Posts Tagged ‘fall’

Seasonal Changes and Your Hardwood Floors

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

If you live in an area that experiences seasonal changes, you know first hand the effects it can cause. One effect you may not think of is what can happen to your floors when moisture changes between seasons.

With the weather getting cooler, interior humidity levels can drop. This can cause your hardwood floor planks to shrink, causing gaps. But don’t get scared just yet- we’re here to help. Read on about the precautionary measures you can take to minimize the effects of winter’s cooler weather:

Picking wood that minimizes gapping

If you have yet to install hardwood floors in your home or are looking to have them redone, we recommend a slimmer, more narrow board that will shrink less in the dry, winter months than a wider board. The type of wood also matters; certain wood species act differently with moisture contents. For example, Oak, which is more stable, will shrink less with seasonal changes in moisture. We recommend researching or talking to a hardwood floor expert about which flooring is best for your home. However, do not let moisture content scare you away from choosing a wood floor that you desire. 

If you know you live in an area that has seasonal changes, you can take preventative measures before gaps in your floors could occur. 

Keep moisture in your home consistent

Now is the perfect time to start thinking about how you can keep moisture in your home consistent to prevent gapping in the winter. Since it is getting cooler outside, you probably are not using the AC anymore or keeping windows open, which is good! This prevents too much cold or dry air from coming into your home and drying your floors.

Closing the windows and allowing the air in your home to circulate can help build up moisture content in your home. Your daily activities such as showering, cooking, or boiling water will help to keep moisture consistent inside your home.

Another way to keep the consistency of moisture in your home is with a humidifier, as opposed to the use of exhaust fans or dehumidifiers in the warmer months.

Seasons change, but you don’t want your floors to. Our team here at Signature Hardwood Floors is ready to help you keep your floors looking brand new all year long. 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!

Dealing with Seasonal Issues

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

With the fall season in full effect, the temperatures are starting to cool, and humidity is dropping. Seasonal related issues are extremely common during this time of the year. Most wood floors will have some type of seasonal separation in the boards during the fall and winter. Due to the heating systems in full effect, the humidity levels drop. The wood starts to lose moisture and the boards shrink, resulting in gaps.

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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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All About Walnut Flooring

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Walnut flooring is known for its beautiful lush color. This wood can provide a beautiful statement for your home. Walnut hardwood floors come in two varieties: American walnut and Brazilian walnut.

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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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Why Hardwood Floors?

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Health benefits

Hardwood floors improve the air quality inside your home. They do not harbor allergens or harmful pesticides that can be tracked from outside. Dust and mold are minimal also, which allows for hardwood floors to be a healthy flooring option.

Environmentally beneficial

Hardwood floors are a renewable flooring option since trees can be replanted to replace the ones that were harvested. In the US, for every tree that is harvested, another 1.66 is planted. Because wood floors can last for decades, they require fewer raw materials, and produce less landfill waste (unlike other flooring options).

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Durability

Hardwood floors can stand up to busy lifestyles of today’s families, and will continue to look beautiful for decades. The Janka Scale, which measures hardness of wood species, gives you an indication of how wood floors are expected to perform.

Competitive benefits

Homes that have hardwood floors sell faster and for more money than homes without it. Wood floors offer your home long-term value that other flooring options cannot.

Still have questions about why hardwood floors are a great fit 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

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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Bringing the Beauty of Fall to your Home

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Fall is right around the corner, and so are its beautiful hues and colors. The changing leaves and autumn produce create colors that range from golden to dark brown. One of the best places to find these beautiful colors can be found right in your home: your hardwood floors.

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Exotic Woods- What You Should Know

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

When talking about exotic hardwood, it just refers to species grown outside of North America. Though many exotic species originate in the tropics, many come from other places as well.

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