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How To Live Eco-Friendly At Home

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

There are many ways to make your home more eco-friendly and sustainable. This can be by using natural cleaners instead of harsh chemicals, or switching current light bulbs to LED’s. It’s no longer necessary to choose between quality and sustainability, and there are many ways to take the leap to help the planet. Here are some ways to make your home more eco-friendly.

Choose Flooring that will Last

A great long lasting flooring choice would be hardwood floors, which can last a lifetime with proper maintenance. With such a variety of colors, textures and tones you can choose from, wood floors are an investment that will almost always pay off. 

Sustainable Wood Flooring

There was a time when builders would buy wood without knowing where it came from or how it was sourced. With the current state of the planet and deforestation concerns, there has been a rise in the importance of producing eco-friendly wood. Buying wood floors that are sourced sustainably is a great way to go green.

Use LED Lights

The easiest way to start saving money and energy is from the use of lighting. By replacing halogen lights with LED bulbs, you can reduce your energy bill and help the environment at the same time. They use about 75% less energy than regular bulbs, and have a longer lifespan. 

Switch Out Your Appliances

When upgrading appliances in your home, look for an Energy Star rating. An example is Energy Star rated dishwashers, which use 5.8 gallons of water per cycle, compared to older models which can use up to 10 gallons. Energy Star rated appliances not only emit less water, but they are also usually quieter and last longer than other models.

There are so many different ways to be more environmentally cautious and live eco-friendly. If you are looking to upgrade your flooring to long-lasting wood floors, our team at Signature Hardwood Floors is here to help. 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!

Summer Heat and Your Hardwood Floors

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

Summer is right around the corner, and while you might be excited for the warm weather and longer days, it’s important to remember your hardwood floors need upkeep and protection.

Exposure to sun can cause wood floors to have discoloration, and the heat/humidity can also damage them. But no need to worry, there are easy ways to prevent this. Read on for quick and easy tips to protect your hardwood floors against damage from the sun and heat!

Put on the air conditioning

Putting on the AC can have a big impact on your wood floors. This will not only ensure your house does not overheat, but it will also get rid of the moisture in the air. You may be thinking, “but it’s pricey to run the A/C!” And easy way to combat this is to instead think about how much it will cost if your wood floors need replacing. Bump that AC up!

Move furniture around

Since the sun can’t reach your floor is there is furniture on top of it, a great tactic is to move furniture around now and then so the floor is consistent. That way, if your floors do end up having a bit of discoloration from the sun, you won’t have stains that are shaped like your furniture.

Stop cleaning them so much

Yes, you should always clean your hardwood floors, but you don’t have to do certain steps. This includes polishing or waxing your floors; it will just draw sunlight to them.

Close your windows

Try to give your floors as much shade as possible, but don’t beat yourself up if you’re not constantly on top of it. Use window treatments if possible, to avoid direct sun exposure, or you can protect your home from heat and sunlight with a window tinter like 3M.  These tips will ultimately help reduce the discoloration on your floors so you won’t have to worry about it.

Our team at Signature Hardwood Floors are here to help with any questions you might have. 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!

Living Room Design Inspiration and Tips

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

When designing your living room, you should focus on creating a space that is meaningful and unique to you and your family. It’s important to first consider some factors to visualize a living room that is personal and yours. This includes figuring out if there is a focal point in the room, the intended use of the room, what your color scheme is, and what your style is. Once those questions are answered, you can make your vision a reality.

Flooring and walls to frame the room

A fun idea is to paint three of the walls one color, and the last wall as an accent wall. The same can be applied to your floors. Hardwood floors come in many stains and designs such as parquet and medallions that can be a focal point. Also depending on the stain and placement, it can help the room seem larger.

Try and make use of natural light

If you are aiming to make your room look bigger, light colors will help reflect any natural light. The use of satin paint instead of matte will also help reflect light in the room. You can also include mirrors, metals, and wood floors to reflect the light.

Pick out the color scheme

This can be done from items you have already used. For example, if you chose your focal point as a piece of art on your wall, you can incorporate some of the colors used in that painting throughout the room.

Place your furniture strategically

This is all decided based on the shape and size of the room, the focal point, and lighting. Try to make 3-foot paths between the furniture so it’s easy to maneuver. Also, do not block any areas that have a lot of traffic, like in a doorway.

It might seem difficult to completely plan and design your living room, but one thing you don’t have to worry about is where you’ll get your flooring. Our experts at Signature Hardwood Floors will help coordinate hardwood floors to best suit your room. 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!

The Best Flooring Type for a Small Bathroom

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Do you have a small bathroom and are looking for a flooring choice that is not only waterproof, but also is practical and helps the room feel larger? There are aspects that go into this choice, including the material, design and budget. Read on to see how to make your bathroom seem larger, but still look amazing.

How to make a room seem larger

The first way to make a room seem larger is to change the angle. Any flooring choice that is installed on a diagonal angle will give the illusion of a larger room. It’s also important to choose colors carefully. Lighter colors aid in making a room feel more open, while darker colors do the opposite. Lastly, try to incorporate reflective surfaces, such as high gloss flooring or mirrors on the walls; this will help the room seem larger.

Luxury Vinyl Planks for the Bathroom

The best flooring type for a bathroom has to be waterproof, and able to withstand moisture and temperature changes. This is why we recommend LVP or LVT (Luxury Vinyl Plank or Tile) for your bathroom.

  • LVP is waterproof and can handle moisture
  • It has many design options unique to you and your home, and can mimic the appearance of hardwood, stone or ceramic tile flooring. It can also be installed in a way that enlarges the appearance of the room.
  • It’s a budget-friendly option, and can be a great way to get the look of hardwood floors and such, while having a lower budget.

Need help figuring out the perfect bathroom flooring for your home? 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!

Spring Cleaning for Your Hardwood Floors

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

With spring in full force, it’s time for spring cleaning! A huge part of extending the life of your hardwood floors is regular maintenance, and now is the perfect time to put in extra love for your floors. Since hardwood flooring is a durable flooring option, it is easy to take care of. Here’s an easy to follow schedule to ensure your hardwood floors are always in the best possible condition.

General Habits to Start Following

  • Protect your floors in the kitchen with rugs. Place them on areas most likely to have spills, like under the sink, refrigerator, and stove.
  • Use mats outside all exterior doors, such as your front door and back door. This prevents dirt from coming into your home.
  • Place fabric glides under furniture to prevent scrapes and dents.

Daily Habits

  • Aim to sweep daily, but do not use a broom with sharp bristles.
  • Clean up spills immediately to ensure your floors do not get damaged.
  • Try to avoid wearing shoes in the house. Shoes with heavy soles like high-heels can cause dents in the floor over time.

Weekly Habits

  • Dust mop and vacuum the floors.  For dusting, we always recommend only using products that are safe for hardwood floors, like Bona hardwood floor cleaner.

Monthly Habits

  • Wash any rugs that are on your hardwood floors.
  • Clean doormats outside so there’s no lingering dirt being carried into your home on someone’s shoes.

Annual Habits

If your floors are waxed, rewax them. This can greatly extend the life of your hardwood floors.

  • Hardwood floors changes color when it is exposed to sunlight for an extended period of time. To avoid an uneven appearance, move your rugs and mats around.
  • And if the UV damage has already affected your floors, they can always be refinished to look new again!

Curious about other ways to maintain the life of your floors? 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!

Which Hardwood Floor Hides Wear and Tear?

Monday, April 1st, 2019

Any kind of hardwood floors will bring beauty to your home, but certain species and colors will hide any normal wear and tear better than others. So, what hardwood floor color will hide wear and tear best?

The best stain color to hide wear and tear

Light-colored hardwood floors will always hide any dents and scratches the best. Since scratches are usually light colored, they blend right into the floors, and are not as noticeable. With dark colored hardwood floors, the light color of the scratches stands out. Other characteristics that hide wear and tear are hand-scraped flooring, and floors with no glossy sheen.

Hand-scraped flooring already has a ‘wear and tear’ look to it. It is made to look older, distressed and worn. Because of this, any nicks or scratches you may cause to your floors will be hidden even more.

Hardwood floors with little to no gloss sheen, such as matte hardwood floors, are also better at hiding wear and tear. The higher the gloss, the more likely it will show any nicks and scratches.

Hardwood floor type and stains to consider

To make it a little easier, here are some hardwood floor species that would be best to cover wear and tear:

  • Birch Natural
  • Hickory Natural
  • Maple Natural

Need help figuring out which hardwood floor type is best for your home? 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!

The Best Wall Color for Your Hardwood Floors

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

Picking out the best wall color to compliment your hardwood floors can be a difficult task. With so many options, how can you know what’s best? We’re making it easier for you by giving you some design tips to help you pick out the best wall color for your hardwood floors.

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Neutral is always an option

If you want to play it safe, neutral colors will work with anything. They are not meant to make bold statements, but still provide a style that can be appreciated by many. Here are some example colors:

  • Ivory
  • Cream
  • Tan
  • Taupe
  • White

Opt for bold colors if you want a contrast

If you are looking to make a bold statement by having both your floors and walls stand out, you need to contrast the colors. Find the undertone to your hardwood floors, and use a color wheel to find the opposite color. To make it easier, if it is a warm color, contrast with a cool color, and vice versa.

Putting all attention on the floor

If you want to make your hardwood floors the main statement in the room, you should choose a wall color based on intensity. For example, if you have dark stained hardwood floors and want to keep the attention there, then choose a wall color such as pale blue, light peach or light orange. This keeps the attention away from the walls and onto the floor instead.

Need help figuring out your floor’s undertone, or need an opinion on a design idea? 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!

Coordinate Cabinetry and Hardwood Flooring

Sunday, May 6th, 2018

You might be considering remodeling your home or are just looking for some ideas. Here are some ways you can coordinate cabinetry with hardwood floors!

Use matching wood and stain

You can always match your cabinetry with your hardwood floors by using the same species, style and stain. In the example below, you can see that other than the appliances, the cabinetry matches the hardwood floors perfectly:

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Slightly contrast the cabinetry wood/stain with the hardwood floors

The contrast between the cabinets and hardwood floor can be minor. As you can see in the picture below, the cabinetry is only slightly darker compared to the hardwood floors, but it’s not a big difference and still compliments each other nicely.

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Completely contrast the cabinetry wood & stain with hardwood floors

You can always opt for a more dramatic difference and either have light colored hardwood floors and dark cabinets, or vice versa, like in the image below.  In this particular photo the cabinetry really pops and stands out!

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There are so many options when you’re deciding on how to coordinate your cabinetry with your hardwood floors. To learn more about anything and everything related to hardwood flooring, 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, andLinkedIn!

Hardwood Floor Trends We’ll See in 2018

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Going into 2018, there are different hardwood floor trends we’ll be seeing more of, highlighting a fresh feel and design in any home. Hardwood floors have an ability to change depending on its surrounding styles, as well as an ability to transform any space. Read on to find out what trends we’ll be seeing in homes come the new year.

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Embracing the Beauty of Fall in Your Home

Monday, October 9th, 2017

With summer finally over, the beauty of fall comes to light. The weather cools down and colors change from bright greens to orange and yellows. If you love the colors of fall, consider embracing them in your home! Read on to learn ways to embrace the season’s beauty in your home.

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