Martha's Vineyard Hardwood Floors
Answering you hardwood flooring questions

Martha's Vineyard Hardwood Floors in action
MV Hardwood Floors on the job
Isn't wood flooring expensive?
Because of the different wood flooring products on the market wood flooring has a wide range of competitive prices. Because it lasts, wood floors also have an advantage carpets do not. Real estate agents will tell you that homes with hardwood hold their value better, sell faster, and bring higher prices.

What species and color should I choose?
There are many options such as Oak, Maple, Cherry, Bamboo or others, contact your interior designer or architect if you want an expert opinion on which species of wood will best fit your home. As for staining your floors, a simple rule is darker colors can create a more formal look, but can also darker the interior of a house. Lighter shades usually fit in most any home type.

What rooms can I install wood flooring?
Wood flooring can be installed in any room. A solid hardwood floor is not recommended for below-grade areas like a basement. Here you always have the option of an engineered wood product.

What is the difference between engineered wood and solid wood flooring?
Engineered wood flooring – available in planks or strips – is manufactured by using a cross-directional laminated construction in 3 to 5 layers of wood; only the top layer is real hardwood. Because of its construction, these products don’t expand and contract with the seasons temperature and humidity changes as much as solid wood products do.

Martha's Vineyard Hardwood Floors in action
Owner Mark Clarke with client Bob Vila at his Chilmark Home
What is the difference between prefinished and unfinished wood flooring?
Tough and durable, prefinished flooring is treated at the factory with several coats of UV-cured polyurethane or aluminum oxide. These products cut installation time to as little as one day, while also eliminating the dust and odor of on-site sanding and finishing For unfinished products, raw materials are installed on-site. Then they are sanded, stained (if desired), and finished with 3 or 4 coats of polyurethane. Installation and finishing takes 3 to 5 days, depending the project.

Which installation method is best?
There are four main installation methods: nail, staple, glue, and floating. The best method depends on the selected product, location, and subfloor.

Can I have radiant floor heating with hardwood floors?
While you can install wood floors with radiant heating. MV Hardwood floors recommends quartersawn material or engineered, not over 5 inches wide.

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