One of the most convoluted segments in flooring is hardwood and hardwood flooring installations, descriptions, warranty etc.
Why is one hardwood more expensive than the other? Is Oak better than Maple or vice versa? Which hardwood species should I use with in-floor heating? Which one scratches easier? Why is one brand of engineered Oak selling for $2.99 and another engineered Oak selling for $5.99?
The question about hardwood are many and what is worse is if you ask some of these questions from different suppliers or retailers you’ll get different answers. And unless you know a little more about the specifics of what you’re supposed to ask, you will forever be confused.
Well, although I cannot explain every single detail in one reasonably sized blog post, I will try to address some of the main categories.
First, the point that comes up in almost every single presentation with our customers is about scratching. Which one scratches easier than the other? The true answer is not one anyone really likes to hear, or expects! I tell all my clients that every hardwood choice that you pick will scratch. The simple fact is everything scratches, even steel.
Having said this, there are manufacturers that have different stronger finishes that they apply to the hardwood that will make it less prone to scratching. For example in our showroom on West Broadway one of our most durable finishes is the Titanium finish that Lauzon hardwood applies to its products.
Others do offer various levels of protection but as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. And in hardwood, you really really do!
The part about pricing is also another one that really needs to be addressed.
If you live in the Vancouver area you have undoubtedly been bombarded by ads about some “King” in the Surrey area that advertises ridiculous prices for hardwood.
The only thing I tell all my customers is if one retailer sells a product for $10 and another sells it for $3, you really have to question whether the products are the same. After all, you have to know that the first retailer is not marking up his products by 400%. And it sure is not because of wholesale vs retail either since there really isn’t that much difference in profit from one to the other.
When it comes to hardwood, the method of harvesting plays a big role in the final price of the product. So when you see the same species of wood, say from China, and the difference of price is 100% different, you have to know that there is something else at play.
The other questions that I’ve brought up above, are all addressed in the hardwood section of this website and you can rest assured that it comes from the very recognizable and credible source of National Wood Flooring Association.
And if you don’t feel like reading all that stuff, just contact me via this website and I’ll do my best to answer all your concerns.