Archive for the ‘Protecting Hardwood Flooring’ Category

Popular Flooring Patterns for Your Home

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Picking a floor pattern that fits your standards and vision is key in ensuring a quality end product. There are many flooring patterns, but here are the most common flooring options. Each one will help create a unique atmosphere in any home.

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Rain and your Hardwood Floors

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Fall season brings with it some much-needed rain, but how is this affecting your hardwood floors? A lot of moisture can make your hardwood floors expand, and then contract. This process makes the boards cup, crown, crack and buckle, which all have negative effects on your floors. Here are some tips to make sure your flooring lasts.

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Hardwood Flooring Trends for your Home

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Hardwood flooring can be used to express yourself and your home, and can give your home personality and character. It’s one of the first things people see when they enter your home, and can possibly last the life of the house. There are trends that are still continuing to grow over the years, and will help personalize and create beauty in your home!

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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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