Affordable Kansas City Hardwood Floor Options & Installation
As a hardwood flooring company in Kansas City we know & understand the features, advantages, and benefits that make it a solid flooring choice, in fact one of America’s most popular. Which is why we want you to know. We serve the entire Kansas City area including Olathe, Overland Park, Gardner, Lee’s Summit, Lenexa, Leawood, Shawnee Mission, Independence, Liberty, Blue Springs.
We also want you to know everything about choosing a quality hardwood flooring option. We want you to understand and experience this versatile product so you can decide if it’s the smartest flooring choice for you. Hardwood flooring certainly answers the need for beauty in your Kansas City home. The elegant look of a hardwood floor can add warmth and character to any room.
New Wood Floors Add Beauty & Elegance To Your KC Home
The natural characteristics of wood add depth and a visual appearance that many other types of floors can only try to duplicate. Rich, inviting hardwood floors are not only beautiful to live with, but they’re also easy to care for, and can add value to your Kansas City or Overland Park area home at resale time. Plus, today, hardwood types, options, and applications are more diverse, aesthetic, and delightful than ever.
As the consumer demand for hardwood floors has grown, so has the manufacturers’ ability to produce better quality finishes and superior construction techniques. The result of those advancements is that wood floors can now be installed throughout the home and over a wide variety of subfloor.
Frequently Asked Questions About Installing Hardwood Flooring
Below are some of the top FAQs we hear about our Kansas City hardwood flooring services. Feel free to call us at 913-829-7300 if you have any questions we can help with!
Should I install hardwood flooring if I have a dog or cat?
Many hardwood floors are installed in homes with pets, however, a pet’s claws may scratch the finish of the wood flooring. Also, pet damage to the flooring is not warranted by the manufacturers in most situations. Keep the pet’s claws trimmed and clean up any messes immediately. It is best not to put the pet’s food or water bowl directly on the wood flooring.
How can moisture affect my hardwood flooring?
Moisture can cause many different problems for hardwood floors, such as cracking, cupping, and crowning. Over time, excessive moisture within your home can even destroy your wood floor, so it is suggested not to use excessive water to clean the hardwood floors and to mop up any spills as soon as they happen.
How do I acclimate my hardwood floor?
To acclimate your new hardwood flooring, leave it inside the room it will be installed in, with the boxes open, for at least 5 to 7 days. This way it gets used to the conditions in the room before being used. In rooms where there are extreme humidity issues, it may be necessary to install a system such as a humidifier or a dehumidifier to control the environment in the room. We recommend you ask your hardwood flooring consultant what is best for your home and the rooms you want it installed in.
What is the most durable hardwood floor option on the market?
Most hardwood floors are treated with up to 10 coats of an aluminum oxide finish. While this certainly helps the durability of the floor, it is the hardness of the floor that will give the best indication of durability. Refer to the Janka Hardness rating for a true indication of hardness on selected species.
Is it safe to use hardwood flooring in a kitchen?
Yes, but we recommend you use caution when installing hardwood flooring in a kitchen. An often-used kitchen is prone to food and liquid spills which can raise the wood’s grain or permanently stain or damage a hardwood floor’s finish. Be sure to wipe up spills immediately with a dry, clean cloth on hardwood floors in your kitchen.
Is solid wood flooring better than an engineered wood floor?
Generally no. The thicker and better quality engineered woods will last for years and years and can be refinished once or twice. Also, the technology and factory-applied, UV-cured urethane finishes with melamine that are used today by hardwood flooring manufacturers makes a really tough, durable finish and is available on both engineered and solid wood floors. Engineered wood floors can also be much more dimensionally stable than solid hardwood flooring so they can be used in many situations where solid wood is not recommended.
Can I install hardwood flooring over a concrete slab?
Engineered wood floors can be glued down or floated over a dry, clean, fully-cured concrete slab that is on or below grade. If moisture or humidity is very high at times of the year, perhaps a non-wood flooring option would be a better choice. There are wood flooring installation methods used by some hardwood installers to install a 3/4″ solid wood floor over a concrete slab, which includes a vapor barrier and building up a wood subfloor on top of the concrete slab. This is not recommended by most professional hardwood floor manufacturers, and it also adds considerable cost to the project. Installing an engineered wood floor over a concrete slab would be preferable.
Can I put hardwood flooring on top of an existing floor?
In some situations, an engineered wood floor can be floated (or glued down) over the top of an existing floor. The existing flooring has to fully adhere to the sub-floor and be compressed enough so there is no bounce. As an example, it is possible to install over a low profile commercial type-level loop carpet, or glued-down vinyl flooring or tile. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s warranty to see if installing over an existing floor covering is covered under the warranty. Also, be sure the installer follows the manufacturer’s recommended installation procedures.
Can I use paste wax on my hardwood flooring?
Today’s Kansas City wood floors do not require a paste wax to the finish and paste waxes should not be used. Most hardwood floors today have some type of urethane finish and can cloud up, as well as become sticky if a paste wax is applied to your home’s flooring finish.