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How Environmentally Friendly Are Hardwood Floors?

Friday, April 26th, 2013

One of the most common questions we get here at Signature Hardwood Floors is the impact purchasing a hardwood floor may have on the environment. As flooring experts, we work with our customers to make sure that they have the wood floor of their dreams that are ethically sourced.

First, a few quick facts on why hardwood floors make for better options than carpets when it comes to your in-home environmental quality. Installing new carpet can fill the air in your home with hundreds of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs may take years to dissipate, and introduce a whole new set of chemicals to your home through carpet treatments that are meant to repel things such as moths, moisture, or dirt. Carpets can add further toxic fumes by trapping chemicals that are brought in from outside, further adding to the air pollution in your home. Also, carpets are often made of synthetic materials, which is not necessarily organic or environmentally friendly.

The good news is hardwood floors are typically organic in nature. When thinking about your hardwood flooring type, there are a few things to take into consideration:

  • Engineered wood flooring is the best option from a resource conservation perspective. The more rare and valuable hardwoods are used in smaller quantities for the veneer, while the bulk of the material comes from fast-growing plantation trees.
  • Reclaimed wood is a popular option as it is the very practice of recycling and helps keep valuable materials out of landfills while reducing pressure to harvest trees.
  • If going the solid wood route, you may want to look into wood that has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, though it may be a more expensive option.

Another thing you can do to keep your floors and home environmentally friendly is request the use of a wood-flooring adhesive that has less than 100 grams per liter of VOCs. Keeping those potentially toxic chemicals out of your home will go a long way to purifying the air quality and safety for you and your loved ones.

 

To learn more about environmentally friendly hardwood floor installation in Baltimore, Maryland and the surrounding areas, call 410.415.0755 or click here today!

Source: http://www.scgh.com/go-green/flooring/wood-floors/

 

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How To Care For Your Christmas Tree And Hardwood Flooring

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Are you worried about your hardwood flooring as you deck the halls and drag your Christmas tree across your hardwood living room floor?  If yes, we are here to help give you a few tips on how to protect your hardwood flooring this holiday season. Read below to find out how.

 

Protect your floors where your Christmas tree is placed:

 

Right under you Christmas tree place a plastic sheet beneath the base. You do not want your floor suffering from water damage, if any spillage happens when watering your Christmas tree.

 

Keep Your Pet Away from the tree.

 

Your pet, just like children, will be curious of seeing a tree in the house. Your pet might think it is potty time. He or she just might pee on your hardwood floor. Not only will there be urine damage but an unpleasant smell. Be careful.

 

Kick off the shoes at the front door.

 

During the holiday season, you may have many guests come in and out of your home. If you are not careful, your guests could bring in moisture from the outdoors on their winter boots. You will need to dry mop spills or liquid moisture as soon as possible. To save your hardwood floor, recommend to your guests to take off their shoes at the front door. Tell them your home is meant for them to be comfortable and relaxed. It works like a charm.

 

For more hardwood floor care and Christmas tree tips, read this article from Blog.BuildDirect.com.

 

If you have any questions or need professional help, contact the flooring experts at 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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Benefits of Acrylic Impregnated Hardwood Flooring

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Choosing the right hardwood flooring for your home can be a tough task. There are so many different options from Engineered Hardwood Floors and Solid Hardwood Floor to Acrylic Impregnated Wood Flooring. The key to making the right decision is to be well informed on each flooring type.

This week we will be focusing on Acrylic Impregnated Hardwood Floors. This hardwood flooring type is manufactured with the color and sealant infused all the way through the wood, providing a consistent finish throughout. Other benefits of Acrylic Impregnated Hardwood Floors include:

Wide Variety of Colors and Woods: You should be able to easily find a color and finish to match your décor. Acrylic Impregnated Flooring also comes in a wide variety of woods, including pine, oak, cherry, maple, bamboo, and walnut.

Fade Resistant: Because the color is impregnated into the wood, it is fade resistant.

Durable: This type of flooring is typically harder than traditional hardwood flooring, making it great for high-traffic areas. In fact, they’re 300% harder than natural wood and also scratch resistant. This is why Acrylic Impregnated Wood Floors are often used in commercial properties, such as bars, restaurants, shopping malls, etc.

Easy to Maintain: This type of flooring does not require the same amount of maintenance as other hardwood options. Typically all that you will need to do is regularly buff the surface to keep the wood looking polished.

Hopefully you now know more about Acrylic Impregnated Floors than you did before! But if you still have any questions, contact the flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors, Inc. by calling 410.415.0755 or click here today!

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Sources:

Three Types of Wood Flooring and How to Choose Between Them

Acrylic Impregnated Hardwood Floors Pros & Cons

Preventative Maintenance for Your Hardwood Flooring

Friday, November 4th, 2011

If you want your hardwood floors to not only last as long as possible, but to also look great for as long as possible, then a few preventative maintenance measures are in order. By taking a few minutes here and there to keep your floors clean, you will save yourself time and heartache in the future.

Every hardwood floor will undergo some amount of wear and tear depending on the amount of foot traffic it receives. Preventative maintenance and regular cleaning can help to significantly reduce the rate of wear.

Preventative maintenance includes:

•     Keep dirt and grime off the floor: No matter what you do, dirt, sand, and other foreign particles will find their way onto your hardwood floors. While you cannot prevent this from happening, you can be prompt in cleaning it up. Sweeping regularly is a great way to rid your hardwood floors of dirt and grime.

•     Rugs are your friends: Use rug in high traffic areas. This will help reduce wear and further preserve your hardwood floors.

•     Fabric Glides: Moving furniture on any hardwood floor can be a very dangerous thing to do. However, placing fabric glides on the bottoms of furniture legs will allow you to move furniture around without scuffing your floors.

•     Vacuum: Using a brush attachment, vacuum as much as possible. This will help to get rid of particles that sweeping just could not deal with.

•     Do not let spills sit for long: Moisture and hardwood floors just do not mix. Deal with any spills as quickly as possible, using a dry cloth or paper towel.

So take the time to properly protect your investment. But remember to always follow your flooring manufacturer’s floor care recommendations.

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

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Routine Maintenance

Prefinished Wood Flooring vs. Unfinished Wood Flooring

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

It’s the age-old debate…well at least decades old: prefinished hardwood floors versus unfinished hardwoods floors. Which is better and why? The fact is that everyone has their own preferences. Some prefer the ease of installation associated with prefinished wood floors while others like unfinished wood floors because of their seamless look and feel. So which do you prefer?

There is no right answer. Each type of finish has its advantages and disadvantages. So let’s examine each finish on its own.

Unfinished Hardwood Floor

Advantages:

•      Unfinished hardwood floors allow you to create your own unique finish that suits you.

•      Applying unfinished hardwood floors and finishing them after installation maintain the natural characteristics of the wood.

•      These floors are more even and uniform than prefinished flooring.

Disadvantages:

•      The sanding and finishing required for unfinished flooring is extremely time consuming.

•      The above process can also be very messy.

•      There is also the issue of harmful fumes that comes with staining and sealing.

Prefinished Hardwood Floor

Advantages:

•      Ease of installation.

•      No need for dusty sanding procedures.

•      Very durable wear layer, and the finish itself is under warranty by the manufacturer.

Disadvantages:

•      Prefinished floors can sometimes be difficult to clean. Dust and debris gets trapped in the cracks and crevices in between boards.

•      Prefinished floors do not have a flat, uniform look like unfinished floors.

•      A pre-inished floor will maintain height irregularities of the substrate. In short, a bump in the sub floor means a bump in the pre-finished floor unless the sub floor is fixed first.

Contact the flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors, Inc. to help you determine which type of hardwood flooring is best for you. Contact us by calling 410.415.0755 or click here today!

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Prefinished Wood Floors vs. Unfinished