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Which Laminate Flooring Edge Type Is Best For Kitchens?

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Dear Joe, We’re glad that you have found the perfect flooring for your renovation! You’ve made the hardest decision when it comes to selecting a new laminate flooring. It seems that the final question is which laminate flooring edge type should you choose. Let us explain the differences between these floors and which would be best for your kitchen and first-floor installation. The …

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What Are The Best Underlayments for Condos and Apartments

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Dear Fred, This is a really important question! For those living in apartments or condos, and have the luxury to be able to renovate them, you will have to abide by the standards set forth by your condo/apartment association or HOA. These guidelines are put in place for you, and your neighbors, comfort and safety. One of these things that is …

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The Difference Between 5G and Megaloc Locking Systems

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Dear Tim, This is a really great question! It’s important to know the difference between 5G and Megaloc locking systems, so you can educate yourself on how to install your floor properly. Let’s take a look both locking systems separately and then we can make a comparison! 5G Valinge Locking System The 5G locking system is commonly found on flooring brands such …

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Can I Store Hardwood Flooring in a Garage?

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Dear Meredith, How exciting! Getting new flooring can change the look of your home. We’re excited for you! It sounds like you made a smart choice in purchasing a little bit of extra material just in case something goes wrong during the installation. Having extra hardwood flooring on hand is a good idea so that no wrong cut or measurement …

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Do Hardwood Floors Need Moisture Barrier?

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Dear Susan, You’re right. Moisture can do serious damage to hardwood flooring if you’re not careful. If you were to install your flooring below grade, we’d caution you heavily against it. However, on grade installations can be safe as long as you’re confident that the moisture levels won’t damage your floors. Moisture barriers protect your flooring from below. You are …

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Are Hardwood Floors Slippery?

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Dear Judith, Although that was a classic movie scene, it’s not the norm for most hardwood floors. Hardwood isn’t naturally slick. In Risky Business, Tom Cruise’s character must have just had his floors cleaned, rewaxed or polished to make them slippery enough to slide on. Then, hardwood can become a little harder to walk on. Another time hardwood becomes slippery …

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Does Hardwood Flooring Go Under Cabinets?

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Dear Elvia, Your new house sounds exciting! Putting hardwood floors in your kitchen will look luxurious. Great choice. When building your kitchen, we almost always recommend installing your flooring before adding any cabinetry or appliances. The only times when we might recommend installing cabinetry first is when you are installing the floor and cabinets at separate times with long intervals …

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Can Hardwood Floors Get Mold?

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Dear Tracy, Yes, hardwood floors can get mold. When it does, it’s dangerous. Mold poses a major risk to your health. Some types of mold are more dangerous than others. For example, if it’s black mold, you might want to get a professional cleaner to remove it. If you are able to remove the mold yourself, it’s important to do …

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Are Hardwood Floors Waterproof?

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Dear Natalie, What a great Christmas present from your husband! We are sure you will enjoy your brand new pool once it is built. Not to be a downer, but hardwood floors are not waterproof. In fact, lingering moisture can cause them to buckle or cup. It’s important to keep moisture away from your hardwood floors – even while cleaning. …

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Do Hardwood Floors Need to be Waxed?

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Dear Jeff, Great question! Even though it seems like a straightforward maintenance concern, it’s not. How is your floor surfaced?  The first question you’ll need to ask yourself before worrying about whether or not you’ll need to wax or re-wax your hardwood is how your floor is surfaced. Polyurethane and other types of surface finishes should never be waxed. To …

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