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Protecting Your Hardwood Floors During the Holidays

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

The holiday season is here, which means your home might be getting a lot more traffic. It’s important to keep up with maintenance of your hardwood floors so that when the new year rolls around, you’re not stressing about your floors being worn out. Here are a list of ways to ensure your floors remain fresh and damage-free through the holiday season.

Have a quality finish

If your hardwood floors are protected with a great finish then there is not much you need to do. It is a form against scratches or dents and even liquids. Even though you have a quality finish, you need to still make sure any spills are cleaned up immediately.

Add mats to doorways

Many outside elements such as melted snow or rain can cause damage to your hardwood floors. Make sure your home’s entrances have a mat for guests to wipe their shoes on, protecting your hardwood floors against moisture damage.

Be careful when moving furniture around

Moving furniture is more likely to damage your floors than high heel shoes. If you rearrange the furniture in your home to make room for guests, be sure that chairs and tables are picked up instead of being dragged around.  And, always put felt pads on the feet of your chairs and tables, just in case.

Ask guests to remove shoes

Even with mats, shoes can bring in elements to your home that aren’t good for your hardwood floors. Warn your guests to remove their shoes upon arrival to your home, or you can offer them slippers. This can keep your floors clean and prevent dirt from being spread around your home.

Our team here at Signature Hardwood Floors is here to help answer any hardwood floor maintenance 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Tip #1: Renovate any outdated rooms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!

4 Ways You’re Ruining Your Floors

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

Although hardwood flooring may seem low-maintenance, it still needs some TLC to maintain it’s beauty and longevity. But it doesn’t require just any old cleaning routine – there’s a correct way to clean your floors without ruining them. It’s easy to learn, and once you get the hang of it, it’ll be second nature to you. Here are cleaning habits you need to stop doing to ensure your floors stay damage-free!

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Mopping the floors

Hardwood floors are not tiles! They absorb and hold moisture, which means that using a wet mop should never be done. Water can seep through the floorboards and lead to warping or swelling. If you do choose to mop your floors, you should never use one that is saturated. It should be basically dry in order to keep your floors from being damaged.

Using the wrong vacuum attachment 

In time, using the wrong vacuum head can cause damage to your floors, scratching them and allowing dirt and dust to hide in more places. Stay away from vacuum heads that have rotating brushes or stiff bristles, and instead use an attachment with a soft brush. 

Using household cleaners

Using regular household products that work for other surfaces, such as ammonia-based cleaners, are actually extremely harmful on hardwood floors. They will get rid of stains, but in turn will slowly start to eat away at the surface of the floors, permanently damaging them. Instead, use oil-based cleaning products that will not damage your wood floor’s appearance or eliminate it’s protective coat. We recommend using Bona hardwood floor cleaning products for your floors, as this is what always works best for us and our clients.

Not doing regular floor maintenance

One of the most important factors in extending the life of your hardwood floors is with regular, routine maintenance. Sweeping regularly will eliminate dust, but also extend you floor’s lifespan. Also, if you notice scratches on your floors that accumulate over time, opt for repairing them as soon as possible. The sooner you fix the problem, the easier and quicker the repair job will be!

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!

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!

Timeless Decor Essentials You Need In Your Home

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

It’s September which means summer is almost over, and fall is approaching. With the seasons changing, your home is due for a change, too! This week, we’re going to show you the top decor items you should be putting in your home to create long-lasting versatility and beauty. 

Bring in some art

A beautiful piece of artwork can completely change a room! You can find an art piece anywhere, whether it be from a thrift store, online, or somewhere you traveled. It can be a bright, colorful painting to bring liveliness to a room, a photograph that holds sentimental value, or a sculpture piece that stands out in a room. 

Bring the outdoors, indoors

Having plants throughout your home can be a great way to decorate your home. You can customize based on the type of plants you want, whether it be big, long, short, colorful, whatever works for you. Another way to bring the outdoors indoors is by having hardwood floors. Hardwood flooring will never go out of style, and can also be customized based on your personality and needs. With so many different wood styles and stains to choose from, there’s no doubt you’ll find the perfect hardwood floors for your home. 

A couch that stands out

Your couch is one of the most important pieces in your home. This is a piece of furniture that you should not only feel comfortable sitting and lounging in, but also seeing everyday. A solid colored couch made from cotton or linen will ensure it’s timeless and will always look and feel good.

Invest in some good storage

Storage space is essential in any home, especially those with pets or children. You can utilize a chest of drawers, which will look good in any room. It can stand by itself in a room or be near a bed or couch. You can dress it up by adding a mirror on the wall above it or adding decor pieces like picture frames and candles on top of it. 

Seasons change, but timeless essentials never do. Our team here at Signature Hardwood Floors is ready to help you find your perfect hardwood floors that will never go out of style! 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!

5 Design Tricks to Maximize your Space

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

It’s easy to transform and maximize the space in your home with simple design techniques. This can be done by where your place your furniture, the colors you use in your home, and decor pieces that give an illusion of a larger space. Here are some basic tips to help you create a space that is not only beautiful, but also functional: 

Avoid dark colors

Darker colors in your home will dim the reflection of light in a room, which can make a room seem smaller. Opt for light and neutral shades for your walls such as white, grey or beige. If you are thinking of getting hardwood floors, use a lighter stain color, such as beige or grey. If you already have hardwood floors, you can simply get them re-stained to a color that is more inviting and open.

It does not just stop at your walls and floors- consider the furniture and decor in your home as well. Try to keep the colors neutral so your rooms are not overwhelmed with dark colors. For that pop of color, this can be presented in items such as accent pillows or rugs.

Utilize mirrors

Mirrors are not only a great decor piece, but can also visually maximize a room. Try to place mirrors where they can reflect the most light, such as on the opposite wall of a window. If you have a dark corner in your room, you can also put a mirror there so it feels less constrictive.

Curtains

Having your window curtains start from the ceiling instead of right above the window can visually elongate a room. Also, using curtains that have a more translucent fabric can aid in bringing more light into your home from the window.

Furniture pieces

Try to avoid bulky, big couches that can take up too much space in a room. Instead, opt for loveseats and armchairs that are placed in a circle or square formation. This way, the space is more open.

Wall decor

Utilize shelving to hold some books and decor pieces, as to not limit your storage to only the ground which can be distracting. Also, instead of floor lamps, try wall sconces which can leave room for more furniture space on the ground and reduce clutter.

Looking for ideas on the perfect flooring to open up your space?  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!

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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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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