Tips to Protect Your Hardwood Floors in Cold Weather

Even though we live in Georgia, the fall and winter seasons can bring some pretty low temperatures. The cooler weather and occasional snow storm or occurrence of inclement weather means it’s time to start thinking about how these  fall and winter conditions can affect your hardwood floors. Hardwood floors are natural, they react to the changes in the seasons in the same ways plants and trees do. Here are a few tips to make sure your hardwoods are protected during the fall and winter this year.

Some heating systems can drastically reduce the humidity level in your home. Make sure your home isn’t too dry as it can cause gapping in the planks of your hardwoods as well as cause checks in the wood. This drop in humidity can also affect the installation of your hardwood floors, so it is important to check the humidity prior to an installation if  you are planning to do it during the fall or winter season.

5'' Red Oak hand-rubbed oil finish

5” Red Oak hand-rubbed oil finish

Be mindful about snow, ice and water in general. Even though it doesn’t snow much in Georgia, it is important to make sure that no moisture of any kind is tracked onto the hardwoods. Excessive exposure to moisture can cause the wood to warp and weaken the treatment on the wood.

As the weather begins to change,  it is important to keep up with regular maintenance on your hardwood floors in order to maximize the lifetime of your investment.

Are you considering installing hardwoods or restoring you existing ones? Be sure to contact us for a free estimate on your current floors.

Tips for Maintaining Hardwood Floors in Your Kitchen

Hardwood floors are timeless and always in style. However, the use of hardwoods in rooms such as your kitchen and bathroom are new trends that can highlight your room in ways you might not have pictured. Ready to revamp the most popular room in your room? Here are some things to consider:

Your kitchen gets more foot traffic than probably any other room in your home. While hardwood floors are relatively low maintenance, it does require regular cleaning and care, make sure you can commit to caring for them so you can make the most out of your investment. hardwood floors in Woodstock

Once your floors are installed, utilize rugs and mats! This is a great way to prevent water damage from your sink, refrigerator, dishwasher or even you cat or dog’s water bowl.

Stick to the harder types of wood such as oak as they will hold up best under extreme foot traffic. Also be mindful of the stain you choose, lighter wood finishes tend to do best because they don’t show dust or crumbs as easily as darker finishes.

Water damage will destroy your floors so make sure you are checking all of your water features regularly for leaks.

Hardwood floors are a beautiful and timeless statement to any kitchen. Are you ready to get started on creating your dream kitchen? Contact us here to get started with a free estimate.

2014 Hardwood Flooring Trends

Hardwood floors are one of the greatest investments you can make in your home because they are timeless and always in style. This timelessness definitely allows for some more room to be trendy and show a little personality with your stain and style of hardwood flooring. Here are some of the most popular styles for 2014:

  • If you favor a more rustic style, wide planks might be the best choice for you. Wide plank hardwoods have fewer seams and come in a variety of wood types.Advanced Flooring Solutions
  • Interested in telling a story? Reclaimed pine will give that historic look while also looking very luxurious.
  • Maple Plank is very popular for it’s sleek yet warm look. Consider this type of flooring if you want to give your home a little added warmth.
  • Want to stand out? A Brazilian cherry wood is going to give your home a unique look. The varied colors in the grain will ensure that no two rooms look identical.
  • The Douglas fir has a striking look to its grain. This timeless yet unique style would be a great option for anyone considering a new hardwood floor installation.

The question isn’t whether or not you should install hardwood floors, it’s what style and finish is best for your style. For more information about installing or restoring hardwood floors in the Atlanta area, contact us today to set up an estimate.

Caring for your Hardwood Floors

Restoring or installing hardwood floors is a huge investment in your home. The look of hardwood floors is timeless and can be the centerpiece of any room, however, it may require a different kind of attention than other flooring types such as carpet.

  • Preventing scratches: No one wants their hardwood floors to get scratched, a great way to prevent this is by using rugs in heavily trafficked areas as well as using floor protectors under your tables and chairs. If you have little ones, you may want to consider trying to keep some of their toys in carpeted areas or on a rug to prevent accidental scratching.Tigerwood Hardwood Flooring
  • Removing marks: Before you start scrubbing your floors to remove a mark, consider the staining treatment you have on your floors. The type of stain on your floor will predetermine the methods you can use to clean. If you aren’t sure, consult with a professional so you don’t damage the floor.
  • The basics: When it comes to day-to-day care of your hardwood floors, a dust-treated mop and weekly vacuuming should do the trick. Be sure to address any spills immediately after they happen to prevent a mark from setting in. You should also avoid any ammonia based products that may damage the finish on your floors.

Caring for your hardwood floors is the best way to extend their quality before you need to restore them again. Not sure if it’s time to consider restoring your hardwood floors? Contact one of our professionals today to get a free estimate.

The Value of Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are a timeless and coveted feature to any homebuyer. Investing in either refinishing your hardwoods or installing new hardwood floors can yield one of the best Returns on Investment. Here are a few ways to leverage hardwood floors in the sale of your home.

If you’re considering selling your home, you might want to think about installing new hardwood floors20140205_144556 if you don’t have them already. While installing new carpet is an option as well, it will simply retain the resale value of your home rather than cause an increase in value. 

When considering installing hardwood floors, consider the rooms that are seen most by guests. Kitchens, dining rooms, living rooms and foyers are great places to start when you are thinking about making the investment. If you already have hardwood floors in those areas, the master bedroom/suite is another great place to consider.

If you have hardwood floors underneath carpet or vinyl flooring, definitely consider having them refinished for a boost in home sale value.

Adding to their aesthetic value, hardwood floors can be restained multiple times, while other flooring types such as carpet need to be replaced regularly particularly right before a home goes on the market. Hardwood floors also don’t harbor any allergens and are overall very low maintenance.

If you’re ready to install hardwood floors in your Woodstock home, contact us today!