Hardwood Floor Installation

Hardwood Floor Installation in the Miami Metropolitan Area

Hardwood flooring is the traditional hallmark for taste, style, and performance.

Prized for its natural beauty and lasting durability, hardwood in the home makes a rich visual statement but keeps cleanup a breeze.

That’s why hardwood floors are the perfect combination of strength and style for homes with both children and pets.

Today’s wide variety of colors, textures, species, and styles make it easy to find the perfect choice for your home.

There are 2 types of hardwood floors, solid hardwood and engineered hardwood.

Each plank is a solid piece of wood from the finest domestic and exotic hardwoods.

Solid hardwood floors are best installed on or above grade.

Engineered hardwood is made from real hardwood. The cross-ply construction of engineered wood flooring resists expansion and contraction from humidity changes.

Engineered hardwood floors can be installed below, on or above grade.

Hardwood Floor Installation

Hardwood flooring is the traditional hallmark for taste, style, and performance. Prized for its natural beauty and lasting durability, a strong hardwood floor installation brings a rich visual statement, while making cleanup a breeze.

Hardwood floors are the perfect combination of strength and style for homes with both children and pets. Today’s wide variety of colors, textures, wood types, and styles make it easy to find the perfect choice for your home.

There are 2 types of hardwood floor installations, which include:

Solid Hardwood

Each plank is a solid piece of wood from the finest domestic and exotic hardwoods. Available in several widths, planks are generally 3/4″ thick. Solid Hardwood has the option to refinish and is best in rooms with controlled temperature and humidity.

Engineered Hardwood

Cross-ply construction resists expansion and contraction from humidity changes. Comes in plank or long strip format in various widths. Engineered hardwood can be installed on any level of the home and is best in rooms that need a stable surface.

Cherry

A fine grain and smooth texture gives this strong wood an elegant look. The red and pink hues take well to staining and deepen with age and light exposure.

  • COLOR: Varies from reddish brown to a creamy, pinkish white.
  • HARDNESS: 950 – Janka Hardness Scale
  • PHOTOSENSITIVITY: 7 – Medium to Low Resistance
  • SHADE VARIATION: Medium

Hickory

One of the strongest American hardwoods, hickory’s dramatic pattern and color variation emphasize its natural beauty.

  • COLOR: Ranges from light blonde to reddish brown and dark brown.
  • HARDNESS: 1820 – Janka Hardness Scale
  • PHOTOSENSITIVITY: 3 – Medium to High Resistance
  • SHADE VARIATION: High

Maple

Light color, uniform texture, and attractive variations make it a popular choice. Known for its shock resistance, maple takes well to stains.

  • COLOR: Maple’s sapwood, more commonly used, varies from creamy white to golden tan.
  • HARDNESS: 1500 – Janka Hardness Scale
  • PHOTOSENSITIVITY: 2 – High Resistance
  • SHADE VARIATION: Medium to High

Oak

This hard, dense, open-grained wood has an inherent, traditional warmth. Its color tends to be neutral but varies widely, allowing it to take many hues when stained.

  • COLOR: Ranges from a pinkish light wheat color to a rich, golden tone.
  • HARDNESS: 1290 – Janka Hardness Scale
  • PHOTOSENSITIVITY: 1 – Stable
  • SHADE VARIATION: High

Walnut

The rich, dark brown color of walnut has a distinguished, heirloom feel. Strong, soft and lightweight, walnut’s dark grain adds depth and luster to your floor.

  • COLOR: Rich chocolate hues mix with dark grey-browns and auburn undertones.
  • HARDNESS: 1010 – Janka Hardness Scale
  • PHOTOSENSITIVITY: 2 – High Resistance
  • SHADE VARIATION: Medium to High

PREPARING FOR INSTALLATION

Aside from clearing the hardwood floor installation areas in your home, there are a few other ways to prepare:

  • Make sure your hardwood floors are delivered to your home at least two days before installation.
  • Always examine your new flooring for damage or defects before installation.
  • Be sure to read and follow the installation instructions.

Take care of any repairs to the subfloors before installing any new flooring.

DURING INSTALLATION:

Your professional hardwood flooring installation team will arrive with the expertise, tools, and supplies to install your new hardwood. We will need access to electrical power outlets, so please be prepared. Installing new floors in several rooms at once is a large project—keep in mind that your furniture and belongings will get moved around as we are removing the old flooring.

Hickory Hardwood Flooring
Oak Hardwood Flooring
Walnut Hardwood Flooring

BASIC MAINTENANCE:

  • By vacuuming or sweeping your floor regularly, especially in high-traffic areas, you will increase the longevity of your flooring.
  • Most wood types will gradually age when not covered, so it’s a good idea to rearrange rugs and furniture periodically to help it age evenly.
  • Using protective window coverings to block fade-causing UV rays will also assist in keeping your flooring vibrant.


TIPS FOR PREVENTING DAMAGE:

  • Keep pets’ nails trimmed and their paws clean.
  • Use a humidifier during heating seasons to help reduce wood shrinkage.
  • Wipe up spills and spots immediately.
  • Use ice to harden tough substances, such as wax or chewing gum.


WHAT TO AVOID

  • Walking on your hardwood floors with spiked or heeled shoes.
  • Cleaning your hardwood with water or liquids
  • Oil soaps
  • Liquid or paste wax
  • Products containing lemon, citrus, or tung oil
  • Silicon
  • Scouring powders