Sound Reduction for Homes with Hardwood Floors

November 12th, 2019

While hardwood floors are timeless, and instantly boost the value of a home, there can be one downside. Sound waves bounce easier in rooms with hardwood floors, making sound reduction an issue. However, it doesn’t have to be! Sound reduction can be created in your home in different ways – both pre-installation and post-installation. Keep reading to learn how:

Pre-installation sound reduction

If you have the opportunity to isolate noise in your home before your hardwood floors are put down, definitely do so. One way to do this is installing an acoustical soundboard under the subfloor. By doing this, you can insulate sound vibrations. 

Another way to implement sound reduction pre-installation is with underlayments, like mats. They can be made from a variety of different materials such as vinyl, rubber or foam. Keep in mind, though, the thicker the better.

Post-installation sound reduction

If your home already has hardwood floors, you can implement sound reduction with your furniture options. For example, couches and sectionals that are made of a soft fabric work well for absorbing noises, compared to couches made with other materials such as leather. For your tables and chairs, utilize soft decorative options like cushions and tablecloths which can help to soften sound vibrations. 

When thinking of sound reduction, you should also consider what is on your walls, floors and windows. An area rug can soak up the sound in a room, as well as draperies on a window. Consider using thick material like suede, instead of a lightweight fabric like cotton.

Our team here at Signature Hardwood Floors is here to help you with any sound reduction questions you might have. Contact us for any hardwood floor questions, and a FREE ESTIMATE. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

Fall Color Trends For Your Home

November 7th, 2019

The weather outside is cooler, but the inside of your home doesn’t have to be! The latest fall design and color trends are all about earthy tones and bright colors – similar to that of the 80’s or 90’s. These colors can be fun to play around with and will look great in any home! 

Blush and Camel

Nude tones like camel give off a luxurious feel wherever it is put. Blush tones also have a luxurious look, but can soften a space as well. These two colors can be used as accent colors in a room, and goes well with earthy tones like green or grey.

Woods

While wood is not a color, it still brings in natural tones to a home, and there are many stain colors to choose from. The rustic look of wood also creates a feeling of relaxation. An easy way to incorporate this into your home is with your flooring. Hardwood floors instantly add character and warmth to any room, and go with any color.

Red and Yellows

Bright reds bring in the feeling of power and confidence to a space, while yellow brings energy and joy. Since these colors are so intense, it is best to limit them to about 10% of your home’s palette. This can be through simple items such as artwork, fruits in a bowl, statement pillows, etc. 

Plum and Navy

These bold colors can be the perfect pop of color for your home. These dark hues can work well contrasting nudes, blushes, or wood floors. If you’re really interested in incorporating these colors in your home, you can always paint your door or moldings to match.

Fall 2019 is all about warming up your home with deep shades, and incorporating pops of color. Wondering where to start? Your floors are the best place! Our team here at Signature Hardwood Floors is here to install beautiful hardwood floors in your home. Contact us for any hardwood floor questions, and a FREE ESTIMATE. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

How to Instantly Boost Your Home’s Value

October 30th, 2019

Tip #1: Renovate any outdated rooms

Are there rooms in your house that look way too old for it’s time? Adding some modern feel to your home will ensure your home increases in price and value. If you don’t have the budget to do an entire renovation, simple fixes like repainting, adding in some light fixtures, or improving the ventilation in the home will do the trick. 

Tip #2: Think green!

Buyers are looking for energy-efficient homes – and will only continue to do so in the future. In order to make your home more green, you can install energy-efficient bulbs, low energy appliances and heating, etc. Another way to do this is with hydro insulation. A home that is insulated will sell at a higher price than one that is not, giving you a great return on investment in the long run.

Tip #3 Update those floors

Have carpet in your home? Update to hardwood floors. This flooring choice is not only eye-catching, but also long-lasting. Having this in your home instead of carpet will tell future homeowners that they won’t have to worry about their flooring for a while, and adds a great amount of value to a home. Carpet or any other flooring option needs regular deep cleaning and overall, isn’t as pretty. And if you already have hardwood floors, consider getting them sanded and stained or refinished. 

Tip #4 Paint the front door

The first look at your home is crucial in generating a lasting impression. Simply adding a fresh coat of paint or decoration to the front door can be a great way to add value, but not break the bank.

Tip #5 Fix the outside

A photo of your home is the first thing buyers will see. Making sure the outside of your home is as beautiful as the inside is crucial. You can trim the bushes, plant some flowers, powerwash the driveaway, revamp the mailbox – anything that will attract buyers to your home by first glance.

Upgrading the value of your home can be easy, and our team here at Signature Hardwood Floors is here to help you create a valuable home. Contact us for any hardwood floor questions, and a FREE ESTIMATE. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

Differences Between Engineered and Solid Hardwood Floors

October 17th, 2019

Flooring is never a one size fits all, and can be hard to make a decision on what kind is best in your home. That being said – if you’re looking for flooring that is not only beautiful, but also durable and long-lasting, hardwood floors are always the best choice. But with so many different types of wood floor types, species and stains, it may seem like a difficult decision picking the right one for your home.

There are two main types of wood floors – solid and engineered. Solid wood planks are made from one piece of wood, while engineered wood has a core of plywood and a layer of hardwood veneer on the surface. Both options will look beautiful in any home, but there are key differences that can help you figure out which type to choose for your home. 

The installation process

Engineered wood doesn’t react to changing temperatures, and is less likely to buckle in the heat and humidity. Because of this, it is usually installed above or below ground level. Solid wood will eventually expand over time, so it is best to only be installed on ground level or above. 

Durability of the floors

Both engineered and solid wood floors are durable, but solid wood is usually more stable since it has to be glued and nailed to a subfloor. On the other hand, in extreme temperatures, engineered wood has more stability because it’s less likely to buckle or expand. Regardless, solid wood is still a better choice if you are looking for stability and durability, since engineered wood’s surface can be thin.

The cost of the floors

Engineered hardwood floors are usually less expensive than solid hardwood floors, but is still largely dependent on the quality and species of the wood. There is no definitive cost of the two, but engineered is usually between $3 to $14 per square foot, while solid is between $8 to $15 per square foot. 


Resistance to moisture 

Engineered wood is the better choice if you’re looking for moisture resistance. Made with a plywood base, engineered wood is less likely to warp or flex because of moisture. Solid wood should not be placed where moisture comes in the home the most. This includes areas in the home such as bathrooms or basements. 


Now that you’ve figured out which type of wood to use in your home, it’s time to figure out the species and stain! Our team here at Signature Hardwood Floors is here to help. Contact us for any questions, and a FREE ESTIMATE. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

4 Ways You’re Ruining Your Floors

October 9th, 2019

Although hardwood flooring may seem low-maintenance, it still needs some TLC to maintain it’s beauty and longevity. But it doesn’t require just any old cleaning routine – there’s a correct way to clean your floors without ruining them. It’s easy to learn, and once you get the hang of it, it’ll be second nature to you. Here are cleaning habits you need to stop doing to ensure your floors stay damage-free!

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Mopping the floors

Hardwood floors are not tiles! They absorb and hold moisture, which means that using a wet mop should never be done. Water can seep through the floorboards and lead to warping or swelling. If you do choose to mop your floors, you should never use one that is saturated. It should be basically dry in order to keep your floors from being damaged.

Using the wrong vacuum attachment 

In time, using the wrong vacuum head can cause damage to your floors, scratching them and allowing dirt and dust to hide in more places. Stay away from vacuum heads that have rotating brushes or stiff bristles, and instead use an attachment with a soft brush. 

Using household cleaners

Using regular household products that work for other surfaces, such as ammonia-based cleaners, are actually extremely harmful on hardwood floors. They will get rid of stains, but in turn will slowly start to eat away at the surface of the floors, permanently damaging them. Instead, use oil-based cleaning products that will not damage your wood floor’s appearance or eliminate it’s protective coat. We recommend using Bona hardwood floor cleaning products for your floors, as this is what always works best for us and our clients.

Not doing regular floor maintenance

One of the most important factors in extending the life of your hardwood floors is with regular, routine maintenance. Sweeping regularly will eliminate dust, but also extend you floor’s lifespan. Also, if you notice scratches on your floors that accumulate over time, opt for repairing them as soon as possible. The sooner you fix the problem, the easier and quicker the repair job will be!

Our team here at Signature Hardwood Floors is ready to help you keep your floors looking brand new all year long. Contact us for any questions, and a FREE ESTIMATE. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

Seasonal Changes and Your Hardwood Floors

October 3rd, 2019

If you live in an area that experiences seasonal changes, you know first hand the effects it can cause. One effect you may not think of is what can happen to your floors when moisture changes between seasons.

With the weather getting cooler, interior humidity levels can drop. This can cause your hardwood floor planks to shrink, causing gaps. But don’t get scared just yet- we’re here to help. Read on about the precautionary measures you can take to minimize the effects of winter’s cooler weather:

Picking wood that minimizes gapping

If you have yet to install hardwood floors in your home or are looking to have them redone, we recommend a slimmer, more narrow board that will shrink less in the dry, winter months than a wider board. The type of wood also matters; certain wood species act differently with moisture contents. For example, Oak, which is more stable, will shrink less with seasonal changes in moisture. We recommend researching or talking to a hardwood floor expert about which flooring is best for your home. However, do not let moisture content scare you away from choosing a wood floor that you desire. 

If you know you live in an area that has seasonal changes, you can take preventative measures before gaps in your floors could occur. 

Keep moisture in your home consistent

Now is the perfect time to start thinking about how you can keep moisture in your home consistent to prevent gapping in the winter. Since it is getting cooler outside, you probably are not using the AC anymore or keeping windows open, which is good! This prevents too much cold or dry air from coming into your home and drying your floors.

Closing the windows and allowing the air in your home to circulate can help build up moisture content in your home. Your daily activities such as showering, cooking, or boiling water will help to keep moisture consistent inside your home.

Another way to keep the consistency of moisture in your home is with a humidifier, as opposed to the use of exhaust fans or dehumidifiers in the warmer months.

Seasons change, but you don’t want your floors to. Our team here at Signature Hardwood Floors is ready to help you keep your floors looking brand new all year long. Contact us for any questions, and a FREE ESTIMATE. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

Timeless Decor Essentials You Need In Your Home

September 17th, 2019

It’s September which means summer is almost over, and fall is approaching. With the seasons changing, your home is due for a change, too! This week, we’re going to show you the top decor items you should be putting in your home to create long-lasting versatility and beauty. 

Bring in some art

A beautiful piece of artwork can completely change a room! You can find an art piece anywhere, whether it be from a thrift store, online, or somewhere you traveled. It can be a bright, colorful painting to bring liveliness to a room, a photograph that holds sentimental value, or a sculpture piece that stands out in a room. 

Bring the outdoors, indoors

Having plants throughout your home can be a great way to decorate your home. You can customize based on the type of plants you want, whether it be big, long, short, colorful, whatever works for you. Another way to bring the outdoors indoors is by having hardwood floors. Hardwood flooring will never go out of style, and can also be customized based on your personality and needs. With so many different wood styles and stains to choose from, there’s no doubt you’ll find the perfect hardwood floors for your home. 

A couch that stands out

Your couch is one of the most important pieces in your home. This is a piece of furniture that you should not only feel comfortable sitting and lounging in, but also seeing everyday. A solid colored couch made from cotton or linen will ensure it’s timeless and will always look and feel good.

Invest in some good storage

Storage space is essential in any home, especially those with pets or children. You can utilize a chest of drawers, which will look good in any room. It can stand by itself in a room or be near a bed or couch. You can dress it up by adding a mirror on the wall above it or adding decor pieces like picture frames and candles on top of it. 

Seasons change, but timeless essentials never do. Our team here at Signature Hardwood Floors is ready to help you find your perfect hardwood floors that will never go out of style! Contact us for any questions, and a FREE ESTIMATE. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

Why Hardwood Floors are Actually Kid-Friendly

September 11th, 2019

Hardwood floors are a popular choice for homeowners everywhere, easily bringing beauty and uniqueness to any home. However, those with kids may be second guessing putting hardwood floors in their home. While hardwood floors may seem more temperamental than other flooring options, it can be the perfect addition to your family’s home. 

Hardwood floor’s durability

With kids running around the house, it’s important to have durable floors. There are many hardwood flooring options that can be a great fit for your home. Before purchasing wood floors, look up the hardwood floor’s Janka rating, and it will tell you how durable that type of wood is. The stronger, the better. 

Lighter colored wood can hide scratches and dirt

Lighter colored hardwood floors such as oak or cherry are just a couple examples of flooring to consider for your home if you have children. Because of their light color, it minimizes and masks the appearance of dust. This can be a time-saver when you don’t have time to spend hours cleaning.

Hardwood flooring is a healthy flooring choice

Carpet is known for collecting dirt and debris, which can build up with bacteria and allergens. With kids spending a lot of their time on the floor, you want flooring that won’t make your kids sick. Unlike carpet, hardwood floors make it much easier to ensure your kids will not be exposed to any harmful substances hidden inside the floor. Hardwood floors are also less likely to collect animal fur or pollen that can irritate your kid’s allergies. 

Hardwood floors are easier to clean

Having kids means you are always going to have spills or something to pick up off the floor, and hardwood flooring will make it that much easier to clean any messes. Hardwood floors do not require as much maintenance to clean up spills like carpet or other flooring options do. All you have to do is quickly grab a paper towel, run some water on it, and then remove whatever fell on the ground. It’s as easy as that!

Signature Hardwood Floors is here to help with any questions you have about the perfect hardwood flooring for your home! Contact us for any questions, and a FREE ESTIMATE. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

Creating 3 Different Fitness Spaces in Your Home

August 29th, 2019

Ready to start getting fit? Well you can- from the comfort of your own home. Workouts like pilates, yoga and barre which could easily cost a fortune for a class can be done easily from your home! Read on for how to create a space perfect for fitness in your home.

Creating a Yoga Space

Yogis can agree- the gym probably isn’t the best place for yoga and meditation practice. This is why creating an in-home studio can be the best solution. You don’t have to run on anyone else’s schedule, and can practice whenever you want.

For this, you don’t need a large, open space. Any area will do, such as a corner in a room. Take advantage of natural light and choose an area near a window. You can even have the space look out to a garden for a beautiful view, or near a piece of art on the wall. 

Transforming a Barre Room

You would need more space for a barre room, so any unused room in your home would do. If there is carpet, you would need to remove it and install hardwood floors or LVP (Luxury Vinyl). Once this is done, consider having floor to ceiling mirrors throughout the room to recreate the barre studio look. Lastly, you would need to install a ballet barre to the wall, which can be purchased from any home improvement store and can take less than half an hour to do. 

An Open Pilates Room

A make-shift pilates room can be the answer to cutting down on expensive membership and fees. Like a yoga space, you don’t need to devote an entire room. Making use of your guest room could be a great way to use the space. If the room has a TV, you can follow along to pilates DVD’s for guidance. Equipment such as foam rollers and exercise balls can be stored in either the closet, or in a basket. A pilates room would also be best with hardwood floors, mimicking actual floors in a studio.

Signature Hardwood Floors is here to help with any fitness room renovations! Contact us for any questions, and a FREE ESTIMATE. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

5 Design Tricks to Maximize your Space

August 20th, 2019

It’s easy to transform and maximize the space in your home with simple design techniques. This can be done by where your place your furniture, the colors you use in your home, and decor pieces that give an illusion of a larger space. Here are some basic tips to help you create a space that is not only beautiful, but also functional: 

Avoid dark colors

Darker colors in your home will dim the reflection of light in a room, which can make a room seem smaller. Opt for light and neutral shades for your walls such as white, grey or beige. If you are thinking of getting hardwood floors, use a lighter stain color, such as beige or grey. If you already have hardwood floors, you can simply get them re-stained to a color that is more inviting and open.

It does not just stop at your walls and floors- consider the furniture and decor in your home as well. Try to keep the colors neutral so your rooms are not overwhelmed with dark colors. For that pop of color, this can be presented in items such as accent pillows or rugs.

Utilize mirrors

Mirrors are not only a great decor piece, but can also visually maximize a room. Try to place mirrors where they can reflect the most light, such as on the opposite wall of a window. If you have a dark corner in your room, you can also put a mirror there so it feels less constrictive.

Curtains

Having your window curtains start from the ceiling instead of right above the window can visually elongate a room. Also, using curtains that have a more translucent fabric can aid in bringing more light into your home from the window.

Furniture pieces

Try to avoid bulky, big couches that can take up too much space in a room. Instead, opt for loveseats and armchairs that are placed in a circle or square formation. This way, the space is more open.

Wall decor

Utilize shelving to hold some books and decor pieces, as to not limit your storage to only the ground which can be distracting. Also, instead of floor lamps, try wall sconces which can leave room for more furniture space on the ground and reduce clutter.

Looking for ideas on the perfect flooring to open up your space?  Signature Hardwood Floors is here to help! Contact us for any questions, and a FREE ESTIMATE. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!