Archive for the ‘Protecting 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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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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Dirt and its Damage to Wood Floors

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

It’s no secret that dirt and dust can make any type of surface look messy, but when it comes to wood, it can be really harmful. Read on to learn some facts about dirt’s impact on hardwood floors, and ways to prevent any harm.

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What is dirt and dust even made of?

This is a complex question, as they both can be made up of a number of elements. Homes are filled with so many substances that can break down and be pushed around, turning into dirt and dust particles.

The most common sources of dirt are pets, open windows/doors, and shoes. Dirt is transferred to wood floors when it sticks to our shoes or socks, or becomes airborne. Food can also be a source of dirt, and whenever it is spilled, pieces are left behind and get broken down into particles that are then carried around the house.

Human and pet hair, as well as skin are constantly shedding, breaking down to small particles that float around the house, landing on wood floors and becoming dust.

How can this damage my wood floors?

Discoloration is a way dirt and dust can damage your floors. Traffic in a room can break down the elements that make it stick to the floor. It can then make its way into small cracks of the wood, and cause discoloration which is hard to remove without refinishing.

Dirt and dust can also cause scratches in your floors. If a food comes in contact with a particle on the floor, it can damage the wood. The scratches leave wood vulnerable to water, leading to swelling. It can also lead to discoloration.

How can I prevent this?

Reduction. If you reduce the amount that is brought into your home, you will see a lot less damage. By removing shoes before walking on the wood floors, you are preventing any elements from being tracked from the shoe to the floor. Regularly cleaning the entryways, vacuuming carpets, putting a rug by the doors, and keeping your windows/doors closed will also prevent damage.

Dirt and dust will always make its way into your home somehow, so ensuring that you are regularly cleaning around your home is the major way to prevent wood floor damage. If you spill food or water, blot it up as fast as possible before it can seep into the crevices of your wood floor.

Learn more about these issues and how to address them by contacting the flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click heretoday! You can also follow us onFacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn!

 

Dealing with Water Damaged Floors

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey and Irma, we must all come together to help with recovery. It’s good to know that even though the effects from the storms will last a long time, not all flooding damage is irreversible. Here is a quick guide on how to address the issue of water damage.

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Subfloor materials to look at

When there is a flood, the water will go below the wood floor system. Subflooring systems in addition to wood flooring have to be looked at carefully.

  • Plywood- distortion or swelling can occur to floors when there is a high moisture level. It’s important to have moisture tests done to properly assess the moisture.
  • Oriented Strand Board- the oriented strand board can swell if it is exposed to water. It can create a decrease in density and can make the board weaker.
  • Concrete- concrete doesn’t usually get damaged when it’s exposed to water, but the adhesives or sealers will slow the drying of a concrete slab.
  • Drying- although heat or regular airflow can make the drying process faster, the subfloor should be within the adhesive manufacturer’s moisture level requirements before flooring is installed.

Recovering from a natural disaster can be a long process. With help from around the country and our industry, we can generate progress at a faster rate. Have any more questions regarding how to address water damage? Contact the flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors, Inc. by calling 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

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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Your Wood Floor Cleaning Schedule

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

You know what they say about habits. It’s hard to get into them, but once you get into a rhythm, it’s hard to break it. That’s why now is a great time to try to get into the habit of wood floor cleaning on a regular basis. Making a cleaning schedule for your wood floors is the best way to get yourself into habit of regular cleaning. In this week’s blog, we’ll talk about the ideal wood floor cleaning schedule, as well as a few important cleaning tips.

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Engineered Wood Floor Planks As An Accent Wall

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Are you looking to modernize your space? Engineered wood flooring on walls is the perfect way to give any room a unique touch. This could create a slight hipster look, or bring in a more traditional feel with the right materials.

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Hardwood Floor Journey: How the NCAA Final Four Court Was Built

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

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A hardwood floor is probably the last thing you think of when watching basketball, but there’s always a story behind the court. This year’s Men’s Final Four competed on a court that started deep in the Michigan forest, going through steps of harvesting, staining and painting. Through an extensive process, 500 trees were harvested and 418 panels of wood were used. Five months later, it made its way to the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona, becoming the very court North Carolina won on against Gonzaga. This process of bringing trees to tipoff is detailed in an article on ESPN, and includes videos and pictures of the progression.

 

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