Different Types of Hardwood Floor Finishes

March 27th, 2017

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Water-based finishes are applied to the surface of the floor. They are usually clear and very durable.

Oil-based finishes are applied to the surface of the floor. They are amber and over time, will turn yellow, and are also very durable.

Moisture-cured finishes are applied to the surface of the floor, and can be clear to amber in color and are extremely durable. 

Natural oil finishes can be penetrating oils or hard wax oil finishes. They penetrate into the pores of the wood to achieve a durable, long-lasting finish. However, these finishes require much more routine maintenance so the oils don’t dry out over time.

UV finishes are applied to the surface of the floor at the factory, but can also be applied on the job site. They use UVa and UVb light to cure the finish instantly with no dry time.

Conversion varnish finishes are applied to the surface of the floor, and are clear to slightly amber and are extremely durable.

Wax finishes are the oldest floor finish in use. They are applied in thin coats, and soak into the pores of the wood. The coats are buffed and hardened to create a protective penetrating seal. Wax finishes aren’t as popular as they once were because of the maintenance involved.

Have any more questions about the different types of finishes? Signature Hardwood Floors would be happy to help. Contact our flooring experts for any questions, and a FREE ESTIMATE. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click here today!

All About Luxury Vinyl Plank- Pros and Cons

March 14th, 2017

Luxury vinyl plank (LVP) is a flooring option that can replicate the look of hardwood flooring. In the past, this flooring option was used for kitchens, bathrooms and other areas in the home that are susceptible to water and moisture. Of course, like any flooring option, it has its pros and cons:

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Why Should I Get Hardwood Floors?

February 28th, 2017

Environmental Benefits

Wood floors are a renewable flooring option since trees can be replanted. In the United States, for every tree that is harvested, 1.66 is planted. This is why the standing volume is much bigger today than a few decades ago. Wood floors can also last for many generations, and require fewer raw materials than other flooring options.

Health Benefits

Wood floors improve the quality of air in a home. They do not harbor any allergens or harmful pesticides that can be tracked in from outside. Mold and dust is minimal, which makes it a healthy flooring choice.

Durability

Wood floors can power through the busy lifestyles of today’s modern families, and keep its beauty. The Janka Scale, which measures hardness of wood species, gives you an indication of how wood floors are expected to perform.

Competitive

Looking to sell your home in the future? Homes with wood floors sell much faster and for much more money than homes without it. They also can maintain a long-term value that can last hundreds of years.

Now that you the benefits of hardwood flooring, Signature Hardwood Floors would be happy to help bring it to your home. Contact our flooring experts for any questions, and a FREE ESTIMATE. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click here today!

What Are The Best Rug Pads For Hardwood Floors?

February 21st, 2017

Rugs are hardwood floor’s best friend. If you are thinking about getting an area rug for your home, then you will need a suitable rug pad as well. Unfortunately, it can be difficult finding a rug pad that is compatible with your hardwood floors, and we’re here to help!

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Why Can’t I Install Hardwood Floors Myself?

February 14th, 2017

Although some may think hardwood floor installation is easy, it is not. It is an extremely complicated process, and in certain instances, it can add an extra layer of difficulty. Here are a few reasons why we are against installing hardwood floors yourselves.

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Fun Fact: Tally of Trees in U.S. Forests

February 7th, 2017

Here’s an interesting fact: trees outnumber people 300 to 1 in the U.S. This includes woodlands that cover one-third of the country in the U.S. Forest Service’s latest tally.

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Questions That May Be Asked When Buying Hardwood Floors    

January 30th, 2017

Most people who are interested in hardwood floors may not know what they want. This is no problem at all! If you are interested in hardwood floors, you’ve probably realized that it’s an investment worth making, but only when you find the perfect floor. Here are some questions you may be asked and are important in determining what hardwood floor is perfect for your home.new house

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All About Wood Floor Cupping

January 25th, 2017

Wood floor cupping is when the sides of hardwood floors are higher up than the center of the boards. This produces a concave-like look on the floor. The issue comes from moisture content changes.

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How to Stop Hardwood Floors From Fading?

January 18th, 2017

An important thing to always remember is that hardwood floors are natural. Anything natural will eventually undergo changes. For hardwood floors, the change comes in the color of the wood. The two important factors that case the change are:

  1. Exposure to sunlight
  2. Applied finishes and/or stainssun-damage-hardwood-floors-darm-svb

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2017 Hardwood Flooring Trends

January 3rd, 2017

Welcome to 2017! A new year comes with new styles. Many things have stayed the same, but there are some fresh hardwood flooring trends that you might not have seen before. With hardwood floors being a classic choice for any home, there will always be a market for wood flooring.

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