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Which Wood Floor is Perfect for My Home?

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Site finished or factory-finished?

Both site-finished and factory-finished have their benefits. Choosing one will depend on the level of customization you would like, and your own personal preference.

A site-finished floor is when finish is applied on the job site, in the room where the raw hardwood floor is installed. It offers the most customization, such as, staining, borders, etc. Although, you need to put aside time to let it dry, in which you will not be able to walk on your floor.

A factory finished floor, or pre-finished hardwood floor is when the finish is applied at the factory during the manufacturing process ,way before it gets to your home. This offers less customization, but you can walk on your floors immediately after they are installed and there’s no mess.

Glossy or matte?

Sheen of your hardwood floors is all about personal preference. Gloss finishes offer the most shine (think basketball court), but they will also reflect more light, thus showing more dirt and scratches. Semi-gloss finishes will offer minimal shine and will reflect some light, and are a very popular choice. Matte finishes offer the least amount of shine and reflect the least amount of light. The less sheen, the less likely you will see small scratches on the floor and other types of wear. More people today are choosing matte or satin finishes than any other.

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Strip, plank or parquet?

Hardwood floors are manufactured in three ways: strip, plank, and parquet. These are all available in different species, colors, and widths, so it’s all about which you prefer. Strip flooring is less than 3 inches wide, and has a more linear effect, making the room look larger. Plank flooring is equal or greater than 3 inches wide. It is still linear, but its wider width creates a casual look. Lastly, parquet flooring varies in sizes, but it has a geometric non-linear look. It can be simple, or it can be complex.

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Types of Wood Used in Hardwood Flooring

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

If you’re considering installing new hardwood flooring, you might be curious as to what kind of wood you should choose to use. Fortunately, there are a wide variety of wood types used in hardwood flooring, each with their respective advantages and disadvantages. Here are some of the more popular kinds of wood used in hardwood flooring today.

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Red Oak

The most popular choice for hardwood flooring in the U.S., this wood has a coarse grain and reddish color.

White Oak

White oak has a similar grain to red oak, with a few more burls and swirls. It is more durable than red oak, and has a brownish color.

Birch

A strong wood, but softer than red oak, and consequently softer than white oak as well. The color of birch wood can vary from light yellow to a dark red.

Beech

Consistent in grain and its reddish brown color, beech wood is durable, but slightly less hard than white oak. However, birch is one of the most stable woods, meaning that its fluctuations in size based on moisture content are less than other woods.

Douglas Fir

Douglas fir is known for its yellowish tan color, but as a soft wood it is used infrequently.

Cherry

Generally a softer wood, cherry is more often used for decorative applications. However, not all cherry wood’s are created equal. Brazilian cherry is the fourth hardest wood on the Janka hardness scale, which measures the strength of wood based on how much force is required to embed half the diameter of a .444-inch steel ball in the wood. The rating for Brazilian cherry is 2820, compared to 1290 for northern red oak. Brazilian walnut and Brazilian teak are the hardest two woods, at 3680 and 3540 respectively.

 

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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.

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http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/home/hardwood-floor3.htm

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.

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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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