Is There a Functional Difference Between Solid and Engineered Wood?

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Hardwood flooring tends to come in two basic varieties: solid and engineered. Solid hardwood planks are exactly what they sound like; they’re planks of solid hardwood. Engineered hardwood planks are made from several layers of wood that are glued together. So, a solid maple hardwood plank will be ¾ of an inch of solid maple. An engineered maple hardwood plank … Read More

What is a Pickled Hardwood Floor?

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If you’ve been looking through design blogs and design magazines, you’ve likely come across pickled hardwood floors. It might not be clear what exactly a pickled hardwood floor is. The pickling process is one of many processes designed to make wood look aged and weathered. Antiquing distresses the cracks, crevices, and edges of the wood. Pickling lightens the color of … Read More

How to Deal With Pet Stains on Hardwood Floors

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Your pet might be the biggest threat to your hardwood floor. Pet claws are usually harder than the polyurethane coating your floor and harder than the wood itself. That means that claws will scratch and dent the floor over time. Pet stains are another problem. Urine is the most common pet problem that stains the wood. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Hardwood Floor Refinishing

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Hardwood floors need to be refinished from time to time to protect the wood itself. A polyurethane-finished hardwood floor is covered with coats of liquid polyurethane that dries to form a protective shell over the wood. Over time, that finish can be scratched, rubbed, and scraped away. The homeowner will then need to have the finish reapplied. 

Unfinished Wood Floors Are the Next Big Thing

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When you buy a hardwood floor, the planks either come prefinished or site-finished. Site-finished is also called “unfinished.” That means that the planks have not been stained or sealed with oil or polyurethane. After they have been installed, the floor will be sanded, stained, and sealed. However, many homeowners have begun to skip the final two steps. They sand the … Read More

Why Is Varnish Trending?

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Varnish is a term that has come to mean almost any kind of wood finish, but it is a specific thing. It is typically composed of a thinner, a drying oil, and a resin. The product is brushed onto wood and allowed to dry. It will then form a hard protective coating over the wood. In this way, it acts … Read More