Solid Timber Flooring

SOLID WOOD FLOORING

Traditional solid hardwood floors are comprised of a single piece of wood with tongue and groove sides. Most come unfinished, but there are many pre-finished ¾” solid wood floors.

This type of wood flooring is very sensitive to moisture. As a result, the solid planks are typically nailed down over a wood type sub-floor and not recommended for use directly over a concrete slab or below ground level (such as a floodable basement).

What’s great about solid wood floors is that they can be refinished and recoated multiple times throughout their lifespan — which can be decades or longer.

Because it’s  natural product, hardwood flooring expands and contracts in response to seasonal changes in moisture. When it’s cold outside and the heat is on inside, the wood can contract — sometimes creating unsightly gaps between planks.

When summer comes and humidity increases, wood floors can expand — causing those gaps to magically disappear! Too much moisture, however, can cause the planks to buckle!!

 

TYPES OF EDGE FOR SOLID WOOD FLOORING

SQUARE EDGE 2

Square Edge -Edges of all strips or planks meet squarely, creating a uniform smooth surface that blends the floor together from board to board.

BEVELED EDGE

Beveled Edge - Strips or planks with a very distinctive groove, as seen in an informal or country décor. Urethane finishes allow these edges to be completely sealed, allowing dirt to be easily swept or vacuumed out of the grooves.

EASED EDGE

Eased Edge - Each board is slightly beveled to help hide minor irregularities, including uneven plank heights. Bevel may be added to length as well as joints. Also called “Microbeveled Edge.”

 

Wood Flooring Hardness Chart

Douglas Fir

660

Southern Yellow Pine (short leaf)

690

Southern Yellow Pine (Long leaf)

870

Black Cherry

950

Teak

1000

Black Walnut

1010

Heart Pine

1225

Yellow Birch

1260

Red Oak (Northern)

1290

American Beech

1300

Ash

1320

White Oak

1360

Australian Cypress

1375

Hard Maple

1450

Wenge

1620

African Pedauk

1725

Hickory

1820

Pecan

1820

Purpleheart

1860

Jarrah

1910

Merbau

1925

Santos Mahogany

2200

Mesquite

2345

 

MAINTENANCE / CARING FOR SOLID WOOD FLOORING:

PLEASE ALWAYS DO:

  • Place Protector pads on ALL furniture legs on wood floor
  • Place walk off mats and area rugs in high traffic areas (make sure they stay dry and are cleaned   underneath often)

 

  • Perform routine maintenance. This should include sweeping, vacuuming (with a soft brush attachment) and/or dust mopping to remove dirt and grit. Always perform this process before and after a major event that involves a high volume of traffic on the floor.
  • Use the proper cleaning pad cleaning. The pad should be slightly damp and well rung out. Make sure ALWAYS to use a clean pad /cloth each time you start the cleaning process. These pads can be washed after excessive build-up.
  • Keep high heel shoes in good repairs, as well as keeping your pets nails trimmed on regular bases

 

 

NOT ENCOURAGE FOR ALL THE TIME:

  • DO NOT use WET mops

 

  • DO NOT use ammonia

 

  • DO NOT use dust cleaner

 

  • DO NOT track dirt, clean immediately

 

  • DO NOT use other floor cleaning products

 

  • DO NOT wax a urethane finish-NEVER!!!!!!