Hardwood Floors Need Stability

Sub Floor Mentality

Have you ever heard the saying "Measure twice and cut once"? Keith Clay Floors thinks this practical common sense mentality extends directly to the subflooring as well as your to your hardwood floor installation. What you place underneath your hardwood floors is critical to the extended life of your hardwood floor. Keeping mistakes to a minimum means doing a job right the first time for each and every hardwood floor installation. The end result is a uniform, stable, durable surface underneath to insure long life with proper care and maintenance.

Keith Clay Floors has the benefit of more than 25 years experience in installing hardwood floors of all types. Our success is directly related to our care and proper use of quality materials, the skill to complete the installation process and in meeting all your manufactured wood flooring guidelines. Sub Floor Mentality speaks to integrity, selection of proper equipment and type of wood for the location, and keeping your manufacturer specifications number one at all times. Let's discuss this process a little further.

Sub Floor Mentality - One of the most important aspects of your new hardwood floor is following the correct steps during the complete hardwood flooring installation process. Keeping this mentality in the forefront of the entire project will determine whether you have overall success or failure. Long term projects anticipate the need for quality wood flooring products, proper sub floor materials for support, and meeting all requirements for installation over wood or concrete. Providing peace of mind about your new floor is always a great idea.

Most construction in new homes, remodels and renovations provide a good look into what is required after the old flooring is removed. That said, the National Wood Flooring Association's Installation Guidelines, state that wood subfloor panels should conform to US Voluntary Product Standard PS1-07, Construction and Industrial Plywood; and/or US Voluntary Product Standard PS2-04; and/or Canadian performance standard CAN/CSA 0325.0-92 Construction Sheathing.

Solid-Board Subfloors - Solid-board subflooring should be 3/4" x 5 1/2" (1" x 6" nominal) Group 1 dense softwoods, No. 2 Common and kiln-dried to less than 15% moisture content. It should consist of boards no wider than 6", installed on a 45-degree angle, with all board ends full-bearing on the joists and fastened with minimum 8d rosin-coated or ring-shanked nails, or an equivalent.

There are a few types of wood flooring that should not be installed directly over solid-board sub-flooring. Thin-classification solid-strip flooring must have a 3/8"or better plywood underlayment installed over solid board subflooring. A good example is Parquet flooring; which cannot be installed directly to solid-board subfloors and requires 3/8" or better underlayment panels, nailed on a 6" minimum grid pattern using ring-shanked nails or staples.

CDX and OSB Subfloors - CD Exposure 1 plywood (also known as CDX) and OSB (oriented strand board) Exposure 1 subfloor panels are also appropriate subflooring materials, but the proper thickness of the material needs to be carefully reviewed in relation to the truss/joist system used or required by the manufacturer. Discussions for each individual hardwood floor installation are reviewed by our staff here at Keith Clay Floors at the time we inspect the premises prior to installation.

If you have specific questions about truss/joist spacing on center, double layer subfloors, current industry standards, CDX subfloor panels, OSB subfloor panels, T & G, or glued and mechanically fastened panels, please contact us at 972-463-6604.

Hardwood Floor Installation On Concrete subfloors. If you have concrete subfloors, care needs to be made to insure that the slab is flat to the wood flooring manufacturer's specification. Usually manufacturers will specify a flatness tolerance of 1/8" in a 6" radius and/or 3/16" in a 10" radius. If high spots are present these can be removed by grinding, and the depressions can be filled with approved patching compounds. Slabs also can be flattened using a self-leveling concrete product.

The main critical consideration prior to any hardwood floor installation, is all concrete subfloors must be dry. Current NWFA guidelines specify using relative-humidity testing (ASTM F2170), calcium chloride testing (ASTM F1869) or calcium carbide (CM) testing (ASTM D4944 and MilSpec CRD-C154-77) to identify the moisture content of the slab. If they meet your manufacturers specifications, installation will be a breeze after the sub flooring is installed.

Keith Clay Floors can evaluate properly any moisture on the slab, discuss what needs to be done, offer solutions like impermeable vapor retarder with the specified perm rating required, or discuss vapor emission retarder option with alternative installation methods to meet your selected wood flooring requirements.

Other considerations Prior To New Hardwood Floor Installation - Wood subfloors must be flat, clean, dry, structurally sound, free of squeaks, and have no protruding fasteners of any kind. Glue down installations and installations using mechanical fasteners must fall within the allowable tolerances before hardwoods are actually put down. Once these conditions have been met, you can then install wood flooring with confidence.

Keith Clay has been in business for almost 28 years serving Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Richardson and all Dallas Metroplex suburbs. We know wood floors and can answer any questions you may have. If you want the best job from a company of professionals, call us today. 972-463-6604. World Class Craftsmanship. Reasonable Prices.

Prolong Hardwood Floor Life

Choose Bona Deep Cleaning System

Did you know that regular care and maintenance are essential for prolonging the life and look of your hardwood floor? Proper care for your hardwood floor is critical and ongoing, but remember that even the most rigorous of cleaning schedules isn't enough to protect your floor against the stresses of daily life. Since all floors are exposed to particles and contaminants, the floor's look and shine may be compromised every single day. Clay Floors encourages you to make sure to keep your floor in the best condition possible, and deep cleaning is essential protection.

Deep Cleaning Benefits

Deep cleaning liminates dirt and grime that normal cleanings can't always get to. Dust, soil and other particles make their way into all the crevices and seams of your floor even if it is sealed properly. Here at Clay Floors, we recommend a deep cleaning your floor at least once a year. Here are some important advantages:

Better protection. Deep cleaning helps to remove contaminants that will wear down the protective finish on your floor. Once the finish wears down, your floor will become dull and dirty over time. Conserving the finish of your floor through deep cleaning will help to protect your floor's first line of defense against damage.

Healthier environment. Deep cleaning helps to remove allergens and other materials that we breathe in. Deep cleaning provides a more sanitary living space, perfect for homes that have children and pets.

Smart savings. All the benefits of the deep clean gives your wallet a break as well. Maintaining a clean floor will help you avoid more costly services like sanding and refinishing your floor in the long run. The combination of routine floor care and deep cleaning will help you have great looking floors for life.

The Bona Deep Clean System.

Not all deep cleaning solutions are the same. The Bona Deep Clean System is an effective way to get the best clean in the quickest amount of time. Simply put, the Bona Deep Clean System is simple, safe and smart. Clay Floors has used Bona Products for over 25 years.

Why should you use Bona?

Bona System is Simple

No need to vacate your home - Cleans 500 sq. ft. in under one hour, so it's very convenient and furniture can be replaced immediately after cleaning

Bona System is Safe

  • No harsh chemicals
  • Made specifically for hardwood floors
  • Low VOC's and fumes
  • GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certified

Bona System is Smart

  • Affordable
  • Protects your hardwood floor investment
  • Keeps floors looking their best

What Are Your Next Steps?

While many people may feel overwhelmed with the task of deep cleaning their floor, it is an important task that shouldn't be overlooked. It's easy to find different methods to deep clean your floors, but some can be uninformed and end up doing more harm than good. Bona makes protecting your floors even easier and we invite you to call us here at Clay Floors.

New Solutions For Wood Flooring Finishes

Site Cured Finishes

Do you have questions about the finishes on your wood floors?

New wood floors or old wood floors, Keith Clay has information about wood floor finishes you need to know.

It has been a tradition in the past for finished wood flooring clients to consider compromise in the areas of finishes. Namely drying times and durability are 2 of the main issues most people face when ever they install a new or refinish an old wood floor.

In the last few years new UV finishes cured on the job are now viable options that can be considered. This option is a real competitive advantage and if you are interested in finding out more about this for your home or business, please give us a call right now. Call Today: 972-463-6604

Factory Finished Flooring Systems - Technically, UV curable finishes is a UVa and a UVb light. The same light spectrum that cures most factory finished flooring and these portable systems when coupled with water based UV finish do allow new pre-finished technology to the job site. Here at Keith Clay floors, we try to help you maximize the life of the floor by helping to educate you the consumer about wood floor installation, maintenance, and preventative maintenance which can help you extend that floor life.

By carrying the proper equipment, Keith Clay Floors can cure the finishes of even the most difficult to reach flooring. Skin and eye protection is a safety requirement and we believe application of these UV finishes is best left to the professionals. The actual finishes are applied just as you would any other water based finish, and non-UV water based finishes. Dried and Cured are 2 different terms in the flooring industry and any questions you may have about the application of stains, sealers, and pre-finished products are eliminated with these new products. Proper products are required however to assure proper installation and finishes and thereby achieve the most beautiful looks you desire.

Here at Keith Clay Floors, our experiences with UV-curable coatings has been excellent for pad-and-recoats, stain jobs, commercial environments, high-end residential jobs, and any quick turn-around situations where you have furniture is moving in as soon as the floors are cured. These UV finishes and coatings are zero-VOC after the point of cure, cured 100 percent, and available for immediate use. This is a tremendous selling point to you as a potential client. Giving you peace of mind on the move in for you or your client is worth it all across the board - floor that is.

Call us today and ask about new technology that will increase the life of your beautiful wood floors and provide the beautiful finishes you desire. World Class Craftsmanship. Reasonable Prices. Call Today: 972-463-6604.

Antique Hardwood Floors

Spy Out Forgotten Buildings

Are you looking for Antique Hardwood Floors for your new home, business or existing home? You have come to the right place. Did you know that Clay Floors in Dallas has been installing Antique Hardwood Floors for over 25 years? It's really true. Antique hardwood floors, hardwood floors, wood floors, and handscraped hardwood floors are our business. In fact, hardwood floors of all kinds have been our specialty in the last 25 years.

The history of Clay Floors is very special. In that time our focus has always been the best quality products in hardwood floors for our best clients. When it comes to providing antique hardwood flooring, it's safe to say that in order to find the best of the best for our clients; we have spent some time in some strange places. Quite literally we mean where there's old abandoned buildings, factories, warehouses and the like. Why? That's where all the forgotten treasure of antique hardwood floors and reclaimed wood can be found.

On the surface, when you see an old abandoned building all grey and falling down, you might not think that you could find anything of value; but most of these old buildings arc loaded with pine, chestnut, hemlock, spruce and other antique woods that can simply be recycled into beautiful trim, molding doors, and furniture and yes floors. Beautiful pine antique hardwood floors, chestnut antique hardwood floors, hemlock hardwood floors, spruce antique hardwood floors, and any other woods commonly used for antique hardwood flooring.

People enjoy knowing that Clay Floors is doing their part for recycling and contributing to the green flooring aspect of beauty for the home. The look of these beautiful hardwood floors today has become more and more popular and renovations and upgrades refinishing, restaining, and installing new antique hardwood floors has now been recognized as the new norm in the hardwood flooring industry. Their beauty, endurance, and sustainability is unsurpassed. Increasing demand has here in the United States continues to be on the forefront of options for consideration by architects, interior designers, commercial builders and residential homes alike.

What To Look For In An Antique Hardwood Floor

Sheen and patina, colors, textures, and distress points are, and always have been, something you experience in older antique hardwood floors. These superior qualities should always be present in antique hard wood, and reclaimed wood products. Their beauty is rich, full of character, and this thrilling reclaimed wood is typically available in much wider widths and longer lengths. Remember that the increased home or commercial values associated with these reclaimed wood products is higher, but the beauty is worth every penny.

Older rustic antique hardwood floors that have old wide planks and larger knots provide the durability and sustainability that can't usually be duplicated. Call Clay Floors today and let us show you samples of these beautiful reclaimed woods for your home or business. We are confident that once you see them you will be totally spoiled to their beauty. Let us put our skills we have acquired in the last 25 years to work for you and complete that dream you have been seeing for so long.

If you are interested in antique hardwood flooring for an institution, school, university, office building or commercial location, you may need to have some additional questions answered. You may be able to qualify for credits under certain categories. The EPA and Leeds Green Building Standards are viable considerations for your investment.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System is the USGBC's benchmark for designing, building and operating green buildings. To become certified, projects must first meet the prerequisites designated by the USGBC then earn a certain number of credits within the six categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials & resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation & design process. By using reclaimed wood for your antique hardwood floor, you can earn credits towards achieving LEED project certification. Because reclaimed wood is considered recycled content, it meets the Materials & Resources criteria for LEED certification and because some reclaimed lumber products are FSC certified, they can qualify for LEED credits under the certified wood category.

Keith Clay has been in business for almost 28 years serving Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Richardson and all Dallas Metroplex suburbs. We know wood floors and can answer any questions you may have. If you want the best job from a company of professionals, call us today. 972-463-6604. World Class Craftsmanship. Reasonable Prices.

Do You Have OSB Subfloors?

You Can Install Hardwoods And Not Be Concerned About Moisture

The rise in building costs has forced many contractors back to the drawing boards looking for ways to cut costs and still keep new purchases for commercial and residential buildings affordable. In 2012 it has come to light that there is an increasing amount of homes and light commercial buildings which have installed oriented strand board or (OSB) subfloors. Why? Cost of course. These builders choose OSB because it typically costs less than plywood, it is free of knots and voids, and finally can be used interchangeably in typical flooring applications where the panels have the correct span rating. With respect to flooring installers, many questions have been asked by contractors across the nation about should we be concerned or should we not.

Since this OSB does provides a flat, solid base for any floor covering, and is known to aid in the creation of even, stable and long-lasting floor finishes, concerns about moisture have been raised and here at Keith Clay we believe your questions need to be address. For the purposes of this article, we will discuss moisture and OSB as it relates as a substrate. In keeping with other wood substrates, proper moisture management is essential for a quality installation-especially in regards to hardwood flooring, so generally speaking this would apply to any OSB subfloor.

If you know and have tested the moisture content of the OSB at the time you intend to install a wood floor; and you find that the moisture differential between the OSB and hardwood is too great at the time of installation, problems can arise. OSB that has absorbed moisture on the job site is known to shrink as it dries. This in turn can loosen around nails and staples that attach the hardwood flooring which will not be a positive benefit or time for the life of the floor. This can result in squeaks and pops when occupants walk across the finished floor, as well as the possibility of having hardwood flooring causing moisture to migrate into the hardwood and result in cupped flooring. If the hardwood flooring is installed with excess moisture, it can shrink and create gaps.

Keeping this in mind, managing moisture is one of the most important aspects of keeping your floor on the floor, in great condition, and providing proper maintenance to extend the life of your wood floors wherever they may be.

Here is a short list of things Keith Clay considers when helping to manage hardwood flooring over OSB substrate:

  • Proper balance to acclimate the flooring to the interior environment after the site is dried in both before and after occupancy. Usually 4-6 days)
  • Confirm that OSB is fully dry
  • Keep the National Wood Flooring's (NWFA) Installation Guidelines in tact
  • Instruct on wood species variances and tolerance recommended by manufacturers with regard to moisture. The NWFA recommends sampling the moisture in 40 individual boards for every 1,000 sq. ft. of flooring, and 12% moisture is a basic starting place for installation of most varieties of wood in today's markets. Engineered hardwood flooring may have additional requirements due to the strip width' and thickness' of the location. Around 4% is acceptable for solid strip flooring and less than 3 inches wide. 2% for wider width's is the normal recommendation.
  • Careful attention will mean you can have a beautiful finished floor which can be easily maintained
  • Adhere to Best Industry Standards as the normal business standard i. e. level floor, free of debris, subfloor panels properly attached to joists and any missing nails are the most common
  • Check with manufacturers on recommended vapor retarders for specific kinds of wood

If you have any further questions about your particular location, type of flooring to select, or OSB questions in any way, please contact us here to obtain more information. Achieving a quality hardwood floor over an OSB substrate is not difficult, but Keith Clay Floors does believe you can avoid the costs and hassles of callbacks by taking the time upfront to allow for proper hardwood acclimation and a dry subfloor.

In addition, careful attention to moisture management at time of installation, the building occupants will enjoy a quality floor for years to come. Call us today and speak with one of our qualified staff. World Class Craftsmanship. Reasonable Prices. Call us Today: 972-463-6604.

Keith Clay has been in business for almost 28 years serving Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Richardson and all Dallas Metroplex suburbs. We know wood floors and can answer any questions you may have. If you want the best job from a company of professionals, call us today. 972-463-6604. World Class Craftsmanship. Reasonable Prices.

Keith Clay has been in business for 30 years serving Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Richardson and all Dallas Metroplex suburbs. We know wood floors and can answer any questions you may have. If you want the best job from a company of professionals, call us today. 972-463-6604.


"Keith came same day with samples. He was very knowledgeable - gaves us options & that would work within our budget range. He worked with us on our timing. The job was completed on time. He followed up & checked the work & made sure that we were satisfied."

-- Richard & Pam H.
   Royse City, TX

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Keith Clay has been in business for 30 years serving Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Richardson and all Dallas Metroplex suburbs. We know wood floors and can answer any questions you may have. If you want the best job from a company of professionals, call us today. 972-463-6604.