At LeviArs, we know that your home is your pride and joy, so we take our own pride in helping you accomplish your vision. As a one-stop-shop, we offer the highest quality products and services so that we can complete your hardwood floor installation comprehensively and efficiently.
Professional hardwood flooring installation by our team is an excellent way to see your home sparkle with beauty and luxury. It is possible to install floors by yourself; however, this a cumbersome task, requires a hefty amount of prep work, and any misstep in this process can waste all the time and money you have put into buying your new floor. This is where the LeviArs team can take over and professionally install your floor so that you can have complete peace of mind.
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Hardwood Installation Types
With loads of variations in hardwood floor installation, knowing the different methods will help you taking the decision of hiring a professional contractor.
Hardwood floor installation using the nail down method is usually used for solid wood flooring of ¾” thick strip or plank flooring to a wooden subfloor. Flooring nails are driven down through the tongue of the flooring and sealed securely in the subfloor beneath.
A floating floor is engineered hardwood that is installed by attaching each board to the next without any conformity to the subfloor. The boards are attached using a bead of glue on the tongue or by a click-together system. Floating floors are simple to install for a DIY (Do It Yourself) project and can be installed as tile or vinyl over existing flooring. Each board expands and contracts, when nailing or gluing is done. On a floating system, the entire floor moves as one unit which will help in reducing any cracks between the boards in areas of inconsistent temperature/humidity levels. Floating floors can even be sanded depending upon how thick the wear layer is.
Glue is predominantly used to link hardwood flooring to fully cured and dry concrete substrates or wood when nailing is just not an option. Glue is used as a sound reducing barrier and can help soften the transfer of noise when hardwood is installed in projects such as apartments, buildings and high rises. Hardwood that is installed with the nail down method may have higher noise transfer between the floors. Always follow the advice of the flooring manufacturer for suggestions on installation.
In some cases, generally when installing plank flooring 4” and wider, both nailing and gluing the boards is recommended. Always follow the advice of the flooring manufacturer for suggestions on installation.
Types of Flooring
Solid Hardwood Flooring
Solid wood is just that – one piece that is milled from the lumber. It comes in different widths, ranging from 2 1/4″ to 5″ wide and beyond. It also comes in different thicknesses or opacity: 3/4″ is standard, you can even find “thin Profile” solid that is 5/16″ thick.
Keep in Mind:
- Dampness and extreme temperature changes can cause solid wood to diminish and expand, causing gaps between boards during colder and dryer seasons.
- 5/16″ thin profile solid wood can be installed directly over concrete; 3/4″ cannot.
- All solid hardwood flooring can be sanded and refinished if needed (possibly every 15-20 years).
- All urethane coated floors can be screened and recoated as needed to stimulate the surface of the floor. This is less expensive than sanding and refinishing.
- Because each floor is unique from home-to-home, these are only tips to keep in mind; and are not necessarily true for every circumstance or situation.
Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Engineered wood is REAL wood, but instead of one solid piece, it consists of 3 to 10 , plies (thin layers of wood), that are assembled and glued in a cross-ply construction. The top veneer layer of wood can range from .5 mm to 4 mm thick. The industry average is 2 mm thick. Overall board thickness ranges from 1/4″ to 3/4″. Due to its multi-ply structure, engineered wood is much more stable than solid wood and is less susceptible to shrinking and expanding with changes in temperatures and humidity.
Keep in Mind:
- Engineered wood can be installed directly over concrete.
- Engineered wood can be installed below ground level as well.
- Engineered wood with a top veneer layer thinner than 2 mm cannot be refinished; however, it can be screened and recoated to renew the surface of the floor.
- Engineered wood with a top veneer layer from 2.5 mm to 4 mm can be sanded.
Laminate flooring does not contain ACTUAL WOOD. Laminate is pressed particle board with a photograph of wood applied to the surface. The inner core layer is the solid layer of the floor made from high density fiberboard (HDF). Laminate floor is made up of resins, paper layers, fiber core, and a print film. Though they look similar to Formica countertops, Laminate Floors are very long-lasting but receptive to scratches. Due to their components and composition, Laminate Floors are not affected by sunlight. Preserving laminate flooring is not difficult. All you need to do is to sweep it a couple of times per week. Laminate Flooring is a more economical option than Hardwood Flooring and Natural Stone Flooring. Laminate Flooring makes your home or business look beautiful and attractive.
Keep in Mind:
When you are moving heavy furniture back into the room, make sure you are not dragging it along the floor. There is a possibility of the legs of the furniture scratching your new laminate floor.
Waterproof Luxury Vinyl Planks
At its core, plank vinyl floor, also called luxury vinyl plank (LVP) or luxury vinyl floor (LVF), is entirely vinyl flooring that comes in narrow, long strips, instead of the traditional square vinyl flooring shapes.
Luxury vinyl plank (LVP) is an economical waterproof wood-look flooring option that has great texture underfoot. It installs easily with peel-and-stick, glue-down, or click-together methods.
- Budget-sensitive waterproof option
- Superior scuff and wear resistance
- Realistic wood looks
Keep in Mind:
Along with graphics, surface embossing is the feature that makes vinyl plank look more like a wood plank. If you hold a piece of Luxury Vinyl Plank at an angle, you can see how deeply the surface is embossed. This texture makes it appear to have a realistic wood grain. This is contradictory, though, because real wood flooring does not always have texture. Usually, sanding down and refinishing real wood floors is done to bring down the texture and create a smooth surface
You can also find vinyl planks with a heavily antiqued and distressed appearance, simulating hand-scraping, dings, scratches, or nail holes. However, you generally need to purchase thicker Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring for this type of look, because thinner vinyl boards are physically impossible to emboss that deeply.