Shop Quality Flooring in Peterborough
Whether you’re renovating your first home or designing your dream home we have options for every style and budget. We have dozens of IN STOCK FLOORING options, including hardwood flooring, at great cash and carry prices as well as over 30 design suites to inspire ideas. There are many factors to consider when shopping for a floor, our helpful sales staff are ready to assist with any questions or concerns you may have. We take pride in thoroughly educating our customers to ensure they are able to make an informed choice and can select a floor to enhance the quality of their home.
Solid Hardwood vs Engineered Hardwood
Traditional solid wood flooring and engineered wood flooring are both great options to consider when shopping for a new floor covering but the selection can be overwhelming. Helping customers navigate the world of wood flooring is what we do; here are a few tips to help get started but the best way to shop for flooring is to drop by our showroom and ask lots of questions!
If the flooring is below grade the choice is easy; engineered is indisputably the better option. This is because they shrink and expand less than solid wood flooring due to changes in temperature and humidity. This attribute allows them to be installed below grade and/or directly onto concrete. There are some misconceptions about engineered flooring, such as it wears differently than traditional hardwood flooring or it “isn’t real wood”. The durability of engineered flooring is identical to that of a solid wood floor of the same species; the durability of the protective coating will depend on the manufacturer and the quality of finish on their products. The wear layer on an engineered flooring product must be real wood or it’s not an engineered wood floor. However, the platform the wear layer is adhered to can be constructed in many different ways. One of the easiest and most important components of an engineered floor to look at while shopping is the thickness of the wear layer. It typically varies from as thin as 0.5mm (less than 1/32 of an inch) up to 6mm (almost a 1/4”). The wear layer is the portion of the flooring that is seen, walked on and possibly refinished years later. Sanding and refinishing a floor will remove a portion of the wear layer meaning, if you want the option to refinish your floor consider a flooring product with a wear layer of at least 2mm. Almost all engineered floors are sold prefinished; however, specialty companies such as Graf Brothers Flooring specialize in custom-made unfinished flooring for those looking for a truly unique look. Site finished flooring typically costs slightly more once it’s installed and finished but it does allow for different elements of the home to be stained to match, such as: staircases, railings and trim.
Solid wood flooring is simply a piece of wood that has been shaped into a 3/4” tongue and groove profile and is installed using adhesive, nails, cleats or staples. Solid wood floors are available in a variety of different grades, colours, widths, textures and species. They can also be refinished numerous times extending the life of the floor for many more years of enjoyment. While unfinished flooring is still available, prefinished flooring has all but taken over due to its low cost and uniform factory finish.
- Engineered Wood Flooring
- Solid Wood Flooring
- Pine Flooring
- Laminate Flooring
- Luxury Vinyl Flooring
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