Wednesday, November 17, 2010

How hard is Oak Flooring?

An important characteristic that you should take under consideration when shopping for species of hardwood flooring is the hardness factor. If you been shopping around for a wood product, you may recognize the term Janka Table. The Janka table organizes hardness data. This is not a number that is via specific data, but rather by relative data. In other words the Janka rating of unfinished hardwood flooring by itself means nothing other than to compare it to other woods. Both red and white oak are considered to be relatively hard woods. The Janka rating on red oak is 1290, while white oak rates a bit higher at 1360. Oak is considered relatively hard compared to other species, and with it's high customer demand, it's also in a cost-efficient price range.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Something to think about when choosing a stain color for your hardwood floors

When choosing a hardwood floor stain, color is important. The correct stain color will be pleasing to the eye and bring the flooring to life. The wrong color may make the room's furniture and wall colors clash with the stain. Whether you are looking for a slight change or a dramatic one, you can choose a stain color for your hardwood floor that will be right for you and the room. If time allows, make your decision as to what color stain will work best on the hardwood floor once the stain has dried. Finally, look around the room to see if the stain will look complementary to furniture, walls and accents in the room.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Hottest Trends in Hardwood Flooring

Here's what we're seeing in new flooring trends for 2011...

Ethical Floor Coverings - Now more than ever, it's easy for the average homeowner to make environmentally friendly choices when it comes to home flooring products.
Hardwood Floors - are adding old world elegance with a new twist, moving more toward distressed planks, wider widths, and the introduction of exotic woods.
Cork Flooring - Comfortable to walk on, incredibly warm underfoot, discover the beauty of cork floors.
Bamboo Floors - An environmentally friendly hardwood, bamboo is fast becoming one of the most popular flooring trends.