Which is Best? | Light Stained vs. Dark Stained

June 5th, 2019

A room’s ambience can be affected by factors such as decor, furniture, wall paint, and the flooring choice. The stain color of your hardwood floors has a huge effect on any room it’s in, and deciding between a light colored stain or dark colored stain is more important than you may think. It’s best to learn about both options to aid in figuring out which is better suited for your home.

Dark stained hardwood floor

If you already have pre-existing hardwood floors with dents or scratches and are looking to stain your floors, a darker colored stain will cover them up easily and be barely noticeable under dark grey or deep brown stains.

However, dark stained hardwood floors will show post-installation wear and tear more visibly than with lighter stains. If you have a family with children and pets, darker stains may not be best for your home. Scratches and dents will be much more difficult to hide. Also, dust will show up more on darker stained floors. A darker stain is ideal if you want to create a warm, cozy feeling in your home, and if there is not too much traffic in your home.

Light stained hardwood floor

Light stained floors are better suited for homes with high traffic, and can brighten up any space.

To enlarge a small room, light colored hardwood stains are a good choice. Due to it’s reflective colors, it can help brighten up a room. Lighter colored stains are also better at hiding dents and marks that happen post-installation, which can be helpful in the long run. It’s also better at hiding dust and debris, which is ideal for a home with children and pets.

So, which is better for your home?

Regardless of the stain color, a good quality hardwood floor will bring a beautiful ambience to any home. Darker stained floors add an element of formality to a home, and help make a larger room feel cozier. It is also great when restoring an older hardwood floor. Lighter stained floors can bring a brightness to small rooms and spaces, and is better at hiding dents and marks.

The decision lies in which is better for your personal lifestyle, and our team at Signature Hardwood Floors are 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!

Choosing the Right Wood Floor For Your Mudroom

May 30th, 2019

A mudroom is a vital room in modern day homes, acting as a middle ground between the outside and inside of your home. The overall look and function of this room can be determined solely on the type of wood floors your choose. In this week’s blog, we’ll go over how you can incorporate wood floors in your mudroom.

Wood floors CAN be in your mudroom

An incorrect assumption is that wood floors cannot stand up to heavy traffic in certain rooms, including mudrooms. When comparing the durability of hardwood with other floor options for your mudroom, hardwood floors are one of the most low maintenance. Also, if you have hardwood floors in your kitchen or hallway, you may want to also extend it into your mudroom.

Consider the wood species

Certain wood species are more durable than others, and can stand up to more traffic and moisture. To help figure out which wood you want for your mudroom, look up the Janka Hardness Scale, which rates wood floors on their durability. Woods at the top of the list include Brazilian Cherry, Hickory, and Hard Maple.

Add a high-quality rug to trap the moisture

A high-quality rug in your mudroom cuts down on the routine maintenance of your flooring and extends it’s life. Put the rug at the entrance door, and make sure your designate a spot for shoes. Shoes can be put on a plastic mat which can be cleaned easily and quickly in case of dirt or water.

Consider luxury vinyl plank

Luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring has become a popular flooring choice in homes. The planks can mimic the look of hardwood floors, and are extremely sustainable and durable. If you are nervous about water in your mudroom, LVP is a waterproof, stain-proof, and dent resistant flooring choice. LVP can also be installed to match the hardwood floors in your home, so everything stays looking consistent.

Remember to follow these tips during your next renovation project to ensure a beautiful and durable mudroom. Our team at Signature Hardwood Floors will do all the hard work for you. We not only offer beautiful hardwood floors, but LVP and LVT options, too. 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!

Myths About Hardwood Floors

May 21st, 2019

Hardwood flooring has been around for so long, it’s common to hear misconceptions and myths about it. To save yourself any confusion (and money), we’re going to set the record straight on the facts about hardwood floors.

Myth #1: Wax your floors regularly

Floor finishes have evolved over time, making this statement no longer true. It was necessary in the early 20th century when floor finishes were tung oil. This was not as durable as the floor finishing options we currently have available.

Waxing your floors can make it impossible to apply a new coat of finish when needed, so the floors will ultimately end up being sanded down when a new finish is required.

Myth #2: Hardwood floors are terrible for kitchens

Wrong- hardwood floors are great in kitchens! They are durable enough for such a high-traffic area. Just be sure to clean up spills immediately as to not damage the floors over time.

Myth #3: You can refinish hardwood floors yourself

The people who have ended up refinishing hardwood floors themselves have had mixed results. Sure, some rental shops can have equipment to lease, but typically their sanding machines are not the best. The bigger factor is, if you do mess up the floors (circular marks in the floor, uneven sanding, etc), you wind up spending more money to have them fixed.  Companies like Signature Hardwood Floors that refinish floors for a living use the best tools and have years of expertise to leave your floors in perfect condition.

Myth #4: Certain hardwood floor finishes will prevent denting

Although finishes are great at resisting wear and tear, it does not resist dents very well. Same goes for scratches; you can drag something sharp across any hardwood flooring and you will still see some damage, regardless of the finish type.  Certain types of wood are more durable and resistant to denting than others, but there is no wood that is completely dent-proof.

There are many misconceptions about hardwood flooring, but our experts at Signature Hardwood Floors are ready to debunk them. 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!

Living Room Design Inspiration and Tips

May 8th, 2019

When designing your living room, you should focus on creating a space that is meaningful and unique to you and your family. It’s important to first consider some factors to visualize a living room that is personal and yours. This includes figuring out if there is a focal point in the room, the intended use of the room, what your color scheme is, and what your style is. Once those questions are answered, you can make your vision a reality.

Flooring and walls to frame the room

A fun idea is to paint three of the walls one color, and the last wall as an accent wall. The same can be applied to your floors. Hardwood floors come in many stains and designs such as parquet and medallions that can be a focal point. Also depending on the stain and placement, it can help the room seem larger.

Try and make use of natural light

If you are aiming to make your room look bigger, light colors will help reflect any natural light. The use of satin paint instead of matte will also help reflect light in the room. You can also include mirrors, metals, and wood floors to reflect the light.

Pick out the color scheme

This can be done from items you have already used. For example, if you chose your focal point as a piece of art on your wall, you can incorporate some of the colors used in that painting throughout the room.

Place your furniture strategically

This is all decided based on the shape and size of the room, the focal point, and lighting. Try to make 3-foot paths between the furniture so it’s easy to maneuver. Also, do not block any areas that have a lot of traffic, like in a doorway.

It might seem difficult to completely plan and design your living room, but one thing you don’t have to worry about is where you’ll get your flooring. Our experts at Signature Hardwood Floors will help coordinate hardwood floors to best suit your room. 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!

The Best Flooring Type for a Small Bathroom

April 24th, 2019

Do you have a small bathroom and are looking for a flooring choice that is not only waterproof, but also is practical and helps the room feel larger? There are aspects that go into this choice, including the material, design and budget. Read on to see how to make your bathroom seem larger, but still look amazing.

How to make a room seem larger

The first way to make a room seem larger is to change the angle. Any flooring choice that is installed on a diagonal angle will give the illusion of a larger room. It’s also important to choose colors carefully. Lighter colors aid in making a room feel more open, while darker colors do the opposite. Lastly, try to incorporate reflective surfaces, such as high gloss flooring or mirrors on the walls; this will help the room seem larger.

Luxury Vinyl Planks for the Bathroom

The best flooring type for a bathroom has to be waterproof, and able to withstand moisture and temperature changes. This is why we recommend LVP or LVT (Luxury Vinyl Plank or Tile) for your bathroom.

  • LVP is waterproof and can handle moisture
  • It has many design options unique to you and your home, and can mimic the appearance of hardwood, stone or ceramic tile flooring. It can also be installed in a way that enlarges the appearance of the room.
  • It’s a budget-friendly option, and can be a great way to get the look of hardwood floors and such, while having a lower budget.

Need help figuring out the perfect bathroom flooring for your home? Contact the hardwood flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors 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!

Where to Buy Your Hardwood Floors

April 18th, 2019

Although the upfront costs from big box stores or online discounted stores may seem less expensive, it can cost you a lot in the long run. Before purchasing new hardwood floors, ensure you are receiving the best value for your buck, and weigh all your options.

Buying Hardwood Floors Online

When buying hardwood floors from a website you stumbled upon online, you need to be aware of some things. One is that you don’t have anyone helping you find the right flooring choice for your home ad lifestyle. You will either spend an unnecessary amount of time researching, or end up buying the wrong flooring type for your home. The next thing to keep in mind is that a lot of websites do not sell top-quality products. They also may not be covered by a warranty.

Lastly, when it is shipped to your home, you are unaware of how it was handled in the process. There could have been changes in the temperature or humidity that can affect the entire appearance of the floors.

Buying From Big Box Stores

Just like from buying floors online, you can’t really know how the product was handled when it was being shipped. Also, the expertise levels of those helping you choose the floors are limited, and there isn’t a guarantee the workers who are installing the hardwood are trained properly.

If the installers are not regularly checked for proper liability and workers comp insurance documentation, you would be liable if they get hurt when they are on the job.

Buying From Specialists

Signature Hardwood Floors has a highly trained staff that can do everything that the above cannot. They are experts in the field, and can do so much more than just answer some questions or point you to a product. We use installers who are trained, certified and insured, so you do not have to worry about your floors being installed correctly.

Have any questions about what flooring options we have available? Visit our showroom to see the samples for yourself! Contact the hardwood flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors 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!

Spring Cleaning for Your Hardwood Floors

April 10th, 2019

With spring in full force, it’s time for spring cleaning! A huge part of extending the life of your hardwood floors is regular maintenance, and now is the perfect time to put in extra love for your floors. Since hardwood flooring is a durable flooring option, it is easy to take care of. Here’s an easy to follow schedule to ensure your hardwood floors are always in the best possible condition.

General Habits to Start Following

  • Protect your floors in the kitchen with rugs. Place them on areas most likely to have spills, like under the sink, refrigerator, and stove.
  • Use mats outside all exterior doors, such as your front door and back door. This prevents dirt from coming into your home.
  • Place fabric glides under furniture to prevent scrapes and dents.

Daily Habits

  • Aim to sweep daily, but do not use a broom with sharp bristles.
  • Clean up spills immediately to ensure your floors do not get damaged.
  • Try to avoid wearing shoes in the house. Shoes with heavy soles like high-heels can cause dents in the floor over time.

Weekly Habits

  • Dust mop and vacuum the floors.  For dusting, we always recommend only using products that are safe for hardwood floors, like Bona hardwood floor cleaner.

Monthly Habits

  • Wash any rugs that are on your hardwood floors.
  • Clean doormats outside so there’s no lingering dirt being carried into your home on someone’s shoes.

Annual Habits

If your floors are waxed, rewax them. This can greatly extend the life of your hardwood floors.

  • Hardwood floors changes color when it is exposed to sunlight for an extended period of time. To avoid an uneven appearance, move your rugs and mats around.
  • And if the UV damage has already affected your floors, they can always be refinished to look new again!

Curious about other ways to maintain the life of your floors? Contact the hardwood flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors 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!

Which Hardwood Floor Hides Wear and Tear?

April 1st, 2019

Any kind of hardwood floors will bring beauty to your home, but certain species and colors will hide any normal wear and tear better than others. So, what hardwood floor color will hide wear and tear best?

The best stain color to hide wear and tear

Light-colored hardwood floors will always hide any dents and scratches the best. Since scratches are usually light colored, they blend right into the floors, and are not as noticeable. With dark colored hardwood floors, the light color of the scratches stands out. Other characteristics that hide wear and tear are hand-scraped flooring, and floors with no glossy sheen.

Hand-scraped flooring already has a ‘wear and tear’ look to it. It is made to look older, distressed and worn. Because of this, any nicks or scratches you may cause to your floors will be hidden even more.

Hardwood floors with little to no gloss sheen, such as matte hardwood floors, are also better at hiding wear and tear. The higher the gloss, the more likely it will show any nicks and scratches.

Hardwood floor type and stains to consider

To make it a little easier, here are some hardwood floor species that would be best to cover wear and tear:

  • Birch Natural
  • Hickory Natural
  • Maple Natural

Need help figuring out which hardwood floor type is best for your home? Contact the hardwood flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors 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!

The Best Wall Color for Your Hardwood Floors

March 27th, 2019

Picking out the best wall color to compliment your hardwood floors can be a difficult task. With so many options, how can you know what’s best? We’re making it easier for you by giving you some design tips to help you pick out the best wall color for your hardwood floors.

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Neutral is always an option

If you want to play it safe, neutral colors will work with anything. They are not meant to make bold statements, but still provide a style that can be appreciated by many. Here are some example colors:

  • Ivory
  • Cream
  • Tan
  • Taupe
  • White

Opt for bold colors if you want a contrast

If you are looking to make a bold statement by having both your floors and walls stand out, you need to contrast the colors. Find the undertone to your hardwood floors, and use a color wheel to find the opposite color. To make it easier, if it is a warm color, contrast with a cool color, and vice versa.

Putting all attention on the floor

If you want to make your hardwood floors the main statement in the room, you should choose a wall color based on intensity. For example, if you have dark stained hardwood floors and want to keep the attention there, then choose a wall color such as pale blue, light peach or light orange. This keeps the attention away from the walls and onto the floor instead.

Need help figuring out your floor’s undertone, or need an opinion on a design idea? Contact the hardwood flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors 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!

Meditation room ideas that will bring peace to your life

March 13th, 2019

A great way to bring relaxation and tranquility to your life is practicing meditation. Meditation has many mental and physical benefits, and is practiced all over the world. Even just practicing it once a week is a way to gain peace of mind.

Creating a space in your home designated for meditation will help with relaxation and unwinding after a long day or week. Here are some meditation room design ideas that will bring you the ambiance and peace you deserve!

The colors you choose are important

The colors that you incorporate into your room is one of the most important steps to having a calm and welcoming environment. To ensure the room brings calmness, refrain from using bright and flashy colors or patterns that can be distracting. Opt for pale or earth-tone colors. This can include neutrals such as Beige and Eggshell, a variety of greys, or colors such as Navy blue, Blush, and Rust orange.

There should be no distractions

Distractions like televisions and electronic devices should not be inside the room. Minimizing the amount of clutter is also important, ensuring you don’t feel overwhelmed or stressed. There should be as much open space as possible, and you can include house/window plants to bring a sense of earthiness and calmness to the room.

The right flooring choice

When selecting the flooring for your meditation room, consider hardwood floors. Hardwood floors are not only durable, but bring an earthy feeling to a room that is intended for relaxing. A dark colored hardwood floor contrasting a light colored wall paint will bring that grounding and peaceful ambiance to the room. Hardwood floors are also best if you are using cushions and mats that need a flat surface.

Necessary decor for relaxation

You should be going out to pick candles or incense that bring tranquility to you. They should be subtle enough to not be distracting, but still providing that peace during your meditation. Other decor such as throw pillows, mats and rugs will ensure the space is comfortable and unique to your personal style.

Taking the time out of your week to spend time with yourself and unwind is important for your mental and physical health. Being mindful of the decor, colors and flooring choice will guarantee a space that will keep you motivated and remain relaxed. Interested in learning more about hardwood floors for your meditation room? Contact the hardwood flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors 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!