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Well, how hard is hardwood?  Depends!  Each specie is quite different, and will all react differently to drops, scratches and gouges. In order to compare hardness of different wood species, we must use a standardized test that is industry accepted.  This test is called the Janka Test. This test measures the force to embed a .444 inch steel ball to half its diameter into a piece of wood.  Why .444 inch - I don't have a clue!  But this is the test that pretty much everyone in the hardwood industry (not just flooring) goes by.  No manufacturer does their own...

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  Buying a hardwood floor is really an investment into your home.  It’s a floor that if taken care of properly – can last a lifetime. Here is just a simple run through, of what we think everyone should know before they buy.  Before they even decide on hardwood! Well, first of all – all hardwood can be simplified into three different categories, or technologies.  Solid, Engineered and Floating Engineered.  All three are great, and each have their own use.  That’s a great place to start – water and wood.  What you have to realize is that hardwood is considered...

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Hardwood Flooring, laminate flooring -

Today's topic of conversation is Laminate Flooring versus Hardwood Flooring. Now by laminate, I mean the one that looks like wood when there's no actual wood - not an engineered hardwood floor.  Engineered is where you have the thin layer of wood on top of some kind of particle or plywood core, laminate is a picture of wood (or tile, or stone) on top of HDF or some kind of other core to it.  Now, this is one that we have gotten questions on so many times over the years as people keep trying to figure out what's going to...

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hardwood flooring, laminate flooring -

Today’s topic of conversation is Laminate versus Hardwood.   Now by Laminate, we mean the one that there's no actual wood on the face of the plank, not an engineered floor.  Engineered flooring is where you have a thin layer of wood on top of some kind of particle or plywood core.  Laminate is just that it's a picture of what on top of HDFS or some kind of other core to it.   This has been a topic of conversation since laminate started becoming popular, well over a couple of decades now.  Everyone has so many questions as to...

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Flooring, Hardwood Flooring -

These days, anyone and everyone seems to be selling some kind of hardwood flooring. We find that it's very frustrating to gain any real information as to the pros and cons - since everyone seems to be saying something different. This is the first of a series of educational blog posts that we will be doing about hardwood. The goal of this one, Hardwood 101 is to address the difference between hardness and durability. This is the area where there is the most amount of confusion – typically perpetuated by salespeople! This chart contains some of the more popular species...

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