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Just the thought is scary! Custom furniture….hmmm. Sounds expensive. But, really, in fact, when most customers receive their final product which is exactly the size, wood type and stain they wanted and needed to fit their living space, they are surprised at how reasonable the cost is. Not to mention, it’s made of solid American hardwood – NO PRESS BOARD.
Call us today to start the conversation about the piece you need from a unique sized bed, side table, desk or television hutch – we’ve even make special cabinets for antique tea cups! You will get exactly what you want and we promise to make the process painless.
After you read this blog, you may be game for a thorough cleaning of your floor and possibly adding a top coat of finish or wax to your floor. But, beyond that you could be entering un-chartered territories. Then it’s best to call in an expert for sanding and finishing. So, as with any home improvement contractor, get referrals from trusted friends and tradesmen, check references, and go see their previous work. So, here’s the short list for refreshing your hardwood floors.
Give them a thorough clean.
Start your clean with a thorough vacuum throughout the room and then clean your floor with a damp, not wet mop which has been sprayed with warm water. If your floor is extremely dirty, you may decide to use a cleaning product but here are 2 good tips:
Do use a floor-cleaning product recommended by the floor finisher or opt for plain soap and water.
If the recommended product is hard to find or costly and other floor cleaners contain ingredients that violate your floor’s warranty, try soap and water. Try a 1/4 cup of mild or pH-neutral soap (like liquid dishwashing soap) or Murphy Oil Soap (despite the name, it doesn’t contain oil) to a bucket of water.
Don’t rely on water alone or a vinegar and water solution to clean hardwood floors. Mopping with water will result in dingy-looking floors and won’t fight dirt buildup. Vinegar and water is not as effective as soapy water and — some suggest — may dull floors sooner.
Top up your finish.
If your floor is looking tired because the finish has had its fair share of wear and tear, you can refresh it by topping up the finish. The two main types of wood flooring finish are lacquer and wax. People who prefer lacquered wood flooring tend to appreciate a higher shine than those who choose the more natural looking, oil finish. Obviously, you put on what you already have – do not mix and match coatings.
Screen & Re-coat.
Screening and buffing are the same thing. Both mean that you “scuff up” or abrade the floor, and then you apply a coat of polyurethane for protection and sheen. Screening is often called buffing, since the screening is done with a buffer. Screening both smooths the floors a bit, and the abrasive action allows the polyurethane to adhere to the surface better. The screen and recoat process can restore the glow of the floors and give them a refreshed look.
Refinish & Re-coat
If your floor has deep gouges and the finish has been completely worn through in areas, you will need a full refinishing job. So, as with any home improvement contractor, get referrals from trusted friends and tradesmen, check references, and go see their previous work. This is important as they will be running an industrial grade drum sander which will take your floor down to the bare wood. After that you can decide to add stain and re-coat or simply re-coat your floors and they will look like new!
Hardwood floors are a gorgeous and enviable feature of any home. They add a touch of luxury and warmth, and can elevate the presentation of an entire room. They are worth the effort.
When installing radiant heat systems be sure to ask for quarter sawn wood. Besides the unique appearance, rift and quartered wood flooring is highly prized for its stability.
In general, wood flooring adjusts to the climate that it is in by regularly absorbing and releasing moisture from the environment. This causes floor boards to expand and contract as its surrounding conditions change. But, because of the way the logs are cut, rift and quarter sawn material is less inclined toward gapping, expanding/contracting or cupping as a result of temperature and seasonal changes which makes it very desirable flooring. For these reasons, Rift and Quartered hardwood flooring can be used over radiant heating and in homes near the water. White Oak Rift and Quarter Sawn wide plank flooring is a shown in this image from a newly built home in CT. It’s not only stylish and beautiful but also very stable.
What type of hardwood floor is right for you?
Which wood species is right for me?
Choosing the right species of wood flooring for you is strictly a matter of your style, budget and personal preference.
Do you like light woods like ash or maple? These species generally make a room appear more open and airy.
Do you like medium woods like hickory or oak? These species generally make a room appear more warm and cozy.
Do you like dark woods like walnut or mahogany? These species generally make a room appear more stately and refined.
Once you decide on a look, you should consider how your floors will be used. Are you a retired couple living alone you can purchase a softer wood like cherry as you won’t see as much traffic in your home. Or, if you are a busy family with young children and pets consider a harder wood like white or red oak?
Each wood species is rated for its hardness and durability using the Janka Hardness Scale (We can explain this).
What are the most common hardwood floors?
Red Oak, White Oak, Maple, Hickory, Black Walnut, Cherry, Beech, Ash
What hardwood floors are the most durable?
The Janka Hardness scale ranks wood for density and is a reliable indicator of floor durability in regard to hardness and denting. The higher the rating, the more resistant the floor is to dents, scratches and wear.
What is the cheapest wood flooring?
If you read our blog dated September 14th we detail three great choices for affordable plank flooring. Southern Yellow Pine and Eastern White Pine are our top choices for affordable and great looking floors. Next, is Character Red Oak followed by Character White Oak. Most floors with character come with knots and color variation offering a unique and beautiful contrasting appearance.
Once you decide you want wood flooring in your home, we will help you make the right choices for you. We have over 30 year experience providing consumers with stunning heirloom wood flooring for their homes. Let’s start the conversation today
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