Common Issues

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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

Everything You Need to Know About Acclimating Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring is a beautiful and durable option for homeowners that provides timeless beauty while complementing almost any style of decor. However, many people don’t realize that there’s one important step you need to take before you start your hardwood flooring installation. It’s called acclimation, and following the proper steps will help you get a lifetime of quality use from your hardwood floors. Here’s what you need to know to get the desired results. What is acclimation? Acclimation is a process that

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Preventing Hardwood Flooring Gaps and Separations

A common issue with hardwood flooring is gaps and separations between planks. Hardwood flooring is a natural product that is affected by variations in temperature and humidity. During warm, humid summers hardwood absorbs moisture and expands. Conversely, dry winter weather causes hardwood to lose moisture and contract. Gaps and separations often concern homeowners, but this seasonal movement is completely normal. However, there are some things you can do to prevent gaps and separations. The simplest approach is to address any existing

What is the Best Hardwood Flooring for Kitchens and Why?

Choosing the right flooring for your kitchen may seem like a difficult decision. Your choice will depend on your style preferences and practical considerations. After all, the kitchen is a high-traffic area that must be able to withstand the daily demands of a busy family. Considered by many to be the ultimate flooring option, hardwood never goes out of style. The following tips will help you choose the best hardwood flooring for your kitchen.   Why choose hardwood for your kitchen? Few

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Acclimating Hardwood Floors: How and Why?

June 1, 2015 Installing hardwood floors is one of the most exciting things that can happen in your home. More than likely you have spent hours doing research, asking questions, looking at samples, talking to your retailer or contractor, and finally, you have decided on the perfect floors for your home. After all that work, we’re sure you are more than ready to get your floors installed and enjoy them! But before you do, there is one very important thing you

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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

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

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

Wood Floor Cupping: Why is it happening and how do I stop it?

If you are here, then you probably already have an idea of what wood floor cupping is. Chances are, though, you are either wanting to learn more or are trying to figure out what to do now that you are faced with a problem. Wood floor cupping is a scary concept for almost everyone. A home-owner who has recently installed beautiful new floors into their home, only to discover 4 months later that their wood floor is starting to look


Brazilian Cherry (Jatoba): What you see is not always what you get!

Everyone loves the rich natural beauty of Brazilian Cherry (Jatoba) hardwood flooring; however, it is a product that requires some education in order to avoid problems later on. Northern Brazil is where most of the Brazilian Cherry hardwood flooring originally was harvested but now many harvesters have moved to Peru where the wood has different characteristics. Over the past year or so the coloration of Jatoba has changed. This has to do with the region in which the logs are harvested. For