Posts Tagged ‘winter’

Hardwood Floor Care During the Winter

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

In the winter, hardwood floors are more vulnerable to damage than during any other season. They take a greater beating due to people bringing in the outdoor elements when they enter your house. Ice and slush can seep into cracks, forming scratches in the coating, and rock salt, that’s spread outside to prevent ice, only worsen the problem. In extreme cases, the floors can ever warp over time, creating a health hazard to unsuspecting walkers.

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The snow and ice that people track inside are hard to avoid. Even leaving all affected clothing at the door can present an issue, as the water and affiliated melting agents will sit in the same area for hours at a time and eat away at the varnish instead of spreading out and evaporating more quickly. Even more difficult to avoid is the humidity of the season. Since the outside is cold and people prefer warmer insides, the fluctuating state of temperatures makes the wood fluctuate, as well. Because of the constant small changes, the rigid varnish in hardwood can’t keep up and will start to form cracks that start out as imperceptible. These grow bigger with wear and before most people realize it, the varnish has very noticeable holes that can allow the wood to be damaged quite easily.

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Hardwood Floor-Safe Games for Winter Break

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Winter is coming up, which means kids are home for winter break. With the cold weather and possible chance for snow, this may be the time to bring your family indoors. If you are looking for ideas on how to entertain your young ones this winter break, read on for a list of games that are hardwood floor-safe!

 

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Dealing with Seasonal Issues

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

With the fall season in full effect, the temperatures are starting to cool, and humidity is dropping. Seasonal related issues are extremely common during this time of the year. Most wood floors will have some type of seasonal separation in the boards during the fall and winter. Due to the heating systems in full effect, the humidity levels drop. The wood starts to lose moisture and the boards shrink, resulting in gaps.

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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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Rain and your Hardwood Floors

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Fall season brings with it some much-needed rain, but how is this affecting your hardwood floors? A lot of moisture can make your hardwood floors expand, and then contract. This process makes the boards cup, crown, crack and buckle, which all have negative effects on your floors. Here are some tips to make sure your flooring lasts.

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Why Hardwood Floors?

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Health benefits

Hardwood floors improve the air quality inside your home. They do not harbor allergens or harmful pesticides that can be tracked from outside. Dust and mold are minimal also, which allows for hardwood floors to be a healthy flooring option.

Environmentally beneficial

Hardwood floors are a renewable flooring option since trees can be replanted to replace the ones that were harvested. In the US, for every tree that is harvested, another 1.66 is planted. Because wood floors can last for decades, they require fewer raw materials, and produce less landfill waste (unlike other flooring options).

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Durability

Hardwood floors can stand up to busy lifestyles of today’s families, and will continue to look beautiful for decades. The Janka Scale, which measures hardness of wood species, gives you an indication of how wood floors are expected to perform.

Competitive benefits

Homes that have hardwood floors sell faster and for more money than homes without it. Wood floors offer your home long-term value that other flooring options cannot.

Still have questions about why hardwood floors are a great fit for your home? Contact the hardwood flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors 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

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!

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