Archive for the ‘Engineered Hardwood Flooring’ Category

Facts and Misconceptions about Engineered Hardwood Floors

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

Engineered hardwood flooring is a popular alternative to solid hardwood. The difference between the two is that a plank of solid hardwood is one cut of wood all the way through. A plank of engineered hardwood is a cut of solid wood on top of a compacted layer of composite wood. In this way, you can sometimes get the look of hardwood at a more affordable price. Engineered hardwood can even be used in locations that solid hardwood can’t, such as the basement.

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Radiant Heat and Your Hardwood Floors

Friday, October 19th, 2018

With the weather getting colder outside, an option to keep your hardwood floors and house warm is to install radiant heat. Radiant heat is a type of heating system that is placed below your floors.

So, can you install a wood floor over radiant heat? Or, if you already have a wood floor, can you install radiant heat underneath it? Learn everything you need to know about radiant heat and wood floors in this week’s blog!

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Why Can’t I Install Hardwood Floors Myself?

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

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.801-ad-best-flooring-install-over-radiant-heating-system

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Hardwood Floor Care During the Winter

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

In the winter, hardwood floors are more vulnerable to damage than during any other season. They take a greater beating due to people bringing in the outdoor elements when they enter your house. Ice and slush can seep into cracks, forming scratches in the coating, and rock salt, that’s spread outside to prevent ice, only worsen the problem. In extreme cases, the floors can ever warp over time, creating a health hazard to unsuspecting walkers.

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The snow and ice that people track inside are hard to avoid. Even leaving all affected clothing at the door can present an issue, as the water and affiliated melting agents will sit in the same area for hours at a time and eat away at the varnish instead of spreading out and evaporating more quickly. Even more difficult to avoid is the humidity of the season. Since the outside is cold and people prefer warmer insides, the fluctuating state of temperatures makes the wood fluctuate, as well. Because of the constant small changes, the rigid varnish in hardwood can’t keep up and will start to form cracks that start out as imperceptible. These grow bigger with wear and before most people realize it, the varnish has very noticeable holes that can allow the wood to be damaged quite easily.

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Hardwood Floor Trends We’ll See in 2018

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Going into 2018, there are different hardwood floor trends we’ll be seeing more of, highlighting a fresh feel and design in any home. Hardwood floors have an ability to change depending on its surrounding styles, as well as an ability to transform any space. Read on to find out what trends we’ll be seeing in homes come the new year.

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Dealing with Seasonal Issues

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

With the fall season in full effect, the temperatures are starting to cool, and humidity is dropping. Seasonal related issues are extremely common during this time of the year. Most wood floors will have some type of seasonal separation in the boards during the fall and winter. Due to the heating systems in full effect, the humidity levels drop. The wood starts to lose moisture and the boards shrink, resulting in gaps.

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Embracing the Beauty of Fall in Your Home

Monday, October 9th, 2017

With summer finally over, the beauty of fall comes to light. The weather cools down and colors change from bright greens to orange and yellows. If you love the colors of fall, consider embracing them in your home! Read on to learn ways to embrace the season’s beauty in your home.

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Dealing with Water Damaged Floors

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey and Irma, we must all come together to help with recovery. It’s good to know that even though the effects from the storms will last a long time, not all flooding damage is irreversible. Here is a quick guide on how to address the issue of water damage.

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Subfloor materials to look at

When there is a flood, the water will go below the wood floor system. Subflooring systems in addition to wood flooring have to be looked at carefully.

  • Plywood- distortion or swelling can occur to floors when there is a high moisture level. It’s important to have moisture tests done to properly assess the moisture.
  • Oriented Strand Board- the oriented strand board can swell if it is exposed to water. It can create a decrease in density and can make the board weaker.
  • Concrete- concrete doesn’t usually get damaged when it’s exposed to water, but the adhesives or sealers will slow the drying of a concrete slab.
  • Drying- although heat or regular airflow can make the drying process faster, the subfloor should be within the adhesive manufacturer’s moisture level requirements before flooring is installed.

Recovering from a natural disaster can be a long process. With help from around the country and our industry, we can generate progress at a faster rate. Have any more questions regarding how to address water damage? Contact the flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors, Inc. by calling 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

What Type of Flooring is Best For Your Kitchen?

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

More than all the other flooring surfaces in your home, your kitchen takes all the heat. From spilled juice to muddy paw prints, your kitchen needs to withstand it all. You may ask yourself: Does hardwood flooring belong in the kitchen? The answer is yes. Many homeowners opt for hardwood floor in the kitchen to create one big room by tying together all the areas in their home. It also makes it easier to wipe up spills, and is easy to maintain.Arts and Crafts Style Kitchen --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

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Do Hardwood Floors Increase my Home’s Value?

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

When looking to make updates to a home, one of the most common renovations homeowners want to make is the addition of hardwood floors. Coming in all different types of wood and finishes, they definitely increase the aesthetic element of your home, but did you know installing hardwood floors could actually increase the value of your home?

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