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!

Slight changes that will make a difference with your hardwood floors

March 4th, 2019

Hardwood floors are an extremely durable and a long-lasting flooring choice for your home. However, overtime, it can start to look a little dull or scratched. Luckily, there are small changes you can make that can have a lasting effect on your floors, keeping them looking brand new for even longer.

Always do some light cleaning

Cleaning your hardwood floors does not have to be a strenuous job. All you have to do is consistently make sure your floors are being cleaned with the correct cleaning solution so they do not become damaged. In between cleanings, you can use a dry mop or broom to clean spills.

Check the humidity in your home

Wood floors are porous, and will expand and contract throughout the year depending on the temperature and season. If there is humidity and moisture in the air, your wood floors can buckle which creates gaps in between your floorboards. The best temperature for your home would be between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Your humidity level should be between 30 to 50%. You can use a humidifier or dehumidifier to balance the moisture levels in certain rooms. Humidifiers in winter seasons are ideal because of the low humidity, and dehumidifier in the warmer seasons like summer.

Floor protectors

Scratches on your floors can be caused from different objects in your home, such as dining room chairs being moved across the floor, or shoes being used in the house. Adding pads to the bottom of your furniture will ensure it will not scratch or cause damage to your floors.

Add rugs throughout your home

One of the reason to get hardwood floors is because of its beauty, so it’s obvious to not want to cover it up completely with a rug or carpet. However, you can have an accent rug in certain rooms in your house to not only protect high traffic areas, but also coordinate with the furniture and compliment the hardwood floors.

These slight changes can change your hardwood floors for the better. To learn more, 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!

Are You Unintentionally Destroying Your Hardwood Floors?

February 19th, 2019

If you have hardwood floors in your home, you may be unaware of the ways you could be destroying them without even knowing it. Here are some ways seemingly harmless items and habits could be harming your floors.

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Things You Did Not Know About Handscraped Hardwood Floors

February 12th, 2019

Handscraped floors are exactly what you think; wood floors that are scraped by hand instead of being milled by a machine. Each plank has its own unique characteristics, making this flooring choice extremely distinctive. But, you might not have known these facts about this floor choice:

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Why Can’t I Install Hardwood Floors Myself?

January 22nd, 2019

Some people may think that installing hardwood floors is just connecting wood boards together with a staple gun, but this is not the case. The process requires a lot of work, and can even be impacted by different conditions and climates only professionals will be aware of. So, put that staple gun away, and read about the information you must consider before installing hardwood floors.

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Personalizing Your Home Office

January 16th, 2019

An important factor for any office space is comfortability, and has a direct impact on a productivity. Another important factor is personalization, and making it your own. Whether you like a space that’s more fun, or more serious, it’s yours to customize. You can experiment with different style options like custom shelves, plants, fun furniture, etc. Whether you have a large home office to get your work done or just a little nook, you’ll be spending a lot of time there, and it’s important to make it as comfortable as possible. So, how can you make this happen?

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