Posts Tagged ‘hardwood floor’

What Type of Flooring is Best For Your Kitchen?

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

More than all the other flooring surfaces in your home, your kitchen takes all the heat. From spilled juice to muddy paw prints, your kitchen needs to withstand it all. You may ask yourself: Does hardwood flooring belong in the kitchen? The answer is yes. Many homeowners opt for hardwood floor in the kitchen to create one big room by tying together all the areas in their home. It also makes it easier to wipe up spills, and is easy to maintain.Arts and Crafts Style Kitchen --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

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Do Hardwood Floors Increase my Home’s Value?

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

When looking to make updates to a home, one of the most common renovations homeowners want to make is the addition of hardwood floors. Coming in all different types of wood and finishes, they definitely increase the aesthetic element of your home, but did you know installing hardwood floors could actually increase the value of your home?

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How to Protect Your Wood Floors From Fading

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

Wood floors that are exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods of time can fade over the years. The intense ultraviolet (UV) light bleaches the wood while the infrared (IR) rays heat it, which combine to accelerate fading. So how can you prevent this from happening to your wood floors? Learn how in this week’s blog on protecting your wood floors from fading.

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What To Expect When You Are Expecting… A New Floor

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

You’ve chosen your hardwood flooring for your home and you might be wondering what happens next. Knowing what comes after is important to properly prepare you for the installation of your hardwood floors.hardwood floor vs. carpet

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Is Hardwood the Better Choice Over Carpet?

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Are you considering flooring options for your home and are stuck between carpet or hardwood? Looking beyond style and the look, there are major factors that need to be considered when figuring out flooring in your home: durability, resale value, livability, and environmental impact.

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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!