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Can you Install Hardwood Floors Over Radiant Heat?

March 25, 2015 Radiant heat flooring is quickly becoming a new favorite among homeowners. It is quiet, great for families with allergies, highly efficient, and will lower winter energy costs. How Radiant Heat Works Warmth is supplied by hot water tubes or electric wires installed beneath the floor that send gentle heat waves up into the room. These heat waves warm up anything they reach (including your feet!), so although the air temperature in a room may remain relatively the same, you feel

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Prefinished Floor Finishes vs Site Finished Floor Finishes

March 1, 2015 Hardwood flooring is a wonderful addition to any home! Before you start considering your options with regard to color and style, make sure you understand the difference between finishes that are commonly used on prefinished and site-finished floors. The finish is a protective top coat that seals a hardwood floor against damage from everyday wear-and-tear, moisture, and stains. Prefinished floors have the finish applied during manufacturing. Unfinished floors have the finish applied on-site – at the customer’s

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What are Face Nails in Hardwood Flooring and Why do I have them?

February 1, 2015 Face nailing is the common practice used to nail the first few rows of boards in place because it is difficult to maneuver hardwood floor nail guns close to the wall. The proper way to face nail is to countersink the nails with a nail punch and fill the remaining hole with coordinating wood putty.  Why do I have them? The nail guns used today for installing hardwood flooring are made to seat the nail

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What are “edges & ends” and why are they important?

January 1, 2015 If you’ve been looking for prefinished flooring for any amount of time, you’ve probably run across the term “edges & ends” on your research to the perfect floor for your home! So what exactly does edges & ends mean and why are they important for you to understand? These terms are used to describe the way the sides of the individual prefinished hardwood boards are cut. “Edge” refers to the long sides of the board while “end” references the short

Holiday Hardwood Hazards

Pictured: Hampton Saddle It is the most wonderful time of the year! …but not always for your hardwood floors. Between weather, hosting parties, and decorating, holiday festivities can take a toll on your floors. A great article by Daniel J. Praz of Mr. Sandless, points out 4 things to watch out for during the holidays, to protect your wood floors. 1. Christmas Trees “Water is the enemy of wood, and if left sitting

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Do’s and Don’ts for Maintaining Hardwood Floors

November 1, 2014 The holidays are right around the corner and we want to give you some helpful Do’s and Don’t’s to do while you are hosting and enjoying the festivities of the season! It’s always best to start with the Don’t’s: Don’t Use Oil Soaps, Waxes or Furniture Polishes – This will create a build-up on your floors that will hold dirt rather than giving the look and feel of a clean floor. Don’t use vinegar and water,

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When is the Best Time to Install Hardwood Floors?

When is the Best Time to Install Hardwood Floors? Original article found on FloorQuest.net   It can take time for a home improvement project to take flight–from budgeting, picking your paint colors, selecting materials and finishes, planning layouts, and scheduling professional help like hardwood flooring installation, there are so many steps to completing a successful renovation. But did you know that you should factor the season into your home improvement plans? You should ask yourself questions like “When is

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Prepare Your Home for Hardwood Floors

Prepare your home for Hardwood Floors When purchasing hardwood floors, we sometimes let the excitement of getting new floors distract us from all of the work and preparation that must be done before installation can begin. We want to visualize the beauty that the new floors will add to our home immediately. Often, what seems like something small, is overlooked just so the flooring can be installed faster. This could lead to permanent damage to your newly purchased floors. Before installing hardwood

I want hardwood floors, but where do I start?

I want hardwood floors, but where do I start? Hardwood floors are a great way to add beauty and value to your home. Deciding to add or replace hardwood floors in your home is a big investment that could pay dividends of both years of enjoyment and in dollars returned if you choose to sell. However, there are LOTS of factors that go into this decision. Some factors are more superficial and only impact the overall appearance, others are

All Hardwood Floors are Not Created Equal

All Hardwood Floors are Not Created Equal Beware of products that are advertised at a low price point like the ones you see from many of the large retailers.  There is a reason why that flooring is priced so low.  Price doesn’t only impact total cost, it also impacts quality and performance.  Many of these low priced options are imported engineered floors with soft cores and very thin wear layers.  Simply put, these flooring options are more susceptible to damage like