calgary's hardwood flooring


We want to make sure your flooring choice is suitable for your lifestyle. Floor Trends experts will help achieve the perfect look and feel for your home. Hardwood floors offer warmth and character to any room.

Manufacturers provide engineered hardwood flooring and are increasing the quality of hardwoods produced. There are many different styles, including cork flooring, to ensure you make the right choice for your home and benefits. Engineered hardwood requires little maintenance and often increase the value of your home. Hardwood floors provide a high-end premium desired look and feel. There are several efficient engineered hardwood flooring options, such as laminate and vinyl.
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Solid hardwood floors are typically about ¾” thick and vary in plank widths. This type of hardwood can be refinished multiple times. 

The downfall with solid hardwood floors is the humidity management it requires. Calgary has a dry environment which can cause the hardwood to shrink. If you are choosing to install solid hardwood floors, make sure you keep your humidity at a constant level, and that you acclimate it to your home in order to make sure it doesn’t shrink after the installation. 

Solid hardwood floors are not suitable to be installed over top of concrete as it is nailed down. Engineered hardwood flooring materials may be a better option in Calgary if humidity management is a concern.
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Engineered hardwood floors are made of a core layer that has multiple layers of wood laid in opposite directions that are then pressed together and bonded with adhesive. The top layer is the wear layer which shows the style of the floors. Because of the layered wood in the core, engineered hardwoods are more suitable for our environment. This core minimizes the movement caused by acclimation, making it structurally sound. Because of its manufactured core, engineered hardwood floors are often available in wide plank styles unlike solid hardwood.

Most times, engineered hardwood floors are able to be refinished, but it all depends on what the finish layer is, and how thick the wear layer is. Unlike solid hardwood, engineered wood floors are able to be installed over concrete and other surfaces.

Engineered hardwood floor manufactures have many options for commercial flooring, such as products for gym floors. We carry a wide range of engineered wood flooring manufacturers products, including cork flooring, ensuring you will find the right product for you.
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Site Finished

Prefinished floors come ready for installation because they’ve been sanded, stained and finished by the manufacturer. Even though it may seem that there is minimal selection when it comes to prefinished, there is a large variety when selecting which colour, finish and even the characteristics. 

This type of flooring saves time and money for the labour and clean up. The benefit of having site-finished hardwood is that you’re able to personalize your own floors. There are a wide variety of stains whether it’s a custom blend or pre-made, and finishes such as semi-gloss, matte, high gloss, or even oiled. 

Site-finished hardwood also allows you to pick the species of wood and the width of the plank. Site finished hardwood is also done when an addition of hardwood is made within a house. The floors are then all sanded and stained to make sure the stain is constant between the existing and added hardwood.
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types of hardwood flooring

  • Wire Brushed

    Brushing that removes the soft part of oak hardwood and exposes the grain. Adds texture and character.

    hand scraped

    Goes back to the way hardwood looked originally when it first became popular. Often has a rustic/distressed look to go along with the hand scraped finish. A hand scraped finish will often disguise and/or minimize the look of blemishes that may appear over time.


    Rustic feel, no gloss and pulls out its natural beauty (enhances natural colours). Quick and easy to repair blemishes (able to re-oil blemish). Also available in stained oil.
  • wide plank

    A engineered wide plank hardwood flooring is more suitable for our Calgary environment as it is more structurally sound. Wide plank can go as wide as 9.5” in certain styles.


    Made from early farmstead hardwood. Can either be in a smooth or hit and miss surface. Also finished with a oiled or old world finish.


    Strand woven, resulting in a high Janka rating which makes it extremely durable. Water resistant and easy maintenance. Low VOC’s and 50 year residential warranty.

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Floor Trendz sells and installs all types of hardwood flooring products.



The first and most important thing to do when you install hardwood is to let the product acclimate in the home before installation. The acclimation time will vary depending on species, width and whether it’s solid or engineered.



Before the installation sand all subfloor seams and proceed to vacuum the floor surface. Each manufacturer has their own installation guidelines. It is best to follow the instructions provided within the boxes of wood. A typical 2 ¼” – 3 ¼” solid hardwood would need a moisture barrier and the use of a cleat nailer as it is less likely to damage the tongue of the board. Proceed to nail every 4-6” and 1” from the ends.



When you install hardwood, you should lay out the floor to get a feel for colour, pattern, and to make sure the boards are approximately 6-8” stagger. It is crucial to install hardwood opposite or on diagonal to floor joists for structural stability.



To instal engineered hardwood, we recommended using a subfloor glue approximately 1” away from the female side on the subfloor. This helps to anchor down the back side and applies floating floor glue on the butt ends to help prevent the boards from pulling apart. You should also be using a cleat nailer every 4-6” and 1” from the ends. This installation is called glue assisted nail down.
*Another way to install, especially over concrete is to do a full-spread glue down which holds the floor in place. Keep in mind floors should be flat, and cleaned of all existing debris. Ensure that the proper glue and trowel size are used, as recommended by the manufacturer of the product.
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