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The best hardwood floors come from companies that ensure continuous training
This video from the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) gives a quick overview of a recent, week-long class for hardwood flooring installers. This session was attended by the quality control manager for Schumacher & Co. Custom Hardwood Floors, which sends employees to these classes regularly. Schumacher installs hardwood for Carpetland Carpet One and Buddy’s Flooring America.
June 29, 2014 See All Videos
July 17, 2014
How can a floor that was supposed to be more stable start curling?
Q: I have a vertical grain bamboo floor that I was told would be stronger and more stable than hardwood. After it was in for a few weeks, some of the boards started curling upward at the ends. I was told there was too much humidity in my home, so I turned off the humidifier.
Now, the boards are shrinking and leaving gaps. I am very disappointed because I did my research and purchased a brand that was supposed to be the leader in quality. Can you shed any light on whether this is a common problem or an isolated incident?
A: You are not alone. While I would not call your situation a common problem, it is not an isolated incident. (more…)
January 25, 2014
Wintertime’s dry air means special precautions for hardwood floors
But now that winter is here, there are spaces between the boards. Is it possible that I was sold inferior wood?
A. Gaps between floor boards are common in the wintertime. Your installer should have told you that you have to control the humidity in your home to prevent inordinate gapping. In fact, most hardwood manufacturers recommend maintaining your indoor environment at 40 to 60 percent humidity year-round. (more…)
June 3, 2013
Properly done, seams should not be an issue in linoleum installation
I want to use it in the bathroom floors, but I am really hesitant since reading all these questions about repairing the seams.
Have you had questions on this and/or how do you feel about using Marmoleum in the bathrooms?
A. Dear LM:
If you are using Marmoleum sheet goods that are installed by a contractor who is properly trained, you should have no problems with seams that need repair. (more…)