Posts Tagged ‘hardwood floor’

Best Hardwood Floors for Pet Owners

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

We all love our pets, but sometimes we’re not always very happy with what they can do to our homes. Shedding, scratching, and trailing dirt are just some of the not so fun dilemmas pet owners have to deal with. So, can pets and hardwood floors live happily together?

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Renovation Spend has Increased for First Time Homebuyers and Millennials

Tuesday, 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!

Different Hardwood Floor Patterns

Tuesday, 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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Basic Maintenance Do’s and Don’ts

Monday, 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

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!

Why Should I Get Hardwood Floors?

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Environmental Benefits

Wood floors are a renewable flooring option since trees can be replanted. In the United States, for every tree that is harvested, 1.66 is planted. This is why the standing volume is much bigger today than a few decades ago. Wood floors can also last for many generations, and require fewer raw materials than other flooring options.

Health Benefits

Wood floors improve the quality of air in a home. They do not harbor any allergens or harmful pesticides that can be tracked in from outside. Mold and dust is minimal, which makes it a healthy flooring choice.

Durability

Wood floors can power through the busy lifestyles of today’s modern families, and keep its beauty. The Janka Scale, which measures hardness of wood species, gives you an indication of how wood floors are expected to perform.

Competitive

Looking to sell your home in the future? Homes with wood floors sell much faster and for much more money than homes without it. They also can maintain a long-term value that can last hundreds of years.

Now that you the benefits of hardwood flooring, Signature Hardwood Floors would be happy to help bring it to your home. Contact our flooring experts for any questions, and a FREE ESTIMATE. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click here today!

What Are The Best Rug Pads For Hardwood Floors?

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Rugs are hardwood floor’s best friend. If you are thinking about getting an area rug for your home, then you will need a suitable rug pad as well. Unfortunately, it can be difficult finding a rug pad that is compatible with your hardwood floors, and we’re here to help!

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Why Can’t I Install Hardwood Floors Myself?

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Although some may think hardwood floor installation is easy, it is not. It is an extremely complicated process, and in certain instances, it can add an extra layer of difficulty. Here are a few reasons why we are against installing hardwood floors yourselves.

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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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How to Stop Hardwood Floors From Fading?

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

An important thing to always remember is that hardwood floors are natural. Anything natural will eventually undergo changes. For hardwood floors, the change comes in the color of the wood. The two important factors that case the change are:

  1. Exposure to sunlight
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