to adjust to the conditions in the room. Armstrong recommends acclimation for all their solid hardwood flooring products. It is not necessary to acclimate engineered wood flooring.

Acclimating Hardwood Flooring

 8. How do I calculate how much hardwood flooring I need for my project?

Armstrong's project estimator is a helpful tool to get an idea about the cost of buying and installing a hardwood floor. To use the tool, you just have to answer four simple questions about your room. The tool will give you a range of costs that you can print out and take to your flooring store.

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Calculating Hardwood Flooring Costs

 9. Where do I get trims and moldings to match my hardwood floor?

Armstrong offers a line of coordinated trim and molding pieces for both Bruce and Armstrong hardwood flooring collections. Options include quarter round molding, reducer strip, t-molding, threshold, and stair nose.

Hardwood Floor Trim

 10. Is hardwood flooring a good choice for a home with pets?

Yes - but take precautions. The type of wood species you choose for your floor affects how well it holds up to wear and tear. You can help ensure a beautiful-looking floor by keeping your pets' nails trimmed, sweeping regularly to remove dirt, grit and fur, and wiping up spills and accidents as soon as they happen.

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Hardwood Flooring with Pets