Facts and Misconceptions about Engineered Hardwood Floors

November 6th, 2018

Engineered hardwood flooring is a popular alternative to solid hardwood. The difference between the two is that a plank of solid hardwood is one cut of wood all the way through. A plank of engineered hardwood is a cut of solid wood on top of a compacted layer of composite wood. In this way, you can sometimes get the look of hardwood at a more affordable price. Engineered hardwood can even be used in locations that solid hardwood can’t, such as the basement.

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Why Transition Molding is Important

October 26th, 2018

Transition molding is what helps one surface transition to another, making sure there are no unfinished edges. Transition molding is actually an extremely essential piece for the look and function of your floors. It also prevents tripping if you are walking from one surface to another.

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Radiant Heat and Your Hardwood Floors

October 19th, 2018

With the weather getting colder outside, an option to keep your hardwood floors and house warm is to install radiant heat. Radiant heat is a type of heating system that is placed below your floors.

So, can you install a wood floor over radiant heat? Or, if you already have a wood floor, can you install radiant heat underneath it? Learn everything you need to know about radiant heat and wood floors in this week’s blog!

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Vents as a Hardwood Floor Accessory

September 24th, 2018

Homes have duct vents in the floors because heat rises, so it’s perfect to keep your house warm on a cold fall or winter day. Although this is a great source of warmth, the metal coat most vents have don’t look amazing with your hardwood floors.

Fortunately, there are many different styles and species of vent registers that can go well with your floors. The vents can either be flush mount, which sits down even on your hardwood floors, or surface mount, which can be put over the duct opening.

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High Gloss, Semi-Gloss, or Matte Finish?

September 12th, 2018

When installing hardwood floors, homeowners have a lot of choices to decide between, including the type of wood and stain. Another important choice that should never go overlooked is whether you install high gloss, semi-gloss, or matte hardwood floors.

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Reducing Sunlight Damage on Hardwood Floors

July 9th, 2018

Fading of hardwood floors as a result of sunlight is a problem that is unavoidable to a degree. The sun’s strong ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) rays fade everything over time. Wood floors are no exception. Wood floors with oil based finishes fade more severely than those with water based finished, but one thing’s for sure, there is no such thing as a fade-proof floor. However, there are a few things you can do to reduce the amount of fading on your hardwood floors.

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How Does Subfloor Influence Flooring Choice?

June 27th, 2018

The type of subfloor you have has a strong influence on what kind of wood flooring you can install. In this case, we’re talking about solid hardwood flooring vs. engineered hardwood flooring. In this week’s blog, we’ll discuss what kind of floors work for different subflooring.

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What to Clean Hardwood Floors With

May 27th, 2018

From the amount of advice out there on what to clean hardwood floors with, it would seem like there are as many products that can be used to clean your floor as there are varieties of wood species. However, this is definitely not the case. You should be very careful when choosing a product with which to clean your hardwood floor. Many so-called tips and tricks can actually be very harmful to your wood floor. In this week’s blog, we’ll go over a number of things you shouldn’t use to clean a hardwood floor, and then we’ll talk about what is safe to use. Read on to make sure you’re treating your hardwood floor right!

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Playroom Flooring Options

May 20th, 2018

Are you looking for the perfect floors for a playroom in your home? There are so many options to consider, ranging from hardwood floors to carpeting. Here are some playroom flooring options that will guarantee durability and knee-friendliness for your kids!

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Hardwood Flooring Terms You Should Know

May 13th, 2018

As you go through the process of installing new hardwood floors in your home, you will probably come across some terms that you’re not familiar with. No worries! We’re breaking down popular hardwood flooring terms so you won’t be left confused.

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Sanding

This is the removal of the hardwood floor finish and stain to get to the wood grain.

Edging

Similar to sanding, but it is done on the edges of the floor and in tight crevices.

Refinishing

This is the process of making an older hardwood floor in a home come back to life. It entails sanding of the original finish and stain to get right down to the wood grain. Then, it is re-stained and new coats of finish are applied for durability.

Installation

This is the general process of placing planks of wood on the floor of a home.  Sometimes you may be installing new wood over an existing floor or directly over concrete or a subfloor.

Concrete Subfloor

This is a layer of concrete below the hardwood floors. This makes sure the area is even and stable.  In this case, an engineered wood floor would need to be installed.

Wood Subfloor

This is a layer of wood underneath the final hardwood floors. This subfloor helps make the space flat before installing the floor planks, which are nailed directly into the subfloor.

Moisture

Even though it is just a small amount of water, moisture can negatively affect your hardwood floors. Moisture can come from underneath the house, outside, or in the actual subfloor. Hardwood floors can only be installed after the moisture levels are taken and deemed to be at appropriate levels.

Water Base & Oil Base

These are just two types of finishes Signature Hardwood Floors applies to the top of the newly installed hardwood floors.  There are several differences between the two and should definitely be addressed prior to work being done. Ask your professional to explain those differences.

To learn more about hardwood flooring terms and the process, contact the flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors by calling 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!