Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Engineered vs. solid floors

We recommend engineered wood floors because they are better suited to Florida’s climate. Instead of a solid piece of wood all the way through, engineered wood floors are made up of multiple plied layers beneath the surface layer. These layers allow the wood to contract and expand within itself in Florida’s heat and humidity.

  1. Engineered vs. laminate

Engineered wood floors are preferred. The boards are easier to replace if damaged, and they can be refinished if they need to be. On the other hand, laminate floors need to be floated; consequently, a laminate floor can sound hollow when you walk on it.

  1. What kind of finish is on my floor?

Engineered floors are either finished with 99% aluminum oxide or titanium oxide, both of which are polyurethanes.

  1. What is a floating floor?

A floating floor is one that is clicked or glued to itself and floats on foam or underlayment above your subfloor.

  1. What are the different moldings and what are they used for?

Threshold: used to transition from wood to tile or to the edge of a sliding glass door.

T-Mold: used when wood meets tile.

Reducer: used to make a smooth transition to lower flooring.

Stair Nose: used at the edge of stairs or drop downs.

  1. What are beveled edges?

Beveled edges are eased edges along the sides of the boards that form a “v” between planks when they are put together.

  1. What’s the hardest wood available?

Brazillian Ebony places highest on our chart. But come in and see where your preferred wood ranks.

  1. How much extra wood must I order?

The job will usually leave you with half to three-quarters of a box. Only if you want extra wood should you order another box.

  1. How do I store leftover wood?

Keep any leftover wood flat and in an air conditioned unit.

  1. In what direction should I lay my floor?

We recommend laying it parallel to the longest wall in the room. Run it so it leads your eyes to the room’s focal point.

  1. Will there be color differences in my floor?

Yes. There are color variations in wood because it is a natural product. Wood also takes stain differently on every board.

  1. Do wood floors fade? And why?

Yes and no. Wood will naturally tend to get darker with age and light, but if it is exposed to extra sun light it can bleach out or fade a little bit.

  1. Can I put my wood floor over an existing floor or must I rip it up?

You can put a new floor over an existing floor if it is well secured to the subfloor and if the subfloor is level.

  1. Do I need a moisture barrier?

Not every job needs one, but it is worth considering for the low cost.

  1. What types of moisture problems should I watch out for?

Leaking windows or doors can be a problem. Look out for a wrinkled look of the wood, raised grain, or discoloration (wood that gets darker).

  1. How do I clean my floor?

You can sweep, dust mop, vacuum (without the beater bar), or use the Bona cleaning kit.

Urethane finished floors need very little maintenance. Because they are pre-coated with urethane, there is no need to wax or buff them.

  1. How can I maintain my floor and its finish?

We carry a range of Bona cleaning products you can use to care for your wood floors. Keep in mind that placing throw rugs in front of sinks, doorways, or other heavily trafficked areas of your home will help protect your floor.     

  1. With regular wear, how long before I have to replace my floor?

You should never have to replace it. You can always add a coat of urethane to it.

  1. What will installing a wood floor add to the value of my house?

A wood floor will slightly increase the value of your house. But more importantly, a wood floor will help transform your house into the home you’ve always wanted.

  1. Can I get hardwood floors in my kitchen?

Yes you can, but keep in mind that kitchens are high-traffic and high–moisture areas. Kitchen floors tend to show more wear and tear than the rest of the house. 

  1. Can I get hardwood floors if I have pets?

Yes; distressed floors usually do better because they don’t show the wear and tear as much.

  1. What can I do to prevent my pets from scratching my new wood floor?

Keep your pet’s nails trimmed.

  1. Does all my furniture need felt pads?

Yes. We stock a range of sizes in brown and tan that you can buy from us.  

  1. What type of wheels must I use on my office chair?

You need to switch your office chair wheels to polyurethane caster wheels that are made for wood floors. These can be purchased locally.

  1. What is the process of installing wood floors through International Wood Floors?

Your process usually begins with a trip to our store where you can look through hundreds of wood floor samples. Our team will be happy to help you narrow down your choices based on color, species and durability. You are welcome to take samples home with you, too.

When you’re ready to pick a floor, give us a call, and we’ll schedule your free in-home, hard-measure estimate. After that, we’ll draw up a proposal based on your square footage and your floor selection.

When you’re ready to go, just sign and return the proposal, pay the deposit, and then we’ll order your wood.

Once the wood is on the way, we’ll schedule a time with you for your new wood floors to be installed.