March Madness- Basketball Blog | Woodchuck Flooring 

March Madness- Basketball Blog | Woodchuck Flooring 

Wood floors have been an integral part of basketball history. The sport has been played on wooden surfaces for over a century. Prior to wood floors, the sport was played on surfaces such as concrete, dirt, and even grass. 

Since those days the sport has evolved, and the need for a more suitable playing surface became apparent in the 1920s. Hardwood floors used in indoor basketball courts provide a more durable and consistent surface for players. 

One of the most significant advancements in the use of wood floors in basketball came in the 1940s with the introduction of the “floating” hardwood floor. This type of floor is built on a system of sleepers and anchors that allow it to “float” above the building’s subfloor, providing a more uniform surface that is less likely to warp or buckle. In the 1950s, the use of maple wood became the standard for basketball courts due to its strength, durability, and ability to resist splintering. 

In the following decades, the shiny gym floor look that we associate with modern basketball courts became more prevalent. The shiny appearance of the wood is achieved through a process of sanding and finishing the floor. Common finishes used today are the LOBA 2K Supra A.T. finish. This finish is perfect for high-traffic floors such gymnasiums. The finished product has optimized protection against scratches and increased slip resistance.  

The history of wood floors in basketball is a rich one, with hardwood surfaces becoming a defining feature of the game. The development of floating floors, the use of maple wood, and the process of sanding and finishing have all played a crucial role in creating the shiny gym floor look that we recognize, and love today. 

Are Robot Vacuums Safe For Hardwood Floors?

Are Robot Vacuums Safe For Hardwood Floors?

Are you tired of sweeping and vacuuming every weekend? There’s a robot for that! Robot vacuums are a convenient and efficient way to keep your hardwood floors clean. They are designed to navigate around your home, automatically cleaning as they go. This might be a no brainer, but make sure you are using a vacuum with suction only and not a robot that has a mop, or uses water or detergent.

Here are a few tips for using a robot vacuum on hardwood floors:

  1. Make sure your robot vacuum is compatible with hardwood floors. Some models are better suited for carpets, while others are specifically designed for hard surfaces.
  • Keep an eye on the brush roll. The brush roll is an important component of a robot vacuum, as it helps to agitate dirt and debris from the floor. Make sure it is clean and free of tangles, as a dirty or clogged brush roll can impede performance, and lead to scratches on your hardwood floors.
  • Adjust the suction power as needed. Hardwood floors do not require as much suction as carpets, so you may want to reduce the suction power on your robot vacuum to prevent scratching or damage to the floor.
  • Use virtual boundaries. Many robot vacuums come with virtual boundary technology, which allows you to create invisible lines around areas you don’t want the robot to enter, such as your baby’s room or your pet’s bed. This will help you to protect your furniture, and floors from accidental damage.
  • Schedule your cleaning. Most robot vacuums come with scheduling features that allow you to set a specific cleaning time for your hardwood floors. This is a great way to ensure that your floors are always clean, without having to worry about remembering to run the vacuum.

Overall, a robot vacuum can be a great tool for keeping your hardwood floors clean. With a little bit of care and attention, you can ensure that your floors are always looking their best and give yourself back your well-deserved weekends.

Winter Boots on Your Hardwood Floors

Winter Boots on Your Hardwood Floors


You’re running out the door on a snowy morning, you get settled in the car but then realize you’re not sure if you locked your back door. Do you quickly run through the house with your wet snowy boots to double check?  

Snow and salt covered boots are just part of the Canadian lifestyle. We’re all aware of the impact that snow and salt has on your cars and home exteriors but are you aware of the impact that they have on your hardwood floors?  

Tracking in snow may seem harmless but when it melts it can seep between the joints of the boards and cause water damage that can wreak havoc on your hardwood floors over time. Beyond the water from melted snow, salt has a jagged sharp texture. When tracked through the house it can lead to scratches and scuffs on your wood floor. Certain salts are also made with calcium chloride which can have a chemical reaction with your wood floors and cause staining.  

Prevent unnecessary damage and expensive repairs to your wood floors by leaving your boots at the door on a well-protected shoe mat or tray.  

Have You Met The Ultimate Wood Flooring Guy?

Have You Met The Ultimate Wood Flooring Guy?

The Ultimate Wood Flooring Guy is a contest hosted by Wood Floor Business. Its purpose is to shine the spotlight on contractors who are extraordinary in their work ethic, integrity, and their professionalism. 

Tim, owner of Woodchuck Flooring and the Woodchuck Flooring team submitted a video nominating Clinton as the Ultimate Wood Flooring Guy of 2022. It came as no surprise when the Wood Floor Business team agreed that Clinton deserved to be named the Ultimate Wood Flooring Guy. 

Clinton has worked in the service department for 11 years and counting. Clinton goes above and beyond to ensure that our customers’ needs are met and that your new floors are installed to perfection. Outside of the showroom you can find Clinton enjoying a soccer game (both playing and watching) or gardening. And in case you were wondering, his favourite flooring is the walnut herringbone with boarders. 

We’re proud to have Clinton on our team, and happy that he was named the Ultimate Flooring Guy of 2022! 

Watch the nomination video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zl4NMuJlUw

Read the article here: https://www.woodfloorbusiness.com/digital-edition/c4fcbd6f?utm_source=Other+Communications&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ATHLCD221208006&utm_term=&oly_enc_id=6133J8716601E4A#1

Wood Floors In Canada & When To Turn Your Furnace On

Wood Floors In Canada & When To Turn Your Furnace On

It’s that time of the year. Temperatures are dropping and it’s time to fire up the furnace. If you have hardwood floors, you may have wondered how the change in temperature affects your wood floors. Well, we’re here with answers! 

Nearly 90% of wood floors that are damaged end up this way because of indoor air issues. As the air quality, temperature and overall conditions in your home change, your wood floors absorb or lose moisture. Wood floors last longer, and stay in their best when installed in a stable, monitored environment. Meaning no sudden changes in temperature, or fluctuating humidity levels. 

The good news is, you can better maintain your home’s temperature and humidity levels with a good HVAC system. Instead of bundling up and waiting until the last second to turn on your heat for the winter, or keeping the windows open and fans going until the heat and humidity is unbearable in the summer, consider maintaining a consistent temperature in your house all year round. The small price you pay turning your heat or air conditioning on early will be worth it when you compare the cost of replacing your wood flooring prematurely.

Best Hardwood Floors For Pet Owners

Best Hardwood Floors For Pet Owners

Are you an animal lover looking for a durable hardwood flooring recommendation? Look no further.Whether you have cats’ dogs, or rabbits we’ve got the perfect recommendations that are sure to last in a home of furry friends.You don’t need to sacrifice your love for wood floors because you have pets.Softwoods like pine or fir are poor choices for homes with pets. Your pets’ nails will quickly lead to gouges in the floors sealer which will create long shallow dents, marks, and scratches. No amount of site applied surface preparation will shield against your pets’ nails.Below are our recommendations for pet friendly floors:

  1. Brazilian Walnut: Brazilian hardwood flooring is a hard and dense wood. It is specifically known for its resistance to marring, denting and wear. This imported walnut option is sure to be durable against the biggest and toughest paws.
  2. Maple: Hard Maple is a top flooring choice, and is a domestic product. It’s been used as a surface for basketball courts so it is a great option to withstand pet traffic. An important note to keep in mind is that hard maple is different than a maple. It’s a specific type that has impressive hardness ratings.
  3. Cork: If you’re looking for a unique wood floor, consider cork. The material is non-slip, and is impervious to hard impacts. It can also be refinished, and even repaired in the case of a gouge making it a great pet-friendly option.

Bring your furry friend by the showroom to see our wood flooring options in real life.

Call (416)299 5151 to book an appointment.