Archive for the ‘Hardwood Flooring’ Category

Why Transition Molding is Important

Friday, October 26th, 2018

Transition molding is what helps one surface transition to another, making sure there are no unfinished edges. Transition molding is actually an extremely essential piece for the look and function of your floors. It also prevents tripping if you are walking from one surface to another.

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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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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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Reducing Sunlight Damage on Hardwood Floors

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Fading of hardwood floors as a result of sunlight is a problem that is unavoidable to a degree. The sun’s strong ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) rays fade everything over time. Wood floors are no exception. Wood floors with oil based finishes fade more severely than those with water based finished, but one thing’s for sure, there is no such thing as a fade-proof floor. However, there are a few things you can do to reduce the amount of fading on your hardwood floors.

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Hardwood Flooring Terms You Should Know

Sunday, May 13th, 2018

As you go through the process of installing new hardwood floors in your home, you will probably come across some terms that you’re not familiar with. No worries! We’re breaking down popular hardwood flooring terms so you won’t be left confused.

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Sanding

This is the removal of the hardwood floor finish and stain to get to the wood grain.

Edging

Similar to sanding, but it is done on the edges of the floor and in tight crevices.

Refinishing

This is the process of making an older hardwood floor in a home come back to life. It entails sanding of the original finish and stain to get right down to the wood grain. Then, it is re-stained and new coats of finish are applied for durability.

Installation

This is the general process of placing planks of wood on the floor of a home.  Sometimes you may be installing new wood over an existing floor or directly over concrete or a subfloor.

Concrete Subfloor

This is a layer of concrete below the hardwood floors. This makes sure the area is even and stable.  In this case, an engineered wood floor would need to be installed.

Wood Subfloor

This is a layer of wood underneath the final hardwood floors. This subfloor helps make the space flat before installing the floor planks, which are nailed directly into the subfloor.

Moisture

Even though it is just a small amount of water, moisture can negatively affect your hardwood floors. Moisture can come from underneath the house, outside, or in the actual subfloor. Hardwood floors can only be installed after the moisture levels are taken and deemed to be at appropriate levels.

Water Base & Oil Base

These are just two types of finishes Signature Hardwood Floors applies to the top of the newly installed hardwood floors.  There are several differences between the two and should definitely be addressed prior to work being done. Ask your professional to explain those differences.

To learn more about hardwood flooring terms and the process, contact the flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors by calling 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

 

Best Flooring Option for a Bathroom

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

What is the best flooring option for a bathroom? Even though regular tile or hardwood floors could be great options, you want a material that can withstand humidity and frequent temperature changes.

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Allergies That Will Not Stop?

Monday, March 26th, 2018

When you’re inside your home, do you ever find yourself having allergies that will not stop? You might be coughing, sneezing, or having a runny nose. The cause of this could be your carpet.

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4 Design Tips for your Kitchen Renovation

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

Are you considering a kitchen renovation for your home? Deciding on cabinets, colors, and flooring can be extremely difficult. You can always hire a designer to help you out, but we’ve got some tips that could save you a lot of time and money.

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Figuring out paint colors

2018 has seen a growing popularity of neutral colors. Simple and clean colors bring a feeling of calm to any room. They also help to brighten up a space.

If you don’t want neutrals and are looking for something bold, definitely do it. Paint is an easy way to bring that boldness to your home.

Finding the right flooring

There are many options for kitchen floors in your home. Wood floors are a popular choice- they have the ability to add character to any room. An entire room can be built around them. Some people question having hardwood floors in their kitchen, but what they don’t realize is that they are an extremely practical choice. Wood floors can have attractive add-ons like going over radiant heating systems. Who wouldn’t want the feeling of a heated floor?

Remember that contrasting is key, so if you have wood floors and wood cabinetry, go lighter and darker. You can paint your cabinets any color so your wood floors pop. Or, if your kitchen is made up of cooler tones, contrast it with some warm hardwood floors. We recommend hardwood floors that have some texture and details in them so they can hide traffic marks from people’s shoes or your pet’s feet.

Hardwood floor stain

Warm tones for hardwood floor have always been a favorite among homeowners, but light neutral colors are growing in popularity. However, dark stained hardwood floors are the less practical choice. They usually show more scratches or dents caused by traffic. They are beautiful, just maybe not the best choice for kitchens.

Textured finished hardwood floors are also a great choice. This is due to their ability to hide wear and damage.

Make it yours

Make sure your kitchen reflects your personality. The kitchen is the heart of the home, so make sure it is everything you want it to be. If you love bold, get some bold colored cabinets! Or, you can get a bold light fixture or playfully designed mats. If you enjoy more of a calm, neutral look, opt for a more simple feel. Get some simple colored mats or neutral colored cabinets.
At Signature Hardwood Floors, we work closely with homeowners to make sure their vision comes alive. If you have wanna know more about kitchen renovation, contact the flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, andLinkedIn!

Here’s How to Boost Your Home’s Value

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

Spring cleaning is approaching! This doesn’t just entail cleaning out unnecessary items in your home, but includes taking time to reflect and evaluate things in your life. Will you be selling your home in the future? If so, this year is great time to increase the value of your home.

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How to Make The Most of Small Spaces

Monday, February 12th, 2018

We all know the struggle of trying to utilize a small space. Sometimes it feels impossible, but there are many little ways to make the most out of small living spaces.

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