Hardwood Floors: Tips from the Experts

By: Dana Gain

Hardwood Floors: Tips from the Experts

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Dana: Welcome to Oakville. Today, we're talking to our friendly neighborhood flooring specialist, Naim. He's going to give us some tips on flooring.
Naim: This is actually a hardwood floor at first glance. With today's materials and the advancement of technology, it's sometimes a little difficult to actually identify what type of material the flooring is made out of. Some of the new laminates and some of the new vinyls are very realistic looking in relation to a hardwood floor.
We know this is hardwood, but you will get a lot of vinyls and laminates that actually look like this. 
The two main components is price point. If you needed one version over the other and what that reason is. For a lot of today's trends people want the longer, wider boards.
So, depending on the actual SKU that you're considering, the longer wider board in a higher grade engineered version is a little more structurally, stable.
So, translation, they won't expand and contract as much as the solid version. Yes, you can sand and finish it way more than the engineered version. But people are not really nice sanding and finishing a floor the way they did 30, 40, 50 years ago.
Dana: If it was your house and you had to decide between solid and engineered hardwood, which would you choose?
Naim: I would have to revert to the professionals. I'd call my wife. 
Depending on your overall size of your renovation commitment, in my opinion you really owe it to yourself to actually buy a carton of the material you're considering and lay it out to really get a real perspective of the actual product you're buying. When you bring home
samples to look at, they're usually a little tiny sample.
When you look at the floor over here you can you see a little bit of variation and you stand back and look at it. That's your overall perspective of what you're buying.
So if you actually commit to the product you think you want and lay it out, you’ll get a realer perspective of what you're actually committing to.
Some of the things to consider while you're looking at this floor, if it is the right fit for you, is the amount of sheen on the actual finish. So when you're standing back and looking at a long run of this wood, is it too shiny for you? Is it too dull for you? These are some of the things that you need to consider when you're looking at that sample, that you're considering for your house. 
The texture of the finish also makes a difference. And ultimately the type of traffic you're going to have.
Do you have a little four-legged family members? Do you have 150 pound Big Boy? Nothing is indestructible, so the the bigger the dog the easier you're going to scratch your floor. If you have a large dog. a floor like this may not be the right floor for you because they can easily scratch it and with the type of sheen and the type of finish that you have on here, it'll be highlighted significantly. 
Versus this this little guy, he can't scratch this for you even if you try. The finish on this is just too strong for his overall body weight.
The variation in the wood, if you don't mind this type of variation, a natural product would be good for you. If you wanted something that's more consistent, you might want to go with a different type of material. There's a variety of vinyls and laminates that are a little more consistent in color.
When it comes down to cost and what you can expect to pay for a new hardwood floor, the price is a little tricky to answer on this video. Each job site varies in details.
The cost of the hardwood itself is obviously, you know, the main factor people are considering. A quick version of what different components can cost, first and foremost, you have to remove the old flooring. Depending on the type of flooring, the price of that can range from one to three dollars a square foot just for removal. 
Carpet is going to be a little bit cheaper to remove then ceramic tile, but your average hardwood floor, one to two dollars a square foot to remove it and dispose of it is standard.
It's not uncommon to be 3-4 dollars a square foot to install hardwood. You will get some folks that are willing to install it for cheaper, but everything is relative.
When somebody's working too cheap, their skill level might not be there. They might not be insured. They might not subscribe to WSIB.
Basically, the middle of the floor anyone can do it is as easy as it gets. You can't go wrong, unless you put it upside down. It's more for the edges, the transitions, what you do when you come up to railings, how to navigate under doorways.***

About Naim Bejjany, Owner

Naim has been a flooring installer since he was a teenager. He opened a flooring store when he was just 29 years old and kept the storefront until his mid-40’s when he went completely virtual with the business. Naim has rebranded FlooringWorks as a mobile flooring specialty business and has never been busier. He has has a loyal client base and ongoing referrals, which is a testament to his precision and diligence on behalf of his clients. 
To contact Naim at FlooringWorks call 416-505-9111, click below or visit FlooringWorks.ca.

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