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North Country Hardwood Floors, has the ability & resources necessary to successfully install all types of hardwood flooring. Together we will research & choose the best style of wood flooring to install based upon your individual needs & building accommodations. We’ll take the steps necessary to ensure that your investment will, indeed, last a lifetime…
Unfinished solid wood flooring is the most common type of flooring installed today. It is nailed or glued to a properly prepared sub floor. Different grades, species, widths and styles of unfinished wood offer an endless array of possibilities. We are able to further enhance the style of your floor with custom designed strips, borders and inlays for a one of a kind look. The floor is then sanded and finished to your specifications.
Prefinished Wood Flooring
Prefinished wood flooring is offered in many species, styles and colors. This type of flooring has been sanded, stained and finished at the factory, and is appropriate when a specific color and style match your needs. It is also nailed, glued or floated to a properly prepared sub floor. Since there is no job site sanding and finishing, this type of wood floor is ready to use the next day.
Staple Down –
Staples are used instead of nails to attach the floor to the sub floor. This method is simpler than the nail down method. Industrial staples (15guage) applied to tongue of the board. This is by far the most common method used.
Glue Down –
Engineered wood floors and parquets can be glued down. The wood is adhered to the sub floor with a strong adhesive.
This is the fastest and easiest method of installation. Floating floors are not attached to any sub floor, they simply float above it. Either adhesive is applied to the boards to keep them together, or the boards are made to simply snap together. Usually a pad is placed between the wood floor and the sub floor to protect against moisture and reduce noise. Floating floors can be installed over almost any surface.
Popular Wood Species
Popular wood species include Oak (red and white), Hickory, Maple, Ash, Pine, Cherry, Mahogany, Walnut and many more exotics. These days, just about any specie of wood is available.
Grading is a system created by The Wood Flooring Manufacturers Association (NOFMA) to describe the appearance of hardwood floors. The grades take into account things like color, grain and markings. The best grades of wood are “clear” and “select”. These woods have fewer markings and are more consistent in appearance than the “common” grades, which may have a variety of markings.
Finish is a top coat that will protect your floor from everyday wear and tear. The finish is also what gives the floor its color and luster. Finishes are a great way to personalize your hardwood floors. Whether you like light-colored wood or dark, a satin finish or high-gloss, the options are endless.
Oil-Based Urethane – The most common surface finish, oil-based urethane is applied in two or three coats and is available in gloss, semi-gloss and satin sheens. The drying time for each coat is up to 8 hours for each coat. You will also need adequate ventilation. Keep in mind that oil-based urethane finishes do yellow with age. However they are the most durable over the long haul.
Water-Based Urethane –
This finish dries quickly and cleans up easily with soap and water. Water-based urethane has less odor than oil-based urethane. But water base does require more coats to equal oil durability.
Sheen is the shine of the floor. You can choose from high gloss (very shiny), semi-gloss or satin finish.
Satin and Glossy finishes
Though high gloss finishes look professional, they show scratches more easily. Low gloss or satin finishes are typically used in residential hardwood floor installations.
Solid wood treads and risers are the ultimate complement to your hardwood floors. Available in all species, wood stairs will extend the beauty of nature throughout your home and will last a lifetime!
Especially popular in remodels, wood railings are a must. We can take your outdated wood railings and replace them with new solid posts, spindles and rails in the latest styles to add that finishing touch to your project!
Every floor installed by North Country Hardwood Floors., is just that—our floor. We’re committed to provide superior workmanship & the best materials available. Furthermore, we take pride in each and every project and count on our customers complete satisfaction as advertisement for our work!