Posts Tagged ‘Hardwood Flooring’

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!

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
  2. Applied finishes and/or stainssun-damage-hardwood-floors-darm-svb


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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Hardwood Flooring Trends for your Home

Monday, October 24th, 2016

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!


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.



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


Hardwood Floor in the Kitchen? What You Need to Know

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

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.

What you need to know about hardwood flooring in the kitchen.

What you need to know about hardwood flooring in the kitchen.


5 Reasons to Replace Your Carpet With Hardwood Flooring

Thursday, April 30th, 2015


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!

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Hardwood vs. Laminate Flooring: Which Should You Choose?

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014


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 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.

The Decision

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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The Advantages of Hardwood Flooring Over Carpet

Thursday, September 18th, 2014


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.

Aesthetic Appeal

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.

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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 FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn!