How to Care for Your Hardwood Floors

One of the best aspects about installing hardwood floors into your home is how easy it is to keep them clean. Unlike the problems that you’ve experienced with carpets, hardwood floors are stain resistant and low maintenance. You can also take that mop you that you have and put it in the trash because the days of mopping are behind you.  So, what is the best way to keep your hardwood floors immaculate? Well, let us give you a few tips.

Hardwood Floor Maintenance

dustmop hardwood floorsOne of the most important things you can do is to clean up liquid spills immediately. You do not want water, juice, wine or any liquid sitting on your floors for a prolonged amount of time – hence why you should never mop your wood floors.

Be sure to sweep, vacuum and/or dust mop on a regular basis (at least every week) to keep your floors clean, and to maintain that beautiful shine, be sure to buffer the floors periodically. One great way to reduce the amount of dirt and other particles deposited on your floors is by putting welcome mats at all of your doors.

As far as cleaning your floors, that is all that is required. After an extended period of time, you may want to invest in getting your hardwood floors refinished to make them look like new, but that is a special treatment that is not part of regular maintenance.

At Advanced Flooring Solutions, we will help go over everything you need to know about how to properly care for your hardwood floors after we install them. So, if you are in the market for new floors, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Hardwood Floors for Pet Owners

dogs and hardwood floorsMany times homeowners are weary of installing hardwood floors because they think that their pets will just ruin them. We don’t want to say that this is not a valid concern because claws can be detrimental to wood floors, however there are options where this is not a factor.

One way to avoid pet problems is by keeping their nails trimmed. If they are not long and sharp, then they are less likely to scratch your floors. Also, you can add floor runners and rugs and encourage your dog to stay in those areas. Of course it isn’t always easy to keep nails perfectly trimmed and it would be very time consuming to train a dog to stay on the carpeted areas. So, what is the alternative?

The best thing you can do is choose a hard wood that is strong enough to withstand the claws, like a hard Maple. This is the situation in which you really want to pay attention to the Janka rating, which determines the hardness of wood flooring. The higher the number, the harder the wood. For example, a hard maple has a Janka rating of 1,450.

If you are interested in hardwood floors, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will work with you to ensure you get the right wood floors for your home and your lifestyle.

The Janka Rating

Southern yellow pineThere is no denying the fact that there are a lot of options for wood flooring. In fact, it can be overwhelming to just make a decision. Which material is better – oak or maple, pine or birch, walnut or fir? The comparisons could go on and on. Unfortunately, there is not one right answer because the right wood for one family may not be the right one for you. Advanced Flooring Solutions, who installs hardwood floors in Woodstock and the surrounding areas, is happy to discuss all of the different wood flooring options to help determine which one is right for you. Yet, it is imperative to note that the most important determining factor is not price (at least it shouldn’t be), but the Janka rating.

Soft vs Hard Wood Floors

The hardness of floors is determined by the Janka rating, and this is one feature of your wood floors that you need to know. The softer the wood, the less expensive it will be, but the more susceptible to scratches and dents. If you have kids and pets, you need to make the investment and go with a wood that has a higher Janka rating (meaning it is harder).

For example, a Southern Pine is a soft wood with a Janka rating of only 870, but a Sugar Maple is 1,450. If you have your heart set on a particular wood, it would be beneficial to look at a Janka rating chart to see where it lies in regards to hard or soft.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding hardwood floors and the different materials available.

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What Are The Most Durable Hardwood Flooring Finishes?

Hardwood flooring is one of the most attractive aspects of a home to potential buyers. It is a timeless addition to any beautiful home. They are very easy to keep clean and one of the hardest floors to damage. Typical home traffic damage to hardwood flooring is easily and inexpensively fixed. At Advanced Flooring Solutions of Woodstock, GA we have installed many floors. We have repeat customers call us ten years after flooring installation to refinish the hardwood floors. This will ensure beautiful flooring for another ten years for our return clients. One way to ensure your floors last for years to come is by applying a finish that is extremely durable and stands up to the toughest of family and commercial foot traffic. Bowling Alley Hardwood Flooring Finish

Commercial Grade Hardwood Flooring Finishes

The most durable products on the markets are applied to bowling alleys and basketball courts. They are not safe to apply yourself and should be administered by trained professionals. This is due to the toxic fumes emitted by the finish. These water based finishes (DuraSeal 2000) are best suited for commercial applications and light wood colors. They have a light blue hue to them over time. If you are building a new home and have the time to wait, Swedish finishes are just as strong. The only down side is the emit urea formaldehyde fumes for up to 90 days. The best of both worlds is oil modified polyurethane finishes. They emit less fumes and still have a very durable finish. 3 to 4 coats of said product will ensure many years of beautiful flooring that can take extensive residential or commercial traffic. The finish can also be screened and recoated in the future to brighten and restore the surface.

Give Advanced Flooring Solutions a call for all of your hardwood flooring installation needs. We can install new flooring or refinish and restore existing hardwood floors. No project is too big or too small; give us a call today (706)972-0025

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Best Hardwood Flooring for Animals

It’s no secret that hardwood flooring and animals don’t always mix. There are however, ways to make having hardwood floors and animals much easier. Having your dog declawed isn’t always the best answer and we at Advanced Flooring Solutions of Woodstock, GA have a few ideas that could solve your dilemma. There are options on the market for hardwood floors that are pet friendly. In this weeks blog we will cover ways and flooring materials that can stand up to fito’s incessant clawing and running across your beautiful hardwood floors.Brazilian Hardwood Flooring

 Hardwood Flooring Options That Are Not Wood at All

Companies now make porcelain tile that has beautiful wood graphics that take a long stare by a trained eye to pick out the difference. They now even come in long rectangular planks that mimic actual wood in size. The other non-wood option is laminate flooring. Laminate flooring has it’s own issues but is extremely scratch resistant.

Hardwood Flooring That is Pet Friendly

Brazilian hardwood flooring is extremely dense. It’s hard to scratch with a razor blade and almost impossible to drive a nail into without it bending in 6 different places. It is a great choice for pet owners if you like the style as well. Bamboo is also a great choice. Bamboo is actually a grass but the resins that are used to bind the strands make it extremely hard and scratch resistant. Hard maple has been used for ages as basketball court flooring. It has a beautiful domestic wood character and is very accepting of stains.

Don’t worry for your pets or go to extremes to have beautiful hardwood floors; call Advanced Flooring Solutions and rely on the professionals. We offer free estimates and consultation. Give us a call today (706) 972-0025.

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Quick and Inexpensive Hardwood Flooring Finishes

At Advanced Flooring Solutions of Woodstock, GA we are always looking for new and inexpensive hardwood flooring products to pass savings on to our clients. We believe we may have found a “wonder product” in Monocoat. Monocoat is a product produced by Special Hardwood Products Inc. and they have been in business for the last 22 years. We use their product on interior/exterior applications in commercial and residential settings all over the Cherokee County area.One Coat Hardwood Flooring Finish

The Simple Beauty of Monocoat

Monocoat comes in many different forms. You can use their product for interior flooring, exterior staining, counter tops and mill work, as well as custom finishes and designs.

Monocoat is a one-application finish. It saves a lot of time when applying your hardwood flooring’s finish to one need one coat. All other finishes require at least a two-step process to achieve the same level of performance. With typical polyurethane you must first apply a base layer, sand the first application, then apply a second coat to achieve a smooth finish. Monocoat will reveal a smooth finish in one coat which saves us time and in turn saves our customers money. You can view all of the available finishes and custom applications at their website Monocoat.com.

Give Advanced Flooring Solutions a call for all of your hardwood flooring needs. We offer free estimates and consultations. We will be offering great incentives and deals all of this summer so don’t forget to stop by our website for more information on great deals on your next flooring project.

 

How to Properly Install Hardwood Flooring Part 5

Advanced Flooring Solutions of Woodstock, GA has over 15 years of experience in hardwood flooring installation. We would like to pass some of that knowledge down to our customers so that they may compare our procedures to the highest standards of the trade. We would also like to give some tips and ideas to the “do it your selfer” family out there that may try to tackle flooring installation. We are going to write 5 different blogs on the steps needed to properly install hardwood flooring.Hardwood Flooring Finish

Laying the Finish on Your Hardwood Floor

This can be very difficult and may require the help from a trained professional. After making sure your floors are completely dust free, you need to apply the stain to your flooring. This can be done with a roller, rag, or paint brush. Either of these techniques will produce a different result. Next, you are going to want to allow the floor time to dry which will usually take 18 to 24 hours. Once the floor has dried to point that you can walk on the surface, you will want to do a full floor sweep to remove any dust that may have settled. Next will come polyurethane application. This is the hardest part of the entire process. You will need either a roller, paint brush, or lambs wool. There are other products out today that will assist you in the poly application but most of these require previous experience in polyurethane application. You want to apply the first coat evenly and consistent across the entire floor. Making sure not to leave any large bubbles. You will then screen the floor with a sander and a screen pad. Repeat this process until the desired look is achieved.

Next week we will cover the approach taken when you have sanded your floors and are moving on to the finish process. Give Advanced Flooring Solutions a call for all of your hardwood flooring needs.

How to Properly Install Hardwood Flooring Part 4

Advanced Flooring Solutions of Woodstock, GA has over 15 years of experience in hardwood flooring installation. We would like to pass some of that knowledge down to our customers so that they may compare our procedures to the highest standards of the trade. We would also like to give some tips and ideas to the “do it your selfer” family out there that may try to tackle flooring installation. We are going to write 5 different blogs on the steps needed to properly install hardwood flooring.

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Hardwood Flooring Sanding

This can be one of the hardest steps in installing your hardwood floors. Once your floors have been laid and properly swept and cleaned, you must sand the floors. This process is done to make the flooring plants even and to remove any blemishes that may be present on the board face. Sanding also helps the wood accept the stain better and opens up the wood grain. If you are using pine you want to rent or purchase a square “shake sander”. If you are sanding true hardwoods like oak, a belt sander is needed. Sand the open areas of the floor with the large stand up sander and sand around the edges of the wall and under stair cases with a hand held sander. These can usually be found in the same store you rented your floor sander from. Once the floor has been completely sanded, do a final sweep of the floors making sure to use a vacuum afterwards to get any stray dust that may have been pushed between the boards by the sander. This will get you ready for your floor’s finish.

Next week we will cover the approach taken when you have sanded your floors and are moving on to the finish process. Give Advanced Flooring Solutions a call for all of your hardwood flooring needs.

How to Properly Install Hardwood Flooring Part 3

Advanced Flooring Solutions of Woodstock, GA has over 15 years of experience in hardwood flooring installation. We would like to pass some of that knowledge down to our customers so that they may compare our procedures to the highest standards of the trade. We would also like to give some tips and ideas to the “do it your selfer” family out there that may try to tackle flooring installation. We are going to write 5 different blogs on the steps needed to properly install hardwood flooring.

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Remembering to leave room for board expansion is extremely important. Pop a chalk line 3/8 from the straightest least obstructed wall in the room. This will be the best wall to start from. Start by using a long board placed along the edge of the chalk line. You will have to face nail the first few boards until the pneumatic nailer will fit beside the starting wall. Don’t worry that you can see the nails now, we will cover how to remove them from site in the future blogs. Be sure that your flooring is ran perpendicular to your floor joists as well. This will help anchor the flooring and tie everything together. Once you’ve gotten far enough away from the way you can begin to use the pneumatic nail gun. Before nailing each board you want to be sure that the board is tight in the groove and that you’re not putting joints to close to one another. Everything else is fairly self-explanatory and if you have gotten this far should be a breeze.

Next week we will cover the approach taken when you have purchased your flooring and are moving on to installing hardwood flooring. Give Advanced Flooring Solutions a call for all of your hardwood flooring needs.

How to Properly Install Hardwood Flooring Part 2

Advanced Flooring Solutions of Woodstock, GA has over 15 years of experience in hardwood flooring installation. We would like to pass some of that knowledge down to our customers so that they may compare our procedures to the highest standards of the trade. We would also like to give some tips and ideas to the “do it your selfer” family out there that may try to tackle flooring installation. We are going to write 5 different blogs on the steps needed to properly install hardwood flooring.

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Inspecting the subfloor for damage or other imperfections is extremely important. Once your flooring is laid it can be extremely expensive and time consuming to come back and try to fix a problem. Making sure your floor is squeak free will save you some headache as well. With your subfloor exposed, walk around the area and try to pinpoint a squeak. If you think you have found one, drive screws through the subfloor into the floor rafters. This should be done until the squeak is gone and should keep the floor from squeaking again for years to come.

You want some sort of vapor barrier between your subfloor and hardwood flooring. Certain brands require different types of moisture barriers. This is because when moisture gets through to your flooring, the planks will expand and contract; ruining your hardwood floors. Before and after rolling out and stapling your moisture barrier, give the floor a good sweep. Also, remove all shoe molding from around the room as this will speed up installation.

Next week we will cover the approach taken when you have purchased your flooring and are moving on to installing hardwood flooring. Give Advanced Flooring Solutions a call for all of your hardwood flooring needs.