Care & Maintenance
Grandeur Flooring designs meticulously factory-crafted products with durable finishes that allow years of protection and low maintenance. There are some things to keep in mind in terms of care and maintenance practices when it comes to your floor. Practices such as regularly vacuuming, sweeping or dusting your flooring surface, as well as placing mats and carpets near doorways and workspaces to prevent stains and dirt from being ingrained in the floor will help maintain the immaculate flooring products Grandeur provides.
Try to minimize the amount of liquids and moisture your flooring surface comes into contact with — this includes wet mopping. The ideal temperature for Grandeur’s flooring products (while keeping in mind environmental concerns) ranges from 18 C (65 F) to 24 C (75 F). The humidity level should be anywhere from 35 per cent to 55 per cent. Too much heat or aridity can lead to excessive spacing and splitting with the floor surface. Environmental factors should be taken into account when using Grandeur’s products.
Comparing Solid, Engineered, Vinyl, & Laminate
Solid hardwood is lumber that is milled from one piece of wood. Other flooring types such as engineered hardwood, vinyl, and laminate are all either wood composites or synthetic. Solid hardwood is ideal for any rooms above grade that do not usually come in contact with water.
Engineered hardwood floor planks are a combination of a hardwood layer and durable engineered plywood sheets. The plank core is comprised of 5-7 layers of plywood that are resistant to moisture, humidity, and varying temperatures, allowing it to be installed on any grade. Engineered hardwood is generally more cost-effective than solid hardwood as faster growing trees can be used as a base, reducing production costs. The layering process also allows for a snap installation mechanism to be implemented for easy installation that is not commonly found in other hardwood.
Vinyl flooring planks are made from synthetic materials as opposed to wood materials. Our vinyl flooring products are 100% VOC free as they are known to have compounding long-term health effects. This type of flooring is Ideal for areas in contact with water such as kitchens and bathrooms as the planks themselves are 100% waterproof which allows it to be installed on any grade.
Laminate flooring is comprised of nearly 99% wood products while vinyl is 100% synthetic. The back draw to laminate flooring is that, unlike vinyl, it is in no way water resistant. Laminate flooring offers few advantages to solid or engineered flooring other than that it is considered a cheap alternative that usually lacks the look, feel, and durability of real hardwood.
Comparing Maple, Oak & Hickory Flooring
When looking at purchasing new hardwood flooring it is important to understand the different types of wood available and the pros and cons of each that go beyond just appearance. Each type is available as solid and engineered hardwood.
Stability and Hardness
Maple (1450) and hickory (1820) both score higher than oak (1360) on the Janka test, making them better long-term choices for high traffic areas. Oak, however, is more stable and therefore more resistant to humidity and moisture - making it the best choice for rooms where that might be a concern. If this is the case, it is good to know that engineered hardwood of any species is typically more stable than solid hardwood.
Installation & Staining
Due to its high variation in grain, hickory looks best when installed by a qualified professional, otherwise, the patterns tend to come out disjointed. The structural make-up of maple hardwood tends to make DIY staining properly a more difficult task. Clear stains have the tendency to fade to yellow on maple and dark stains come out very splotchy. Because of this, it is best to purchase a prefinished maple as you can be sure it has been done correctly.
Maple and hickory have unique and bold looks that can be great for their one-of-a-kind appeal. Oak, however, is the most common type of flooring - making it a safer bet when looking to attract more potential home buyers.
Tongue & Groove Vs. Click Lock Flooring
When looking to purchase new wood flooring it is always good to understand the different installation options available, as well as the pros and cons of each. The primary types used today generally are either, tongue and groove, or click lock.
Tongue and Groove
Tongue and groove planks, utilize two tongue sides and two groove sides. The planks fit together like a jigsaw puzzle where the tongue sides slot into the groove sides.
Pros and Cons
Tongue and groove flooring can be installed over most subfloor types. Tongue and groove is almost always nailed down onto a plywood subfloor and is therefore more secure than a floor that is floated. Most of our products that we offer at Grandeur, being 3/4" thick tongue and groove, are designed for the specifications generally followed in Ontario and most of Canada. For tongue groove floors to be installed securely, it is strongly suggested that they be also held together with staples or cleats. With increasingly larger hardwood planks becoming more popular, it is very important that any engineered floors 7 1/2" or wider be both nailed down and glued down to prevent future shifting and squeaking in the boards.
Click-lock flooring is an increasingly popular installation method. Similar to tongue and groove flooring, simply put, it utilizes a dual hook that interlocks to hold the floor into place. That being said, the exact design can vary by manufacturer.
Pros and Cons
Click systems require less time and materials to install than tongue and groove because it can be float installed without nails or glue. At Grandeur Flooring, we utilize the drop-lock-click system on all our vinyl flooring options, which are even more efficient than tap-lock. Click-lock can generally be installed where you cannot use the nail or glue down, such as on a concrete subfloor, in basements, in condos, and in many commercial properties. Click-lock systems require a more even subfloor for correct installation
Houses, Condos, & Basements - What To Know
Where the product is going to be installed should be the first consideration when looking at new flooring.
In a house, all of our products can be used at or above grade. Hardwood flooring is a great look for any room but if you like the appeal of modern vinyl that is a great choice as well. Below grade is different, however, due to an increase in temperature fluctuation, humidity, and risk of exposure, it is strongly advised that solid hardwood be avoided. With the proper underlayment, engineered hardwood can be installed below grade but even with the proper precautionary measures for water prevention, exposure always remains a strong possibility. Vinyl flooring is the absolute best choice for below grade projects as the planks are 100% waterproof. Our drop-lock vinyl flooring can also be comfortably installed over a concrete subfloor, eliminating the need for extra labour and resources.
In any rooms around the house where water and exposure may be a concern, such as kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms, vinyl flooring is the absolute best choice. With planks that are 100% waterproof you do not need to worry about drops, spills, or leaks as you would with real hardwood.
In a condo, there are a few considerations when looking at new floors. Different buildings may have specific requirements of new flooring that must be met prior to installation, so please be sure to inquire about this before making any purchases. Also, all condos use a concrete subfloor and therefore should be treated much like a basement in that solid and engineered flooring can be installed, but would require much more work and resources than vinyl flooring. While noise is also an important consideration in any home, it is especially important in a condo. Our vinyl flooring options offer top-of-the-industry ratings in sound and impact transmission classes that will surely meet the requirements of the building, and keep the neighbours happy.