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Sound Reduction for Homes with Hardwood Floors

Tuesday, 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!

How to Instantly Boost Your Home’s Value

Wednesday, 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Tip #1: Renovate any outdated rooms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

Thursday, 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!

Seasonal Changes and Your Hardwood Floors

Thursday, 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!

Creating 3 Different Fitness Spaces in Your Home

Thursday, 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!

Tips to Give Your Home a Modern (but comfortable) Look

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

Modern home design can give off a clean, organized and polished look many people long for, but many worry it won’t have the personality of a real home. If you are interested in a modern design, but also want to maintain the comfort of your home, we’ve got tips to bring your desires to life:

Keep it comfortable

Monochromatic decor is usually associated with modern design, but adding a little color to your rooms are great way to make your home more personalized and comfortable. This can be done by using furniture pieces like couches and side tables, or decor items like throw pillows or curtains that have a pop of color.

Texturize it

If you don’t want the seemingly simple or bleak interior of some modern homes, adding something that appeals to your tactile sensations is a great way to combat this. This can be from textured pieces such as a shaggy rug or a leather couch and armchair. You can even it up a notch by using velvet wallpaper; anything that can appeal to your sense of touch.

Bring nature indoors

Spaces can look a lot less sterile when nature is brought into it. House plants and seasonal flowers can add beauty and life to any space. If you have oversized windows, show off any yard you have by planting flowers and plants outside as well.

Invest in wood

Replace boring marble or porcelain floors with natural hardwood floors. They are easy to maintain and can bring your modern space to life. Hardwood flooring can also accommodate almost any look, and will look good anywhere you put them in your home. It’s also a great excuse to go out and buy a pretty new area rug to throw down!

Personalize your space

A simple way to make your home more comfortable is to make it your own. Adding a personal touch can help reflect your personality in your home. Surrounding your home with family photos in frames can not only add that personal touch, but is also beautiful to look at. Try using different size frames throughout the home to make it more fun, and use frame colors such as black and white for that more modern feel. 

Ready to transform your home? Signature Hardwood Floors is here to help with any wood flooring ideas. 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!

Decorating Your Teen’s Bedroom for Back to School

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

A new school year is coming up, which means you and your kids are preparing to get organized. If your child is entering high school, he or she may be longing for a new space that walks the line between childhood and adolescence. It’s simple to create a room for your teen that is not only cool (to their standards), but also age-appropriate. Here are some easy tips to create a more grown-up look for your teen’s bedroom: 

Create a lot of storage space

We already know teenagers can have a messy room, so utilizing and creating storage spaces in their room will help keep them organized. This can be items such as bed frames with built in storage sections, creating adjustable shelving, and labeling containers. Investing in a desk with storage sections can also be beneficial not only for the cleanliness of the room, but for their school work as well. 

Make sure it is sleep-friendly

Teenagers need at least 8-9 hours of sleep every night; teens who are sleep deprived can suffer mood swings and drowsiness, which can impact their schooling and even their driving. Make sure he or she is getting the necessary amount of sleep each night by first eliminating technology from the room. Good luck, right?  This includes computers, televisions, and gaming systems. Blackout curtains can also aid in giving your teen a better night’s sleep. 

Personalize it!

Redecorating your teen’s bedroom can be a great chance to bond with them. Decorate together and make sure their vision comes to life. Embrace bolder colors, and contrast it with unique styled wood floors. Wood floors will also be easy for cleaning; regular maintenance and upkeep is simple and won’t require too much deep cleaning. If your teen would like neutral colored walls instead, you can add color in the form of rugs, paintings, or any other small decor items.

Decorate it

Your teen probably has their own unique style they would love to showcase. Decorate the room with pieces of art that he or she picks out. It is easy to get cheap paintings from vintage shops or thrift stores. These stores can also have vintage frames which can also bring life to the room. If your teen does their own artwork, consider hanging up their own creations on the wall.

Ready to decorate your teenager’s bedroom before they go back to school? Signature Hardwood Floors is here to help with any wood flooring ideas. 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!

Making Your Guest Bedroom as Welcoming as Possible

Tuesday, 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!

Which is Best? | Light Stained vs. Dark Stained

Wednesday, 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!

Meditation room ideas that will bring peace to your life

Wednesday, 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!