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Tips for Wood Flooring in the Kitchen

Posted on: June 11th, 2021 by Carliuska Gonzalez No Comments

5 Things to Know Before Putting Wood Flooring in the Kitchen

Learn why wood flooring in the kitchen is a growing trend—and the secrets to successful installation and maintenance to keep your wood looking good.

It’s hard to beat the natural beauty of wood flooring, but it’s not a traditional choice for a kitchen; due to the greater risk of damage from water and traffic in this room. Yet wood flooring is currently trending in today’s kitchens, so if you’re considering it for your home you’ll want to be informed about species options, installation, and maintenance to reduce the possibility of damage.

1. Learn why wood is trending.

In addition to its good looks, wood is becoming popular flooring for the cook space so as to create a visually seamless surface between the kitchen and an adjacent dining room or a great room. Many homeowners preferable this cohesive look to the start-and-stop feel of different flooring in adjacent rooms. Additionally, wood has a warm, soft sensation underfoot, unlike ceramic or porcelain tile; which can be uncomfortably cold on bare feet or on a crawling infant’s knees. Because the kitchen is such a busy, spill-prone area, however, it’s important to consider the potential downsides of wood before installing it in this room.

2. Remember: Wood and water don’t mix.

When wood becomes saturated, it can swell, warp, or even split—so even a small dishwasher leak that goes undetected for some time can damage a section of a hardwood floor. A splash here and there, however, especially if it’s wiped up quickly, poses less risk. Consider your family’s habits. If spills are rare and you’re vigilant about the state of your kitchen appliances, a hardwood kitchen floor should hold up just fine—as long as you give it a polyurethane sealant every four to six years to maintain a high level of water resistance.

3. Go the hard way.

The number of attractive wood flooring options at your local home improvement store can be confusing. So be sure to select a species that’s hardy enough to withstand the high-impact traffic typical of kitchens. Everyday comings and goings in street shoes, as well as movement of chairs and stools, could scratch or dent a wood floor. Pulling a major appliance away from the wall so a technician can work on it can also mar wood flooring, leaving deep scratches. (Fortunately, there are some effective ways to repair scratches on wood floors; but these often only minimize their appearance and rather than make your wood floors 100 percent again.)

4. Let wood acclimate.

Whether you enlist a professional contractor or have the skills to put down the floor yourself; the wood must be allowed to acclimate to your home before installation for best results. Most wood flooring is stored boxed in unheated warehouses, where the climate is often quite different from the temperature and humidity of residences. If you install wood flooring before it acclimates, it could swell or shrink slightly and your floor could end up with gaps between the planks. Acclimation involves cross-stacking the boxes of planks in your home for anywhere from one to three weeks, depending on species. Recommended acclimation periods can be found in the manufacturer’s installation and warranty information.

5. Take good care.

Whether you choose to put in a new wood floor in your kitchen; or you’ve moved into a house where it’s already installed, the following care and maintenance tips will help you keep it looking good.

  • Wipe up spills immediately.
  • Use a soft cotton dust mop to clean away crumbs and pet dander. If you prefer to sweep, use a broom with soft rubber bristles that won’t scratch the floor’s finish.
  • Don’t use a steam floor cleaner, which could damage the finish.
  • Put soft furniture pads on the bottoms of kitchen tables and chairs to keep them from scratching or denting the wood floor.
  • Check frequently under the sink and around the dishwasher and fridge for signs of leaking. If you discover a leak, shut off the water to the kitchen and call a plumber.
  • Use rugs and floor mats liberally to protect the wood flooring in high traffic areas. Rugs will also absorb small spills before they can reach the flooring.
  • If you must move the dishwasher, stove or fridge; place a sheet of thin plywood on the floor and slide the appliance onto the plywood instead of sliding it across the wood floor.

 

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A look into the benefits of wood flooring

Posted on: June 1st, 2021 by Carliuska Gonzalez No Comments

A look into the benefits of wood flooring

Wood Floor Planet offers the designer styling you want in any hard surface construction you need. We bring you our signature fine quality and craftsmanship in elegant flooring of every type. Know more and look into the benefits of wood flooring.

Hardwood

Wood flooring is the enduring classic of beautiful homes … rich and inviting, it always says “welcome.” With Wood Floor Planet multitude of engineered and solid options, there’s a lovely hardwood style for almost any room.

Laminate

Unusually durable, good-looking, and easy to install, laminate is a great value to homeowners. Wood Floor Planet laminate wood styles resemble natural woods so successfully, sometimes even our designers have trouble telling them from the real thing.

Benefits of Laminate flooring

Vinyl Vinyl

today’s Vinyl is not only incredibly stylish, it’s cushy and comfortable—a flooring winner. Vinyl floors are easy-care, have incredible warranties, and perform like commercial products. and Wood Floor Planet Vinyl wood looks provide fashionable, colorful appeal to today’s interiors.

 

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Great in living areas & bedrooms

Though durable, over time all hardwood floors scuff — it’s part of their charm — but our Mercier finish keeps your floor looking younger longer. So you can live on it. Resists scuffs up to six times more than competitors’ products.

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Excellent in kitchens, bathrooms, and basements

Vinyl has come a long way. finally, here’s a product that is beautiful, realistic, and warm underfoot. Vinyl is also stain and moisture resistant, so it’s a great solution for family-friendly rooms.

Perfect for playrooms, children’s bedrooms, and living areas

Scratch-and dent-resistant laminate easily adapts to all kinds of lifestyles and budgets. When your sub-floor is less than perfect, laminate is a good choice, because it’s more forgiving and easy to install.

 

At Wood Floor Planet you will find a wide variety of floors, ideal for any place in your home.

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The best Flooring for your Lifestyle

Posted on: May 25th, 2021 by Carliuska Gonzalez No Comments

SELECTING THE BEST FLOORING FOR YOUR LIFESTYLE

In this post, we highlight a few aspects to keep in mind when choosing flooring, including your lifestyle, budget and more.

  • Pet owners should consider modern vinyl and laminates for scratch-resistant wear and water-resistant or waterproof flooring.
  • Install waterproof or water-resistant flooring such as vinyl plank, tile, or sheet vinyl in rooms with high foot traffic.
  • Climate plays a part in certain floor materials, making an engineered option more suitable.
  • Replacing carpet with a hard flooring surface alleviates allergens.
  • Numerous flooring brands offer environmentally-friendly products for green-conscious households.
  • The subfloor can determine what type of flooring you can install and whether you need an attached pad or additional underlayment.

Do you have pets?

If you want to install hardwood flooring, one or two small pets won’t alleviate the option; but if you have large or multiple pets, you may want to consider a vinyl or laminate product. These floors have scratch resistant wear layers for durability that hold up to everyday wear and tear from your pets’ nails and playful activity. Modern vinyl and laminate floors have the same visuals as hardwood floors including distressed, wire brushed, and rustic wood styles, or earthy, natural patterns. So, you can still have the look you want; but the function that you need (and less worry about damage to your floors!).

Do you have children?

Consider the ages and activity level of your children. Are they active in sports and bring home muddy or heavy equipment every day?

If you have a dedicated area for those items, such as a mudroom or entryway, consider using a durable, waterproof or water resistant product for that space. If you think these items will make their way all over the house, you may want to choose a super durable, yet beautiful vinyl plank, tile or sheet product that will stand up to years of activity, for your entire home. Not only are luxury vinyl floors easy to clean and maintain; but the large range of color and style options available in realistic wood, stone and tile patterns will surprise you!

Do your family members have allergies?

Hard surface flooring is a much better choice over any carpet product to alleviate allergy symptoms and triggers. Hardwood, vinyl, and laminate products can be safely and thoroughly cleaned frequently with the peace of mind that there are no hidden dust mites or mold lurking beneath the surface.

Where are you installing your new flooring?

All Wood Floor Planet of flooring, including hardwood, can be used in any space in your home. It is the collections within each flooring type that offer the diversity of installation for basements, concrete slabs and/or less than perfect subfloor conditions.

Where do you live?

The climate in which you live can limit your hardwood selections. Avoid wide plank, solid only hardwood collections if you live in a very humid, southern region of the US. Although gluing and nailing these products can alleviate some cupping and crowning; an engineered option may be available in the same visual and will result in a much more stable installation.

With today’s options in flooring, it is very easy to find the look that you want with the functionality that you need.

Are you environmentally friendly?

Many families today take steps to recycle and bring reusable bags to the grocery store to promote a healthier earth. But when it comes to your home, did you know you can choose a green-friendly flooring option?

Wood Floor Planet offers numerous flooring options from manufacturers who undergo strict procedures and rules to gain certification status. Some of the environmental commitments from our brands ensure that the wood is gathered from sustainable forests.

 

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Best Flooring for Your Home Renovation Project

Posted on: April 9th, 2021 by Carliuska Gonzalez No Comments

Choosing the Best Flooring for Your Home Renovation Project in Wood Floor Planet

Flooring plays a dual role in your home, part functional and part decorative. Choosing the best flooring for your home renovation project can be tricky and often depends on preferences, placement and budget.

Best Flooring for a Family Room Renovation

Family rooms focus on relaxation and comfort. You need to choose flooring that reflects the room’s style and decor, but also creates a cozy atmosphere. Top choices include:

Solid hardwood – durable and highly attractive, hardwood flooring comes in a broad range of appearances and styles. From exotic species like Tigerwood or Ipe to popular domestic styles like maple and walnut; every homeowner will find a brand of hardwood to suit their home.

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As a leading flooring supplier, we pride ourselves on offering a vibrant; varied range of home flooring products designed to solve all manner of day-to-day dilemmas. For example, it’s easier said than done finding a kitchen or bathroom flooring solution with an on-trend aesthetic as well as the practical properties needed to minimise slips and trips in the home. In our diverse collection, though; you’ll find a flooring solution able to deliver on the style and safety fronts all at once.

In the style stakes, all of our flooring options – from luxury vinyl tile, otherwise known as click flooring; to engineered parquet and solid wood flooring – can help to create a premium aesthetic in your home without the premium price tag.

Choosing cheap flooring doesn’t have to mean settling for a lower quality product when you shop with us. You can find the bona fide real deal with our hardwood flooring range or imitate the appearance of the genuine article with one of our many laminate or vinyl flooring alternatives.

At Wood Floor Planet, we’re committed to helping our customers find timelessly stylish flooring solutions that are smart, practical, affordable and always effortlessly on-trend.

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Refinishing Hardwood Floors Advices

Posted on: March 29th, 2021 by Carliuska Gonzalez No Comments

Helpful Hints for Refinishing Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floor refinishing and sanding is unforgiving work. Make a mistake, and it will show. However, a refinished floor can bring beauty to a room like no other project.

Check out some helpful tips about how to refinish hardwood floors below.

Tips for Refinishing Hardwood Floors

Recoating hardwood flooring is an excellent choice for homeowners whether you’re renovating a single room or you want to breathe new life into all of the flooring in your home.

Let’s take a look at the top tips for how to refinish hardwood floors:

Be sure to prepare your home before sanding and refinishing wood floors:

Clear the area: You will want to remove rugs, furniture, and other items from the hardwood flooring area that you will be working on.

Thoroughly clean the sanded floor: You need to clear the entire floor of dust and debris before applying the new finish.

Secure floorboards: Use finishing nails to secure any loose floorboards before recoating your hardwood flooring.

Sanding your floors is one of the most critical steps to refinish hardwood floors because it removes the old stain and turns your entire floor into a blank slate.

Carefully apply polyurethane:

Many pros pour polyurethane along the floor and then spread it with an 18-inch lamb’s wool applicator, but this is likely to result in a layer that’s too thick for the novice. A better way for the do-it-yourselfer is to roll on the polyurethane using a foam roller, preferably a high-density foam roller.

The coat will be thin, even, and will quickly dry to a glassy smooth finish. Use a good brush for cutting in around the room perimeter.

Refinishing your floors?

Some jobs are better left to the pros. Get free, no-commitment estimates from licensed flooring contractors near you.

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Everything you need to know about Hand-scraped Floors

Posted on: March 17th, 2021 by Carliuska Gonzalez No Comments

Hand-scraped Wood Floors

Hand-scraped wood flooring is an extremely popular wood flooring option with anyone seeking something just a little bit different.

Is hard to clean?

Even though the rough texture may hide defects, though, it provides crevices in which dirt can collect, so you may have a harder time keeping a hand-scraped floor clean.

Are floors sealed?

Just like that, you’ll have beautiful, weathered floors for your country home. Since hand-scraped hardwood comes with a durable, anti-scratch finish, you don’t have to worry about sealing or finishing the floors after installation.

Why do we scrape floors?

It is simply to texture the surface of the wood floor, like in the photo at right. Some people claim that scraping a floor makes it more interesting to the eye or complements certain styles. Some people hate it. There is a fine line between a beautifully; scraped floor and floor that looks like an accident.

The finish on hand-scraped floors suggest that the floor could have lived a previous life in a grand building or may have survived many years of traffic in a popular place, both of which add to its charm.

We provide useful advises to both suppliers and architects around the US territories from the time we have started in this business. We also take pride in providing hardwood floors in the Tri-State area for more than 25 years now!

 

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Hardwood Flooring Trends for 2021

Posted on: January 8th, 2021 by Carliuska Gonzalez No Comments

Hardwood Flooring Trends for 2021 – Wood Floor Planet

Hardwood flooring trends continues to grow in popularity, and it is by far the preferred flooring type for homes.

Not all colors work in all homes, and you also need to consider your overall decor theme (including paint color for walls and furniture), so choose something that you love…and anticipate you will love for a long time.

2021 Hardwood Floor Stain and Color Trends

Overall, there’s a shift towards darks and lights (yes, the two extremes), as well as cooler and browner tones. Redder and warmer tones are less popular and more polarizing.

Dark and cool toned hardwoods

Hardwood flooring trends for 2021. Yes, the trend towards darker colors keeps growing and growing. It’s been on the rise for the last decade or so. We seem to find two types of customers:

  1. Ones that prioritize style over maintenance and they tend to go darker and darker (these customers tend to be households without kids (either “pre-kids” or kids that have gone to college) or wealthier households that have extra help to keep the floors extra clean).
  2. Those that absolutely love dark floors, but want to go a bit lighter so that the floors are easier to maintain.

Gray and gray blends (including charcoals, greiges and brown/grays)

Gray flooring has been on the rise, and you can see it everywhere you go – in wood; tile that looks like wood, and gray vinyl planks that look like wood.

This trend started to notice and demand for gray hardwood flooring around 2010 or 2011 But it was only on pre-finished (or factory made wood), and it wasn’t until 2012 or so when I started to get lots of local customers ask us to refinish their existing floors and turn them gray.

Light, natural and muted

Hardwood Flooring Trends for 2021

Yes, on the opposite extreme to dark, the 2nd most popular floor choice is light – i.e. going natural. But the theme is a consistent one. There’s a preference to drown out the yellows and go for cooler tones. Hence those that are more up on the trends are going for the high grade and more environmentally friendly water borne polyurethane.

Whitewashed and lightly whitewashed floors

Whitewashes are back, and they’ve rapidly grown in popularity. For those of you who remember whitewashes from the 80’s, you’ll be happy to know that they’ve been reinvented and modernized.

 

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