Renovation Spend has Increased for First Time Homebuyers and Millennials

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

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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The History of Parquet Flooring

May 15th, 2017

Parquet flooring is the perfect way for hardwood floors to stand out. This type of pattern consists of a geometric mosaic of wood. This hardwood floor pattern has an interesting history, which could make any homeowner consider it for their home!

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Different Hardwood Floor Patterns

May 9th, 2017

You know you want hardwood floors, you know what species or color your want, but have you considered the flooring patter? Below, we give you some common options for homeowners. Each will uniquely give your home a beautiful atmosphere.

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All About Light Hardwood

May 2nd, 2017

When buying hardwood floors, it’s important to keep in mind that their styles are always changing and evolving. The most important aspect of your floor is the color, since it sets the tone for your home. Colors are not a one size fits all, and what works for another homeowner might not work for you. Signature Hardwood Floors has many colors to choose from, but for right now, we will narrow our talk to light hardwood floors.

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Best of Baltimore 2017- Best Hardwood Flooring

April 18th, 2017

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Signature Hardwood Floors has been selected as “Baltimore’s Best Hardwood Flooring Service Provider” by the Baltimore Sun readers!  In an article online, The Baltimore Sun gives us a spotlight by highlighting our achievements over the past two decades. You can check out the article here.

You can also find the Best of Baltimore 2017 section in the Baltimore Sun newspaper this Sunday, April 23rd.  Be sure to pick up a copy to see all of Baltimore’s Best winners.  We would also like to give a big shout out to all of our exceptional customers and supporters; none of this would be possible without you. Thank you!

Hardwood Floor Journey: How the NCAA Final Four Court Was Built

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

 

 

Basic Maintenance Do’s and Don’ts

April 3rd, 2017

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Hardwood floor maintenance is generally very quick and easy. Routine cleaning involves sweeping, dusting, mopping or vacuuming. Be sure to clean spills ASAP with a dry or slightly damp cloth. Do not use wet mops or steam mops; these can damage the finish or the wood over periods of time.

In order to avoid scratches, place breathable throw rugs at entrances, put floor protector pads at the bottoms of the legs of any furniture, and avoid walking on the floors with sports cleats or high-heel shoes.

If your floor begins to look a little dull, use a wood floor cleaner to maintain the finish. Use it as directed, and make sure you are using products recommended by your flooring or finish manufacturer. Using the wrong type of cleaning product could damage your finish and wood.

Have any more basic hardwood floor maintenance questions you want answered? 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!

Different Types of Hardwood Floor Finishes

March 27th, 2017

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Water-based finishes are applied to the surface of the floor. They are usually clear and very durable.

Oil-based finishes are applied to the surface of the floor. They are amber and over time, will turn yellow, and are also very durable.

Moisture-cured finishes are applied to the surface of the floor, and can be clear to amber in color and are extremely durable. 

Natural oil finishes can be penetrating oils or hard wax oil finishes. They penetrate into the pores of the wood to achieve a durable, long-lasting finish. However, these finishes require much more routine maintenance so the oils don’t dry out over time.

UV finishes are applied to the surface of the floor at the factory, but can also be applied on the job site. They use UVa and UVb light to cure the finish instantly with no dry time.

Conversion varnish finishes are applied to the surface of the floor, and are clear to slightly amber and are extremely durable.

Wax finishes are the oldest floor finish in use. They are applied in thin coats, and soak into the pores of the wood. The coats are buffed and hardened to create a protective penetrating seal. Wax finishes aren’t as popular as they once were because of the maintenance involved.

Have any more questions about the different types of finishes? 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!

All About Luxury Vinyl Plank- Pros and Cons

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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