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.
You may have purchased some beautiful wood floors, but have noticed that over time the color in the wood begins to fade. This is a natural process that occurs when UV lighting hits wood and adds an aged look it. When the sun’s UV rays reach inside your house, it tends to fade anything in site, including furniture and pictures. This is why you have to be careful about what you have in the light of your windows (though there are several things that you can do that we’ll go into).
There are a lot of factors that will go into the type of fade and change that you’ll see including what type of wood floors you are installing and what finish you use. Brazilian Cherry wood is most known for its tendency to fade, but every type of wood gets affected in some way. Luckily there are somethings that you can do to slow down or aid the process of fading.
The major issue is the sun’s UV rays, so blocking the sun’s rays would definitely be a solution to keeping your floors from fading, but most people don’t want to live in darkened houses and appreciate natural light. So, the next options are to decrease the amount of UV rays that are hitting the wood floors. There are several ways that you can do that.
Another thing that you should do is rearrange your furniture frequently. Most of the time people realize their wood floor has faded when they begin to move furniture around. It’s best to frequently move furniture around so that the sunlight exposure on your wood floors can be more even.
These are some suggests to help you mitigate the effects of fading due to sunlight. It is a natural process that occurs, so don’t be surprised by it! Some people love the aged/antique look of faded wood. But if you don't, be sure to take some precautionary methods to help mitigate the effects.
Oak wood is the most researched hardwood flooring online, which speaks to its popularity in American homes. It is a popular type of wood to be installed in homes for a variety of reasons. If you are looking to install hardwood floors, it is a type of wood that you should look into. We are going to dive into some of the reasons why oak is so popular and then discuss some of the characteristics that cause consumers to either love it or leave it.
First off, there are two types of oak wood and so it is always important to be clear as to what type of oak wood you are looking at. The two types of oak wood are red oak and white oak, with red oak taking the lead in popularity. We’ll talk about the slight differences between the two as we look at the characteristics of oak wood.
One of the major selling points for oak hardwood floors is that oak wood tends to be a durable wood. Hardwood floors take a beating daily with all the activity that happens on them. If you have a busy household it is good to look at wood flooring that is more durable. In the wood world we use the janka hardness scale to measure the durability of a type of wood. Both red oak and white oak have a fair janka rating, with red oak having a rating of 1290 and white oak having a rating of 1360.
Another benefit of oak wood is that it tends to be a stable wood. Wood is hygroscopic, meaning that it gives and takes in water based on its surrounding. If there is more moisture in the air then it will expand and if there is less it will contract. This can be an issue for areas that deal with moisture problems, especially areas that fluctuate. Oak wood is more stable than other types of wood and tends to be less affected by changes in moisture, helping to decrease the amount of expansion and contraction that can occur.
As we’ve seen, oak wood tends to beneficial characteristics so now it comes down to look. This is a matter of preference and how you want your home to look. The two major differences with red oak and white oak are the color and the graining of the wood. Red oak tends to be a bit lighter and has a rosier hue to it. White oak tends to be browner with golden or yellow hues. Red oak tends to have stronger graining. People either love or hate the stronger graining of the red oak. A benefit of the stronger graining is that it can hide dents and scratches better.
The two types of wood take staining a bit differently. If you already have oak wood floors and you are looking to install wood in an adjacent room or replace some of the planks then it is important that you double check to make sure that you are getting the correct type of oak wood. If you mistakenly purchase the wrong type of oak wood then it will look different no matter how you stain the floors. Be specific when you are talking about which type of wood you are looking for.
While it is a matter of preference of look, we do know that the look of oak wood floors tends to be universally liked so if you are considering selling your home in the future its best to think about getting a type of floor that is universally liked. Here some other hardwood flooring tips if you are looking at wood flooring prior to selling your home.
When you are looking at getting new wood installed in your home it is always best to consult an expert. If you are in Atlanta reach out to your hardwood flooring expert in Atlanta. Give Atlanta Hardwood Flooring & Cabinetry a call: 404-919-7010
Hardwood floors are a thing of beauty, but these natural floors have the ability to be negatively affected by drastic changes in moisture content. It is important to be knowledable about the moisture content of the room where the wood is being installed in order to make sure there won’t be some headaches down the road.
There are several things that can happen to hardwood floors due to changes in moisture content.
Cupping occurs when there is an increase in moisture content, causing the wood to swell up with moisture. In this case the size of the wood expands. Too much expansion causes the wood to cup as the sides of the wood bump against each other and bend up since it has nowhere else to go. The higher sides and lower middle, creates a cup-like look for each plank.
Another issue that can come up is crowning. Crowning refers to when the edges of the plank are lower than the middle, causing it to look like a crown. This can occur for a couple different reason. One, there could be excess moisture content that was left on the floor prior to the wood being installed. As a result, the excess moisture underneath the hardwoods can cause the edges to expand and a bulging to happen in the middle of the plank. Another way crowning can happen is when hardwood floors are sanded prior to them reaching the ideal moisture content for the room. In this case the edges have been sanded down so that when it reaches the correct moisture content it causes the middle to be higher than the center of the plank.
If the moisture content becomes drastically lower, moisture is pulled from the wood causing it to shrink. This can cause cracks in the wood and separation between boards.
The moisture content of the wood and of the room should always be checked prior to installing the wood floors. This will ensure that the wood is at the proper level. If the wood is coming from a dryer region, it may need some time to adjust to the moisture content of the new environment. If the wood is coming from a more humid region then it also may need time to adjust to the proper moisture content of where it will be installed.
Once the wood is at its optimal moisture content for the environment for which it will be installed, then there should not be any issues with moisture content. However, drastic changes to the environment will cause the problems mentioned above, such as cupping and cracking. It is important to watch for leaks and spills because they can cause changes in the moisture content in a room. An introduction of excess moisture into the room can cause cupping to happen.
Prior to fixing the floors it is best to fix the leak and regain the normal moisture content of the room. It is best to wait until the wood has re-acclimated to the proper moisture content before fixing any damages that may have occurred due to cupping or crowning.
When in doubt call your hardwood flooring Atlanta company to make sure you are taking the best care of your hardwood floors.
Are you looking to renew your kitchen? If so you may be considering hardwood floors. They provide a great look for your kitchen, a place in your home that you use every day and probably spend a lot of time in.
If you are considering putting hardwood floors in your kitchen there are some protective measures that you can take to help protect your hardwood floors and keep them looking great for years to come.
First, make sure to put a mat next to the sink. The area next to the sink is prone to getting wet from spills from the sink. Water is one of woods biggest enemies so you want to protect it from any potential water spills. A mat next to the sink will help to protect that area. You can get a great looking mat that matches with the look and feel of your kitchen. If you happen to have pets, you’ll also want to make sure that their water bowl has a mat under it to protect form spills that will happen as they drink their water.
Second, you’ll want to make sure to sweep your kitchen regularly. Kitchens have a tendency of getting dirty because we use it regularly as we make and eat food. The floors can easily get filled with dirt from shoes that have walked in from outside to get a tall glass of water or from food that we have made. Dirt not only makes our floors and house look unkept, but dirt can also cause damage to the wood floors. It is best to sweep your kitchen floors regularly to keep food and dirt off the floor.
Third, you’ll want to make sure that your kitchen tables and chairs have felt pads under them. You can also opt for having a rug under the table and chairs. This helps to protect the kitchen floor from scratches. Especially if the chairs in your kitchen get used daily, you’ll want to keep the floor protected from all the moving of the chairs.
Fourth, you’ll want to make sure that you never wet mop the floors. Sometimes your kitchen floor gets sticky. Especially if something sugary falls on the ground. Your first instinct may be to wet mop the floors. This is not a good idea with wood floors. Hardwood floors are not fans of water and excessive water can and will damage the floors. If you need to get something off you can use a damp mop- just make sure that it is not sopping wet and that you aren’t having water left on the ground.
When you get your hardwood floors installed, you’ll want to make sure that you install wood that is pretty durable. Kitchens get a lot of use so picking a hardwood that is higher on the janka scale would be a good idea. Also ensure that you get a good protective finish that will help to mitigate or stop damages from spills.
The use of hardwood floors in kitchen is growing and many love the look and feel of hardwood floors. If you are interested in looking into hardwood floors for your kitchen be sure to reach out to a hardwood flooring expert who can provide you the best information.
One of wood’s biggest enemies is water. Water can get into wood and damage the wood, permanently discoloring the affected area. When you get water on your wood the best thing to do is to clean it up right away. However, there are times that you don’t get to it in time and it becomes a stain.
Now the question becomes, can you get a water stain out of a wood? The answer is it depends. First it depends on the color of the water mark. If the water mark is white, you might have a bit of luck. If the water mark is dark or black then you might have to call in your local professional hardwood contractor to help you restore the wood.
If the mark is white, it means that the water has only seeped into the finish and hasn’t made its way fully down to the wood. You have a chance at potentially getting it out if it is only in the finish. Thank goodness for finishing that helps to protect the wood! Here are somethings that you can try to get it out:
These are just a few ways that you can try to get the water mark off if it hasn’t made its way all the way to the wood. Depending on the type of wood and finish, the results will very.
If the stain is dark or black then you may need to have the wood refinished as the wood has been damaged. In this case you will need to sand down the wood and apply a new finish. If you need help with hardwood repair then call the hardwood experts.