The kitchen is the heartbeat of many homes. A lot of time is spent in the kitchen preparing meals, eating food and having conversations. When thinking of designing your kitchen or making changes to your kitchen one of the things that you may be considering is having a kitchen island. There are several reasons why you may want to consider having an island in your kitchen.
First, kitchen islands can help with your storage issues. It is often hard to have enough storage space in the kitchen. You think you have enough space, but once you put away the plates and cups you realize there are a wide array of other things that need a home in your kitchen. Your trying to figure out where to put the tuba-ware, pots and pans, that large serving plate your mother-in-law gave you, your extra appliances that you don’t want cluttering up your counter. There are a lot of items that need to be put away in a kitchen. A kitchen island is great because it gives you more storage space to put items away so they will not clutter your kitchen.
Second, kitchen islands give you more counter top space for when you are cooking and baking. Preparing meals can get crowded if you don’t have enough counter top space to work. Having more counter top space allows more people in the kitchen, helping with the meal. It is also great if you want to bake cookies with kids. They can gather around your kitchen island with you and help pour, stir and prepare the cookies.
Third, not only does a kitchen island give you more counter top space for cooking and baking, but it also gives you another space to eat and for your kids to do homework. Kitchen islands provide another place where you can sit down and have a low key meal. Just pull up your bar stool and its another space for you to enjoy a meal. If you need to keep an eye on your kids as they do their home work they can do their homework at the kitchen island while you prepare dinner.
Fourth, you can build your kitchen island for functionality with appliances. If your needing a second sink to use for washing fruits and vegetables, you can have it attached to the kitchen island. If your wanting to put your stove on the kitchen island you can do that as well. The way you design your kitchen is up to you and if you need to design it with appliances in the center, you can do that as well.
Atlanta Hardwood Flooring & Cabinetry are experts at helping you design and build your kitchen island. If you are wanting to create a kitchen island then give us a call! We’d be happy to consult you and help you come up with the best solution for your kitchen island.
Happy New Year! It is already the start of a new year with new possibilities. On our blog we often speak about our hardwood floors, but did you know that we also build custom cabinets? We work with clients to help build them custom built in cabinets for their living room, kitchen and dining room.
We know storage can be a big issue in a house. Keeping things neat and in place is important. Having a place to store items goes a long way. Have you been thinking of building cabinets in your living room? Or do you have you been wanting to have your kitchen cabinets redone? Reach out to us and we’ll come to your home for a consultation.
Hardwood Floors are an investment so you want to make sure that you are taking care of them correctly. Solid hardwood floors can last a life time, if taken care of properly. There are proper ways to regularly clean your hardwood floors and measures you should take in your home to protect your hardwood floor.
However, there is one thing you should be mindful of when taking care of your hardwood floors. You want to be mindful of not using wax and other “miracle” cleaning solutions as they could actually damage your floors. The thing about wax and other miracle cleaning solutions is that they often damage the polyurethane that is on your floors. Polyurethane is what helps to protect your hardwood floors. Wax begins to eat into the polyurethane causing it to wear down.
And the thing about wax is that once you start using it, you have to continue using it. It becomes a lot of work in order to maintain and keep your hardwood floors with the wax sheen. And the more wax you use the sooner that you’ll need to have your floors refinished.
Best to skip the wax and “miracle” cleaning solutions.
Instead you might want to consider getting your floors buffed. Getting your floors buffed and recoated with polyurethane is a better procedure that will also help to maintain and protect your floors, allowing you to go longer before needing to have your floors refinished.
Atlanta looks like a winter wonderland today. We got surprised with several inches of snow yesterday that has coated our city with white.
Our rare days of snow means that we take advantage of this pearly white fun since we only receive it once a year at best. This means kids and adults alike will be playing outside in the snow, making snowmen and having snow ball fights. It is a beautiful time for all.
Here is a reminder, that while you are having fun in the snow, make sure to not bring the snow inside with you. Your hardwood floors are not a fan of the snowy weather and the snow will quickly melt inside, which can create water damage on your floors.
One way to protect against the snow from outside is to make sure you put absorbent mats right next to all the entries of the house. This will catch some of the snow from your shoes.
Do not use a towel as your doormat as towels are absorbent and will be damp on your hardwood floors. Be sure to pick up any damp towels you may have used to brush off snow.
Also be sure to have everyone take off their shoes when they enter the house. Some of the roads have been salted and the mixture of salt and snow is not good for your hardwood floors. It is best to take off all shoes before walking on the hardwood floors.
If your jacket or pants have carried any snow in with you from a snow ball fight or from making snow angels, then make sure that you take your jacket off and leave it by the door. If any snow falls off while your getting inside, make sure to clean it off the floors immediately.
These are just some tips as we are enjoying these unusually snowy day here in Atlanta.
It’s that time of year! Thanksgiving is over, which means its time to set up your Christmas Tree. The Christmas tree brings beautiful warmth to your home and is so fun for the season. However, you want to make sure you take some precautions when setting up your tree, caring for your tree and disposing of your tree so that you won’t have a headache and need to spend money on repairs your hardwood floors after the holidays.
There are 2 major things to take precautions for with your Christmas tree. First is the water and second are the pine needles. Water can damage your hardwood floors, creating unsightly water spots and cupping on your wood floors. The pine needles can create scratches. Here are some tips so you can avoid both the water marks and scratches while putting up and taking down your tree.
First, make sure to clean the area around the Christmas tree. Dirt is an enemy to your hardwood floors and if things are dragged on it, it could cause scratches.
Second, you’ll want to prepare the stand area for the Christmas tree. Since the tree will need to have water, it is important that you have a protective barrier to keep the water from seeping into the floor. A good item for this is the water catcher that you put under your washing machine. You can then put a tree skirt above it, but it is important to have the water catcher under to make sure the water does not touch the ground.
PSA, do not use a towel! Towels are absorbent so they will absorb the water. The water they absorb will go to your hardwood floors. If wet a wet towel sits on hardwood floors for a month, it will cause unsightly damage. Do not use a towel.
When bringing the tree in, put some sheets on the ground that line the path from your door to where you will be setting the tree up. This will help to catch any pine needles that fall on the ground during the process. Since pine needles can catch up your floor it is important to minimize the amount that gets on the ground. Sheets are a big help.
In addition, prior to bringing the tree in the house shake the tree of any loose pine needles so they fall outside rather than in your house. If you can, take a big garbage bag and put it around the tree so that it will help from pine needles falling down during the transport.
While you have the tree up in your home, make sure your vacuum around the tree regularly. Pine needles will fall down and its important that you vacuum them up. Do not sweep them up, because as you sweep them it can cause scratches to your floor.
At the end of the holidays, put a bag around the tree again so that you can take the tree out with minimal pine needles falling on the ground. It is best to also put a path of sheets on the ground to the door so you can catch any stray pine needles.
Following these steps will help you to keep your hardwood floors protected from potential harm from your Christmas tree.
Have a wonderful holiday season!
Before we know it Thanksgiving will be here. Soon family will be coming into town. There will be kids running around and maybe an extra pet or two joining in the holiday fun. The holiday means a full house, full of laughter and catching up.
It is great to have family home for the holidays, as you’ll be able to share your space and the beautiful home you’ve created with them. While you’ll be able to show off your beautiful hardwood floors to your family, you’ll also want to make sure you take a few necessary precautions to protect the floors during the holidays. Here are a few tips that will help keep your floors looking great even after the holiday rush.
These are just some helpful tips to help you protect your floors during the holiday season. It’ll be great to show off your floors to your friends and family, but these tips will ensure your floors continue to look great for years to come!
The popularity of dark wood floors is growing. It is a growing trend in hardwood flooring as more people are leaning towards beautiful dark tones in their flooring.
However, the one downside of dark hardwood floors is that they are notoriously difficult to keep looking clean. It does not help that the dark color helps to accentuate dirt and dust, making unclean floors so much more noticeable. If you are determined to get darker toned hardwood floors then it is good to be prepared for how to best clean and take care of your floors, because it WILL take more effort.
First, one thing to consider during the installation or refinishing process is to choose a satin or matte finish. Glossy finishes also help to accentuate dirt so it would make it even more difficult to keep your hardwood floors looking clean with a glossy finish. As a result, it would be better to lean towards more of a satin or matte finish.
Second, the type of polyurethane you select will affect how the floor looks and its durability. Dark wood floors will show flaws more clearly and so you want to make sure your floor is durable and is not easily damaged. You’ll want to aim for a high grade polyurethane.
Third, you’ll want to make sure that the floor is cleaned regularly to help to keep from dirt build up. But honestly, the floors will show dirt pretty quickly so if good looking floors are important to you then you’ll be driven to clean regularly because every speck will be noticeable on the floor. You will not need a reminder.
For cleaning it will be helpful to have a high powered vacuum cleaner. You’ll want to make sure that it is a vacuum cleaner for hardwood floors or at least make sure that it doesn’t have a roller brush or that the roller brush is turned off. It would not help your case if the roller brush was on and made a mark on your hardwood floors. That would not help your dark hardwood floors that accentuate everything.
Fourth, it will be helpful to make sure that your family takes off their shoes at the door. This will help to minimize the amount of dirt tracked into the house. Having a basket for shoes next to the door will help with reminding people to take off their shoes. Also making sure to have mats at the door to help keep dirt from coming in from outside.
Dark hardwood floors are more high maintenance to take care of, but they do make for elegant beautiful floors. If you are thinking of dark wooded floors then be sure to keep these tips in mind!
When selecting hardwood floors for your home you have several decisions to make. You have to select the wood species, the type of finish, whether it will pre-finished or site-finished and several other factors to get your desired wood floors. One of the decisions you will have to make is whether you want solid wood or engineered wood floors.
Now you may be wondering, “Are engineered wood floors actually wood floors?”. And the answer is yes! Engineered wood floors are made from real wood, but it was made in a way to provide some benefits that solid wood floors do not have. There are pros and cons to both to be sure. We will go more into the benefits that each one brings.
Solid wood floors are the traditional wood planks. They are, what the name implies, a solid piece of hardwood and they are typically ¾ of an inch thick. The beauty of solid hardwood floors is that they can be sanded and refinished many times, allowing them to last a long time in your home. Even if you want a color change then you can have those same hardwood floors sanded and refinished to either lighten up your room or bring in the darker, bolder colors.
Solid wood floors are more sensitive to moisture and will expand and contract based on the moisture content in the room. As a result, it is not recommended to put solid wood floors in basements, bathrooms or any room that will have continual changes in moisture. This is one of the restrictions for solid wood flooring.
On the other hand, engineered wood floors are also made with real wood, but they are made in a way to help withstand changes in moisture content. Engineered floors are made with plywood that has been layered and compressed together in such a way that causes it to be less susceptible to changes in moisture content. Engineered wood flooring has made it possible to have wood flooring in the basement.
Another perk about engineered flooring is that it can be laid on top of many surfaces. Solid wood flooring needs a plywood base, but engineered wood flooring can be put on top of several surface types including concrete floors.
Engineered wood floors, however, cannot be refinished as many times as solid wood floors. If your floors have been damaged or your wanting to change the color, you are limited in the amount of times it can be sanded and refinished (if at all).
Discuss your needs with a professional hardwood flooring contractor and they can lead you in the right direction to help you get the wood floors that will best meet your needs.
What happens when flooding happens on your new hardwood floors? It happens: the dishwasher over flows or the pipes burst or your house floods due to torrent rains. In those cases, is hope all lost? It depends on the type of hardwood flooring you have and how quickly you were able to clean up the water.
TYPE OF HARDWOOD
Engineered hardwood floors are better for rooms that may be more prone to moisture because they are not as affected by changes in moisture content. They do not expand and contract as solid hardwood floors do. However, in the case of water extensive water damage they are less likely to be salvaged. Part of the issue is that engineered floors are limited in the amount of times that they can be sanded and refinished.
HOW TO CURB THE EFFECTS OF WATER DAMAGE
If your floor does get water damage, there are several things that will help to curb the affects and help you *maybe* save your wood floors from having to be completely torn out. Here are somethings you will want to do ASAP (time is key to saving your floors!).
These things are important first steps to do when facing emergency water damages. If your hardwood floors make it through the drying process and are able to be salvaged they will probably need to be refinished. For the refinishing process, you can call Atlanta Hardwood Flooring & Cabinetry to help you get your floor back. When dealing with water damage call the experts and we can come and inspect to let you know if the hardwood floors are salvageable and give you the best advice to get you back to having beautiful hardwood floors.
When getting hardwood floors installed or refinished you have to decide what kind of sheen you want for your floors to display. Sheen is the level of gloss or shine that your floor reflects. Often times this is measured at the amount of sheen reflected at 60 degrees since this is the degree you are normally looking at the floor at. There are 4 different levels of sheen including: glossy, semi-gloss, satin and matte.
Now selecting the level of sheen you want depends on your preferences. The trend has shifted towards more satin and matte finishes and away from more glossy finishes. Why you may ask? There are several reasons that we’ll go into as we look deeper into these different finishes and what they produced.
Glossy finishes reflect at 75% or higher so it’s very shiny. Gloss used to be in as many people liked the sleek look of gloss. However, the sleek gloss look also brings with it an accentuation of everything on the floor. Glossy floors do a bad job of covering up scratches and dirt. Rather than hide messes, it helps to highlight it, making it harder to take care of your floors. There are several reason why the trend has shifted, but that is one of the more practical reasons people have traded in their gloss for more muted options.
Semi-gloss finishes reflect at about 55%-70%. It is not as intense as glossy, but still carries that sleekness that most people are wanting when they lean towards glossy finishes. It still needs to be cleaned more often and taken care off to keep scuff marks off the ground and take away the dirt since it doesn’t do a good job of hiding imperfections on the floor.
Satin floors have become a more popular option for homeowners. Satin floors reflect at about 40%-50%. It is preferred because it does not emphasize the normal wear and tear that hardwood floors go through. It is less reflective so it does not take away from the look and feel of the hardwood floors. The trend is moving towards more natural floors and as people prefer more authentic looks they are moving further away from the gloss to more muted gloss levels.
The last type of sheen is matte which has the least amount of luster at 25%. Previously matte floors were seen as dull and boring, but there has been a shift as it has become a bit more popular. It fits well with those who like the rustic look and want more natural looking floors.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to your local hardwood flooring company. We’d be happy to help answer any questions you have.