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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

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

How to Clean and Maintain Your Summit Floor

  You’ve spent time, energy and money into picking out the perfect floor for your space and now you want to make sure you can protect it.  You want that new floor feeling to last as long as possible.  You want to know (not guess, KNOW) beyond any shadow of a doubt that you are doing the right thing to maintain and preserve your investment. So now you ask the question that has kept you awake at night, tossing and turning in

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

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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

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How to Clean and Maintain Your Hardwood Floor

  You’ve spent time, energy and money picking out the perfect floor for your space, and now you want to make sure you can protect it.  You want that new floor feeling to last as long as possible.  You want to know (not guess, KNOW) beyond any shadow of a doubt that you are doing the right thing to maintain and preserve your investment. So now you ask the question that has kept you awake at night, tossing and turning in the

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