Posts Tagged ‘sealed’

The Benefits of Engineered Wood Flooring

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Wood floors add a certain aesthetic appeal to your home that other flooring options simply cannot compete with. But sometimes hardwood flooring can be a little too pricey for the cost-conscious homeowner. If only there was a cheaper and equally appealing alternative…

Wait, there is!

An engineered hardwood floor is the perfect cost-effective and durable alternative to natural hardwood flooring. Engineered wood flooring is a combination of real finished wood on top of non-finished plywood. The additional layer of plywood (laid in a cross-way pattern) provides additional support and durability.

Choices include:

•      Hickory

•      Oak

•      Bamboo

•      Maple

•      And much, much more!

With so many choices available, it is easy to find an engineered hardwood floor to match your existing décor.

Other Advantages of Engineered Hardwood Flooring:

•      Pre-Finished: It has already been sanded and sealed, reducing installation time and cost (not to mention mess).

•      Easily Sanded: Unlike laminate flooring, engineered hardwood can be sanded to repair scratches or stains.

•      Withstands Moistures: Unlike traditional hardwood, engineered hardwood can be installed in areas of moderate moisture.

•      Easy Installation: Engineered hardwood can be nailed down, glued down, or used as a floating floor.

So if you are considering hardwood flooring for your home, but you do not want to deal with the expensive and often messy installation process, give engineered hardwood a look. You might be surprised at just how much you love it!

If you have any questions, contact the flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors, Inc. by calling 410.415.0755 or click here today!

Our mission statement is simple: stay small, personal, and in control of our work, all to ensure that you receive the best job possible! We have a passion for this industry.

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Reasons to Select Engineered Wood Flooring

How to Clean Your Hardwood Floors By Finish Types

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Do you know how to properly clean your hardwood floors? If you are not sure, we are here to help! Read below for some great hardwood floor cleaning tips!

 Determine the Finish

Before you even touch a bucket of water or a mop, find out how your wood floor is sealed. You should do this because the finish, not your wood type, determines how you should properly clean and care for your hardwood flooring.

Surface-sealed floors

Newer wood floors are sealed with urethane, polyurethane or polyacrylic. These types of wood floors are stain and water-damage resistant. They are also the easiest to care and clean. All you have to do to clean them is sweep and mop.

 Penetrating-seal treated and oil-treated floors

A penetrating seal or oil finish soaks into the wood grain and hardens your flooring. You should clean this type of flooring with liquid or paste wax.

 Lacquered, varnished, shell lacked and untreated floors

 Lacquers, varnishes, and shellacs are not as resistant to moisture, spills and wear as sealants. Keeping this in mind, treat these types of wood floors the same, as you would penetrating-seal treated and oil-treated floors.

 Not sure of your finish type?

 If you cannot tell the difference between the finishes, rub your finger across the floor. If no smudge appears, the floor is surface sealed. If you do create a smudge, the floors has been treated with penetrating seal, oil finish, shellac, varnish or lacquer, and then waxed.

For more information on hardwood floor cleaning read this article from iVillage.com

If you have any questions, contact the flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors, Inc. by calling 410.415.0755 or click here today!

Our mission statement is simple: stay small, personal, and in control of our work, all to ensure that you receive the best job possible! We have a passion for this industry.

You can follow us on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn as well!