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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

Preventative Maintenance for Your Hardwood Flooring

Friday, November 4th, 2011

If you want your hardwood floors to not only last as long as possible, but to also look great for as long as possible, then a few preventative maintenance measures are in order. By taking a few minutes here and there to keep your floors clean, you will save yourself time and heartache in the future.

Every hardwood floor will undergo some amount of wear and tear depending on the amount of foot traffic it receives. Preventative maintenance and regular cleaning can help to significantly reduce the rate of wear.

Preventative maintenance includes:

•     Keep dirt and grime off the floor: No matter what you do, dirt, sand, and other foreign particles will find their way onto your hardwood floors. While you cannot prevent this from happening, you can be prompt in cleaning it up. Sweeping regularly is a great way to rid your hardwood floors of dirt and grime.

•     Rugs are your friends: Use rug in high traffic areas. This will help reduce wear and further preserve your hardwood floors.

•     Fabric Glides: Moving furniture on any hardwood floor can be a very dangerous thing to do. However, placing fabric glides on the bottoms of furniture legs will allow you to move furniture around without scuffing your floors.

•     Vacuum: Using a brush attachment, vacuum as much as possible. This will help to get rid of particles that sweeping just could not deal with.

•     Do not let spills sit for long: Moisture and hardwood floors just do not mix. Deal with any spills as quickly as possible, using a dry cloth or paper towel.

So take the time to properly protect your investment. But remember to always follow your flooring manufacturer’s floor care recommendations.

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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Prefinished Wood Flooring vs. Unfinished Wood Flooring

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

It’s the age-old debate…well at least decades old: prefinished hardwood floors versus unfinished hardwoods floors. Which is better and why? The fact is that everyone has their own preferences. Some prefer the ease of installation associated with prefinished wood floors while others like unfinished wood floors because of their seamless look and feel. So which do you prefer?

There is no right answer. Each type of finish has its advantages and disadvantages. So let’s examine each finish on its own.

Unfinished Hardwood Floor

Advantages:

•      Unfinished hardwood floors allow you to create your own unique finish that suits you.

•      Applying unfinished hardwood floors and finishing them after installation maintain the natural characteristics of the wood.

•      These floors are more even and uniform than prefinished flooring.

Disadvantages:

•      The sanding and finishing required for unfinished flooring is extremely time consuming.

•      The above process can also be very messy.

•      There is also the issue of harmful fumes that comes with staining and sealing.

Prefinished Hardwood Floor

Advantages:

•      Ease of installation.

•      No need for dusty sanding procedures.

•      Very durable wear layer, and the finish itself is under warranty by the manufacturer.

Disadvantages:

•      Prefinished floors can sometimes be difficult to clean. Dust and debris gets trapped in the cracks and crevices in between boards.

•      Prefinished floors do not have a flat, uniform look like unfinished floors.

•      A pre-inished floor will maintain height irregularities of the substrate. In short, a bump in the sub floor means a bump in the pre-finished floor unless the sub floor is fixed first.

Contact the flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors, Inc. to help you determine which type of hardwood flooring is best for you. Contact us by calling 410.415.0755 or click here today!

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Prefinished Wood Floors vs. Unfinished

The Different Types of Hardwood Flooring

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Hardwood flooring comes in numerous shapes, sizes, colors, and finishes. Because of this, it is often hard to choose the right type of hardwood floors for your home. Where do you start? Is one type of flooring better than another?

Well, we are here to help. We will break down the three main types of hardwood floors to help you decide which makes the most sense for you and your home.

First of all, don’t confuse wood variety with flooring type; that is a whole other conversation. For this blog entry, we are just concerned with flooring type: solid, engineered, or Acrylic-impregnated wood flooring.

Solid Wood Flooring

This category of hardwood flooring can be broken down into three sub-categories; each is available in an unfinished and a per-finished version. Unfinished flooring must be sanded and finished after installation, while pre-finished flooring is sanded and finished at the factory.

The three sub-categories of solid wood flooring are:

  1. Strip Flooring: Denoted by the thickness and width of its wood planks, solid strip flooring is the most popular hardwood flooring option available today. Strip flooring ranges in thickness from 5/16 of an inch to 3/4 of an inch wide, with widths of 1.5 inches, 2 inches, or 2.25 inches.
  2. Plank Flooring: While this type of flooring only comes in two thicknesses – ½ inch or  ¾  inch – the widths can vary from 3-8 inches.
  3. Parquet Flooring: Made from geometrical patterns, parquet flooring breaks from the traditional look of hardwood floors.

Engineered Wood Flooring

This flooring is produced by adhering layers of plastic laminate veneer with real wood. But do not confuse engineered wood flooring with laminate flooring; the latter does not contain any actual wood.

Acrylic-impregnated Wood Flooring

This type of flooring is infused with sealant and color throughout the thickness of the wood. This means that the “finish” is actually consistent throughout the wood.

Contact the flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors, Inc. to help you determine which type of hardwood flooring is best for you. Contact us 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!

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What are the different types of hardwood flooring? HardwoodFlooringBlog.com

Ultimate Guide to Hardwood Flooring TLC.HowStuffWorks.com