Making Your Guest Bedroom as Welcoming as Possible

July 16th, 2019

It’s summer, which probably means you are going to have guests in your home, whether that be family or out-of-town friends. It’s only natural to want your guests to have the best stay and to feel as comfortable as they can. You may have already planned meals or places to visit, but have you thought about the room they will be staying in? Here is a list to help create a welcoming space for your guests.

Declutter

Get rid of any excess personal items that may have ended up on the nightstand or dresser. Also, if you have any clothes in the closet, remove those as well to make room for your guest’s clothing.

When in doubt, use white!
White linens are used widely in hotel rooms for a reason. Not only are they bright and welcoming, but with a splash of bleach, they’re also easy to clean. The same goes for your guest bedroom; if there are any stains on the linen or their towels, having them be white will take the stress off of you when it’s time to clean. Plus, the look of white, crisp sheets is extremely pleasing.

Bring in the nature

Adding a touch of greenery and natural decor will promote relaxation from your guests. You can add a vase with a floral bouquet for that touch beauty. Hardwood floors in the room will also add elegance into the room, with a touch of nature as well. 

Add a mirror to expand the space

A mirror can be a great piece of wall decor, and if you are dealing with a small guest room, adding a mirror to the wall will visually enlarge the room.

Our team and Signature Hardwood Floors has a variety of wood floor options to choose from, and we are happy 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!

How To Live Eco-Friendly At Home

July 2nd, 2019

There are many ways to make your home more eco-friendly and sustainable. This can be by using natural cleaners instead of harsh chemicals, or switching current light bulbs to LED’s. It’s no longer necessary to choose between quality and sustainability, and there are many ways to take the leap to help the planet. Here are some ways to make your home more eco-friendly.

Choose Flooring that will Last

A great long lasting flooring choice would be hardwood floors, which can last a lifetime with proper maintenance. With such a variety of colors, textures and tones you can choose from, wood floors are an investment that will almost always pay off. 

Sustainable Wood Flooring

There was a time when builders would buy wood without knowing where it came from or how it was sourced. With the current state of the planet and deforestation concerns, there has been a rise in the importance of producing eco-friendly wood. Buying wood floors that are sourced sustainably is a great way to go green.

Use LED Lights

The easiest way to start saving money and energy is from the use of lighting. By replacing halogen lights with LED bulbs, you can reduce your energy bill and help the environment at the same time. They use about 75% less energy than regular bulbs, and have a longer lifespan. 

Switch Out Your Appliances

When upgrading appliances in your home, look for an Energy Star rating. An example is Energy Star rated dishwashers, which use 5.8 gallons of water per cycle, compared to older models which can use up to 10 gallons. Energy Star rated appliances not only emit less water, but they are also usually quieter and last longer than other models.

There are so many different ways to be more environmentally cautious and live eco-friendly. If you are looking to upgrade your flooring to long-lasting wood floors, our team 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!

Best Hardwood Floor Options for Outdoor Space

June 27th, 2019

Summer is here and it’s time to start thinking about renovations! With the warmer weather, we’ll be spending more and more time outside, so why not make sure the outside of your home is as attractive as the inside? The installation of hardwood floors in outdoor space, like a deck or patio, is a great way to add beauty to your home. Since stone and tile are expensive, and can be hard to repair if damaged, installing hardwood floors outside can actually be a great flooring option for your outdoor living space. Check out the best wood species for outdoor spaces below:

Tigerwood

This wood type is great at hiding stains, and is strong and insect/termite resistant. With colors ranging from a darker red to reddish brown, this flooring brings a unique look to any home.

Redwood

This wood is generally the choice most homeowners use for outdoor living space. It is resistant to shrinking, cracking, warping, as well as insects, which makes it ideal for outside. It also does not require a lot of maintenance, so you won’t have to worry much in the winter months with snow or rain. 

Cedar

This is a very durable wood, and colors range from amber to reddish brown. It is also resistant to decay and insects, making it great for the outdoors.

Mahogany

Mahogany is also a very strong wood species, and is often used for porch or deck flooring for homes in rainy and humid areas.


Our team at Signature Hardwood Floors are here to help with any questions you might have about hardwood floors and your outdoor living space. 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!

Summer Heat and Your Hardwood Floors

June 6th, 2019

Summer is right around the corner, and while you might be excited for the warm weather and longer days, it’s important to remember your hardwood floors need upkeep and protection.

Exposure to sun can cause wood floors to have discoloration, and the heat/humidity can also damage them. But no need to worry, there are easy ways to prevent this. Read on for quick and easy tips to protect your hardwood floors against damage from the sun and heat!

Put on the air conditioning

Putting on the AC can have a big impact on your wood floors. This will not only ensure your house does not overheat, but it will also get rid of the moisture in the air. You may be thinking, “but it’s pricey to run the A/C!” And easy way to combat this is to instead think about how much it will cost if your wood floors need replacing. Bump that AC up!

Move furniture around

Since the sun can’t reach your floor is there is furniture on top of it, a great tactic is to move furniture around now and then so the floor is consistent. That way, if your floors do end up having a bit of discoloration from the sun, you won’t have stains that are shaped like your furniture.

Stop cleaning them so much

Yes, you should always clean your hardwood floors, but you don’t have to do certain steps. This includes polishing or waxing your floors; it will just draw sunlight to them.

Close your windows

Try to give your floors as much shade as possible, but don’t beat yourself up if you’re not constantly on top of it. Use window treatments if possible, to avoid direct sun exposure, or you can protect your home from heat and sunlight with a window tinter like 3M.  These tips will ultimately help reduce the discoloration on your floors so you won’t have to worry about it.

Our team at Signature Hardwood Floors are here to help with any questions you might have. 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!

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!