How To Select Scraped//Distressed Hardwood Flooring
Hand-scraped and Distressed hardwood floors are becoming a popular choice in today’s upscale homes and commercial buildings. These floors are a newer trend but are rooted in history. Before today’s modern sanding methods, floors were hand scraped on site to make the floors flat. Today’s hand scraping is done to add texture, richness and uniqueness.
Distressed hardwood flooring is done by machine or by hand. In an effort to reduce high labor costs, manufacturers have created machine-made distressed/scraped looking floors. These are cheaper imitations of the real thing. The problem with machine distressing is repetition of the pattern. As you look across the floor you see the same pattern repeating across the floor. This lacks a natural feel to the floor.
True hand scraped is exactly that – done by hand. When properly done this method creates a truly unique floor. These floors differ greatly in the amount of the texture added to the floor and the skill of the person scraping the floor.
10 Tips for Working With a Contractor
Editors note: while the introduction is about outdoor renovations, these rules apply to all home renovations.
This is the year you’re going all out. You’re going to build a deck, add a porch, erect a gazebo or lay a patio. You’ve done the research. It’s well within your capability and you’re looking forward to the satisfaction of creating a structure of beauty.
Or not. Yes — you’d like to proceed with an outdoor structure but for you, it isn’t a do-it-yourself project. How can you find the right person to do it for you? Here are 10 tips for hiring and working with a contractor.
1. Plan your project carefully. Clip pictures, make sketches, write a description. This will help you accurately convey to the contractor what you want the finished product to be.
Make Your Hardwood Floors Shine
You have just installed hardwood flooring in your home. Now what? How do you keep your hardwood floors clean and shiny? Read the following Q&A in which two hardwood floor owners are asking just that.
Q: “I was reading your site and saw that one should not use oil based cleaners. Why? Our installer told us to use vinegar in water, and use a damp cloth to clean the floor about once a week. Will this damage the floor? What is a polyurethane cleaner? Where do you buy it?”
A: If an oil based cleaner is used on polyurethane finished floors, it leaves an oily residue on the surface which can not only make cleaning the floor more difficult, but after a period of time, when the floor is showing signs of wear and needs to be buffed and recoated, this residue can present adhesion problems. When cleaning any hardwood floor, or furniture, minimal water should be used. In other words, wipe with a dampened, not wet cloth.
Why Hardwood Flooring Is Still A Good Investment
1) Hardwood flooring has a timeless air of quality
Hardwood floors have decorated some of the most exclusive mansions and estates in history and still exudes a feeling of permanence and classic quality compared to manufactured floors.
2) Hardwood floors are natural
Hardwood floors bring the natural outdoors inside, and do not contain man-made chemicals in the wood itself. Homeowners with exclusive design tastes will tend to gravitate towards the quality and natural feel of hardwood floors – there is just something about the feel and look of them that cannot be duplicated in a factory.
Can Bamboo Flooring Really Help Save The Worlds’ Environment?
Probably not on its own, but its an excellent example of how consumers can vote with their buying dollars to sway market demand to bring more environmentally friendly products into the marketplace.
Bamboo flooring is a rising trend in home flooring and a great alternative to traditional hardwood floors. It is the most environmentally friendly natural hardwood flooring alternative you can select for your home, it is a renewable resource, is stronger than steel, and has a greater resistance to expansion and contraction problems associated with temperature and humidity changes.
Designing With Hardwood Flooring
Hardwoods floors offer an unrivaled splendor that makes decorating with them seem a bit daunting. Hardwood flooring normally accounts for a significant portion of any decorating budget, so you will want to incorporate the flooring into the design, while showcasing some of your existing pieces. A few aspects should be considered when choosing a hardwood floor.
What is the design look that you picture for your room? The species and finish of the hardwood you select can set the atmosphere for your whole room. If you prefer a more traditional style for your space, oak and ash are popular picks. Their grains are classic and timeless and they come in a variety of stains and finishes. Those who gravitate toward modern or contemporary styles will appreciate the smooth, almost monochromatic look of maple or the unusual pattern of an exotic hardwood like tigerwood or sapele. If your style is more cozy and rustic, you might want to consider hickory or cherry hardwoods. Finally for a worldly approach to a space, walnut is a great wood-type to consider.
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Tips Before The Installation
Gleaming, beautiful, rustic hardwood floors — it doesn’t get much better than that. But one of the keys to having the quality floor you envisioned, as most things are in life, is the quality of the foundation. You can’t get around it. No matter how top-dollar or high quality your flooring is, if the sub-flooring isn’t prepped correctly, the end result could be something you have to fight for years to come.
And it’s really pretty simple: you need your sub-floor to be clean and dry and stable and level. You’re investing a good deal of money on quality hardwood flooring, it only makes sense to enable the product to serve its purpose beautifully. And nothing can disable a floor more than a poorly prepared sub-floor.
Exist a lots of reasons to choose and love hardwood floors. Not Just because wood is beautiful, but it’s also soft and warm underfoot, easy to clean, elegant and hypoallergenic.
A solid wood floor will last for more than a century, and the finish can be refreshed whenever it wears thin. “Wood is a living material,” remember choose a hardwood floor that reflect your personality, lifestyle and because is a nature product brings life to the house. In fact, that just having them increases the value of a home.
Because the floor is a substantial feature, the type you choose will go a long way toward defining the space. And because it usually represents a significant investment, you’ll want to choose carefully the perfect hardwood floor for you home.
We can run floating hardwood floors ang glue down wood floors in any direction. Please allways notify your sales professional if you have a preference
Nail-down hardwood floors must be run perpendicular to your floor joists.
No two hardwood boards look alike. Each hardwood board, howeber, is assigned a “grade” by a professional lumber grader at the mill. This grade organizes hardwood boards around common characteristics listed below: