The Ultimate Hardwood Floors Quiz

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The Ultimate Hardwood Floors Quiz
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About This Quiz

Hardwood flooring has become a very popular choice for homes and businesses. Take this quiz and find out how much you know about hardwood floor choices.
How often should hardwood floors be replaced?
almost never
Most hardwood floors almost never need replacement.
every 10 years
every 20 years

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Why are hardwood floors popular?
They are beautiful.
They are durable.
Both answers are correct.
Hardwood floors are beautiful and durable.

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How are hardwood floors installed?
do-it-yourself
professional installation
both the above
Installation can be a do-it-yourself job or done by an expert.

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What is an advantage of do-it-yourself installation?
You won't have strangers in your home.
You can work at your own convenience.
You can save money.
An advantage is the cost savings. You need to consider if you will be able to get the look you want from DIY and if the time invested is worth the cost savings.

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How does unfinished wood differ from pre-finished wood?
Both types need work after installation.
Pre-finished wood does not need any additional labor after installation.
Unfinished wood must be job-site sanded and finished after installation. Pre-finished wood needs installation only.
Unfinished wood needs to be finished before installation.

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How does the look of parquet differ from typical hardwoods?
Parquet flooring is made up of geometric patterns.
Parquet floors are composed of geometrical patterns and have a very distinctive appearance.
Parquet flooring comes in narrow strips.
Parquet flooring comes in wide strips.

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What is an advantage of engineered wood?
cost
Engineered wood is less costly than solid hardwood strip floors. Although solid hardwood strips are the most common choice, engineered wood has gained popularity because of its lower cost.
durability
beauty

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What color is beech?
brownish
reddish
Beech has a reddish color with a consistent grain.
yellowish

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Why is cherry a poor choice for a whole floor?
too soft
Cherry is too soft to be used for the whole floor, but it makes an excellent choice for accent use.
too brittle
too expensive

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Which wood is the most popular choice for U.S. homeowners?
cherry
red oak
Red oak is the most popular choice. It has a reddish color, coarse grain and resists wear.
birch

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What is the Janka rating system?
a system to measure color of wood
a system to measure the relative hardness of wood
This rating system measures the force required to drive a .444-inch steel ball into the wood. The Janka rating system ranks woods' relative hardness.
a system to measure the expense of wood

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What is the purpose of finish?
protects from everyday wear and tear
gives floors color and luster
both the above
Wood finish is a top coat which protects your floors from wear, plus gives floors color and luster.

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What happens to oil-based urethane finishes as they age?
yellows with age
Oil-based urethane finish may yellow with age.
fades with age
may wear out

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How many sheen choices do finish buyers have?
three
There are three sheen options available. Consumers may choose from high gloss, low gloss or satin.
five
seven

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What is a disadvantage of high gloss sheen on wood floors?
price
shows scratches
High gloss sheen may show scratches more easily than other sheens. Low gloss or satin may be a better choice for residential use.
high maintenance

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What technique makes floors appear whitewashed?
pickling
The technique of pickling makes hardwood floors look whitewashed.
antiquing
staining

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What surface finish is most often used for commercial floors?
moisture-cured urethane
Moisture-cured urethane is slightly more durable than other options. This finish is best applied by a professional.
conversion varnish
water-based urethane

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According to the Janka rating system, what wood is the hardest?
Brazilian cherry
Brazilian cherry is the hardest of woods; next in line is mesquite.
mesquite
yellow pine

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When should you refinish your wood floors?
Use the manufacture's recommendation for refinishing.
It is time to refinish if water poured on a worn area is quickly absorbed.
There is an easy test to determine whether you need to refinish your wood floors. Find a high traffic area where the finish is likely to have the most wear and tear and pour one tablespoon of water on the floor. If the water beads and wipes up without leaving a mark on the floor. you don't need to refinish. It is time to refinish if the water quickly disappears into the wood and leaves a dark mark.
Every three years is the standard rule for refinishing.

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What type of wood is found in laminate wood flooring?
none
The manufacture of laminates does not use any wood components.
pine
beech

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