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:
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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.
Hardwood flooring can be used to express yourself and your home, and can give your home personality and character. It’s one of the first things people see when they enter your home, and can possibly last the life of the house. There are trends that are still continuing to grow over the years, and will help personalize and create beauty in your home!
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.
When you think of kitchen flooring, do you think of hardwood? Hardwood isn’t most people’s first thought for a kitchen floor, but it can actually make for a great kitchen floor. That being said, you might need to be a little more careful with a wood floor in the kitchen than you would be with another kind of flooring. Still, if you’re considering installing a hardwood floor in the kitchen, know that it can be done, and many people have had great success with hardwood flooring in the kitchen. In this week’s blog, we’ll talk about what you need to know if you’re thinking about installing hardwood flooring in your kitchen.
Are you thinking about installing new floors in your home? Looking to ditch your carpet for something else? There are lots of great reasons to consider hardwood flooring. From its durability to its ease of maintenance to its natural beauty, its no wonder wood floors are in high demand! Learn why you should replace your carpet with hardwood flooring in our blog!
If you’re considering installing hardwood floors in your home, you’ve probably come across the term laminate flooring. Laminate flooring has several advantages, including its low price-point. However, there are also several drawbacks to laminate flooring that you should take into consideration before making your final decision.
Hardwood vs. Laminate Flooring
Laminate is a flooring product that imitates the appearance of real wood. It’s actually made out of a combination of melamine resin and fiber board material. This is imprinted on top with a design to make it look like wood.
The main advantage of laminate flooring is its price. Laminate flooring is definitely less expensive than hardwood or even engineered hardwood flooring. Another pro is the durability of laminate flooring. The high heat and pressure used to manufacture laminate flooring make it very durable and resistant to water damage. In addition, laminate flooring is a little less demanding in terms of maintenance.
Even though laminate is pretty good at imitating real wood, it’s not hard to tell the difference between laminate and the real thing. If you want that real hardwood floor look, laminate isn’t going to cut it. Also, while laminate may be harder than most hardwoods, it is much more difficult to repair if it does get damaged. Hardwood can be sanded and refinished, and dents and scratches can be repaired. On laminate, this isn’t the case. Even if you replace damaged boards, it’s difficult to get them to match up with the old ones due to the nature of laminate flooring installation. The only way to really repair a laminate floor is to replace it.
In addition, laminate flooring has a much shorter lifespan than hardwood. This might seem counterintuitive, seeing as it’s so hard. But the problem is that once the finish wears off (in 15-20 years), you can’t refinish a laminate floor, so it will have to be replaced. Both solid and engineered hardwood floors, can be refinished several times over the course of their lifespan, (4 for engineered and 5-6 for solid) which can easily exceed 50 years.
Another con of laminate flooring is that, depending on where you get it, it might not be very eco-friendly. The manufacturing process of laminate flooring involves the use of glues that can contain toxic chemicals, which will leach into the air once they’re in your home. Reputable manufacturers do produce non-toxic laminate flooring, but cheaper floors may contain these chemicals. Hardwood flooring on the other hand is an eco-friendly and sustainable material, which is produced under strict industry standards without the use of harmful substances.
In the end, hardwood flooring, both solid and engineering, have an edge over laminate flooring. While laminate flooring is certainly less expensive at the star and more durable in the short run, it’s lack of longevity and inability to really be repaired makes it a more expensive flooring option in the long run.
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If you’re looking for new flooring, chances are you’re considering either hardwood or carpet. Both have their pros and cons, but hardwood has several distinct advantages over carpet that could make it the better choice for you. Learn why your next floor should be hardwood in this week’s blog!
The Advantages of Hardwood Flooring Over Carpet
With proper care, hardwood flooring can last for many years. Carpet will have to be replaced every 5-7 years or so, which is a very short lifespan for a floor.
Ease of Maintenance
Hardwood floors require only a regular dusting and scratch prevention techniques to keep them looking good. Carpet, on the other hand, is much harder to clean. Vacuuming can only do so much, and deep steam cleaning is necessary several times a year to keep a carpet clean.
Though the upfront costs associated with hardwood are generally greater than those of carpet, the costs of cleaning and replacing carpet outpace those of hardwood over time.
People love hardwood flooring, and it will always be in demand. Hardwood floors add value to your home that carpet can’t match.
When particles in the air such as pollen and dust settle on the floor, they sit on top of a hardwood floor, easily cleaned off. Carpet captures these particles in its fibers and traps them there. Over time they get released as people walk on the floor, meaning they’ll be floating around in the air in your home. Hardwood floors are great for improving the indoor air quality of your home, and because they’re hypoallergenic, they’re great if you have a sensitive nose.
Hardwood flooring has an aesthetic appeal that we feel is unmatched by any other kind of flooring. Hardwood is also very versatile in its aesthetic appeal. From rugged and homey to classic and modern, you can find a wood floor that fits your tastes just right.
If you’re looking for a professional hardwood floors in Baltimore County, contact Signature Hardwood Floors today! With more than twenty years of experience in hardwood flooring installation and restoration, Signature Hardwood Floors offers top quality products and exceptional craftsmanship. We are licensed and insured for both residential and commercial projects. We are also a recognized member of the National Wood Flooring Association. Contact the flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors, Inc. by calling 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!
After spending the time and money to install a new hardwood floor, you want your finished product to last you a long time. Daily maintenance of your hardwood floor will ensure its longevity, however most schedules won’t permit owners to clean and maintain their floors like they should. So when time finally allows you to give your hardwood floor the cleaning it deserves, keep these things in mind:
- Use products that work best on your type of hardwood floor. Determine which type of sealant was used for your floor; surface-sealed (poly-acrylic, polyurethane, urethane) or unfinished which include penetrating seals, shellac, oil seals, and varnish. Based on the type of floor you have will determine the products you use. Read labels to ensure the product will not damage your floor.
- Stay away from products that, though cheaper, will harm your hardwood floor. Products like beach, abrasive chemicals, oil-based soaps, and acidic products can cause scratches to your floor while leaving it slippery and dull in appearance.
- Never use water on a surface-sealed hardwood floor, it will cause damage. If your floor is able to be mopped, avoid over-wetting your mop head. Only use a mop head that is damp, clean, and soft. Make sure to mop with the grain of your hardwood floor, this will prevent snags.
- If you choose to vacuum your hardwood floor, use one that has a felt head or brush. This will prevent dents and marks. Be aware of the wheels on your vacuum to ensure they don’t make marks as you move.
Knowing quick techniques to take care of accidental spills and spots will also come in handy when cleaning your hardwood floors. Use a bag of ice to clean chewing gum or candle wax from your floor; wait for the substance to become brittle so you can clean it up easily. Baking soda with a damp sponge will help remove scuff marks. If something greasy should fall on your floor, use a commercial cleaner on surface-sealed flooring or clean with a damp sponge and wax for other flooring. Adding rugs and floor mats throughout your rooms with hardwood flooring will help to catch dirt and dust in high traffic areas in your home. Avoid rubber backed mats when choosing mats for your home; these can trap water and cause damage to your hardwood floors.
When professional help is needed to clean and maintain your hardwood floor, call Signature Hardwood Floors. After we have installed your new hardwood floors, let us assist you in keeping your floors in top shape. Call us at (410)-415-0755 or fill out our online form today. Follow us today on Google+, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.