Ann Jarema

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Seasonal Expansion and Shrinkage in Hardwood Floors

If you have hardwood flooring, you’ve probably noticed that cracks seem to appear in the winter, and then disappear or fade away in the summer. This is not a sign of a problem with your flooring though, as this shrinkage and expansion is quite normal. In fact, wooden flooring that has been properly prepared and installed will indeed show seasonal cracks between the floorboards. The size and the severity of the gap, however, will depend on several factors. Homeowners should not

Powderpost Beetles? The Importance to Guard Against it

“If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.” Source: E. O. Wilson If you’ve never heard of powderpost beetles, you are not alone. Moreover, you probably have no idea the amount of chaos these little buggers can cause. Second only to termites in terms of ability to damage wood, these tiny, destructive pests can do a

The Latest in Hard Floor Design Techniques: Wire-brushed wood

Hardwood floors have been the rage for quite some time. Homeowners love the natural beauty of wood, and appreciate the various stains and textures available to compliment any interior style.  One of the more popular trends in hardwood flooring over the last few years is wire-brushed floors.   So, what is a wire-brushed hardwood floor?  To explain it simply, wire-brushing is a finishing technique where the wood planks are scraped with a hard-bristled wire brush- creating a distressed surface.   If you thought the