I want to do radiant heat. How will this work?
Wood floors installed over radiant heat will provide trouble free service for the life of the floor. Since wood is an excellent conductor of heat, radiant heating is an ideal heat source to use with wide plank flooring, the even distribution of heat is far more beneficial to the wood than a comparable forced air system. Be sure to tell the company installing your heating system that you plan to use wood as your flooring material so they can adapt the system accordingly if necessary.
Are wood floors a good choice for a high traffic or commercial area?
Absolutely, if properly maintained a wood floor in a high use location such as a kitchen, restaurant or any high traffic area is a wonderful choice. In fact, you aren’t the first person to think of this. Wood floors have been used for centuries.
How much extra material should I plan on ordering?
This can be a tricky question depending on your space and how you plan on installing the material. For a normal installation where the material is running parallel to the walls, we would typically advise you to order at least 7 to 10 percent extra overage for cutting and fitting. If you plan on installing in an angled layout you will want to add more material as the cuts will add up and you will have more waste. We also do recommend having some extra material as "attic stock" in case planks get damaged for any reason.
What are actual vs nominal face widths?
Similar to going to a lumberyard a 2 x 4 is not actually a 2 inch by 4-inch dimension, our wood flooring is specified in full inch increments. The actual face width will be 1/2" less after milling, so for example, a 7" plank will have a face width of 6 1/2". We will always do the calculations for you, so, you will end up receiving the correct square footage.
What's the difference between square and pillowed edges?
Square edge is when the surface edges of each plank are milled square. Pillowed edges are milled onto the edges of each plank creating a slightly beveled edge. This is typically only done to pre finished wood flooring and will help hide any over/under wood that may occur from milling or irregular sub-floors. Pillowed edges can also create the look of separation from plank to plank.
Random widths vs single plank widths, what should I know?
Single plank widths can be challenging to produce in certain products and depend on available wood stocks. Imagine making a 5" product and our stock is 5", 6", 7" and 8" planks, we will have to create substantial waste and rip the wider planks down to achieve enough of the 5" width to complete the order, this adds cost and does not make the most of the value available for these resources, not to mention not being as environmentally friendly. While we are happy to accommodate your order there is added cost in doing so. Random widths help us to maximize the wood and are typically more cost effective, while, at the same time creating a very natural look and feel. Most of our orders are placed in a random width pattern for these reasons. When ordering random width material you will want to install in a truly random pattern, as you will not receive exact lineal footage of each width. We do however ensure that you will receive enough of each width to achieve a natural looking product.
Can Elmwood provide a Class A, non-combustible finish (ASTM E-84)?
Yes, we provide material to commercial projects regularly, and, in many cases, this is a requirement. The main product we use penetrates deep into the wood and gives a class A rating. While it can slightly darken the color of the wood in most cases there in no visual difference.
What types of finish can be ordered on a pre finished product?
Depending on the product ordered we have several different options for finish. For a more complete resource on finishing our wood products please visit our finishing page.
Should I glue and nail my wide plank flooring?
Yes, we recommend both glue and nail on all plank flooring over 5". This will ensure that the planks stay flat from season to season.
What is acclimation and why/how do I need to do it?
Acclimation is the process of allowing the wood to equalize humidity levels and conform to its new environment. This is an important step in the installation process and ensures the wood planks stay tight. We recommend separating all of the bundles and acclimating our wood products for 7 to 14 days depending on your space and based on the type of wood you are acclimating. It is important that all "wet work" such as drywalling and mudding be fully complete and that there will be no additional moisture added to the space before acclimation and installation. It is also advisable to have the HVAC system up and running to ensure that the space is at normal humidity levels.
Are wide plank floors more expensive?
Wide plank floors are often more expensive than narrower strip flooring products. This is due to many factors such as the quality of the wood itself and the cost associated with the grades of raw lumber needed to produce a stable wide plank floor. Elmwood Reclaimed Timbers wide plank flooring has a wide range of price points and comes in a range of wide widths and long lengths.
How do I maintain and clean my floors?
Whether you chose a pre-finished floor or do a site finish on your Elmwood Floor, we always recommend weekly cleaning with the proper cleaning product.
What is Bespoke flooring and how does it work?
We have a wide range of textures and colors that make up our flooring collections, but we know that some projects have specific needs that fall outside of this box. This is where our Bespoke program comes into custom tailors a product that is specific to your project needs and design vision.