Questions & Answers

May 13, 2009 at 7:33pm
Q: What is the difference between Solid wood flooring & Listone Giordano Engineered Hardwood Flooring?

A: Solid hardwood is just that, a solid piece of wood with no support. This means that solid wood does not react well to changes in humidity and is limited in regards to where it can be installed.

Listone Giordano Engineered Flooring is composed of a generous Quarter-Sawn hardwood wear layer glued over 5-ply or 7-ply marine birch plywood. "Listone Giordano" flooring is more stable to changes in relative humidity and can be installed in places that are not recommended for solid flooring, such as in basements and Condominiums. "Listone Giordano" hardwood flooring can also be stapled down on a wood sub floor with the extra advantage of being glued down directly over concrete, Tiles & Marble.

With the Canadian Climate having one of most variable levels of Humidity conditions season after season (winter & summer) only time will prove the stability of Listone Giordano Engineered Hardwood Flooring.

Please see our dedicated sections in Manufacturing & Technology and Hardwood Flooring University for further information.

Q: Can I have hardwood installed in my Bathrooms & Kitchens?

A: Yes ? Listone Giordano?s Engineered stability allows for installation is Bathrooms and Kitchens. An application of water sealer ?Listone Giordano SigilPlus is mandatory for these areas.

Q: What does the term Floating Floor mean?

A: The term "Floating Floor" refers to a floor that is not adhered to any type of sub-floor. Typically the boards are connected to each other using a inter-locking click system. The flooring strips are laid over the sub-floor, ususally a foam underlay, without being nailed or glued down. Hence the floor floats over the underlay. This makes it easier to correct mistakes during installation or to replace boards that are damaged. Additionally, the floating system is ideal for installations in basements or condominiums where it is more difficult to install a solid wood floor.

Q: What is the difference between laminate flooring and wood flooring?

A: Laminate flooring consists of synthetic backing with a high-pressure laminate surface. Laminate is not renewable and therefore has a short usable life span.

Q: My wood is denting. I thought I was buying hardwood?

A: Hardwood contains a cell structure; therefore, if enough pressure is applied, the cell wall will collapse and a dent will appear.

Q: I moved my area rug and my wood is lighter where my area rug was. What happened?

A: Wood goes through a natural aging process called patina (oxidation). Bright sunlight can also accelerate this condition. Moving area rugs or other items that may cause this effect from time to time is recommended to let the covered area oxidize and blend with the rest of the floor.

For more information please visit our natural wood colour & oxidization page section.

Q: What types of Sub-Floors are suitable for a Listone Giordano Glue-Down Installation?

A: Listone Giordano thanks to its 5- or 7-ply marine birch plywood support is ideal for installations directly over Plywood, Concrete, Marble, Tiles & Ceramics & Radiant Heat Sub-Floors.

Q: Why is Marine Birch a superior support layer for Listone Giordano engineered glue down hardwood flooring?

A: Marine Birch is the ideal backing for Listone Giordano hardwood flooring because it is more stable than regular plywood substraits. The marine birch, found in Northern Europe, has superior (30% better) mechanical properties than woods like fir and poplar us widely used for the construction of cheaper plywood.