Hardwood and Children

Children are one of the greatest blessings families can have—they’re usually energetic, cute, loving, and often funny. One thing they’re usually not, though, is clean. Most of the time, parents with busy lives find it hard to keep up with the muddy footprints, spilled drinks, and other messes that come with kids. After a while, those messes can accumulate, and elements of home can be damaged—especially floors. Even vigilant parents can often find small disasters around their homes. That’s one of the reasons it’s good to consider what kind of flooring you want in your home if you have children. [...]

February 15th, 2020|

Red Oak vs. White Oak

Chances are that if you’re looking for hardwood flooring, you’ve considered oak. It’s an American classic: grown all over the United States, the oak is one of the most readily recognizable woods in homes. On a scale of 1 to 5, oak has a hardness of about 4. It’s a long-lasting, durable wood that provides great value. This hardwood is strong and beautiful, especially when properly finished. But did you know there a variety of species of oak? The two major species that are used in most floors are white oak and red oak, both native to the United States. [...]

December 23rd, 2019|

Matching Existing Hardwood to New Flooring

One of the great things about hardwood floors is how unique they are. Real hardwood installed in your home will have a unique grain, unique stain and age over time uniquely but that uniqueness also makes it a little hard to find the same wood when it’s time to replace part of it or when you want to add new flooring to another part of your home. However, with a little professional help, you should be able to get a consistent look throughout your home. Evaluate your flooring It may seem obvious, but you first have to look at the [...]

November 20th, 2019|

Water Damaged Floors! What to do now?

Rain, wind, snow, hail — we all deal with water all the time. Whether it’s coming in from outside or from a fridge or dishwasher, it’s inevitable that some water will wind up in places it shouldn’t be, like on your hardwood floors. About 71 percent of earth is covered in water, and we all need it in our homes for daily functions. Also, appliance failure is much more common than you might think, with appliance failures accounting for 30% of residential flood claims. It’s impossible to completely avoid it, so what do you do when it damages your floors? [...]

October 23rd, 2019|

Cleaning and maintaining your hardwood floors

There are a lot of myths, confusions and misconceptions about how to clean and maintain hardwood floors. But the one thing that’s clear to everyone: regular cleaning and maintenance are essential to the long-term health of your floors. All the dirt, grime and other wear and tear from our daily lives can take a toll on wood floors. Implementing a regular cleaning schedule is the key to maintaining their integrity long-term, but it can be hard to pick out which products to use, whether to do a dry or wet clean, and how often to deep clean them. Here are [...]

August 18th, 2019|

Pets and hardwood: How to have your cake and eat it too

We love our pets. Be they cats, turtles, dogs, rabbits or birds, many of us consider pets as much a part of the family as any people. But while humans can usually behave themselves in a house after being told what to do, pets… not so much. Many people are concerned about their larger pets damaging their floors when considering new flooring. Dogs particularly can cause grief for homeowners with hardwood floors. Those long nails, water from playing outside, hair and accidents in the house can all cause damage to wood flooring over time. Scratches, dents and warping on floors [...]

July 27th, 2019|