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Floors as unique as you are!

At Evergreen we finish a variety of floors and work with customers who have a variety of tastes and preference. We wanted to take some time and let you know about our favorite high quality products and how we can make your floors look as unique as you like.

 Loba – On Top!

Loba is the only German medium sized company producing only hardwood finish. Thus the quality is just there.

When the project calls for a finish on top of the floor we use their waterborne finish and sealer. Loba produces a superior product designed for commercial grade wear and tear yet affordable for households alike.  They are also low VOC or solvent, so they are non-toxic for you and your family.  They also dry fast so you can get moved back in sooner!

I love to use these products because they consistently look great and hold up well.  You will love them for the same reasons.

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Loba also makes a line of penetrating oils.  These are oils meant to be worked into the wood so the protection is IN the wood flooring, as opposed to on top with a water based finish.   This leaves your floor looking and feeling very natural and real.

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The depth of colour and grain from the floor is unique from any other floor finish.  It enhances the natural look and feel of any hardwood floor.  There are many options as well for the colour you may want.

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You can also create a layering effect with these penetrating oils, where you can have a base coat of one colour then a topcoat of a contrasting colour.

Loba Impact Oils
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Also you can combine with a different water based stains and dyes. This is something unique to penetrating oils.   With Loba, depending on the exact finish system then you can top coat them with their water based finishes, if wanted.

I love the customization available, and you can find something truly unique for your home.

As you can tell there are many options for your home.

What are your thoughts? Have you found similar results or had any good/bad experiences with any of these? We are interested in your feedback. Leave a comment below and tell us your story!

10 Differences between Solid, Engineered and Laminate

One of the most important parts of flooring installation is deciding what type of hardwood is right for you. Before choosing solid wood, engineered wood, or laminate flooring it’s crucial to look at all the facts, so I have compiled the following list showing 10 differences in types of hardwood.

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Solid Hardwood

Engineered Hardwood

Laminate Hardwood

Solid Hardwood Floor:

Manufacturing:

It’s a bit more complicated than chop tree, saw planks, and nail down but roughly that is the point. Solid wood floors are typically comprised of a plank of wood with ‘tongue and groove’  sidesThese sides are used to interlock each plank with another.

Eco-Friendly:

Solid hardwood floors are 100% wood and all natural so they are extremely eco-friendly.

Stability:

Because it’s a natural product, hardwood flooring expands and contracts in response to seasonal change.

Characteristics:

The main characteristic of solid flooring is that it responds to air humidity variations. Also, solid hardwood emits a warm, classic, and inordinately valuable sense to a home.

Maintenance:

Solid hardwood floors are among the easiest to keep clean. The main things to do are: keep floor mats at entrances, wipe up an spills ASAP, don’t use oil soaps, use felt contacts on furniture, sweep and dry dust mop regularly.

Durability:

Both solid and engineered hardwood floors are very durable. Surface wear depends more on the finish of the flooring rather than on whether it’s solid or engineered.

Plank Size:

Since solid wood is more sensitive to moisture the plank size shouldn’t exceed 4¼”-5” wide. However, the exact size depends on the finish as well.

Appearance:

The appearance of solid hardwood flooring depends on many things such as wood species, specific grain and, of course, the stain you choose.

Installation:

Before installation the finished planks should sit in your home for a period of time to acclimate. To learn more about acclimation and why its very important click here. Afterwards, solid wood should be installed on or above grade and should be nailed down or stapled down. At Evergreen, we mainly focus on solid wood installation both for the quality and longevity of the product.

Engineered Hardwood Floor:

 

Manufacturing:

It all begins with 2-5 thin sheets of wood being laminated together in opposite directions (Cross-ply construction). Since engineered wood floors are comprised of several layers the finish of the top/visible layer can be completely different than the other layers.

Eco-Friendly:

As long as the adhesives used to bond the layers are non-toxic, engineered floors can be equally eco-friendly to solid hardwood.

Stability:

The advantage of cross-ply construction is that the layers of engineered floors counteract each other so seasonal changes are less of a problem.

Characteristics:

Engineered wood flooring has many of the same characteristics of solid flooring, except it maintains stability through seasonal humidity variations.

Maintenance:

The maintenance of engineered hardwood is the same as solid hardwood flooring.

Durability:

Both solid and engineered hardwood floors are very durable. Surface wear depends more on the finish of the flooring rather than on whether it’s solid or engineered.

Plank Size:

Engineered wood’s stability allow for a wider plank.

Appearance:

Since the top layer of engineered flooring is made of real wood there is virtually no difference from solid hardwood.

Installation:

Depending on construction, nail down, glue down or floating methods may be used.

Laminate Hardwood Floor:

Manufacturing:

With laminate flooring there are 4 basic layers: the balancing layer, the core layer, the pattern layer, and the wear layer. All layers are combined in a high-pressure, high-heat process to press them together. Once pressed they are cooled, and stacked and stored to acclimate.

Eco-Friendly:

Laminate flooring’s appearance is a high-definition photograph that provides the desired look without felling a tree, this being said, laminate flooring vary in glue and other bonding materials used that are not always eco-friendly.

Stability:

Laminate flooring does not expand or contract since it is not a natural product and so isn’t effected by seasonal changes. However, excessive moisture is still not good for it.

Characteristics:

Laminate floors are impact, scratch, and stain resistant.

Maintenance:

Do not use steam cleaners or wet mops on laminate floor. Use a damp cloth to blot up spills, and use nail polish remover on a clean cloth for tough spots.

Durability:

Laminate resists scratches, moisture, and wear and tear.

Plank Size:

There is no standard size for laminate flooring, every manufacturer produces dimensions based on product lines and plank styles.

Appearance:

Because laminate is made up of images of wood planks it may not look as close to the real thing, however laminate has come a long way over the years.

Installation:

Laminate is a fairly easy installation as it is installed using floating methods and can be laid down in almost any area of the home.

 

CONCLUSION

The best value is with having a solid hardwood floor.  The durability and longevity, is hard to beat, they can last the life of your home.  When it comes to pricing there are many factors including plank size, cost of materials, glues, and installation method.

Contact us for a free estimate on your hardwood flooring needs!