Vancouver Hardwood Flooring
Solid Hardwood Flooring
Milled from a single piece of wood, solid hardwood flooring is a natural product that reacts to fluctuations in temperature and moisture by expansion and contraction. Therefore, we recommend that solid hardwood is only used in areas with little moisture to reduce the risk of the floor suffering from these conditions. For this reason, solid hardwood isn’t advised for basements, given the high moisture levels below grade. The method of installing solid hardwood is by nailing it to plywood subfloors. Solid hardwood comes in various widths, but it is always 3/4″ thick and can be typically sanded up to three times based on industry standards. Sanding and refinishing hardwood floors is a technical and time-consuming procedure where you’d have to properly open up the wood grains. With the interior design trends moving towards wider planks and the manufacturers improving their anti-scratch finishes, this old-school practice is slowly getting phased out with its limitations, especially on the West Coast.
Engineered Wood Flooring
Engineered hardwood is constructed from a solid wood top layer attached to a core of several wood layers (or plies), which have been stacked and glued together under pressure. Engineered hardwood is designed to be much more stable regarding expansions and contractions due to temperature and humidity changes over time. It’s worth mentioning that the thickness of the top wear layer in engineered hardwood is not the only indication of quality. Factors such as the type and strength of the finish, anti-scratch coating, or the engineered core construction can easily be overlooked. Engineered hardwood can still be stapled on plywood subfloors similar to solid hardwood if needed. However, what makes them special is the fact that they can also be glued or floated on concrete subfloors. This allows the ability to use hardwood flooring in condos, basements, or applications that we traditionally are not allowed to.
For most of us in the flooring industry, hardwood flooring projects are the ones we’re most proud of and the ones we’re most looking forward to being a part of. Visit our North Vancouver hardwood flooring showroom today.
Frequently Asked Questions
We offer our services in most of the Lower Mainland and Metro Vancouver areas. Our areas of coverage in British Columbia is as follow:
- North Vancouver
- West Vancouver
- Port Coquitlam
- Port moody
- Maple Ridge
- New Westminster
- White Rock
Yes, we offer full commercial and residential flooring services for all your flooring needs including hardwood floor refinishing services.
We are Metro Vancouver’s flooring leader and we pride ourselves on being the only 5-star Vancouver flooring company. We do not offer a price match guarantee, especially on labor as we have our own high standards. However, we do offer in-store free consultation and estimates but not quotes. Our quotes are detailed and include on-site visits and consultations. We do, however, credit this consultation fee back on the final invoice.
Our Covid-19 related health and safety general protocols are as follow:
- One group at a time policy in our showroom in order to properly implement social distancing. (please book an appointment in advance for showroom visits)
- Staff and visitors are required to wear face masks
- Hand sanitizer is available at the entrance
- All returned samples, as well as highly touched surfaces, are cleaned and sanitized on a daily basis.
- Our showroom is cleaned and sanitized by a third-party company every week.
- UV cleaning and sanitizing are used on the pens that we provide to complete our sample check-out forms.
Please contact us for further information on our enhanced safety precautions.
When it comes to real wood foors, Mercier with the finish intact 2500 can stand up to 2500 cycles when tested by the industry’s anti-scratch Taber testing.
Yes, all of our flooring installers are in-house and they are absolutely fabulous. We are famous for our team of pro installers as we would be lost without them. We appreciate every single one of them for their hard work and attention to detail. They take pride in following our philosophy of treating your home as if it were their own.
- Atelier hardwood – Made in the USA
- Boen hardwood – European hardwood
- Roman Parquet – Italian-made hardwood
Engineered hardwood flooring can be installed anywhere from $2.50 to $4.00 SF depending on the method of installation and product specifications.
Solid wood flooring installation range from $3.25 SF to $3.75 SF.
In order to calculate the total cost of your flooring renovation, you must also consider the following factors:
- Existing floor removal and disposal
- Transitions and trims
- Subfloor preparation and leveling
Floating is the most common method of installation due to its versatility.
Yes, definitely. A Matte finish wood floor not only looks modern but also hides scratches better.