Archive for the ‘Protecting Hardwood Flooring’ Category

Great Tips to Make Your Room Look Bigger

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Do you have a room in your house that feels kind of cramped? Good news is that there are ways to make your area look bigger by just having the right floors. This includes the type of hardwood and the way it is installed, but there are other tips too that can help trick the eyes.hickory4


Picture Frame Border

Monday, September 19th, 2016

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.



The Best Stairs For Your Home

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

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.


Not All Finishes are Created Equal

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Almost as important as the type of wood you use for your floors is the type of finish. Polyurethane finishes, oil-based and water-based, serve as a protective layer on top of the wood, which gives the wood sheen. Both types offer good protection, but the biggest differences are the appearance and the after effects once it’s applied. Here are some differences between the two that can help you choose the right finish for your home.



Humidity Levels in Your Home

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Since hardwood floors are a natural product, temperatures and humidity levels in your home influence them. When the humidity level is high, such as now in the summer, wood floors expand. On the other hand, when humidity levels fall, the wood floors will contract. This cycle can cause damage and wear to your wood floors over time. Here are some ideas you should consider to fix the influence of rising and falling humidity levels on your hardwood floors.


Install Humidity Controls Beforehand

Before you even install hardwood floors in your home, you can have a humidity control system installed in your home. This is the true way to track the fluctuating humidity levels. Aim for a humidity level between 40 and 60 percent, or else hardwood floors can be manipulated.

Controlling Humidity During the Summer

During the summer, humidity levels can rise a significant amount in your home. This causes expansion of wood, which can result in planking. Once this happens, the floor can lose its durability and become damaged. If a homeowner does not have a humidity control system, they should opt for a dehumidifier to control the levels.

Controlling Humidity Levels During the Winter

In the winter, humidity levels drop. When this happens, the wood contracts, and can result in gaps between planks on hardwood floors. If you do not have a humidity control system, a humidifier works fine as well.


Cupping is a major problem homeowners may deal with when there are humidity problems in a home. Cupping happens when hardwood bows up slightly. Cupping can correct itself if the humidity issue is fixed. If the cupping problem is more than slight, there may need more work done to restore your floors, such as refinishing or sanding.


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A Guide to Hardwood Flooring Grades

Monday, July 25th, 2016

One of the most important aspects that influence the appearance of hardwood is the grade of the wood. Almost all boards in the United States are graded based on standards originally set by the National Oak Flooring Manufacturers Association (NOFMA). NOFMA gives special attention to appearance or lack of certain character marks, and are a huge indicator of what a board is supposed to look like, instead of an assessment of quality, hardness, and stability, etc.



How Much Does a Hardwood Floor Really Cost?

Monday, July 11th, 2016

The price of a hardwood floor installation in your home will vary depending on different factors, including the type of wood you would like to install. It is usually less expensive than other flooring options such as tile, but can be more expensive than laminate or carpet. Here are some different elements that can help you choose a hardwood floor that is perfect for your home and budget.

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How to Choose and Care for Dark Hardwood Floors

Monday, June 27th, 2016

The look of dark hardwood floors has always been a favorite for homeowners. The darker look allows a more sophisticated look, such as Brazilian Cherry, dark-stained Oak, or walnut. There are, however, things to keep in mind when making the choice to go dark.



When To Use Engineered Floors

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Engineered floors are a great alternative to solid hardwood floors. Since there are advantages and disadvantages to both types of wood, the choice can come down solely to your preference. There are, however, situations where using engineered floors are favorable. Here are the instances in which engineered floors may be the best fit for your home.



Hardwood Floors and Humidity: Caring For Your Floors in the Summer

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Summer is only a few short weeks away here in Maryland, and we’re already starting to feel the heat. Not to mention the humidity! Hot and humid summers are a part of Maryland life, and while we humans are able to put up with them, our hardwood floors can have a little bit of trouble with the humidity. Excess humidity can create a number of problems with your wood floor, and if the issue of humidity isn’t addressed, it can even do some pretty serious damage to your floors. So in this week’s blog, we’ll talk about what exactly it is that humidity does to your hardwood floors, and how you can prevent these problems from happening.


What does that summer humidity do to your wood floors? Learn how to take care of your wood floors in the summer in our blog.