Archive for the ‘Hardwood Floor Protection’ Category

Choosing the Right Wood Floor For Your Mudroom

Thursday, 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

Tuesday, 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!

Where to Buy Your Hardwood Floors

Thursday, 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!

Slight changes that will make a difference with your hardwood floors

Monday, March 4th, 2019

Hardwood floors are an extremely durable and a long-lasting flooring choice for your home. However, overtime, it can start to look a little dull or scratched. Luckily, there are small changes you can make that can have a lasting effect on your floors, keeping them looking brand new for even longer.

Always do some light cleaning

Cleaning your hardwood floors does not have to be a strenuous job. All you have to do is consistently make sure your floors are being cleaned with the correct cleaning solution so they do not become damaged. In between cleanings, you can use a dry mop or broom to clean spills.

Check the humidity in your home

Wood floors are porous, and will expand and contract throughout the year depending on the temperature and season. If there is humidity and moisture in the air, your wood floors can buckle which creates gaps in between your floorboards. The best temperature for your home would be between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Your humidity level should be between 30 to 50%. You can use a humidifier or dehumidifier to balance the moisture levels in certain rooms. Humidifiers in winter seasons are ideal because of the low humidity, and dehumidifier in the warmer seasons like summer.

Floor protectors

Scratches on your floors can be caused from different objects in your home, such as dining room chairs being moved across the floor, or shoes being used in the house. Adding pads to the bottom of your furniture will ensure it will not scratch or cause damage to your floors.

Add rugs throughout your home

One of the reason to get hardwood floors is because of its beauty, so it’s obvious to not want to cover it up completely with a rug or carpet. However, you can have an accent rug in certain rooms in your house to not only protect high traffic areas, but also coordinate with the furniture and compliment the hardwood floors.

These slight changes can change your hardwood floors for the better. To learn more, 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!

Are You Unintentionally Destroying Your Hardwood Floors?

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

If you have hardwood floors in your home, you may be unaware of the ways you could be destroying them without even knowing it. Here are some ways seemingly harmless items and habits could be harming your floors.

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Why Can’t I Install Hardwood Floors Myself?

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

Some people may think that installing hardwood floors is just connecting wood boards together with a staple gun, but this is not the case. The process requires a lot of work, and can even be impacted by different conditions and climates only professionals will be aware of. So, put that staple gun away, and read about the information you must consider before installing hardwood floors.

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Fireplace and Your Hardwood Floors

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

Hardwood floors are a beautiful investment for any home. Although, being wooden, it is vulnerable to different types of damage. If you have a fireplace that is near your hardwood floors, this can be a fire hazard. Also, if little sparks of wood hit your floors, this can damage your floors. Instead of worrying about this, there are ways to protect your floors. Here are some tips:

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Protecting Your Floors This Holiday Season

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

It’s the holiday season, and while hosting parties can be fun, there’s a huge toll it can have on your hardwood floors. With the weather, guests and food, your floors could end up stained, scratched, or ruined. Here are some steps you can take to ensure your floors stay beautiful despite the craziness of the holiday season.

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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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Vents as a Hardwood Floor Accessory

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Homes have duct vents in the floors because heat rises, so it’s perfect to keep your house warm on a cold fall or winter day. Although this is a great source of warmth, the metal coat most vents have don’t look amazing with your hardwood floors.

Fortunately, there are many different styles and species of vent registers that can go well with your floors. The vents can either be flush mount, which sits down even on your hardwood floors, or surface mount, which can be put over the duct opening.

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