Archive for the ‘Protecting Hardwood Flooring’ Category

Sound Reduction for Homes with Hardwood Floors

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

While hardwood floors are timeless, and instantly boost the value of a home, there can be one downside. Sound waves bounce easier in rooms with hardwood floors, making sound reduction an issue. However, it doesn’t have to be! Sound reduction can be created in your home in different ways – both pre-installation and post-installation. Keep reading to learn how:

Pre-installation sound reduction

If you have the opportunity to isolate noise in your home before your hardwood floors are put down, definitely do so. One way to do this is installing an acoustical soundboard under the subfloor. By doing this, you can insulate sound vibrations. 

Another way to implement sound reduction pre-installation is with underlayments, like mats. They can be made from a variety of different materials such as vinyl, rubber or foam. Keep in mind, though, the thicker the better.

Post-installation sound reduction

If your home already has hardwood floors, you can implement sound reduction with your furniture options. For example, couches and sectionals that are made of a soft fabric work well for absorbing noises, compared to couches made with other materials such as leather. For your tables and chairs, utilize soft decorative options like cushions and tablecloths which can help to soften sound vibrations. 

When thinking of sound reduction, you should also consider what is on your walls, floors and windows. An area rug can soak up the sound in a room, as well as draperies on a window. Consider using thick material like suede, instead of a lightweight fabric like cotton.

Our team here at Signature Hardwood Floors is here to help you with any sound reduction 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!

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!

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!

Meditation room ideas that will bring peace to your life

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

A great way to bring relaxation and tranquility to your life is practicing meditation. Meditation has many mental and physical benefits, and is practiced all over the world. Even just practicing it once a week is a way to gain peace of mind.

Creating a space in your home designated for meditation will help with relaxation and unwinding after a long day or week. Here are some meditation room design ideas that will bring you the ambiance and peace you deserve!

The colors you choose are important

The colors that you incorporate into your room is one of the most important steps to having a calm and welcoming environment. To ensure the room brings calmness, refrain from using bright and flashy colors or patterns that can be distracting. Opt for pale or earth-tone colors. This can include neutrals such as Beige and Eggshell, a variety of greys, or colors such as Navy blue, Blush, and Rust orange.

There should be no distractions

Distractions like televisions and electronic devices should not be inside the room. Minimizing the amount of clutter is also important, ensuring you don’t feel overwhelmed or stressed. There should be as much open space as possible, and you can include house/window plants to bring a sense of earthiness and calmness to the room.

The right flooring choice

When selecting the flooring for your meditation room, consider hardwood floors. Hardwood floors are not only durable, but bring an earthy feeling to a room that is intended for relaxing. A dark colored hardwood floor contrasting a light colored wall paint will bring that grounding and peaceful ambiance to the room. Hardwood floors are also best if you are using cushions and mats that need a flat surface.

Necessary decor for relaxation

You should be going out to pick candles or incense that bring tranquility to you. They should be subtle enough to not be distracting, but still providing that peace during your meditation. Other decor such as throw pillows, mats and rugs will ensure the space is comfortable and unique to your personal style.

Taking the time out of your week to spend time with yourself and unwind is important for your mental and physical health. Being mindful of the decor, colors and flooring choice will guarantee a space that will keep you motivated and remain relaxed. Interested in learning more about hardwood floors for your meditation room? 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!

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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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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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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High Gloss, Semi-Gloss, or Matte Finish?

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

When installing hardwood floors, homeowners have a lot of choices to decide between, including the type of wood and stain. Another important choice that should never go overlooked is whether you install high gloss, semi-gloss, or matte hardwood floors.

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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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