Technical Information

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Hardwood Flooring Technical Support

NWFA Maintenance and Recoating

Unlike most floor coverings, wood floors are a long-term investment that, correctly maintained, will last the lifetime of the home. Fortunately for consumers, today’s wood floors offer a wide spectrum of product options that are easy to maintain. Unlike times past, when people had to get down on their knees to buff their wax floors, taking care of wood floors today requires little effort. The routine maintenance involves protecting the finish from scratches and moisture. If consumers avoid both of those things, they’ve got a handle on most of their wood floor care.

NWFA Subfloor Guidelines

Wood Subfloor Guidelines, Concrete Subfloor Guidelines and Installing a Subfloor Over Concrete.

NWFA Installation Guidelines

The Hardwood Flooring Installation Guidelines manual is an indispensable tool offering industry-accepted standards for hardwood flooring installations. Topics range from evaluating job site conditions, to subfloor preparation, to proper installation techniques. Guidelines for moisture testing, fastener schedules, radiant heat installations and a variety of other topics are included as well. This manual is the industry standard for quality hardwood flooring installations, and will be a manual you will refer to again and again.

NWFA Sand & Finish Guidelines

The 87-page publication contains several full-color illustrations and photos. This manual is the industry standard for quality hardwood flooring sanding and finishing, and will be a valuable addition to your technical reference library. Topics include sanding and finishing strip, plank and parquet, recoating, water popping, colorants and bleaching, finish types, and repair and replacement.

Wood Species Used in Wood Flooring

This publication provides an overview of the mechanical and physical properties of wood, followed by more detailed information on several species used in flooring. In selecting the species described, the aim has been to offer a fair sampling of some of today’s most popular woods.

Moisture and Wood

Revised 2017. Explore the relationship between moisture & wood as related to methods and procedures involved when using it as flooring material. Moisture content, relative humidity, acclimation, flooring testing, sources of moisture, addressing water damage, is some of the valuable information in this 36 page booklet.

Ornamental Floors

Ornamental floors in all their varied forms have become increasingly popular choice for many consumers who want to customize their homes. The contractor who develops a reputation for custom installations is a craftsman who is sought after. The Ornamental Floors technical chapter booklet, revised in 2015, is your guide.

Design and layout, mixed media, bending wood, distressing, painting and many other specialty applications are illustrated in this 37 page booklet.

Grading & Packaging

Grades were developed to bring a degree of consistency to wood floors. This technical chapter booklet will give you a better understanding of grades and the process of packaging and measuring a floor.

Problems, Causes and Cures

Wood floors are a product of nature. They literally change every day as a result of the environment in which they're installed. This publication will explore 78 issues that can impact a wood floor, their causes, and potential cures. Not every issue is contained in this publication, nor is every cause or cure included.

In a perfect world, this technical booklet wouldn't be necessary. BUT... How to inspect a floor, Wood Distortion, Installation Appearance, Color Inconsistencies, and Finish Performance, are just a few chapters. Even when there is a problem the floor doesn't have to be a failure --- your guidance is in this technical chapter booklet.