It’s easy to believe that all hardwood floors are similar, but don’t be mistaken. Only floors that meet the most demanding criteria are recognized as high quality. Before selecting the floor for your project, ask The Floor Source to open a box in front of you to check for these qualities:
- Make sure the grade you chose with the help of samples is really what’s in the box.
- Lay a few boards on the floor and put them together. They should fit together perfectly and you shouldn’t feel any variation in thickness.
- When put together, the boards form V joints where they meet. These joints must not be too deep, or dirt and dust can collect and make the floor hard to care for.
- The durability of the finish is determined by the quality of the polyurethane and the process used to apply it. The bottom of the joints must also be perfectly coated with varnish or it will collect dirt and water, causing it to darken prematurely.
- Finish needs to be applied in the right amount, not too thin and not too thick, in order to avoid a plastic effect and let the beauty of the wood show through. If the wood is stained, the stain should reach the bottom of the joints to ensure an even floor color.
- Check that the color is consistent from one board to the next and from one box to the next.
- Bright light and sun can cause wood from naturally pale species to yellow. UV protection in the polyurethane finish can reduce and slow this process down. www.miragefloors.com/ENG/flooring-101/plan-and-choose/