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Planchers, maison écolo et panneau électrique

Cette semaine, les planchers de bois franc avec Anne-Marie Faucher et Martin Emery (Les Bois de plancher PG Inc.).

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Published Monday 30 March 2015
" We just finished installing the Pelletier Maple flooring. It looks spectacular and we get so many compliments. "
Jason Day, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, Canada
" I am very happy with the Garneau floor in my photo studio. I find the texture and authentic look of this floor fascinating. Get back to basics and impart the cachet of a unique era to your home with one of the stains of the Origin Series. "
Véronique Côté, photographer
" I have been selling PG and Model products with great pride and pleasure since 2011. They stand apart for their beauty, quality and unique colours. "
Sandra Hamel, Interior Designer and Special Consultant, Planchers MC Design, Victoriaville (Quebec)
" Simply magnificent! My creation. My design. I love your flooring! We ordered white flooring (Akoya) for a room and will be receiving it soon. We also ordered blue flooring (Mykonos) for another room. We adore your products and recommend them to everyone we meet. Our installer had never installed red flooring (Geisha) before, but he liked the product so much that he brought a sample to show his wife. Certainly lovely merchandise! Your floors are incredible and simply magnificent! "
Nicole Schavo, satisfied homeowner, Ontario
" We are very satisfied with our Garneau flooring. It is exactly the rustic style we sought to showcase our home. Installation was quick and problem-free, and maintaining the oiled finish is simple... Thank you! "
Patricia Bélanger, satisfied homeowner, Lotbinière (Quebec)
" I like the flooring so much that I decided to order more for our new extension planned for 2011. "
Jasmine Hébert, Manoir Bécancourt, Quebec
" To my great satisfaction, the flooring has easily resisted the passage of some 60,000 guests who have dined and partied at our restaurant. "
Rocco Cortina, Ristorante Il Matto, Quebec
" Used 'Montana' on a recent design project and LOVED the results! Thank you! "
Tanna Barnecut, Tanna By Design

Q. Boards in my floor have gaps. What is happening?

A. The appearance of gaps between boards is the result of internal variations of humidity within the boards. This is not related to a defective product. It is caused by environmental conditions.

There are several reasons for changes in humidity:

Boards too humid prior to installation: The boards were installed when their internal rate of humidity was too high. Increased humidity can be caused by several factors such as storing the boards in an environment that is too damp (concrete not yet cured, damp subfloor, fresh paint, etc.); boards delivered while it is raining outdoors and their transportation indoors, etc. The wood absorbs humidity and swells before installation. Once the flooring is installed and ambient humidity returns to normal, the wood loses its excess humidity and contracts, leaving visible gaps between the boards.

Relative humidity too low: The humidity rate in the air is too low (often the case in winter) and the boards tend to lose their humidity and contract. This happens quite frequently in winter and, in most cases, the boards return to their original form the following season.

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Q. Can hardwood flooring be installed over vinyl floor covering?

A. Installing hardwood over vinyl can pose some problems. To obtain the best result, hardwood flooring must be installed over a clean, flat subfloor that meets manufacturer recommendations. For more details, refer to our installation guide in the "Documents" section.

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Q. The boards of my flooring seem to be swelling and are starting to look wavy or like a washboard. What is causing this to happen?

A. This phenomenon is due to a variation in the internal humidity of the wood. This is not related to a defective product. It is caused by environmental conditions.

There are several reasons for changes in humidity:

Humidity too high in the subfloor or a very damp basement: The underside of the board absorbs more humidity than its top side, resulting in unequal swelling between the underside and top side of the board and the cupping effect.

Leaks or water spilled on the floor: Water infiltrates between the boards and is absorbed by their undersides. This results in swelling on the topside and the cupping effect.

Relative humidity too high: During very humid periods, the wood absorbs humidity from the ambient air and expands. Since the boards are anchored to the floor they cannot expand freely and press against each other, causing cupping. Insufficiently large expansion joints can exacerbate the problem.

A stable climatic environment in the house is the key to the optimum stability of wood flooring. Refer to our installation guide, in the documents section, for more details

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