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How to Care for Hardwood Flooring

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Caring for your hardwood floors is very important. If you have recently had hardwood put in, refinished or moved to a home with existing hardwood you may be wondering what the best way to care for your floors is. There are a lot of different things you can do for your floors, prevention is one of the best things for wood floor. If you want to keep your floors looking good for years to come there are some important steps to take. Hardwood floors are generally revered as delicate but they are surprisingly resistant to damage. The environment of your […]

The Economic Considerations of Hardwood Flooring

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It’s no secret that hardwood is one of the more expensive flooring options. The synthetic flooring options are often less expensive; however, the economics are more complex than you might think. There are considerations about the cost of the materials themselves, the cost of installation, and the resale value. The Cost of Materials The first expense will be the cost of the flooring itself. You can buy the hardwood new from a supplier. This will likely be about the middle of the cost range. New flooring planks will give you the most versatility and the most opportunity. You’ll be able […]

How to Pet-Proof Your Hardwood Floor

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Hardwood floors are incredible, timeless additions that can make your home look great. They’re warm and inviting and help to tie a room together. Pets are also great additions to a household. They bring life and excitement to a room. Hardwood floors and pets, however, aren’t the best combination. Hardwood floors are slick and prone to scratches. Pets, especially dogs, don’t have the best traction on slick floors. Also, they have claws that can scratch up your floor. Your hardwood floor might seem incredibly hard, but dog claws are usually harder. Here are some things you can do to pet-proof […]

Puzzle Piece Floors Are Rising in Popularity

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Hardwood floors are made of dozens of different hardwood planks. Engineered hardwood, shiplap, and some types of solid hardwood are even made of planks with tongue and groove connections. One side of a plank will have a tongue that sticks out. The other will have a groove in which it fits. You can then put them together like puzzle pieces. Well, many noticed that they fit together like puzzle pieces and decided to take it one step further. A new trend is emerging in hardwood flooring; planks of hardwood are being cut in the shape of puzzle pieces. They’re then […]

Why Aren’t Hardwood Planks Longer and Wider?

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If you have a hardwood floor or are shopping for one, you’ve likely noticed a few things about them. One of the things that is rarely questioned is the size of hardwood planks. Standard planks are about four inches wide. Wide planks are about six inches wide. They’re all typically a foot or two in length. That means you’ll spend all day installing a hardwood floor. Wouldn’t it be much easier and simpler to just use wide boards that are longer? If each board was twelve inches wide and ten feet long, you could floor a typical room with ten […]

Top-Nailed Hardwood Flooring is Making a Comeback

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The most common type of hardwood flooring now involves tongue and groove boards. That means each board has a projection on one side and in indentation on the other side. The boards fit together to form very tight seams. The hardwood planks are affixed to the floor by nailing into the groove at a forty-five degree angle. This Is called blind nailing the floor. Since the nail goes into the groove, it never actually protrudes from the surface of the wood. That means that you never see the nails once the floor is installed, hence the name. However, tongue and […]

The Benefits of Odd Lots Hardwood Flooring

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When it comes to buying hardwood flooring, many people are prohibited by their budgets. Others have the money for hardwood flooring but they have ideas about painting or altering the flooring; for many people, hardwood is simply too expensive to paint or alter in some significant way. However, that’s not always the case. If you choose odd lots hardwood flooring, you could get a great hardwood floor for a very low price. What is Odd Lots? When hardwood flooring planks are processed, not every plank works out the way it was intended. Sometimes, the wood is cut in a way […]

Home Designers Are Using Bowling Alley Hardwood for Flooring

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Home designers and resourceful DIYers have been growing more creative in sourcing their wood for custom hardwood floors. Many of the traditional sources for reclaimed wood emphasize the weathering and aging of the wood. However, many designers have moved towards different sources for their used wood. One source that has been growing in popularity recently has been bowling alley wood. The arrows on the lanes are incredibly iconic. Also, the wood is very resilient. If you can find some bowling alley wood, you could create a great hardwood floor. Bowling Alley Wood A bowling alley lane is made of two […]

Unusual Hardwood Ideas for Flooring

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There are many options when you’re choosing hardwood flooring. Obviously, there are unique types of wood that you can choose from. However, there are also some other options that could be even more unique; they could also save you some money. Here are a few ideas. Unique Patterns When you are looking for a unique way to create a custom floor, a unique pattern could be very exciting. Creating a unique pattern is fairly simple. You first need to choose a primary wood for your hardwood floor. This is the wood that is going to make up most of the […]

Why It’s So Important to Take a Hardwood Flooring Sample

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When you are shopping for hardwood flooring, you need to avail yourself of the hardwood flooring samples. In many places, the sample will even be free. Typically, the sample is a piece of a hardwood plank; it could even be an entire hardwood plank. You should take the plank home with you and recreate all of the common conditions in your home. That means opening the blinds, turning on the lights, smudging it with a thumbprint, and so on. Here is why. Light Temperature Light temperature, also called color temperature, is a scientific term that involves measuring the color of […]