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

The Floor You Want

Goldilocks was on to something.  There is just right… and then there is everything else. At the end of the day, you want all your projects to wind up in your own personal “Goldilocks Zone” (yes, I am re-appropriating that phrase from astrophysics) where everything has come out just as you wanted.  You’ve done all the research and legwork. You’ve invested time, energy and money.  Now you want to be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor with that deeply

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

The Amazing Janka Hardness Test

Most of the following story is true. There once was a man named Gabriel from Austria who pondered some of the great questions in life.  Perhaps the greatest among these questions was the simple, yet diabolically complex query “just how hard is wood?”  Gabriel worked tirelessly to find answers.  Eventually, he adapted a test from another great thinker of hard thoughts- a Swedish fellow named Brinell- to suit his purposes.  He would dub his work the “Janka Hardness Test,” since Janka


Unfinished, Prefinished and Six Side Seal

I am going to tell you a quick story.  I recently needed a new computer.  So, I went out to my local computer store and was so baffled by options I eventually broke down and just picked things that sounded cool.  I walked away, confused but excited, with a brand-new system complete with two running boards, synchronizing linkage, a single stage compressor and a top of the line, brand new firebox. Imagine my surprise when I got home and realized that

3 Reasons Why You Should Opt For Rustic Wide Plank Flooring

There is a myriad of choices out there for your next floor.  Choosing the right option for your space can be a daunting task under the best of circumstances.  It is with this in mind that I offer you exactly what the title of this post promises.  Here are three reasons why you should opt for rustic wide plank flooring. 1) Classic, Versatile Style  In the world of design, there are fads and there are classics.  Most of us have had that

2019 Hardwood Flooring Trends

There are many flooring products to choose from, but there is nothing quite like hardwood for your home.  Versatile enough to complement nearly any preference from rustic to contemporary, hardwood flooring evokes feelings of warmth and comfort while adding genuine value in any space.   So, what are the hardwood flooring trends in 2019? Colors The choice of color for a floor, perhaps more than ever, takes into account the entirety of the space where it will lay.  Increasingly, modern hardwood floors offer

How We Helped One Family Make Old Flooring Feel New Again

How We Helped One Family Make Old Flooring Feel New Again With proper care, hardwood flooring can last a lifetime. But what happens when life takes a toll, causing damage to a few high traffic areas inside your home? That’s the situation that one family faced. Luckily, one of our retailers was there to make the old flooring feel new again. Damia Tabachow owned a home with coffee-colored Armstrong flooring that was estimated to be about 7 years old. Overall, the old

The Timeless Look of Timarron

Looking for a handcrafted, timeworn, engineered flooring? The perfect place to start is the Impressions Timarron Series. With 5” wide Birch planks, this flooring creates a rustic feel that utilizes the handcrafted distressed texture to give your home a vintage look.  To add a unique appeal to the room, accent with patterned armchairs, earth-toned pillows and incorporate a rugged twist with wicker, wood or metal.  The Timarron Series will surely enhance any room in your home for years to come!     Click on these links to get the Look… Impressions