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Staten Island & New Jersey Homeowners Guide To Flooring Materials & Installation

This Info Will Help You Determine Which Flooring and Installation is Right for Your Home and Wallet.

Buying flooring for your Staten Island & New Jersey home can be tricky business. It’s not quite as simple as picking out a flooring material that just looks great – there are actually several kinds of flooring options available, and not all of them are right for all situations.

Not only that, but different flooring options require different installation methods. Nailing down laminate flooring? A recipe for disaster. Gluing solid hardwood to a concrete subfloor? Not a good idea in most cases.

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On this page, we explain your different flooring options and installation methods. This will help ensure you get flooring that not only looks great, but is also the CORRECT solution for your needs and budget.

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Types of Flooring Materials

FLOORING MATERIALS

Solid Hardwood Flooring

Solid hardwood flooring is just that – one solid piece of wood all the way through. Solid hardwood flooring is elegant, durable, and longer-lasting than any other flooring material.And so many gorgeous species, colors, and finish options are available that there is a perfect look for EVERYONE.

A big advantage of solid hardwood flooring is that it can be refinished up to seven times. This allows you to keep your floors looking fresh and beautiful even after decades of use.

Solid hardwood is the “pickiest” flooring material in terms of where and how it can be installed. You can’t install solid hardwood in below-grade sites (i.e., basements), over concrete, or in high-moisture areas. (Well, technically you can… but only if you’re adamant on ruining your floors as fast as possible!)

Solid hardwood is the “pickiest” flooring material in terms of where and how it can be installed. You can’t install solid hardwood in below-grade sites (i.e., basements), over concrete, or in high-moisture areas.

(Well, technically you can… but only if you’re adamant on ruining your floors as fast as possible!)

In addition, solid hardwood should only be installed with the nail-down/stapled method. Solid hardwood can’t be installed with the floating-floor method, and, when taking into account the higher price of solid hardwood, the added expense of glue-down installation creates impractical costs.

Though solid hardwood may be the most expensive flooring option, it’s well worth the investment. Solid hardwood floors can last 100 years, be refinished many times,and add tremendous value to your home.

Find out more on our Solid Hardwood Flooring page.

Engineered Wood Flooring

Engineered wood flooring consists of a real hardwood surface and several layers of plywood underneath. As a result,the hardwood veneer of engineered flooring is thinner than the hardwood of solid wood flooring. The advantage of engineered wood flooring is that the plywood below the surface is MUCH more equipped than solid hardwood to handle moisture and the expansion/contraction that comes along with it.

Engineered wood flooring has become ultra-popular because it A) can be installed in areas where solid hardwood can’t and B) offers multiple installation methods. Solid hardwood should be nailed or stapled to the subfloor, while laminate flooring must be installed via floating-floor installation. Engineered wood flooring can be installed either way or using the glue-down method.

Engineered wood flooring has become ultra-popular because it A) can be installed in areas where solid hardwood can’t and B) offers multiple installation methods. Solid hardwood should be nailed or stapled to the subfloor, while laminate flooring must be installed via floating-

floor installation. Engineered wood flooring can be installed either way or using the glue-down method.

The veneer of engineered wood flooring comes in all the beautiful species, colors, and plank widths of solid hardwood. And though it can’t be refinished as many times as solid hardwood flooring, it can still easily last up to 80-100 years.

Find out more on our Engineered Wood Flooring page.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is an excellent choice if you want to recreate the look of hardwood or other flooring materials at a low cost. It consists of a backing layer (bottom), a substrate layer, a pattern layer, and a protective surface layer. The surface layer resists scratches, while the pattern layer consists of a high-definition image of the material you want the floor to replicate.

Today’s laminate flooring has made tremendous strides in aesthetics. Laminate flooring can mimic hardwood, tile, and stone with incredible accuracy, fooling even the most scrutinizing eye.And different grades of durability allow you to get laminate flooring that’s the exact strength your specific home and needs require.

Find out more on our Laminate Flooring page.

Types of Flooring Installation

Nail-Down/Stapled Installation

The nail-down/stapled installation method attaches the main floor to a wooden subfloor (such as plywood using nails or staples. This is the most popular way to install solid hardwood flooring, since it’s not as costly as glue-down installation. Engineered wood flooring can also be installed via nail-down/staple installation, depending on the subfloor.

  • Suitable for: Hardwood Floors, Engineered Wood Floors
  • Cost: Medium

Glue-Down Installation

Glue-down installation involves attaching the floor to the subfloor with a special adhesive. Since the floor is attached using glue, the subfloor MUST be in optimal condition prior to installation. The glue-down method is versatile and can be used over concrete or wooden subfloors.

Glue-down is the most expensive and labor-intensive of the three types of flooring installation, which is why it’s typically reserved for engineered wood flooring.You technically can use glue-down installation for solid hardwood flooring, but we don’t recommend it due to the high costs.

  • Suitable for: Engineered Wood Floors
  • Cost: High

Floating-Floor Installation

Floating-floor installation is the quickest and least expensive way to install flooring. The floor planks interlock with each other, but the floor itself is not directly attached to the subfloor. Padding is inserted between the subfloor and floor to prevent a “hollow” sound when walking on floating floors.

Floating-floor installation not only creates an ultra-stable floor, but it also makes replacing damaged planks relatively quick and easy. So even though engineered and laminate flooring can’t compete with solid hardwood’s refinishing capabilities, they can still be restored to perfect condition when installed via floating-floor installation.

  • Suitable for: Engineered Wood Floors, Laminate Floors
  • Cost: Low

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Installation Method

Solid Hardwood

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Glue-Down

(possible, but not recommended due to cost)

Floating

Why Choose Us for Flooring Installation

Getting flooring is nowhere near as simple as picking out a product you like and having a contractor install it. To get the RIGHT floor, you have to consider a wide range of factors. Where you’re installing the flooring. Whether you have kids.Whether you have pets. How often you run your air conditioner, and at what temperature (yes, really!).

This is all mission-critical in determining which floors are right for your home… and which are just plain wrong.

That’swhy wego to extraordinary lengths during the planning and selection process. To help you determine which flooring is 100% right for your situation, we…

  • Perform a comprehensive Needs & Lifestyle Analysis
  • Measure the relative humidity in your home
  • Evaluate the subfloor
  • Examine the site conditions

Based on our findings, we can establish which kinds of flooring is suitable for your project. This ensures you don’t just get great-looking floors… you get great-looking floors that are 100% perfect for your home’s conditions and your lifestyle.

To make absolutely certain of that, we offer the only Lifetime Installation Warranty on flooring in Staten Island and New Jersey. With other companies, you’ll get one or two years of protection on workmanship…tops.With us, you’re covered for LIFE. We reason that if we made a mistake – whether it was one year ago or 100 years ago – it’s our responsibility to fix it and cover all costs. It’s only right!

For more details about our flooring installation and lifetime warranty, visit our Hardwood Flooring page.

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Plus: 12 MONTHS NO INTEREST,
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A Floor is Only as Good as The Company Installing It

Even the highest quality floors in Staten Island and New Jersey will fail if it’s poorly installed. It’s not a matter of if, but when. And if your floor installer cuts corners and uses second-rate materials, when will be sooner than later.

We’re just as picky about the installation as we are about the floor brands we sell. From our meticulous 63-Point Installation Process to paying our top-installers more than everyone in the industry, we do everything in our power to ensure you receive a world-class installation. It’s why we protect your investment with a TRUE Lifetime Warranty on labor.

Floor Installation

A Floor is Only as Good as The Company Installing It

Even the highest quality floors in Staten Island and New Jersey will fail if it’s poorly installed. It’s not a matter of if, but when. And if your floor installer cuts corners and uses second-rate materials, when will be sooner than later.

We’re just as picky about the installation as we are about the floor brands we sell. From our meticulous 63-Point Installation Process to paying our top-installers more than everyone in the industry, we do everything in our power to ensure you receive a world-class installation. It’s why we protect your investment with a TRUE Lifetime Warranty on labor.

It's as Easy as 1-2-3!

1

Our Designer Comes To You

Our design specialist will present all available options and provide you with a fair & honest price quote.

2

Out With The Old…

An expert measure technician will ensure your home receives the perfect fit and maximum performance.

3

In With The NEW!

Your custom flooring is ordered and scheduled for quick and easy installation!

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