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Renovation Spend has Increased for First Time Homebuyers and Millennials

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

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Millennial and first time homebuyers are starting to spend more money than ever before on renovation. The sixth annual Houzz & Home survey of U.S. 100,000 respondents found that first time homebuyers who bought their home in 2016 spent an average of $33,800 on renovations; a 22% increase from the year before. Although Baby Boomers still spend about three times more on their homes, Millennials invested an average of $26,200 in 2016, which is 7% more than the year before. Also, both first time and repeat buyers are taking on large projects, remodeling four rooms at the same time on average. For long time homeowners, their projects average to be smaller, remodeling 2.5 rooms during renovation.

 

The Houzz survey also found that homeowner’s main reason to do renovations in 2016 was because they finally had the time and financial means. Also, the rate of professional hiring has increased to 87% in 2016 from 85% in 2015, and is high in repeat homebuyers (94%). Also, first time homebuyers are just as likely to hire professional help as long-term homeowners. The most important demand for homeowners looking to renovate has been fueled by a need for specialty service providers. Have any projects you’re looking to get done in your home? Signature Hardwood Floors would be happy to help. Contact our flooring experts for any questions, and a FREE ESTIMATE. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click here today!

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.

 

http://www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/18985386

 

 

All About Luxury Vinyl Plank- Pros and Cons

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Luxury vinyl plank (LVP) is a flooring option that can replicate the look of hardwood flooring. In the past, this flooring option was used for kitchens, bathrooms and other areas in the home that are susceptible to water and moisture. Of course, like any flooring option, it has its pros and cons:

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Why Should I Get Hardwood Floors?

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Environmental Benefits

Wood floors are a renewable flooring option since trees can be replanted. In the United States, for every tree that is harvested, 1.66 is planted. This is why the standing volume is much bigger today than a few decades ago. Wood floors can also last for many generations, and require fewer raw materials than other flooring options.

Health Benefits

Wood floors improve the quality of air in a home. They do not harbor any allergens or harmful pesticides that can be tracked in from outside. Mold and dust is minimal, which makes it a healthy flooring choice.

Durability

Wood floors can power through the busy lifestyles of today’s modern families, and keep its beauty. The Janka Scale, which measures hardness of wood species, gives you an indication of how wood floors are expected to perform.

Competitive

Looking to sell your home in the future? Homes with wood floors sell much faster and for much more money than homes without it. They also can maintain a long-term value that can last hundreds of years.

Now that you the benefits of hardwood flooring, Signature Hardwood Floors would be happy to help bring it to your home. Contact our flooring experts for any questions, and a FREE ESTIMATE. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click here today!

Fun Fact: Tally of Trees in U.S. Forests

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Here’s an interesting fact: trees outnumber people 300 to 1 in the U.S. This includes woodlands that cover one-third of the country in the U.S. Forest Service’s latest tally.

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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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Types of Wood Species Used In Hardwood Flooring

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Many homeowners who are looking to install hardwood floors are curious as to what type of wood species they should be using. There are a huge variety of different types of wood, and they all have their pros and cons. Here are the most popular wood floors used in hardwood flooring.

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Solid Wood Flooring Vs. Engineered Wood Flooring

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Installing hardwood floors: it’s an extreme makeover for your home, and you want to make sure the changes you make are ones you can live with for a long time. So what’s the difference between solid hardwood flooring and engineered wood flooring, and which is the best fit for you? Let us give you the run down.

The Location: It matters. When it comes to your flooring, anyway. Any area that is prone to developing moisture – basements, bathrooms, and the like – is better suited for engineered wood, which is constructed in such a way as to give it added structural strength. Solid hardwood is prone to expansion and contraction as humidity comes and goes.

The Finish: By which we mean, refinishing. Solid hardwood can be sanded down and refinished multiple times over the course of its lifetime because of its thickness – it’s made milled from ¾ inch thick hardwood. Engineered wood is generally thinner, as it is created with bonded layers of hardwood. This means that sanding it in order to be able to refinish properly could diminish its structural integrity.

The Money: Whether we’d like it to be or not, money is a big factor in most remodeling projects. Engineered wood floors are more economical than solid, mostly because less of the tree is being used to make the planks.

The Situation: If you’re concerned about adding too much height to a room while putting down new floors, thinner engineered material might be the right choice. Alternatively, though, if you want to reduce springiness, thicker solid wood would be better.

Both solid and engineered wood can make beautiful additions to your home, and at Signature Hardwood Floors, Inc., we can install either.  To learn more about wood floor installation in Baltimore Maryland and the surrounding areas, call 410.415.0755 or click here today!

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How To Clean Your Wood Floors

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Whether you own your home or not, clean floors is necessary. It is important that you take precautions when you have a hardwood floor; especially in high traffic areas. It is a good idea to place rugs or mats to try to catch some of the dirt being tracked in your home. If you have children, it is often a good idea to place a rug underneath their toys to help prevent scratching your wood floors. 

The biggest concern with your hardwood floor is going to be the moisture and dirt that builds up; this can be cleaned very easily with a dust mop or a vacuum with a floor brush attached. Water and other liquids can cause the wood to warp over time so it is imperative that you clean them up in a timely matter with a dry cloth. Typically, you need to clean your hardwood floors on a biweekly schedule and they will stay looking brand new. You can also use these tips to help when cleaning:

-Do NOT use ammonia

-Do NOT use furniture sprays, they can cause wax build up

-Do use a wood cleaner that is designed for floors; there are many out there these days

-Do use wood appropriate tools; soft non-scratching fibrous cloths (microfiber) are perfect!

As stated previously, the best way to help keep your hardwood floors clean is to prevent dirt and spills from happening. By using these simple techniques your hardwood floors can stay looking brand new!

Remember, the better you treat your hardwood floor, the longer it will maintain its original beauty.

If you have any questions, please contact Signature Hardwood Floors, Inc. by calling 410.415.0755 or click here today!

Our mission statement is simple: stay small, personal, and in control of our work, all to ensure that you receive the best job possible! We have a passion for this industry.

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Source:

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-really-clean-your-hardwood-floor-164521

http://www.bhg.com/homekeeping/house-cleaning/surface/how-to-clean-hardwood-floors/