Playroom Flooring Options

May 20th, 2018

Are you looking for the perfect floors for a playroom in your home? There are so many options to consider, ranging from hardwood floors to carpeting. Here are some playroom flooring options that will guarantee durability and knee-friendliness for your kids!

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Hardwood Flooring Terms You Should Know

May 13th, 2018

As you go through the process of installing new hardwood floors in your home, you will probably come across some terms that you’re not familiar with. No worries! We’re breaking down popular hardwood flooring terms so you won’t be left confused.

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Sanding

This is the removal of the hardwood floor finish and stain to get to the wood grain.

Edging

Similar to sanding, but it is done on the edges of the floor and in tight crevices.

Refinishing

This is the process of making an older hardwood floor in a home come back to life. It entails sanding of the original finish and stain to get right down to the wood grain. Then, it is re-stained and new coats of finish are applied for durability.

Installation

This is the general process of placing planks of wood on the floor of a home.  Sometimes you may be installing new wood over an existing floor or directly over concrete or a subfloor.

Concrete Subfloor

This is a layer of concrete below the hardwood floors. This makes sure the area is even and stable.  In this case, an engineered wood floor would need to be installed.

Wood Subfloor

This is a layer of wood underneath the final hardwood floors. This subfloor helps make the space flat before installing the floor planks, which are nailed directly into the subfloor.

Moisture

Even though it is just a small amount of water, moisture can negatively affect your hardwood floors. Moisture can come from underneath the house, outside, or in the actual subfloor. Hardwood floors can only be installed after the moisture levels are taken and deemed to be at appropriate levels.

Water Base & Oil Base

These are just two types of finishes Signature Hardwood Floors applies to the top of the newly installed hardwood floors.  There are several differences between the two and should definitely be addressed prior to work being done. Ask your professional to explain those differences.

To learn more about hardwood flooring terms and the process, 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, and LinkedIn!

 

Coordinate Cabinetry and Hardwood Flooring

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!

Best Flooring Option for a Bathroom

April 25th, 2018

What is the best flooring option for a bathroom? Even though regular tile or hardwood floors could be great options, you want a material that can withstand humidity and frequent temperature changes.

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Care Tips for Beautiful Hardwood Floors

April 16th, 2018

If you want your hardwood floors to look just as beautiful as they did when they were installed, there’s only one thing you have to do: take care of them! Even though taking care of your hardwood floors involves more than one thing,  it is true that the one concept of caring for your hardwood floors will result in floors that look better and cleaner than floors that are not cared for. Make sure you follow these care tips to keep your hardwood floors looking beautiful!

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Can Humidity Levels Impact My Home?

April 10th, 2018

Since hardwood floors are a natural product, temperatures and humidity levels in your home influence them. When humidity levels are higher, such as 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.116590

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Allergies That Will Not Stop?

March 26th, 2018

When you’re inside your home, do you ever find yourself having allergies that will not stop? You might be coughing, sneezing, or having a runny nose. The cause of this could be your carpet.

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4 Design Tips for your Kitchen Renovation

March 20th, 2018

Are you considering a kitchen renovation for your home? Deciding on cabinets, colors, and flooring can be extremely difficult. You can always hire a designer to help you out, but we’ve got some tips that could save you a lot of time and money.

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Figuring out paint colors

2018 has seen a growing popularity of neutral colors. Simple and clean colors bring a feeling of calm to any room. They also help to brighten up a space.

If you don’t want neutrals and are looking for something bold, definitely do it. Paint is an easy way to bring that boldness to your home.

Finding the right flooring

There are many options for kitchen floors in your home. Wood floors are a popular choice- they have the ability to add character to any room. An entire room can be built around them. Some people question having hardwood floors in their kitchen, but what they don’t realize is that they are an extremely practical choice. Wood floors can have attractive add-ons like going over radiant heating systems. Who wouldn’t want the feeling of a heated floor?

Remember that contrasting is key, so if you have wood floors and wood cabinetry, go lighter and darker. You can paint your cabinets any color so your wood floors pop. Or, if your kitchen is made up of cooler tones, contrast it with some warm hardwood floors. We recommend hardwood floors that have some texture and details in them so they can hide traffic marks from people’s shoes or your pet’s feet.

Hardwood floor stain

Warm tones for hardwood floor have always been a favorite among homeowners, but light neutral colors are growing in popularity. However, dark stained hardwood floors are the less practical choice. They usually show more scratches or dents caused by traffic. They are beautiful, just maybe not the best choice for kitchens.

Textured finished hardwood floors are also a great choice. This is due to their ability to hide wear and damage.

Make it yours

Make sure your kitchen reflects your personality. The kitchen is the heart of the home, so make sure it is everything you want it to be. If you love bold, get some bold colored cabinets! Or, you can get a bold light fixture or playfully designed mats. If you enjoy more of a calm, neutral look, opt for a more simple feel. Get some simple colored mats or neutral colored cabinets.
At Signature Hardwood Floors, we work closely with homeowners to make sure their vision comes alive. If you have wanna know more about kitchen renovation, contact the flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, andLinkedIn!

Here’s How to Boost Your Home’s Value

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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How to Make The Most of Small Spaces

February 12th, 2018

We all know the struggle of trying to utilize a small space. Sometimes it feels impossible, but there are many little ways to make the most out of small living spaces.

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