PHOTOSENSITIVITY - HOW SUNLIGHT AFFECTS HARDWOOD

Most hardwood will age and develop a richer and more uniform colour over time with exposure to UV light. The majority of the aging process occurs within 3-6 months and continues for the life of the floor.


To prevent spot fading, move rugs or furniture covering the floor periodically.

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Species that have been stained or non-exotic species tend to have smaller changes in colour.

 

Brazilian Black Cherry, Brazilian Bloodwood, Brazilian Toffee, Steel, Tobacco, Mode Noir, Nude Roche,  Organza,  Duval, Renoir, Graphite

Some species have more subtle changes in colour and depth.

 

African Walnut, Natural, Pierre, Claude, Matisse, Chateau Blanc, Chiffon Drape, Eiffel

Exotic species (not stained) tend to have the most noticeable change in colour with age.

 

Brazilian Cherry, Brazilian Oak, Sapele

European White Oak

Sapele

Acacia Walnut

Hickory

Brazilian Oak

Pearwood

Tigerwood

Jatoba

Sirari

Birch

Maple

Red Oak

MEASURING JANKA HARDNESS

The Janka Hardness Test measures the force required to embed a 0.444” steel ball to half its diameter into a sample of wood. The higher the number, the harder the species. 

 

Please note this chart is representative of Pravada Floors products and does not include all species of wood available. Hardness is a good indicator of the overall strength of wood; however, even the hardest woods are susceptible to scratching or denting with heavy wear and impact.

REDUCERS

Used to join wood flooring to another surface which is at varying levels. This moulding functions to give a smooth transition from a wood floor to carpet or tile.

STAIRNOSE

Used to finish the exposed outer edge of stairs and landings.

T-MOLDS

Used in doorways and thersholds where two different areas of flooring do not meet. This moulding functions to bridge the gap between the two sides to provide a seemless transition.

QUARTER ROUNDS

Used at the bottom and front of a base molding and other types of trim. The quarter round function is to cover the space where base trim meets the floor. 

Infographic: Learn about finishes used to seal hardwood floors

INFOGRAPHIC: Learn about your finishes

When choosing your floors, there are key aspects that need to be considered in order for you to get what matches your lifestyle and expectations. One of these important aspects is the finishes. With modern technology, pre-finished floors are becoming more resistant and practical. On this infographic, we are going to summarize the key aspects of three main types of finishes: UV Lacquer, UV Oil/Oil, and Hardwax. 

 

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CHOOSING A FLOOR

NOT ALL HARDWOOD FLOORING IS CREATED EQUAL, AND SELECTING A PRODUCT ISN’T SIMPLY A MATTER OF CHOOSING A PREFERRED COLOR. A RANGE OF OTHER FACTORS CAN HAVE AN IMPACT ON BOTH AESTHETICS AND PERFORMANCE.

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