FAQ

FAQ 2017-08-29T15:26:25+00:00
Width and proper finish of a hardwood floor 2016-10-14T18:22:07+00:00

Hardwood Floor Finish
Width:
Your floor width can be selected among standard dimensions or manufactured according to your needs. Narrow boards are particularly suited to small rooms while wide boards are considered of higher value in good sized rooms. Remember that the wider the boards the greater the likelihood of the formation of gaps between them during winter when the air is dry. This is why it is imperative to maintain a certain level of humidity in your home when wide boards are installed.

Hardwood Floor Finish
– North-American woods generally have a glossy finish with a shine of approximately 50%. Planchers Bellefeuille can customize the gloss to meet your needs.
– Planchers Bellefeuille can offer the latest trends in design and finish, whether it is oil or water-based. Our specialists will guide you in selecting the hardwood finish that will best fit your needs.

Hardwood Floor Colour 2016-10-21T23:51:59+00:00

Hardwood Floor Color
If you are decorating and cannot find the precise color you need within our color selection, we can reproduce this color, even if the color comes from a competitor’s range. You can be as creative as you wish since hardwood floors can be sandblasted, returned to their natural color, and dyed again to your liking.
Planchers Bellefeuille is THE resource in manufacturing a floor that will meet your exact specifications, by following these 3 steps:
Bring the desired color
A sample will be submitted to you for approval within 10 days
Once approved, your color will be applied on the floor you ordered.

Hardwood Species and Grades 2016-10-14T18:41:46+00:00

Hardwood Species and Grades
Selecting a specific species and grade is mostly a matter of fashion and preference. We recommend that you begin by looking at the colour and wood grain of each species and study the visual characteristics of each one such as knots and mineral streaks.

NOTE: Select your floor taking into account the relative hardness of each species as well as the place where the floor will be installed, so as to avoid selecting a species that is too fragile for high traffic areas.

Hardwood or Engineered Floor 2016-10-14T18:57:11+00:00

Hardwood or Engineered Floor


A hardwood floor must be nailed or stapled to the existing sub-floor. Hardwood is recommended for installations above ground level.
An engineered floor is designed to be installed on virtually any support and at any level. It can be nailed, stapled, glued, or simply left floating (by gluing only the joints). A floating installation is the cheapest method as it does not require buying expensive glue. If you live in a condominium, you may be required to use a soundproof membrane upon installation.
Remember that the wear layer of hardwood is thicker, which makes it more durable. In addition, expansion and contraction are more important factors to consider in hardwood floors than in engineered wood which may cause gaping between the boards during the heating season.
Tips to remember about hardwood or engineered floors:
• Remember that hardwood floors have a thicker wear coat than that of engineered floors which makes them more durable.
• Wood expansion and contraction are more important in hardwood than in engineered floors which may create gaps between the boards during the heating season.
It is important to take these factors into consideration before opting for a hardwood or an engineered floor.

How should varnished wood floors be cared for and maintained? 2016-10-15T05:10:13+00:00

Varnished wood floors are easy to care for. For daily cleaning, use a broom or a vacuum cleaner to remove particles. To wash the floor only use cleaning products approved for hardwood floors. Spraying is the best method because is maintains a clean and healthy floor while preserving the integrity of the protecting coat. Never steam clean a varnished wood floor.

What is a floating floor and what are its pros and cons? 2016-08-18T22:27:09+00:00

Installing a floating floor consists in clipping the boards together or, in the case of a groove-and-tongue floor, gluing it.
The pros of a floating floor.
This method of installation is relatively simple and provides the necessary space for the wood to move and expand depending on humidity variations.
The floor can be removed easily, which makes it ideal for commercial spaces where the floor is likely to need more frequent replacement in time. Floating installation is generally selected in cases of laminated, vinyl or engineered floors.

How should oiled floors be cared for? 2016-08-18T22:28:33+00:00

For daily cleaning and dust and particles removal, a vacuum cleaner or a dry mop are sufficient. For more thorough cleaning, mop up with a dilution of oiled floor cleaning product (these products are specifically designed to clean oiled floors). In the case of public areas exposed to intensive traffic, oiled floors can be cleaned daily with a wet mop and treated regularly with a revitalizing maintenance additive that can be applied either only on more used areas, or if necessary on the whole floor. The oil revitalizing product can be applied on home floors when the wood begins to dull.

My boards seem to be expanding. Why are they warping? 2017-08-08T21:36:07+00:00

Excessive humidity results in expansion of the hardwood floor. Although an engineered floor is more stable than a hardwood floor in a more humid atmosphere, the relative humidity must be controlled for all solid wood floors. Before installing a wood floor, verify the sub-floor and air relative humidity to make sure it is comprised within the recommended bracket.

What are the likely problems of using rugs on a wood floor? 2016-08-18T22:53:40+00:00

What are the likely problems of using rugs on a wood floor?
Only colorfast rugs and carpets should be used. Colorfast quality ensures that dyes will not bleed into and damage the wood floor finish. Also beware of rubber-backed rugs or carpets. Soft and synthetic backings are preferable, but make sure that they let the floor breathe. Regularly clean under the rug or the carpet to remove dust and other abrasive particles that might damage the finish of your wood floor. In order to limit wood oxidation or changes in color resulting from exposure to sunlight, change the position of the rug from time to time. Enquire with the rug manufacturer to make sure that you select the appropriate backing and that a warranty covers the selected product.

Can a wood floor be installed over an existing vinyl or parquet floor? 2016-04-18T15:15:34+00:00

It is not recommended to install a wood floor over an existing floor. To avoid any complication, the existing floor must be removed and the sub-floor must be repaired and reinforced. Problems may arise if the installation is done over an existing floor that does not adequately adhere to the sub-floor: the wood floor may separate from the sub-floor, and if the vinyl floor is cushioned or the parquet is damaged, the wood floor may squeak. The best results will be obtained by installing the wood floor over a clean, flat and robust sub-floor.

Can I glue my engineered floor in my basement? 2016-08-19T02:56:20+00:00

I would like to glue my engineered floor in my basement. It will be installed over concrete. What trowel size do you recommend I should be using for gluing?
You must refer to trowel sizes recommended by the adhesive manufacturer to ensure maximum adherence to the sub-floor.

Should I let my floor acclimatize before installing it? 2016-08-19T02:58:51+00:00

Hardwood floors must be kept at recommended temperature and humidity level for a minimum of 24 hours prior to installing them. Engineered wood floors do not require acclimatization.

How can I prevent humidity from damaging my floor? 2016-08-19T03:01:33+00:00

I am concerned that humidity might damage my wood floor. How can I protect my floor against the humidity coming up from the sub-floor?
Prior to installing a wood floor, you should examine the sub-floor to make sure it is free of any humidity pocket. This can be done visually, but if you have any doubt about these humidity pockets, ask an installer or your professional specialist for help. All potential sources of humidity must be eliminated to prevent future humidity problems.

Where can I find mouldings matching my floor? 2016-08-19T03:04:41+00:00

I am renovating my living room. Where can I find mouldings matching my floor?
PB can provide you with mouldings and accessories assorted to the color of your selected floor.

Is on-site finish preferable to factory finish for a hardwood floor? 2016-08-19T03:06:43+00:00

Is on-site finish preferable to factory finish for a hardwood floor? Is factory finish more wear-resistant than on-site finish?
Factory finish is clearer and more resistant than on-site finish. However, the aspect of on-site finish is more even when floor to staircase moulding transitions are installed, etc.

Can I install an engineered floor over a radiant heating system? 2016-08-19T03:08:19+00:00

Absolutely! Most engineered and clip-fastened products can be installed over radiant heating, except for Brazilian cherry (jatoba) and hickory, which must not be installed over radiant heating because of their physical properties. Please check with your professional specialist.

What kind of subfloor do you recommend? 2016-08-19T03:10:57+00:00

What kind of subfloor do you recommend?

I am building a new house and I want to install hardwood floors. What kind of subfloors should I use?
Hardwood floors can be nailed, stapled or glued, and engineered floors can be glued or stapled to 5/8″ thick plywood or 3/4″ thick OSB boards when installed over a 16″ (400 mm) center to center joist sub-structure.

What can be done about squeaky floors? 2016-08-19T03:13:06+00:00

What can be done about squeaky floors?

Is there any explanation to squeaky floors?
Squeaky and noisy floors mainly result from inadequate subfloor installation, inappropriate material or subfloor support, or from inappropriate nailing. Squeaky noises are likely to happen if the floor is submitted to excessive humidity or dryness conditions.

What is an engineered wood floor ? 2017-08-08T21:36:08+00:00

What is an engineered wood floor ?

An engineered floor is a solid wood floor, cut through thickness and glued on a more stable product, ideally top quality plywood. An engineered product can sustain greater variations in humidity, and therefore makes for a more stable floor. The top layer (strip) of an engineered board is solid, generally make of hard wood, and its thickness varies between 2 and 6 mm depending on how the floor is manufactured. The thicker the hard wood surface layer, the higher the amount of sandblasting and renovating episodes the floor can sustain. The strip is thoroughly glued to one of two additional layers – these can consist in multi-layered plywood, or in a sandwich with a soft or hard wood core.
Engineered boards are not the same as laminated or veneer. The surface of a laminated board presents an image of wood, while veneer consists in only a very thin layer of wood over a body made of any kind of composite wood.
Engineered wood presently is the most used wood type across the world, and technology allows for production of much wider boards, as well as virtually endless and very interesting finishing options.

What are the advantages of an engineered floor? 2017-08-08T21:36:08+00:00

advantages of an engineered floor

Engineered floor boards are similar to solid wood boards, with some additional advantages:
• They are more stable than solid wood boards, which greatly minimizes potential expansion problems..
• Engineered wood allows for much wider boards.
• Engineered wood boards usually are prefinished, which brings down installation time..
• Engineered boards can usually be installed over in-floor heating systems.
• They are eco-friendlier in that they make a more efficient use of slow-growing species such as oak, maple, etc.
• Engineered boards offer alternative, easier methods of installation.

What is an oil finish? 2016-08-19T04:46:31+00:00

harwood oil finish

Oil penetrates the wood and enhances the beauty of both its color and grain, while providing a protection to the floor. In addition to their beautiful natural aspect, oiled floors can be touched up in case of surface damage to an area. harwood oil finish

What is a varnished finish? 2016-08-19T04:47:39+00:00

What is a varnished finis

Varnish usually consists in a polyurethane coat applied on the surface of a wood floor. Polyurethane covers the wood pores and forms a hard and elastic coat that protects the wood.