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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.


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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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The Different Types of Hardwood Flooring

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Hardwood flooring comes in numerous shapes, sizes, colors, and finishes. Because of this, it is often hard to choose the right type of hardwood floors for your home. Where do you start? Is one type of flooring better than another?

Well, we are here to help. We will break down the three main types of hardwood floors to help you decide which makes the most sense for you and your home.

First of all, don’t confuse wood variety with flooring type; that is a whole other conversation. For this blog entry, we are just concerned with flooring type: solid, engineered, or Acrylic-impregnated wood flooring.

Solid Wood Flooring

This category of hardwood flooring can be broken down into three sub-categories; each is available in an unfinished and a per-finished version. Unfinished flooring must be sanded and finished after installation, while pre-finished flooring is sanded and finished at the factory.

The three sub-categories of solid wood flooring are:

  1. Strip Flooring: Denoted by the thickness and width of its wood planks, solid strip flooring is the most popular hardwood flooring option available today. Strip flooring ranges in thickness from 5/16 of an inch to 3/4 of an inch wide, with widths of 1.5 inches, 2 inches, or 2.25 inches.
  2. Plank Flooring: While this type of flooring only comes in two thicknesses – ½ inch or  ¾  inch – the widths can vary from 3-8 inches.
  3. Parquet Flooring: Made from geometrical patterns, parquet flooring breaks from the traditional look of hardwood floors.

Engineered Wood Flooring

This flooring is produced by adhering layers of plastic laminate veneer with real wood. But do not confuse engineered wood flooring with laminate flooring; the latter does not contain any actual wood.

Acrylic-impregnated Wood Flooring

This type of flooring is infused with sealant and color throughout the thickness of the wood. This means that the “finish” is actually consistent throughout the wood.

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!

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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