It is the summer season and this is the time that a lot of families take advantage of to go on vacation. If you have been planning on refinishing your floor this year, it is best to plan ahead and plan your refinishing work during your vacation. Why?
1) Refinishing Takes Some Time
When refinishing floors it can take a couple days to get the refinishing work done due to the process and steps needed to refinish the floor. And then after it is complete you still need to wait at least 4-5 days before you can really use the room in order to allow time for the finish to set. During this time its not the most convenient being in your home for the reasons listed below.
2 ) Refinishing Misplaces Your Furniture
During the refinishing process you need to move your furniture out of the way. That means that you need to store it in another part of the house that is not getting refinishing work done. This could cause your house to become a jungle gym pretty quickly as all the furniture is crammed into a room. And as in the point above, refinishing is a process and furniture should not be moved in until 4-5 days after the refinishing process is done.
3) Refinishing Is Dusty and Comes With Strong Smells Included
The refinishing process includes sanding off your hardwood floors so that a new coating can be put on your wood and creates lots of dust and debris. The last part of refinishing is adding coatings of stain and finish which causes strong odors that you do not want to be around. It is not the most pleasant thing to smell. The best thing is to avoid all the dust and odor by have your family out on a nice vacation while your house gets its make over.
Planning ahead will make the process of refinishing your homes a lot less hassle free and allow you to come home to beautiful hardwood floors.
To be honest, the absolute BEST time to get your hardwood floors refinished is right before you move into your house so you don’t have to mess with moving the furniture, but if your not planning on moving soon and you need to get your floors refinished then vacation time is you next best bet at planning ahead and getting your floors refinished.
Not sure if your floors need to be refinished? Check out our hardwood floor refinishing page that goes through when you should consider getting your hardwood floors refinished. As always if you have any questions or need help with getting a game plan for getting your hardwood floors done, feel free to reach out to Atlanta Hardwood Flooring & Cabinetry. We’d be happy to help you come up with a solid game plan.
The summer is starting here in Georgia! Schools are letting out and this week have been dealing with summer rains. It has started getting hot and humid.
There are several things that you should keep in mind this summer in order to help protect your hardwood floors and keep them in good shape for years to come!
During the summer months there are 3 things to keep a tab on - sunlight, humidity and dirt!
Summer time comes with lots of bright, beautiful sunlight (well except for weeks like today which are full of rain, rain and rain). Sunlight is great, until it starts causing fading to happen on your hardwood floors. Direct sunlight on your floors can cause fading. This is most likely to occur in areas close to windows that have access to direct sunlight. Some ways that you can guard against this is to close your curtain during the heat of the day so direct sunlight won’t hit your hardwood floors. If you are already planning on doing some work on your windows you can invest in windows that protect against UV rays.
The second issue is humidity. Summers in Georgia can get hot and the heat in Georgia, as we all know, is a humid heat. Humidity can cause your wood floors to cup. Wood responds to the moisture in the air. If there is more moisture in the air then the wood expands. This is normal and will happen. What you need to guard against is if there is excess moisture causing the wood to warp and cup. Make sure to measure the humidity level and if the humidity level gets high it is important to have a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture from the air. Keeping your house cool, the doors closed and the ac on goes a long way on those hot humid summer days.
The last thing to guard against in the summer is dirt! Summer brings with it lots of summer parties and houses full of children and guests. During summer days kids run in and out causing more dirt than normal. Playing outside and enjoying the outdoors is great, but you’ll want to make sure that fun doesn’t cause chaos to your hardwood floors. In order to make sure that your hardwood floors stay in good shape you need to make sure they stay clean so that dirt doesn’t scratch the floor as people move about. Regular cleaning of your hardwood floor will help with that as well as having your guest take off their shoes when they enter the door.
Happy start to a wonderful summer season!
The last couple posts we have focused in on cabinets and helping you become more knowledgeable about your options for kitchen cabinet designs. This post will continue that on and talk about the corner cabinet spaces.
Without skillful thought and foresight, kitchen corners can easily become dead spaces. When looking at cabinets, dead space cabinets are just for look on the outside and have no functional use for storage for your kitchen.
Blind base cabinets occur where two cabinets meet in the corner, but only one is functional. This will cause there to be some blind space in the back of the cabinet that is difficult to get to. It is the place that all the rarely used pots and pans get pushed off to and forgotten about. It is the no man’s land of kitchen items. This can be frustrating.
Now, here at Atlanta Hardwood Flooring & Cabinetry we get into custom work to help you build a custom cabinet that meets your needs and requirements. If you are looking to optimize the storage space in your kitchen we can help you come up with the best designs that will allow you to maximize your available space - including the corner spaces.
You can have your corner spaces built as diagonal cabinets so that you can still utilize that space for storage. The one thing to note is that the door will be smaller than the storage space inside. It allows you to utilize that storage space, but it may be tricker pulling items out. However, with thoughtful storage options, you can best organize your kitchen items in your corner cabinet, allowing for easy and quick access. One of the most popular storage tools is a Lazy Susan that allows you to rotate shelving to access to items in the cabinet.
We can work with you to optimize your kitchen space and custom build cabinets for your unique kitchen.
Give us a call today for your custom consultation!
If your considering getting your cabinets redone there ares several things to consider. In the post below we spoke about deciding between frame or frameless cabinets. In this post we’ll talk about a couple different door styles that you can choose from. Becoming familiar with the terminology will help you as you decide what style you want for your home. It’s helpful when you see something you like and then be able to share with others the styles that most draw your attractions.
There are several times of door styles that you can choose from. We will be going over the terminology of a few of them.
Now the basics behind many cabinet doors is a five piece system: The four edges and the center piece.
Slab Doors: These types of doors are the simplest and most contemporary. They are just a flat door with no indentions or raised parts - it is all one piece and all the same size.
In the post below we spoke about insert and overly doors. This speaks more to the way the door fits into the frame and will deal more with issues of storage inside.
If you have more questions about the constructions of your cabinets, reach out to Atlanta Hardwood Floor and Cabinetry for your consultation.
When selecting new cabinets for your home you want to be well educated about your choices. Here at Atlanta Hardwood Flooring & Cabinetry we make it our job to make sure you are well informed about your purchasing decisions. In this article we will go over one of the options that you have when selecting cabinets for your home.
When selecting cabinets for installation you’ll need to decide weather you want a frame or a frameless cabinet design.
In America the typical cabinet design are frame cabinets, while in Europe the typical cabinet design are frameless cabinets.
So what is the difference?
Frame cabinets have a small 1-1 1/2 inch frame around the cabinets. In this case the doors are connected to the frame and the cabinets are connected together through the frame. The benefits of this type of design is that it is sturdy and offers several types of designs for your cabinets. We’ll go through the 3 types of design overlays that are possible with framed cabinets below.
Frameless cabinets are cabinets built without a frame. In this case the doors are connected to the wall of the cabinets. The benefit of this type of cabinet is that it allows more space for storage and does not require you to have a center stile in the middle of the cabinet. In frameless cabinets the doors cover the full face of the cabinets. There are less design options, but this style is more sleek and is becoming more popular in America as well.
Overlays describe how the door sits on the cabinets. With framed cabinets there are 3 main types of overlays: insert, standard or full.
Insert overlays are doors that fit within the frame. In this case you see the full frame from the outside. The doors fit perfectly within the frame.
Standard overlays are doors that lie over the frame. Your still able to see the frame, but the door sits on top of the frame.
Full overlays are doors that lay onto of the frame and only a slight portion of the frame is visible.
Making your decision for cabinets comes down to functionality and design. Here at Atlanta Hardwood Flooring & Cabinetry we love to hear what your goals are and then are able to show you what the best options are. We want you to have cabinets that meet your desired function and look. We do custom cabinets installation. If you would like a consultation then be sure to give us a call!
You finally invested in those beautiful wood cabinets you always wanted, but now - how do you take care of the cabinets? That is an important thing to consider to keep your beautiful cabinets in good shape. It is simple to keep your cabinets clean and there are some things to keep in note. We will go over these things in this article.
Dust is everywhere. And it gets on EVERYTHING. Regular dusting helps to keep dust from piling on - and those with dust allergies will thank you! Just take a cotton cloth and dust off the cabinets during your regular Kitchen cleaning.
It is suggested that you do some deep cleaning at least twice a year. When you are doing deep cleaning of your cabinets you just need a few supplies so you can make sure to get off all the film, food and bacteria that has built up from heavy usage - our kitchens are very busy places! You’ll need a cotton cloth and some regular oil based dish soap. You can make a cleaning mixture by mixing the oil based dish detergent with water. You don’t want to use anything too harsh as it will intrude on the protective finish of your cabinets. Use the cleaning mixture to wipe down the cabinets and follow up with a damp cloth. After that take a dry cotton cloth and dry everything down. Moisture is bad for cabinets so make sure you dry it up good!
Warning: Watch out against harsh detergents or waxes as they can do more damage then good. They will eat at the finish and could destroy your cabinets. Its better to stick to good ‘ol dish detergent.
It is important to take care of spills right away. Wood does not like moisture and so it is important to not let any water stand on your cabinets. Make sure you take a clean cloth and wipe up those spills right away. Prolonged spills can cause irreversible damage to the wood, leaving stains on the wood. If you have some water damage here is a trick that may help, depending on the damage: Cleaning Up Water Stains
I know it may be tempting to hang damp cloths on your cabinets, but that is a bad idea. Wood can be negatively effected by moisture so hanging a damp cloth on your cabinets is not doing your wood any favors.
If you have some tough stains on your cabinets you can use a mixture of water and either vinegar or baking soda to get those stains off. Make sure to wipe it off right away as both these items are acidic and if left on the wood can cause damage to the finish. This should only be used for tough stains and should not be used for regular cleaning.
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.