Hardwood Flooring Servicesin Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Dayton
The rich look of hardwood floors adds warmth and charm to any room in your home. Today’s hardwood flooring comes in a variety of wood species. Besides the popular North American hardwoods (oak, maple, ash), McSwain offers a variety of exotic species that have a unique visual character and give homeowners the chance to express their personal decorating tastes.
Innovations in finish and fitting methods have increased the home locations in which a hardwood will perform well. And the addition of a hardwood floor has proven to be one of the most cost–effective ways to increase the resale value of your home.
Discover the wide variety of gorgeously figured woods available in several finishes, edgings and widths from which you can choose. From the warmth of traditional American hardwood to hand-scraped and exotic woods like bamboo, wenge, or Brazilian walnut, McSwain features an extensive collection of wood flooring that gives a distinctive appearance to any home.
Visit any of the nine conveniently located McSwain Carpets & Floors showrooms in the Tri–State area, including our Blue Ash location, a Hardwood Superstore.
Types of Wood Flooring
The end results may look the same, but there are distinct advantages for using each type under different applications. Once installed it is extremely difficult to tell these construction types apart.
- 100% hardwood milled from lumber
- ¾” thickness allows the floor to be sanded and refinished over several generations
- Expands & contracts – installers compensate for this movement by leaving an expansion gap between the floor and the wall. Base molding is used to hide the extra space
- Not recommended for installation below ground level or in bathrooms
- Produced with three to ten layers of wood
- Each layer is stacked in a cross grain configuration and bonded together under heat & pressure
- Less likely to be affected by changes in humidity
- Can be installed at all levels of the home
- Engineered construction with a long and wider plank
- Allows the top layer to splice 2-3 rows of thin hardwood strips into one plank
- Can be glued down, stapled or floated over a wide variety of sub-floors
- Can be used almost anywhere in the home, including dry basements
Pre-Finished vs Site-Finished
- Offer a wider variety of wood species
- Saves hours of labor & cleanup
- Extended factory warranties
- Allows you a custom, job-site finish
- Smooth, uniform surface
Coordinated moldings add the finishing touch and are available for all styles and colors.
- Provides proper transition for the steps
- Proper transition when hardwood flooring meets other floor coverings
- Used at exterior doorways as a transition between flooring and doorway threshold
- Also used as a transition from wood floors to different flooring surfaces when the reducer doesn’t work
- Used in doorways to join two wood floors in adjoining rooms
- Recommended when making transitions from a wood floor to another floor that is approximately same height
- Used to provide expansion joints when a floor dimension exceeds a length of 40’ or a width of 30’
- Wall Base
- Dramatic finishing touch with borders at the base of walls
- Conceals required expansion space between the wall and the hardwood flooring
- May be used under cabinets as a cover for toe kicks
- Quarter Round
- Conceals expansion surface
- Used under cabinets where wall base won’t fit
- Used at the base of a stairway to provide subtle blend between horizontal and vertical surfaces
Caring for Your Hardwood Floor
- Protect the finish with the use of throw rugs in entry areas and high traffic areas. Throw rugs will capture abrasive grit. Rugs should be shaken regularly to prevent grit build up.
- Do not use water to clean the floor. Dust mopping the floor as needed based on the amount of use is the best method to remove grit and soil from the floors finish. Vacuums’ without a beater bar are recommended.
- For heavy soil removal we recommend the use of a wood floor cleaner such as McSwain Poly Clean. Please check the manufacturer recommended cleaner for your specific floor. Do not apply products such as waxes, polishes and silicone. These are found in products such as Old English, Windex, Murphy’s Oil Soap and similar products. The use of these products will prevent your ability to apply a new finish in the future without the expense of re-sanding the floor.
- Use of floor protectors on furniture will help prevent scratches and dents. These should be brushed clean from time to time to prevent soil build up on the pad.
- Avoid high heels on hardwood surfaces. All hardwood floors have a point at which they will dent and compress the wood fiber. These dents can only be removed by re-sanding the entire floor.
- Do not move heavy objects on hardwood without protecting the surface. The best practice is to move objects on heavy cardboard or wood panels. Still use caution when twisting not to scratch the finish.
- Wipe up all spills and moister with a dry cloth as soon as possible.
- Specialty finishes such as waxed and oil rubbed floors require separate maintenance steps. Please consult with McSwain for guidance on these finishes.