Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Why is wood flooring popular?
wood flooringHardwood flooring is popular because it provides warmth and beauty by offering a variety of grains, patterns and natural colors variations. In addition, it's easy to keep clean and ideal for allergy sufferers, as it doesn't harbor dust, pollen, mold, or dust mites. Hardwood flooring is durable and long-lasting -- many installed hardwood floors last several decades.

Hardwood flooring is also a green-solution. You can select FSC wood flooring that is grown in managed forests and planted specifically to be renewed after being harvested. Or, you can use reclaimed wood flooring that has been milled from wood recovered from old buildings.

Is floor care really important?
Flooring Care is primary way to protect your flooring investment. Regular clearing and proper maintenance can greatly extend the life of your flooring. The killer destructive forces are misuse, heavy traffic and moisture. They attack the surface finish by scratching and penetrating into the surface causing the flooring to be damaged from the surface down. Daily usage and everyday dirt, grit, food, spills and water can have adverse affects. Tricolor Flooring recommends not only sweeping and vacuuming on a regular basis, but also periodic cleaning according to the manufacturer's recommendations using the cleaning products and any protective products such as waxes. Please be aware failure to properly care for your flooring may void the warranty or guarantee either by the flooring professional or the manufacturer.

Does Tricolor Flooring only install new flooring?
No, Tricolor Flooring also repairs and refinishes floors. For tile flooring this means replacing broken or cracked tiles, re-grouting, sealing the grout, changing floor borders or repairing subflooring. For wood floors, Tricolor Flooring provides  full hardwood flooring services that include repair , modification and refinishing by replacing broken pieces, sanding, staining, bleaching, polyurethane, and inclusions of borders and medallions.

What types of flooring installation is done by Tricolor Flooring?
These are the most popular types of installation performed by Tricolor Flooring.
Glue-down - flooring is glued directly to the subflooring whether it's cement, slab or plywood.
Floating
- wood flooring installed over foam, plastic or sound barrier, usually tongue and groove.
Nail-down - installed over plywood base or another wooden base, where the flooring is nailed to to the base
Designer Floors - these floors are custom design or have design patterns , as well as, inlays, borders and medallions.
Decks - wood or synthetic wood flooring screwed to a frame structure constructed outside

Why does Tricolor Flooring make a fuss about floor preparation?
subfloor preparation When installing new flooring, the foundation or subflooring is vitally important to durability and longevity of the new floor. Floor preparation may be a costly and time-consuming job depending on current conditions of the subflooring. Poor subflooring with cracks, uneven, not flat, bonded debris and moisture will cause problems later if not corrected. Tricolor Flooring's quotes include floor preparation and the necessary measures for correcting the subflooring. There is never a call back to Tricolor Flooring due to poor subflooring. When we install a floor, 3 critical attributes are always addressed:, load capability, moisture and flatness. This is not only to ensure a stable foundation, but to comply with the manufacturer's warranty. If moisture is a problem, the subfloor is sealed to prevent water penetration. If flatness is a problem, the valleys are filled and peaks are grinded or chipped away to level it. If the subflooring is weak, it's reinforced so it doesn't move and can hold a load. Tricolor Flooring will ensure defects in the subflooring are corrected before proceeding any further.

How do I get the most durability from my flooring?
The starting point is the selecting of high quality flooring from a leading brand such as Bruce, Hartco, Pergo and Mirage. Tricolor Flooring can recommend the type of flooring material and suppliers with a large selection of wood, laminates and tiles. Beautiful flooring is available in many different sizes and unique styles and finishes with many options.

Generally the harder the flooring material the more durable it is. For tile, the thickness of the material often indicates its ability to withstand more punishment. For hardwood, the hardness is key to it's longevity. The hardwood floor industry uses the "Janka Rating" to measure the relative hardness of wood. Hardwoods floors are tested for a "Janka Rating" between 400 to 3,700, where 3,700 is the hardest. Red oak is usually considered a standard with a "Janka Rating" of 1,290. Cherry and Douglas Fir are rated as under a 1,000. While Brazilian Cherry and Santos Mahogany are considered the hardest woods with a "Janka Rating " of over 2,000.

How do I protect my floors from heavy traffic?
Place rugs or mats in entrances and high traffic areas to protect the floor. Make sure the floors are clean and dry, even beneath the rugs. Also, using the Japanese method of removing shoes while in the house, can not only keep the floors clean, but also causes less wear and tear on the flooring.

What can I do to increase the longevity of the flooring?
hardwood flooringThe longevity depends on the amount of floor care, traffic and quality of flooring material and it's hardness. Performing routine maintenance as recommended by the manufacturer should improve longevity. This should include sweeping, vacuuming and dust mopping to ensure all dirt and grit is removed. Some folks even remove their shoes when they enter the home to prevent any dirt or mold from being tracked on to the floor. Also, keep in mind to give the floor a thorough cleaning after any event or party that involves high traffic. Another key item is to ensure all high heel shoes are in good condition and all pets have their nails trimmed regularly. In addition, remember to place protective pads on all furniture legs, when moving furniture.

What are the simple things I should NOT do that may harm the floor?
Don't leave a wet mop, towels or wet clothes on natural wood floors
Don't use ammonia on wood floors
Don't use cleaning products not recommended by the manufacturer
Don't wax a urethane finish floor

How can the luster be restored to a floor?
Depending on the flooring materials, always refer to the manufacturer's recommendations. A great looking floor always starts with keeping it clean. Many times, polishing and waxing can restore a lustrous shine. For natural wood floors, refinishing is generally the next step by using stains to add or remove color. There is a large selection of stains and finishes to choose from that can help restore the luster and even change the look of your floor to something different.