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Categories Hardwood

Wide Plank Flooring: How Wide is Too Wide?

Wide plank flooring is a big trend and has been in style for a few years. A blank is any board that is wider than 3″ while boards under 3″ are referred to as strip flooring. Wide plank flooring has many different appealing qualities. It is not as common which is one of the reasons people like it but there are times when it is not the right flooring for a specific space.

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Categories Hardwood

Homeowners Are Installing Hardwood Floor on Curved Stairs

If you have curved stairs in your home, you know how great they can look. They can provide movement and unique design opportunities for a home. However, if you have hardwood floor or want hardwood floor, you’ve probably been told that they can’t be done on hardwood flooring. You might have been told that it can be done but it will be very expensive. Either way, those are ideas from the past. Curved hardwood stair treads are very popular right now. As with every design trend, the demand has inspired many contractors to innovate new ways to meet the need.

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Categories Hardwood, Laminate Floors, Tile

Hardwood, Laminate, Tile…Which surface is right for my home?

We have all been there. If you own a home, you have probably replaced a floor at one time or another. The decisions are many. Plus, in some instances, the decision could include a pretty hefty investment, both in time and money. What do you do? Which surface material is right for your project? We will talk about three of the most common choices for residential flooring in Alpharetta & Roswell. We will look at the pros and cons of each and hopefully help you decide which is right for you!

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Categories Hardwood Refinshes

Is Water Based Finish as Durable as Oil Based Poly?

For anyone considering a new hardwood floor, or considering a refinish of their existing hardwood floor, one of the questions that you will have to answer is “what type of finish do you want”? You will typically have a few options to choose from. The most popular selections come down to a water-based finish or an oil-based polyurethane. There are advantages and disadvantages to each. Most generally, one of the biggest concerns among customers is the difference in durability.

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Categories Hardwood

Should You Mop Your Hardwood Floor?

Cleaning your hardwood floor is a fairly simple matter. You should sweep it from time to time to remove any loose dust and dirt. As long as you have a strong finish on the wood, it should be fine. However, you might want to clean it more deeply occasionally. On tile and stone floors, that usually means mopping with hot, soapy water. However, water is the enemy of a hardwood floor. So, should you mop your hardwood floor or do something else?

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Categories Hardwood

Why is White Washing Becoming Popular Again?

If you remember your high school English class, you remember reading about Tom Sawyer tricking the other kids into whitewashing the fence for him. It’s a famous scene, and the term “whitewash” has come to mean many things. However, it also still refers to the original practice of whitewashing wood. It is an old practice that was popular in the 19th century, especially across the northeast and midwest. You may see it from time to time here in Sacramento. It went out of favor for many reasons; largely, whitewashing was replaced by newer practices that were said to be more attractive. As with many 19th century traditions, it is popular again. Whitewashing wood floors is experiencing a serious resurgence. Read More Why is White Washing Becoming Popular Again?

Categories Uncategorized

How to Avoid Moisture Problems With Your Hardwood Floor

Of all the potential problems you might face with your hardwood floor, excess moisture is one of the most common and the most troubling. A hardwood floor that has been exposed to too much moisture can cup or crown. In a best case scenario, a few wood planks might just squeak. In a worst case scenario, you could have mold, mildew, and pests. Termites and borers love moist wood for food. Avoiding these problems is mostly about prevention. Read More How to Avoid Moisture Problems With Your Hardwood Floor

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Categories Hardwood

Benefits of Brazilian Hardwood Wood Flooring

Exotic hardwood flooring is a popular flooring choice but you may be curious if it’s worth the additional cost. Brazilian hardwood is a beautiful flooring choice but you may be wondering how it holds up and what makes it different than other hardwoods. Brazilian hardwood comes in a variety of species and each has their own individual look and benefits. These exotic woods have beautiful coloring and grain that you cannot find in domestic wood.

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Categories Hardwood Refinshes

Three Trends in Hardwood Flooring Finishes

The look of your hardwood floor is affected by a few different factors. One of the biggest factors is the wood itself. Furthermore, you can change the color of the wood with wood stain. The stain will penetrate into the wood and alter the color. A stain can be something as simple as a stain that deepens and enriches the natural colors. Alternately, the stain can turn your wood something as dramatic as black. The final factor in the wood’s look is the finish. The finish is a layer of protective sealant that goes over the surface of the wood. The most common hardwood flooring finish is polyurethane; however, new finishes are trending.

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