Recent research has found that the choice of flooring is very important to the heating and cooling profile of your home. The ground itself is much more resistant than the air to changes in temperature. That means that the ground will stay cold after a cold night even after the sun comes up. In the summer, it will stay warm … Read More
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
Wood stains come in a wide range of colors. Walnut is one of the most popular colors; it’s a deep, rich brown that matches most types of home decor. To achieve the look, you could choose a floor made from walnut wood. You wouldn’t even need to stain it in that case. However, if you already have the floor that … Read More
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
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.
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.
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
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