What You Need to Know About Hardwood Flooring for a Condo in Vaughan

If you’re a condo owner in Vaughan, hardwood flooring can make your new home reflective of your personality and character.

Naturally, hardwood, with its warmth and versatility is a popular choice; however, installation in a condo is different than installing in a traditional home.

Basic Questions

What are some of the basic questions you need to ask yourself—and your condo corporation board?

When you live in a condo, you share a lot with your fellow condo-dwellers. This includes the elevator, parking spaces and access to the building itself. Even the very atmosphere between units is a shared commodity. With this in mind, ask yourself:
  • 1. Is there a contractor parking area where my vendor can deliver my hardwood flooring?
  • 2. Do I need to book the elevator to allow for access to my delivery, and will the size of the elevator accommodate the length of my flooring?
  • 3. Are there rules or regulations regarding the hours during which construction work can be done, the types of tools that can be used, or whether there is a designated workspace for the cutting of the hardwood?

What type of hardwood flooring can be used in a condo?

Now that you’ve got the logistics figured out with your condo corporation, you’re all set to go. You can create a living space that is not only warm and inviting but durable and practical. Newer condos are built with a concrete subfloor; therefore, Vaughan hardwood flooring customers are generally limited to the use of engineered hardwood for their condo flooring needs. Because engineered wood, by its very definition, suggests that lengths are pre-determined, it’s imperative to know the length your building’s elevator will accommodate. Hardwood floor designers have already discovered the benefits of running longer boards from the entrance of the home to the back in a traditional house. The same holds true for condo living. Again, longer boards train the eye to see a large, expansive flow of colour and design, making even a small living area seem larger than it is.

Usage in Condo’s

Laying flooring on concrete

What Vaughan hardwood flooring customers need to know about laying flooring on concrete:

By its very nature, concrete absorbs noise—both structural and airborne. For this reason, you will require a sound barrier. To know which classification to use– a sound barrier underlay or specific glue that provides a barrier– you will need to check with the condo board of your building to know which is approved. The following are three different ways that engineered hardwood can be installed:
  • 1. Full Glue—the wood planks are glued directly to the cement flooring
  • 2. Double-Down Glue—the wood is glued to an underlay which is then adhered to the subfloor.
  • 3. And finally, Floating (the edges only are glued) and there is a specific acoustically designed overlay between the flooring and the cement subfloor.
Hardwood flooring customers have learned that knowing what the condo corporation approves of, is the first time-saving step in creating a beautiful oasis of privacy and luxurious comfort. We hope that these tips have helped you as you embark on your own hardwood floor journey.

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