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Laminate Flooring Questions and Answers.

Q: Is laminate flooring a type of wood flooring?

A: No, although they are often grouped with wood flooring because of their appearance. Laminate flooring Tampa cannot be graded as one of the wood floor types, but it is a very good imitation and alternative to wood flooring. 

Q: What is laminate flooring? 

A: Laminate flooring is a composite wood type, made of composite wood covered with two or more layers of decorative pattern and a transparent scratch-resistant wear layer. 

Q: Is laminate flooring durable? 

A: Yes laminate floors are very durable and tough wearing. It is highly resistant to everyday wear and tear.

Q: What is floating laminate flooring? 

A: Laminate flooring whose individual pieces connect to each other through the tongue-and-groove method is called floating laminate floors.This process does not require the boards to be nailed or glued to the subfloor. In fact, floating floors, enables replacement of the laminate boards anytime you want for multiple reasons. 

Q: Is Laminate flooring moisture resistant? 

A: Yes to some degree, laminate flooring is moisture resistant. According to some manufacturers, laminate flooring resists "topical moisture", which means light moisture. But it cannot deal with the heavy moisture you may find in a laundry room or bathroom. 
Hardwood Flooring Questions and Answers.

Q: Who is Restoring Florida Homes?

A: Restoring Florida Homes is a fully licensed and insured General Contractor located in Tampa and St. Augustine. We have a loyal team of skilled men that work for us.

Q: What is the difference between prefinished and unfinished Hardwood flooring?

A: The prefinished flooring is sealed with multiple coats of finish at the factory. The finish coats typically contain aluminum oxide, the second hardest substance next to diamond, to provide a hard-wearing protective finish. Unfinished hardwood flooring must be finished on site after installation takes place. Aluminum oxide cannot be used in the finish flooring on site because the longer drying time causing the aluminum oxide particles to sink to the bottom of the finish. Site-finished floors usually are better at protecting against above flooring moisture.

Q: Can a hardwood floor be floated?

A: Engineered hardwood flooring Tampa jobs can be floated.

Q: How does moisture effect my hardwood floor?

A: Moisture can cause many different problems for hardwood flooring, such as cracking, cupping, and crowning. Over time, excessive moisture will destroy  wood flooring, so it is suggested not to use excessive water to clean hardwood floors and to mop up spills immediately.

Q: Do I need a moisture barrier if the wood floor is above grade?

A: Yes, as the barrier will help prevent water from getting to the flooring and causing damage to your home. Install the barrier between the sub-floor and finished wood.

Q: What is the most durable wood flooring available?

A: Hardwood flooring finished with multiple coats of aluminum oxide finish. While this will certainly help the durability of the floor, it is the hardness of the flooring Tampa, that will give the best indication of durability. Refer to the Janka Hardness rating for a true indication of hardness for a selected species:

 ■American (Black) Cherry 950
 ■American Black Walnut 1010
 ■Yellow Birch 1260
 ■Red Oak 1290
 ■White Ash 1320
 ■White Oak 1360
 ■Hard Maple 1450
 ■Santos Mahogany 2200
 ■Brazilian Cherry 2345
 ■Brazilian Teak 3540
 ■Brazilian Walnut 3680
 ■Ebony 3692

However, how well the floor is maintained and cared for often dictates how long it will last. Put another way, American Cherry flooring that is properly cared for can outlast  poorly cared for Brazilian Cherry.

Q: What are the different moldings and how are they applied?

 ■The Quarter Round molding is used to hide the expansion gap left around walls during wood  flooring Tampa installation.
 ■The T molding is used as a threshold in doorways or as a transition strip where the hardwood floor meets the flooring or carpet of similar height.T moldings can also be used to change the direction in which the flooring is laid.
 ■The Reducer molding is used as a transition from the height of the sub-floor to the height of the hardwood flooring.
 ■The Stairs Nose molding is used to cover the front edge of a stair tread or step. If used on a stair, flooring is installed behind the Stair Nose to cover the horizontal part (the tread) of the stair.
 ■The Stair Tread molding is a one-piece molding used to entirely cover the structural stair tread.

Q: Should I expect my hardwood flooring to have color variations?

A: Color variations will be present in all grades of hardwood flooring Tampa, as it is a natural product and cannot be controlled.

Q: Should I use unfinished or prefinished hardwood flooring?

A: Both choices have their advantages. If you are trying to match to existing wood flooring, you may want to go with unfinished flooring so it can be stained to match. However, this will mean finishing will be done onsite, resulting in more noise, dust and delays in using the room. Pre-finished flooring on the other hand, is already finished with 10 coats of an aluminum oxide finish. This means you will get the convenience of not having to shut down the room while you finish the flooring tampa.  

Q: Can I install a solid wood floor over a concrete slab in Tampa?

A: Thin profile solid wood flooring (5/16” thick) can be installed over concrete. Standard ¾” solid wood flooring should not be installed over concrete floors Tampa. However, it is possible with several additional steps. The concrete floor should be covered with a plastic sheet and sealed at all seams. Then, another moisture barrier, such as a plywood subfloor should be added to protect the finished floor.

Q: What wood flooring can I install over concrete flooring? 

A: It is not recommended to use  solid hardwood flooring over concrete flooring because of the swelling and contracting caused by excessive moisture. Using engineered hardwood flooring is the best way to install over concrete floors because it is much less likely to swell and contract. Thin profile solid hardwood flooring (5/16” thick) can also be installed over concrete floors.

Q: Can an engineered wood flooring be refinished?

A: Yes. The floor may not be able to be finished more than a few times because of the thickness of the veneer, but it can be done. Engineered flooring that is hand scraped cannot be sanded and refinished or has a veneer thickness less than 2mm cannot be sanded and refinished.

Q: What’s the difference between engineered flooring and laminate flooring?

A: Engineered flooring Tampa uses a veneer of real hardwood on the top, which depending on the thickness of the veneer, can be sanded down and refinished. As laminate flooring is nothing but a photographic image of the wood grain on engineered flooring, it cannot be sanded and refinished.

Travertine Flooring Questions and Answers.

Q: What is travertine flooring?

A: Travertine flooring is a limestone, or calcium carbonate, that forms in layers around mineral-laden natural hot springs. It is often incorrectly labeled marble, which is a different type of limestone.

Q: What colors does travertine flooring come in? 

A: Travertine comes in several different colors including ivory, beige, walnut, and gold. The variegated color of travertine is the result of mineral compounds and other organic impurities that permeate the stone.

Q: What type of finish can travertine flooring have? 

Travertine flooring Tampa; The type of finish given to travertine flooring determines how glossy or textured the surface will be. Polished and honed surfaces are smooth, while the brushed and tumbled surfaces are textured. Polished travertine is shiny and smooth to the touch similar to marble.
Tumbled travertine floor feels more like natural stone and reflects the least amount of light. The most common finish for travertine flooring used in a Tampa home environment is honed: a flat, smooth feel with a matte finish that mutes reflected light. The resulting tile floor is natural looking but not textured.

Q: What should I consider before installing travertine flooring in my home? 

A: Travertine is a natural stone product. The minerals in travertine flooring are highly reactive with acidic solutions (e.g. orange juice, vinegar) – making where the travertine floors will be installed and what it will be exposed to important considerations. Sealers provide some protection, but it is impossible to repel every stain.

Q: Where can travertine flooring be installed in my home?

A: Most travertine flooring can be installed outdoors or indoors in residential or commercial areas of Tampa. You may need a moisture barrier in locales that are at or below sea level; check the manufacturer’s instructions and follow the recommendations made by your installer.

Q: What are the benefits of travertine flooring?

A: Travertine flooring Tampa has exceptional natural beauty and is available in a variety of subtle shades and tones. It can be installed outdoors or indoors in residential or commercial areas in Tampa. Travertine flooring is extremely durable and can last centuries if properly maintained. It does not contain chemicals, unless artificially finished instead of polished. It is hypoallergenic and antimicrobial, so it will help keep your home or office free of dust, hair, allergens, and bacteria that can build up in carpeted areas.

Q: What are the disadvantages of travertine flooring?

A: Travertine has a porous surface that tends to hold liquid, dirt, and debris if not properly sealed. Travertine flooring is generally a little more expensive than many other types of flooring in Tampa, but the cost is balanced by the longevity of wear. Acidic spills can damage or stain travertine floors, including orange juice, urine, ketchup, lemonade and so on. All stone floors are hard and cold to the touch and can be slippery when wet. A professional installation is recommended because stone flooring is very heavy and precision and skill are needed.

Q: How does travertine flooring compare to ceramic tile flooring? 

A: Natural travertine flooring varies in color and has unique flaws that give the floor a natural, organic character and depth. Ceramic tile flooring is consistent and uniform. Daily care is roughly the same, but travertine flooring requires periodic deep cleaning and sealing. Travertine flooring absorbs moisture or “breathes", making it vulnerable to stains. Ceramic tile is non-porous and unlikely to stain. Travertine floors are generally a harder, more chip-resistant material than ceramic tile floors, although it is not impervious to the elements in Tampa. Some ceramic tile flooring may be unsuitable for use in extreme climates. Travertine flooring is usually more expensive, but undeniably more luxurious, elegant, and durable.

Q: If travertine flooring is damaged, can it be refinished?

A: Travertine is a natural stone, so it can occasionally be reground, buffed, and resealed to restore the original beauty. This can only be done a certain number of times over the life of the flooring Tampa, depending on the thickness of the tile flooring, but it should be necessary only very rarely.

Q: What about minor impact damage, like small chips or cracks? 

A: Grout can often be used to fill small chips or cracks in the stone. Match the grout color to the stone and use a sealant to minimize the appearance of the flaws.

Q: How are travertine flooring tiles usually installed?

A: Most commonly, travertine tiles are glued directly to the subfloor. Spaces left between the floors Tampa tiles are filled with grout. The finished floor is buffed to achieve a polished, matte, or textured finish and then sealed.

Q: Why should travertine be sealed? 

A: Travertine is a porous material that collects liquid and debris. A sealer is used to fill the pores and prevent liquid and debris from penetrating the stone flooring Tampa. Sealant will protect your travertine from pitting and staining to retain its original beauty. Resealing the flooring from time to time extends it's lifespan.

Q: What is the filler in the stone?

A: When travertine is quarried, there are small holes in the stone from water pockets that have formed over thousands of years. The holes remain after the tiles and pavers are cut and tumbled. When the tile is honed and filled, manufacturers use a mixture of the residue from the cut tiles and cement to create a fill that sticks to the stone and matches the color.

Q: Should I order extra travertine flooring tiles?

A: Regardless of type of flooring, you should always order 10% extra in case of damage. At some point in the future, a few tiles may become damaged beyond repair and require replacement. Finding an acceptable match to your stone flooring may prove impossible. You may never need to replace any flooring tiles, but having replacement travertine on hand is a wise precaution. A small extra investment today could save the cost of an entire new flooring project for your home in the future.

Flooring Questions and Answers

This list of frequently asked flooring  questions was put together to help you in your discovery phase of your flooring project for your home.

there are many decisions to be made during your design phase. Our focus is to make this process as painless as possible for all of our design and flooring clients. We have assembled a wide variety of styles, materials and colors to help with your vision.

If you have additional questions please feel free to contact us for no obligation answers to your questions.
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in the Tampa Bay area for over 25 years.
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I am so in love with the floor that Restoring Florida Homes did for me. Alfredo was always on time and cleaned up after finishing for the day. His manners were impecable and I really appreciated that. I can't wait for my sister to arrive from New York next week, so I can show off my new floor.
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Date published: 06/13/2012
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