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Choosing a Wood Floor Based on Your Subfloor

Friday, August 8th, 2014

 

The type of subfloor you have has a strong influence on what kind of wood flooring you can install. By this, we’re talking about solid hardwood flooring vs. engineered hardwood flooring. In this week’s blog, we’ll discuss what kind of floors work for different subflooring, and options you have if your subflooring doesn’t initial allow you to go with your first choice of wood flooring.

Subfloors and Wood Flooring

Plywood

Plywood is a very common subfloor and is usually found on the first and second floor of your home. It works equally well for solid hardwood flooring or engineered hardwood flooring, and requires no alterations to install either one. If you have a plywood subfloor, consider yourself fortunate!

Particleboard

Similar to plywood, particleboard is unfortunately not usable when it comes to hardwood floors. You’ll have to tear out the particleboard and replace it with plywood in order to make it a viable subfloor for wood flooring. Once you do this, you can go with either solid or engineered hardwood.

Concrete

Concrete is a common subfloor in basements, or if you don’t have a basement, the ground floor of your home may have a concrete subfloor. There are several stipulations for concrete subflooring that dictate what kind of flooring will work here.

If the concrete subfloor is in the basement, solid wood flooring is not advisable. This is because there will almost inevitably be a moisture problem sooner or later in the basement which will ruin a solid wood floor. Engineered hardwood floor is the only kind of wood suitable for use on a concrete subfloor in the basement.

If the concrete subfloor is at grade (ground level), the best choice is still engineered hardwood. However, if you really want solid wood, there are a few options. First, you could install plywood over the concrete, and then install solid wood over that. Expensive, but a viable option. Alternatively, solid wood flooring can be glued to a concrete subfloor, though there are some caveats. The boards must be totally flat, and totally flat boards can be hard to find if you’re looking for longer ones. The glue used for this type of project is permanent, so if you ever need to replace the wood floor due to water damage, etc., it will be very hard to do. In addition, the glue often contains toxic compounds which you might not want in your home.

In conclusion, the best choice for concrete subfloors is generally engineered hardwood. Though solid hardwood isn’t out of the question (as long as the floor is at grade), it will be more expensive and time consuming to install. Engineered hardwood flooring must be used on a concrete subfloor in the basement.

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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!

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http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/18902708/list/what-to-ask-before-choosing-a-hardwood-floor

 

Why Are Wood Floors Good For Those With Allergies?

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Spring is here, and with it, allergy sufferers worst nightmare: pollen. The sight of a the coat of yellow pollen blanketing everything outdoors is enough to make one want to move to the desert or the tundra. As you walk through this yellow pollen blanket you’re picking it up on your shoes and clothes and bringing it into your house. You thought it was your refuge, your sanctuary from pollen, but no, you’ve brought the enemy into your own house by your own means.

Pollen doesn’t play fair, but there are methods you can use to combat its trickery. Specifically, wood flooring. How does a floor help in this situation? Well, the pollen gets into your home on your shoes and clothes no matter what. However, with wood flooring, it sits on top and remains there, easily cleaned with a cloth. Carpet, on the other hand, harbors your foe in its deep fibers, and the more you walk on it, the deeper the pollen gets ground into the carpet. Cleaning a wood floor is much quicker and efficient than cleaning a carpet, so it’s easy to get that pollen out of there. The same goes for other allergy-provoking substances like dust and pet dander. Easily swept off the wood floor, but not so much for the carpet. So, if you’ve got allergies, wood flooring is the way to go.

wood floors and allergies

Signature Hardwood Floors has been servicing the entire Maryland, Northern Virginia, and South Central Pennsylvania areas since July of 2004. With more than twenty years of experience, we offer top quality products and exceptional craftsmanship. We are licensed and insured for both residential and commercial projects.

In addition, we are a recognized member of the National Wood Flooring Association, noted for our staff’s regular participation in continuing education programs on wood flooring. Our skilled and knowledgeable staff is proficient in new installation, refinishing, repairs, stain applications, oil and water base poly, and restorations. This expertise enables us to provide you, the customer, with the best results at an affordable price.

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.

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How To Safely Place A Christmas Tree On Your Hardwood Floor

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Do you know how to place your Christmas tree over your hardwood flooring? If you do not, we are here to help by giving you a few tips on how. Read below.

Assemble an Artificial Tree

Assemble your tree on a blanket on the floor. This blanket will protect your floor from accidental scratches while you assemble your tree.

Place a Real Tree on a Plastic Tablecloth

If you have a real tree, fold an old sheet into quarters exactly where you would like your tree to be placed. Cut and fold a plastic tablecloth to feet the sheet. Place your Christmas tree stand on top of this plastic tablecloth. Make sure you have this done before bringing your real tree home. Be sure you shake your tree before bringing it to your home. Dislodge any loose needles from your tree.

Use a Rubber Mat to Move Your Tree Around

A rubber mat can help you easily move a tree in your home without damaging your floor by dropping the tree or scratching the floor by dragging the tree through out your house.

For more tips on how to place your Christmas tree over hardwood flooring, read this article from Ehow.com.

If you have any questions or need professional help, 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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Protecting Your Hardwood Flooring From Holiday Traffic

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Do you know how to protect your wood floors from holiday traffic this Christmas? If you are unsure, we are here to help by giving you a few protection tips. Read below.

You do not need scuff marks, scratches and water damage to your hardwood floors this holiday season. Keep your holiday floors looking fabulous.

 Under The Christmas Tree

 You can have a fresh cut Christmas tree and still have beautiful hardwood floors. You can start to by giving your tree a good shake to eliminate loose pine needles. This will decrease nettles that can get stuck in your wood flooring. Place a plastic mat under your tree. This will prevent water damage from watering the tree. Remember, bacteria starts growing 24 hours after contact.

 Christmas Party Wood Flooring Safety

 If your house has an abundance of hardwood flooring, purchase extra rugs or mats to place over your hardwood flooring during the holiday season. Rugs and mats will protect your flooring from scuffs and spills in high-traffic areas during parties.

Do not use overly wet rags to wipe up food and drink messes. Dry or slightly wet rags are the best to use to clean a mess from hardwood flooring.

There is no excuse why your hardwood floors should not be in good condition this holiday season.

For more protection tips, read this article from AreaFloorsOnline.com.

If you have any questions or need professional help, 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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How To Care For Your Christmas Tree And Hardwood Flooring

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Are you worried about your hardwood flooring as you deck the halls and drag your Christmas tree across your hardwood living room floor?  If yes, we are here to help give you a few tips on how to protect your hardwood flooring this holiday season. Read below to find out how.

 

Protect your floors where your Christmas tree is placed:

 

Right under you Christmas tree place a plastic sheet beneath the base. You do not want your floor suffering from water damage, if any spillage happens when watering your Christmas tree.

 

Keep Your Pet Away from the tree.

 

Your pet, just like children, will be curious of seeing a tree in the house. Your pet might think it is potty time. He or she just might pee on your hardwood floor. Not only will there be urine damage but an unpleasant smell. Be careful.

 

Kick off the shoes at the front door.

 

During the holiday season, you may have many guests come in and out of your home. If you are not careful, your guests could bring in moisture from the outdoors on their winter boots. You will need to dry mop spills or liquid moisture as soon as possible. To save your hardwood floor, recommend to your guests to take off their shoes at the front door. Tell them your home is meant for them to be comfortable and relaxed. It works like a charm.

 

For more hardwood floor care and Christmas tree tips, read this article from Blog.BuildDirect.com.

 

If you have any questions or need professional help, 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!