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.
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Designing your home is all about letting your own personality show throughout your home. Hardwood floors are a perfect way to give your home that extra touch and personality. Here are some of the top trends in hardwood flooring this year.
Picking a floor pattern that fits your standards and vision is key in ensuring a quality end product. There are many flooring patterns, but here are the most common flooring options. Each one will help create a unique atmosphere in any home.
Fall season brings with it some much-needed rain, but how is this affecting your hardwood floors? A lot of moisture can make your hardwood floors expand, and then contract. This process makes the boards cup, crown, crack and buckle, which all have negative effects on your floors. Here are some tips to make sure your flooring lasts.
Site finished or factory-finished?
Both site-finished and factory-finished have their benefits. Choosing one will depend on the level of customization you would like, and your own personal preference.
A site-finished floor is when finish is applied on the job site, in the room where the raw hardwood floor is installed. It offers the most customization, such as, staining, borders, etc. Although, you need to put aside time to let it dry, in which you will not be able to walk on your floor.
A factory finished floor, or pre-finished hardwood floor is when the finish is applied at the factory during the manufacturing process ,way before it gets to your home. This offers less customization, but you can walk on your floors immediately after they are installed and there’s no mess.
Glossy or matte?
Sheen of your hardwood floors is all about personal preference. Gloss finishes offer the most shine (think basketball court), but they will also reflect more light, thus showing more dirt and scratches. Semi-gloss finishes will offer minimal shine and will reflect some light, and are a very popular choice. Matte finishes offer the least amount of shine and reflect the least amount of light. The less sheen, the less likely you will see small scratches on the floor and other types of wear. More people today are choosing matte or satin finishes than any other.
Strip, plank or parquet?
Hardwood floors are manufactured in three ways: strip, plank, and parquet. These are all available in different species, colors, and widths, so it’s all about which you prefer. Strip flooring is less than 3 inches wide, and has a more linear effect, making the room look larger. Plank flooring is equal or greater than 3 inches wide. It is still linear, but its wider width creates a casual look. Lastly, parquet flooring varies in sizes, but it has a geometric non-linear look. It can be simple, or it can be complex.
Still have questions about what type of hardwood floors are a great fit 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
Hardwood floors improve the air quality inside your home. They do not harbor allergens or harmful pesticides that can be tracked from outside. Dust and mold are minimal also, which allows for hardwood floors to be a healthy flooring option.
Hardwood floors are a renewable flooring option since trees can be replanted to replace the ones that were harvested. In the US, for every tree that is harvested, another 1.66 is planted. Because wood floors can last for decades, they require fewer raw materials, and produce less landfill waste (unlike other flooring options).
Hardwood floors can stand up to busy lifestyles of today’s families, and will continue to look beautiful for decades. The Janka Scale, which measures hardness of wood species, gives you an indication of how wood floors are expected to perform.
Homes that have hardwood floors sell faster and for more money than homes without it. Wood floors offer your home long-term value that other flooring options cannot.
Still have questions about why hardwood floors are a great fit 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
With the holiday season here, it’s important to keep your floors in mind. It isn’t uncommon for hardwood floors to wear down a bit from people being in your home. Here are some tips on how to protect it!
Hardwood flooring is a beautiful addition to a home, but not all woods are sustainably harvested. Becoming informed about high-quality wood choices helps to select a wood that not only is sustainable, but also gives a beautiful look to your home without contributing to negative effects on the environment. Concerns about wood harvesting include illegal logging, deforestation, etc. Sustainable forest management has an approach that addresses the needs of the forest and ecosystem.
There are a lot of options when it comes to your hardwood floor’s design, one of them being picture frame flooring. Picture frame flooring uses contrasting colors and sizes to create a frame around your room. This is a perfect way to make a statement on your hardwood floors, as well as provide uniqueness to your home’s overall design.
What do the stairs in your home look like? There are a lot of options when it comes to what covers your stairs and what best suits your lifestyle. Wood stairs make a beautiful statement, while covering the wood with a carpet runner is also another option. Here are some common stair trends to look out for.