It’s a fact: hardwood floors have maintained their popularity over the years! Hardwood is a multipurpose floor covering that guarantees an excellent return on investment and brings warmth to any decor. But how do you choose among so many types of wood, grades and finishes? Trust our professionals at Émard Couvre-planchers to guide you in making the right choice for your needs. After all – it’s a long-term decision!
Émard Couvre-planchers has 2800 MODELS OF HARDWOOD FLOORING, including the top brands at highly competitive prices. Our experts will take the time to understand your needs and help you make the hardwood choice that is right for you. Not only that – you can always have your flooring put in by our experienced installers!
Shopping at Émard Couvre-planchers is the best way to get impeccable, long-lasting wood floors at a fair price.
WHICH HARDWOOD SHOULD I CHOOSE?
It is true: nature has something for everyone’s taste. But personal taste aside, our advisors know the importance of considering the practical aspects of wood flooring. You need to know there are certain qualities that could make you love – or hate – your floor. Here are some examples:
COLOURS, TYPES AND GRADES OF HARDWOOD
Just as with paint, pale colours make a room look bigger and dark colours do the opposite. Darker floors create a warm, rich look – but they also show more dust.
Wood types are beautifully varied, with many traditional options such as oak, beech, hickory, ash, maple, cherry, walnut, etc., as well as exotic types such as Brazilian cherry, mahogany, Sapelli, tigerwood, Santos mahogany, and more. The main difference between them is price.
Less expensive grades of wood have more knots, while superior grades have almost none. While wood grading is the same for all manufacturers, their descriptions vary greatly. Our advisors will be happy to demystify the variables for you.
Cork could be an interesting choice for many reasons. It is ecological, as easy to install as floating floor laminate (tongue and groove: click!), warm and comfortable for your feet, quiet, and as durable as hardwood. Maintenance is a breeze: simply apply a conditioning product to revive its shine.
As for exotic wood, if you find it somewhere at a low price it’s probably an example of “buyer beware”. Often the wood is low quality and has not been properly prepared for installation. This means there could be issues down the road with warping, cracking and discoloring. It’s better to pay a fair price and avoid nasty surprises.
Émard Couvre-planchers offers you excellent quality Canadian hardwood such as maple, oak, mahogany, ash and beech wood – harder and more durable than many varieties of American wood such as walnut and cherry. We’re lucky in Quebec – buying local is the best option!
SOLID HARDWOOD OR ENGINEERED HARDWOOD?
Traditionally solid hardwood has adorned the floors of Quebec properties. But the appearance of engineered hardwood on the scene has changed the game and offered new options.
Solid hardwood is a natural, organic material that can withstand harsh environmental changes. The hardwood planks used in your flooring have been adequately dried and acclimatized to your house before installation to avoid warping and cracking. Your hardwood floor should withstand the test of time if you purchase it from a competent manufacturer, and if you’ve had it installed according to regulation.
Engineered wood flooring consists of layer upon layer of plywood (three to ten layers, called plies) glued together. This multi-ply structure gives engineered wood superior stability – even greater than solid wood – which reduces concerns of possible shrinking and expanding when temperature and humidity change. Engineered wood can be installed below ground level, making it a great choice for finished basements.
Engineered hardwood is usually made up of layers of dense plywood glued together and covered with a thin layer of hardwood. To the naked eye, it is virtually impossible to detect if planks are regular hardwood or engineered hardwood, but the manufacturing process makes engineered wood more stable. This means engineered hardwood flooring can be installed in places where regular hardwood shouldn’t venture, such as kitchens, around fireplaces, in basements or directly on concrete.
Three-quarter-inch-thick engineered hardwood floors are more stable than traditional hardwood, which is why they are more and more in demand. Highly practical, engineered wood can be sanded, and fits level with stair nosing. It is also eco-friendly, made up of three times less hardwood than a regular hardwood floor.
Come by to discuss it with one of our in-store advisors, who can analyse your needs and help you determine what is right for you: solid or engineered hardwood.
REMEMBER: SHEEN, PLANK SIZE AND VARNISH
If you like glossy floors you might want to opt for a high-sheen finish, but just remember: a shiny, smooth-as-glass surface will also show more scratches over time.
The size of your planks makes a difference in the overall look, as well as the price. Wider planks are indeed beautiful, but also more expensive. The same can be said for using a large quantity of long planks.
And when it comes to varnish, choices have come a long way! Water-based varnishes are durable and more ecological than ever, such as water-based oil finish, which gives a mellow, natural look to your floor.
Oiled planks are a beautiful, eco-friendly trend. Since the oils used are 100% natural, the floor never requires sanding or re-varnishing – only simple, regular maintenance: oil can be reapplied as needed to high-traffic zones.
No matter what questions you may have, don’t hesitate to come and speak with your Émard Couvre-planchers advisor who can give you all the information you need to make the right choice.