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Myths About Hardwood Floors

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

Hardwood flooring has been around for so long, it’s common to hear misconceptions and myths about it. To save yourself any confusion (and money), we’re going to set the record straight on the facts about hardwood floors.

Myth #1: Wax your floors regularly

Floor finishes have evolved over time, making this statement no longer true. It was necessary in the early 20th century when floor finishes were tung oil. This was not as durable as the floor finishing options we currently have available.

Waxing your floors can make it impossible to apply a new coat of finish when needed, so the floors will ultimately end up being sanded down when a new finish is required.

Myth #2: Hardwood floors are terrible for kitchens

Wrong- hardwood floors are great in kitchens! They are durable enough for such a high-traffic area. Just be sure to clean up spills immediately as to not damage the floors over time.

Myth #3: You can refinish hardwood floors yourself

The people who have ended up refinishing hardwood floors themselves have had mixed results. Sure, some rental shops can have equipment to lease, but typically their sanding machines are not the best. The bigger factor is, if you do mess up the floors (circular marks in the floor, uneven sanding, etc), you wind up spending more money to have them fixed.  Companies like Signature Hardwood Floors that refinish floors for a living use the best tools and have years of expertise to leave your floors in perfect condition.

Myth #4: Certain hardwood floor finishes will prevent denting

Although finishes are great at resisting wear and tear, it does not resist dents very well. Same goes for scratches; you can drag something sharp across any hardwood flooring and you will still see some damage, regardless of the finish type.  Certain types of wood are more durable and resistant to denting than others, but there is no wood that is completely dent-proof.

There are many misconceptions about hardwood flooring, but our experts at Signature Hardwood Floors are ready to debunk them. 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!

Which Hardwood Floor Hides Wear and Tear?

Monday, April 1st, 2019

Any kind of hardwood floors will bring beauty to your home, but certain species and colors will hide any normal wear and tear better than others. So, what hardwood floor color will hide wear and tear best?

The best stain color to hide wear and tear

Light-colored hardwood floors will always hide any dents and scratches the best. Since scratches are usually light colored, they blend right into the floors, and are not as noticeable. With dark colored hardwood floors, the light color of the scratches stands out. Other characteristics that hide wear and tear are hand-scraped flooring, and floors with no glossy sheen.

Hand-scraped flooring already has a ‘wear and tear’ look to it. It is made to look older, distressed and worn. Because of this, any nicks or scratches you may cause to your floors will be hidden even more.

Hardwood floors with little to no gloss sheen, such as matte hardwood floors, are also better at hiding wear and tear. The higher the gloss, the more likely it will show any nicks and scratches.

Hardwood floor type and stains to consider

To make it a little easier, here are some hardwood floor species that would be best to cover wear and tear:

  • Birch Natural
  • Hickory Natural
  • Maple Natural

Need help figuring out which hardwood floor type is best 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, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

Meditation room ideas that will bring peace to your life

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

A great way to bring relaxation and tranquility to your life is practicing meditation. Meditation has many mental and physical benefits, and is practiced all over the world. Even just practicing it once a week is a way to gain peace of mind.

Creating a space in your home designated for meditation will help with relaxation and unwinding after a long day or week. Here are some meditation room design ideas that will bring you the ambiance and peace you deserve!

The colors you choose are important

The colors that you incorporate into your room is one of the most important steps to having a calm and welcoming environment. To ensure the room brings calmness, refrain from using bright and flashy colors or patterns that can be distracting. Opt for pale or earth-tone colors. This can include neutrals such as Beige and Eggshell, a variety of greys, or colors such as Navy blue, Blush, and Rust orange.

There should be no distractions

Distractions like televisions and electronic devices should not be inside the room. Minimizing the amount of clutter is also important, ensuring you don’t feel overwhelmed or stressed. There should be as much open space as possible, and you can include house/window plants to bring a sense of earthiness and calmness to the room.

The right flooring choice

When selecting the flooring for your meditation room, consider hardwood floors. Hardwood floors are not only durable, but bring an earthy feeling to a room that is intended for relaxing. A dark colored hardwood floor contrasting a light colored wall paint will bring that grounding and peaceful ambiance to the room. Hardwood floors are also best if you are using cushions and mats that need a flat surface.

Necessary decor for relaxation

You should be going out to pick candles or incense that bring tranquility to you. They should be subtle enough to not be distracting, but still providing that peace during your meditation. Other decor such as throw pillows, mats and rugs will ensure the space is comfortable and unique to your personal style.

Taking the time out of your week to spend time with yourself and unwind is important for your mental and physical health. Being mindful of the decor, colors and flooring choice will guarantee a space that will keep you motivated and remain relaxed. Interested in learning more about hardwood floors for your meditation room? 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, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

How Does Subfloor Influence Flooring Choice?

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

The type of subfloor you have has a strong influence on what kind of wood flooring you can install. In this case, we’re talking about solid hardwood flooring vs. engineered hardwood flooring. In this week’s blog, we’ll discuss what kind of floors work for different subflooring.

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What to Clean Hardwood Floors With

Sunday, May 27th, 2018

From the amount of advice out there on what to clean hardwood floors with, it would seem like there are as many products that can be used to clean your floor as there are varieties of wood species. However, this is definitely not the case. You should be very careful when choosing a product with which to clean your hardwood floor. Many so-called tips and tricks can actually be very harmful to your wood floor. In this week’s blog, we’ll go over a number of things you shouldn’t use to clean a hardwood floor, and then we’ll talk about what is safe to use. Read on to make sure you’re treating your hardwood floor right!

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Allergies That Will Not Stop?

Monday, March 26th, 2018

When you’re inside your home, do you ever find yourself having allergies that will not stop? You might be coughing, sneezing, or having a runny nose. The cause of this could be your carpet.

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How to Make The Most of Small Spaces

Monday, February 12th, 2018

We all know the struggle of trying to utilize a small space. Sometimes it feels impossible, but there are many little ways to make the most out of small living spaces.

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Best Hardwood Floors for Kids and Pets

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

When you’re living in a house with messy kids and pets, a hardwood floor is the best flooring option to choose. Unlike carpet, hardwood floors are much more forgiving when it comes to spills and mess. Of course, you might be a bit concerned that your kids or pets may ruin your hardwood floors, so here are some tips to keep in mind when looking for the perfect hardwood floors for your home.

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Hardwood Floor-Safe Games for Winter Break

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Winter is coming up, which means kids are home for winter break. With the cold weather and possible chance for snow, this may be the time to bring your family indoors. If you are looking for ideas on how to entertain your young ones this winter break, read on for a list of games that are hardwood floor-safe!

 

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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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