Frequently Asked Questions
CHOOSING THE RIGHT HARDWOOD FLOOR
I have seen a lot of hardwood floors, and they all seem to consist of many short pieces and have a lot of joints. What can I expect from my Antique Impressions floor with regards to lengths?
At Antique Impressions, we pride ourselves on being the industry leaders in long average lengths. All our floors are packaged in either 7’ or 8’ boxes and an overall average length of 54” or greater.
What are the benefits of hardwood versus other types of flooring?
Hardwood has been a popular flooring material for centuries and continues to be the flooring material of choice for many good reasons.
Durability – well-made hardwood floors can last a lifetime and longer. While the initial cost may be higher than with other types of flooring, hardwood’s longevity makes it an excellent long term investment.
Comfort – real wood has a natural warmth that no artificial material can replicate and makes a very comfortable living surface.
Beautiful – hardwood has a beautiful appearance and, as a natural material, every piece will be completely unique. Investment – real hardwood adds value to your home. Authentic – real wood has special value and appeal over artificial materials.
Sustainable – wood is a naturally renewable resource.
Which species makes the best flooring?
Choose a species and color that suits your individual lifestyle and tastes. For example, lighter colored floors and heavier grained woods like oak will be more forgiving of daily wear (dust, footprints, etc) and will require less maintenance than darker floors and clear grained woods.
IMPORTANT TECHNICAL DETAILS OF OUR HARDWOOD
How important is the hardness of the wood?
Harder wood will be more durable and resistant to wear and damage. While this is true to some extent it’s more important to choose a floor based on its visual appearance.
What does FSC certified mean?
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging responsible management of the world’s forests. Established in 1993, FSC has become one of the most respected and recognized certification programs in the international wood-products marketplace, and the familiar FSC tree logo can be found on thousands of wood and wood-based products throughout the world.
What is a Janka rating?
A Janka rating is a guide to the hardness of any given wood species. The Janka rating indicates how many pounds of force are required to embed a small steel ball into the surface of the wood to a depth of half the ball's diameter. The resulting number is used as a rating to indicate the hardness of the wood; the higher the Janka rating, the harder the wood.
What is DACS?
Creative At Home's proprietary DACS (Design for Advanced Core Stability) system of engineered flooring is a highly innovative breakthrough that combines unparalleled dimensional stability with a final appearance that is almost indistinguishable from solid wood flooring.
What is “wear layer”?
Wear layer is the top layer of an Engineered floor. The wear layer of Antique Impressions Engineered flooring is 4.5mm, featuring thick solid-sawn veneer that allows for multiple re-sanding’s; true solid plank look with engineered stability, and highest-quality zero formaldehyde adhesive used for gluing components together.
What’s the difference between solid and engineered floors?
In a solid wood floor, every board is made from a single solid piece of hardwood. This is the most traditional form of hardwood flooring. It is installed over plywood subfloors using nail down installation.
In engineered flooring, every board is made from several layers of wood, with valuable hardwood used only for the surface, or ‘wear’ layer. The other layers may be plywood, common softwood or even high density fiberboard (HDF). Engineered floors are generally more stable than a solid floor, and they are more versatile too, as they can be installed in practically any situation with a variety of different installation techniques.
Why is the temperature and humidity of a house so important with wood flooring?
Keeping the temperature and humidity at recommended levels is imperative since wood is a natural material that reacts to changes in its environment. It is important to keep temperature and humidity at recommended levels at all times, even when the home is unoccupied.
You mention zero-formaldehyde adhesive. Why is that important?
Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen and it is for this reason that wood products made with glue containing formaldehyde have been strictly prohibited in Japan since 2003 (Japan has much stricter laws for restricting formaldehyde emissions than Canada or the United States). Since Japan is one of our main markets, we have continuously used a superior quality, zero-formaldehyde glue (imported from Japan) since our factory’s beginning in 2006. Our products have been tested by a certified Japanese testing agency and have been certified as zero-formaldehyde, earning the highest “F Four Star” rating
INSTALLING & LIVING WITH YOUR ANTIQUE IMPRESSIONS FLOOR
Do I need to have a humidifier in my home if I have hardwood flooring?
The need for a humidifier depends very much on the climate in which you live and the heating conditions you choose for your home. Humidifiers are seldom necessary in temperate climates, but in cold, dry regions they are very helpful in keeping the humidity levels at a comfortable level. In such cases, the installation of a humidifier has the added benefit of making the home more comfortable for people and pets as well as the hardwood flooring!
I have radiant heating in my house, can I install hardwood flooring over it?
Antique Impressions engineered floors are approved for use over radiant heat. There are some special considerations when installing over radiant heat and the temperature of the floor must be kept within recommended levels to avoid damaging the floor. For more information, read the Radiant Floor Installation Homeowners Responsibility Form within the Details section on our website.
What are the different installation options?
There are THREE basic installation techniques for Antique Impressions hardwood flooring.
See our Installation Application Methods Chart to see which technique is correct for each of our products.
- Staple/Nail Down – the boards are fastened to a plywood subfloor using cleats or staples
- Full Glue Down – the boards are glued to the subfloor with a special wood flooring glue
- Staple/Nail Down & Partial Glue Down – the boards have a lazy-S glue pattern applied prior to being nailed down
What is the Warranty on Antique Impressions hardwood flooring?
All Antique Impressions products are covered by an extensive warranty. Residential applications are covered by our 30 Year Finish Warranty and our Limited Lifetime Structural Warranty. Light commercial applications are covered by our 3 Year Light Commercial Finish Warranty and our Limited Lifetime Structural Warranty. For more information please visit the Warranty section on the website.