Posts Tagged ‘flooring’

Different Types of Hardwood Floor Finishes

Monday, 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

Tuesday, 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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All About Wood Floor Cupping

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Wood floor cupping is when the sides of hardwood floors are higher up than the center of the boards. This produces a concave-like look on the floor. The issue comes from moisture content changes.

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2017 Hardwood Flooring Trends

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Welcome to 2017! A new year comes with new styles. Many things have stayed the same, but there are some fresh hardwood flooring trends that you might not have seen before. With hardwood floors being a classic choice for any home, there will always be a market for wood flooring.

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Anti-Slip and Durable Finishes

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Hardwood floors are a great addition to any home, but they can sometimes be slippery. Not only may you want to avoid slipping on your hardwood floors, but making sure your floors are durable is important as well. A non-slip finish suitable for hardwood flooring is a perfect way to ensure the safety of those in your home. Here are a couple examples that can be easily applied, lasts a long time, and can be applied over an existing finish.

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Popular Flooring Patterns for Your Home

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Picking a floor pattern that fits your standards and vision is key in ensuring a quality end product. There are many flooring patterns, but here are the most common flooring options. Each one will help create a unique atmosphere in any 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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Which Wood Floor is Perfect for My Home?

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Site finished or factory-finished?

Both site-finished and factory-finished have their benefits. Choosing one will depend on the level of customization you would like, and your own personal preference.

A site-finished floor is when finish is applied on the job site, in the room where the raw hardwood floor is installed. It offers the most customization, such as, staining, borders, etc. Although, you need to put aside time to let it dry, in which you will not be able to walk on your floor.

A factory finished floor, or pre-finished hardwood floor is when the finish is applied at the factory during the manufacturing process ,way before it gets to your home. This offers less customization, but you can walk on your floors immediately after they are installed and there’s no mess.

Glossy or matte?

Sheen of your hardwood floors is all about personal preference. Gloss finishes offer the most shine (think basketball court), but they will also reflect more light, thus showing more dirt and scratches. Semi-gloss finishes will offer minimal shine and will reflect some light, and are a very popular choice. Matte finishes offer the least amount of shine and reflect the least amount of light. The less sheen, the less likely you will see small scratches on the floor and other types of wear. More people today are choosing matte or satin finishes than any other.

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Strip, plank or parquet?

Hardwood floors are manufactured in three ways: strip, plank, and parquet. These are all available in different species, colors, and widths, so it’s all about which you prefer. Strip flooring is less than 3 inches wide, and has a more linear effect, making the room look larger. Plank flooring is equal or greater than 3 inches wide. It is still linear, but its wider width creates a casual look. Lastly, parquet flooring varies in sizes, but it has a geometric non-linear look. It can be simple, or it can be complex.

Still have questions about what type of 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 Floors for a Rustic Interior Design

Monday, October 17th, 2016

If you love the simple and natural look of rustic design, hardwood floors are your ideal design option! Since rustic design brings the naturalness of outside to the inside of your home, the perfect hardwood floor selection can bring life to any room.

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Great Tips to Make Your Room Look Bigger

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Do you have a room in your house that feels kind of cramped? Good news is that there are ways to make your area look bigger by just having the right floors. This includes the type of hardwood and the way it is installed, but there are other tips too that can help trick the eyes.hickory4

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