What is hardwood?

Made from slats of noble wood such as cherry, maple or oak, hardwood floors add warmth to any décor. This floor is used for its natural beauty that adapts to all styles. Plus, each wood species has its distinctive characteristics and aesthetic qualities.


Solid hardwood or engineered wood?

There are two main ways of manufacturing hardwood: solid hardwood and engineered hardwood. Solid hardwood floors are designed, as the name suggests, from a piece of solid hardwood and a protective varnish surface coating. They are usually preferred by those seeking authenticity and durability. Engineered wood consists of several layers of plywood and a 100% natural wood top layer. With its stable core, engineered wood is more reliable in a humid environment with variable temperatures. Whatever type of hardwood flooring you choose, Déco Surfaces offers quality products.


What are the advantages of hardwood?

Hardwood is a quality material that lasts and ages beautifully. This flooring is known for its durability and timeless appeal and adds value to your home. It is highly sought after by potential buyers. Available in a wide variety of species, light wood can better enhance the brightness of a room than other types of flooring. It can also be restored by sanding it down and applying a new varnish.


Which rooms are best suited for hardwood floors?

Hardwood is suitable for many rooms such as the kitchen, living room or bedroom. However, it is not a good idea to install hardwood in bathrooms as it does not react well to moisture. It is important to monitor the relative humidity of your home with a hygrometer after installing a hardwood floor. The recommended moisture content should be between 35% and 65%.


Is installing a hardwood floor hard?

It is important to make sure you know what you are looking for before installing a hardwood floor. The type of floor chosen will have an impact on the method and time of installation. For example, solid wood flooring must be installed on a wood subfloor using nails or staples. An engineered wood floor, on the other hand, offers more options as it can be installed with nails, glue or staples directly on an acoustic membrane. 


An infinite choice of hardwood floors at Déco Surfaces

Visit your Deco Surfaces retailer to discover our wide range of hardwood floors. We offer ecological wood, exotic wood, pre-oiled or pre-varnished solid wood floors, which are available in different finishes: semi-gloss, satin or matt. Our advisors will be able to answer all your questions and guide you in the choice of a quality hardwood floor that meets your needs.

Visit your local Deco Surfaces retailer to discover our wide range of solid wood flooring.

A hardwood floor is a good environmental choice. As a natural resource, wood is renewable and recyclable. Since it is a pure material, methods of hardwood floors manufacturing are often much more environmentally friendly than other types of flooring.

Because wood gathers almost no dust and other allergens, several associations agree that wood flooring is the perfect environmental choice in a home, reducing the need for cleaning products that can be harmful to the environment.

Essences such as cork do not imply any tree cutting, while others such as bamboo are rapidly renewed.

With their vibrant colors and unique textures, exotic wood floor coverings will give your decor an incomparable refinement. In addition to their beauty, exotic woods provide remarkable durability and dimensional stability, because they can be 80% harder than hardwoods such as red oak.

A natural oil finish is an option to consider if you want to put forward the innate characteristics of wood while protecting it with a thin film. This type of finish highlights the wood grain, its grooves and the richness of its different shades. It also helps minimize scratches and increase resistance to temperature variations. Pre-oiled floor can easily be repaired with a kit available at Deco Surfaces stores.

Choosing a pre-varnished hardwood flooring has many great advantages. As the varnish is factory applied, there is no dust due to sanding, no unwanted vapors in your home and no need to wait for the dry finish. Varnish protects your flooring from scratches and color variations. Gloss, satin, matt… there are several choices of hardwood varnishes and Deco Surfaces experts can help you determine the right option for you!

What is a floating floor?

A floating floor - or laminate floor - is made of fiberboard, to which a photo impression imitating the surface of genuine wood is applied. Available in a wide variety of styles and colours, and sold throughout our Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick stores, floating floor is a type of floor covering that imitates not only wood but ceramic, concrete and others.

Developed in the early 1980s, floating floor has improved significantly since it was first invented. It is now much more durable and its result is more realistic. Today, it is considered an affordable and versatile solution for those wanting to purchase a floor covering at a lower price without having to compromise on quality and looks.

What exactly is a "floating floor"?

This type of flooring is said to be floating because it is neither nailed nor glued to the base of the floor. How does it stay in place then? It’s simple:  the slates of a laminated floor are stacked into each other by means of a tongue and groove system.

Floating floors: an increasingly popular choice

An increasing number of people are choosing and preferring floating floors to hardwood, ceramic or other types of floors. They’re doing so because it’s affordable, durable and easy to maintain, and with a little bit of patience and resourcefulness, it’s relatively easy to install. 

Pros and cons of a floating floor

A floating floor has many advantages. The first one is undoubtedly its affordability. As a matter of fact, it gives very nice results at a fraction of the price of a hard wood floor or other floor coverings, like ceramic for instance. Moreover, a laminated floor is:

• durable

• easy to maintain

• relatively easy to lay

Laying a floating floor yourself

Unlike other types of floor coverings, like ceramic, the laminated panels that make up the floating floor are relatively easy to install and don’t necessarily require the intervention of a team of professional installers. If you have the basic tools and like manual labour, you could save big by installing a floating floor yourself!

The clever interlocking systems of the laminated wood panels ensure quick and easy installation. And since it’s a "floating" floor, it’s not actually attached to the floor, which makes the work a whole lot simpler. It is very important to follow the instructions and choose the recommended products from the manufacturer when installing the floor. In case of doubt, please ask one of our floor covering experts in one of our stores in Quebec, Ontario or New Brunswick.

Floating floor maintenance

Another great advantage of a laminated floor is that it’s easy to maintain, easy to clean and relatively stable.

Simply pass the vacuum on a regular basis and clean it using a wet mop and a neutral detergent to preserve its appearance. However, watch out for too much wetness, which could warp the floor covering.

Where to install the floating floor

This type of floor covering lends itself to many rooms. It is, however, recommended not to lay it in a room with a lot of back and forth like a hallway or corridor, for example. Seeing as it is relatively moisture sensitive, it is not ideal for bathrooms, kitchens and entrances.

Floating floors: the latest trends

Concrete effect is currently all the rage in our floating floor stores in Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick.

Since the product has significantly evolved since it was first invented in Europe in the early 1980s, laminated floors are now available in a huge selection of models imitating floor coverings of any type, from hardwood and cork to concrete, ceramic and more. Agglomerated wood panels also come in many sizes and thicknesses.  Ask our decoration experts for advice: they will be pleased to help you find the right floor covering.

Déco Surfaces: a broad range of floating floors

Déco Surfaces is a floor covering and decoration leader in Eastern Canada. We have stores across Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick. Our floor covering experts will advise you properly and help you decide!

Floating floors are manufactured from an advanced European technology allowing to imitate hardwood floors surprisingly well. The multiple layers of this type of flooring allows great resistance to wear and make it a very popular type of flooring!

The vinyl planks are a new generation of flooring that combine the charm of genuine surfaces such as ceramic and wood to the finesse of a high end floor. It also provides remarkable acoustic comfort and easy maintenance. Vinyl planks and tiles are easy to install and their modular nature allows you unlimited creativity in the design of your decor.

Vinyl rolls (or sheets) are a seamless floor covering whose style and patterns are constantly updated, making it an ever popular product. In fact, the vinyl sheets offer the widest range of patterns and floor covering colors in all categories. Its easy maintenance and its reasonable cost often make it a popular choice for consumers.

Floating vinyl is gaining popularity, especially with the arrival of new materials whose appearance and finish compare favorably with high-end recoveries. Available in a variety of colors and patterns, floating vinyl is very affordable and proves a very profitable investment.

PVC and manufactured from natural components, linoleum is an environmentally friendly material and durability. This type of flooring is robust, hygienic and highly resistant to wear. Its manufacturing process allows a wide variety of colors and patterns.

Laminate, vinyl, hardwood, carpet, ceramic and more, Deco Surfaces offers a wide selection of flooring. Whether you’re looking for vinyl planks for the kitchen, ceramic tiles for a bathroom or a stylish wooden floor for your living room, Deco Surfaces experts can help you find the solution that best suits your interior design needs.