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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 […]

How Is Hardwood Flooring Hardness Tested?

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The hardness of your wood floor is determined primarily by the hardness of the species of wood you chose. That hardness is rated on the janka hardness scale. It measures somewhere between 100 and 4000, with 4000 being the hardest. There are several imported woods that come close to being around 4000 but they’re almost impossibly difficult to work with. They’re very dense and hard or very brittle. They don’t make the best floors. Domestic woods such as red and white oak typically rank about 2,000 on the hardness scale. How Is it Tested? In 1906, an Austrian researcher named […]

Red Oak or White Oak Hardwood Flooring: Which is Superior?

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In the world of hardwood flooring,domestic woods are going to be more widely available and more affordable than imported woods. They are also not as hard as imported woods. However, a good quality domestic wood will stand up to any high heels or pet claws that a family can throw at it. One of the most popular species of domestic wood is oak. There are two basic kinds of oak, red oak and white oak. Each one has advantages and disadvantages. Red oak is popular if you plan to sand and refinish. White oak is popular for prefinished hardwood flooring. […]

Can You Install Hardwood in the Kitchen?

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Hardwood flooring suppliers and installers are often asked what alternative to hardwood can be used for the kitchen. There are a lot of conflicting ideas about whether hardwood can be installed in the kitchen at all. Well, it can be but you need to be aware of the concerns. Many people believe hardwood flooring cannot be installed in the kitchen because hardwood flooring is susceptible to heat and moisture. The kitchen, obviously, is very vulnerable to spills and drastic changes in temperature. That means that you’ll need to be able to account for that. Engineered Hardwood or Solid? Since heat […]

The Difference Between Solid and Engineered Hardwood Flooring

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There are three basic kinds of wood flooring; there is solid hardwood, engineered hardwood, and laminate. Laminate flooring isn’t actually wood flooring but is, instead, a type of synthetic material made to look like wood. If you want authentic wood flooring, you’ll choose either solid hardwood or engineered hardwood. These two different types of flooring have many pros and cons. The Simple Difference The difference between solid hardwood and engineered hardwood is fairly simple. A solid hardwood plank is made from one tree. It’s cut from the tree trunk and shaped into a solid piece of flooring. In contrast, an […]

The Barn Wood Flooring Trend

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Reclaimed wood has become a very popular trend for flooring, cabinetry, and much more. In the world of reclaimed wood, barn wood is something of a holy grail. Barn wood is the gold standard. That’s because barns were typically made of old growth hardwood and exposed to the elements for years. That exposure to the elements led to incredible amounts of weathering. Since they’re made from old growth wood, and oftentimes heartwood, they are dense and durable. The weathering makes barn wood unique. Furthermore, the exposure to the elements led to the wood drying out and maturing. Flooring There are […]