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Gray hardwood floors: A trend or a tradition?

Posted on: July 27th, 2021 by Carliuska Gonzalez No Comments

Gray hardwood floors: A trend or a tradition?

Gray hardwood floors are hella cool. But are they a passing style trend, or are they here for the long run?

The grayer and less brown that you go, the more your wood floor will skew toward a modern, contemporary style. If your home and furniture are more traditional but you want to modernize things a bit, I would suggest more of a brown / grey or a medium brown stain with a slight gray undertone.

Benefits

Grey floors are easier to keep clean than dark brown hardwood floors because they show less dust.

Lighter gray floors can make a room feel open and airy, while darker gray stains can visually reduce the space.

Dark gray floors do make for a dramatic contrast with light-colored walls, and dark gray hardwood floors also provide a perfect backdrop for brightly colored furniture and accents, such as red or teal. Gold and honey tones also complement dark gray hardwood floors.

Gray hardwood floors can look contemporary and sleek, or warm and rustic depending on the grade of wood (see Different Grades of Hardwood Flooring) and shade of gray chosen.

Grey floors have more of an urban, modern look…think funky furniture or minimalist contemporary styles. Turquoise and sky blue work very well with gray, and also white can be very striking depending on the shade of gray.

All pastel colors are lovely with gray tones, and really pop against the cool contrast of a gray wood floor.

Do you have an urban style?

Gray floors will work very well with an industrial-themed décor or concrete walls. Think exposed duct work or pipes, metal furniture, exposed brick…gray hardwood floors of medium to darker grays work very well with this type of style.

Wide plank grey floors of any shade are a fantastic base for a very modern or minimalist style. Simple, compact furniture looks great on top of wide plank floors. Thin metal or wooden legs on furniture are very striking on top of wide planks.

Personal taste is unique to you! At the end of the day, if you just love gray floors, you will love them with any décor. Make sure to pick a reputable contractor. Grey floors are not easy to achieve…the sanding must be perfect and the color is not an easy one to apply evenly. Grey floors are very striking and cool. All your friends will compliment you on your awesome, unique style.

n furniture are very striking on top of wide planks.

Personal taste is unique to you! At the end of the day, if you just love gray floors, you will love them with any décor. Make sure to pick a reputable contractor. Grey floors are not easy to achieve…the sanding must be perfect and the color is not an easy one to apply evenly. Grey floors are very striking and cool. All your friends will compliment you on your awesome, unique style.

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Red Oak Rift and Quarter Sawn Wood Flooring

Posted on: June 30th, 2021 by Carliuska Gonzalez No Comments

Red Oak Rift and Quarter Sawn Wood Flooring – 5 Reasons you should consider it

Red Oak Rift and Quarter is a great alternative to white oak R&Q.

Rift & Quartered Red Oak hardwood flooring instead of White Oak can help save you money and give you the wood floor of your dreams!

  1. Price

Rift & Quarter White Oak compared to a Red Oak Rift & Quarter Sawn is significant! If you are staining the floor dark, this should be a NO-BRAINER!   The overwhelming majority of the population cannot tell the difference between white oak & red oak, especially when stained.

  1. Popularity

Has traditionally been the most popular flooring, but in (gag) Plain Sawn!  If you’re renovating  a home that currently has some red oak you shouldn’t mix it up with white oak. It typically doesn’t look good to mix within in the house. Keep the same species, but class it up with Rift & Quarter Sawn!

  1. Availability

White Oak is in high demand from the logs, to the lumber to the flooring.  There’s more supply of red  & that will keep your cost down.

  1. Rift Only

much easier to accumulate in Red Oak than White Oak – wide plank Rift. GO RED.  The medullary rays are more prominent in white oak. Because of this  you don’t have as much of the quartered figure, or tiger stripes in rift & quartered Red Oak as you do White Oak.

The clean straight grain of rift in wide plank  is very popular right now and it’s SO MUCH EASIER TO MAKE.  This will also SAVE YOU MONEY!

  1. Color

Not everyone wants the red color, but the natural variation we have because of the subspecies in Red Oak is absolutely beautiful. If you don’t like the red tint or the color variation it stains well and you can get the uniform color if you’re going medium to dark.

 

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

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Everything you need to know about Herringbone Floors

Posted on: June 21st, 2021 by Carliuska Gonzalez No Comments

You need to know about Herringbone Floors

Herringbone timber flooring is a type of parquetry, which broadly describes any hardwood floor laid in a pattern. Parquet floors, for instance, also include chevron patterns as well as triangles, squares and even curves.

Herringbone vs Chevron

Both herringbone and chevron patterns have repetitive V-shaped zig-zag formations with even-sized rectangular planks placed at 90 degrees to each other; however, a herringbone floor features staggered planks with the straight edge of one plank aligned with the side of the next;while creating a chevron pattern by laying boards cut at an angle and laid so that they meet in a straight line. A herringbone pattern adds a dynamic element to the floor while chevron lends consistency.

The application of herringbone and chevron patterns in wood floors began in the 16th century and became very popular amongst the French nobility and throughout Western Europe.

Herringbone flooring: Materials, colours and sizes

Though herringbone floors were originally preferred for large spaces; modern installations have been successful in adding depth in small areas. Various hardwoods can be used to create a herringbone floor including Red Oak, White Oak, Maple, Sapele, Hickory and Walnut.

The distinctive woodgrain and colour of each hardwood add their unique touch to the final design outcome; – White Oak, for instance, has a straight grain with light-coloured sapwood and light-to-dark heartwood. Hardwood floors, with proper care, can last for generations.

Designers often use two or more hardwoods to maximise the contrast of colours as well as woodgrains in modern installations.

Floor patterns

Herringbone floors are made with wide or narrow planks; – broad planks are perfect for contemporary interiors while narrow blocks fit in with urban, industrial or shabby chic design schemes. Alternating the colours can also create a rich look in contemporary decor plans.

Engineered wood planks, which consist of an engineered wood or hardwood veneer over a hardwood plywood base; come in a wide choice of colours, finishes, textures and sizes, increasing design flexibility and giving room for unusual colour combinations. Bamboo and reclaimed wood tiles are also elegant material choices for herringbone floors.

Solid hardwood planks or blocks come unfinished and require staining, sanding and sealing before installation. Staining can help you achieve the tone you desire or highlight the grains more but keeping it natural is on-trend when it’s hardwood.

Popular shades in a herringbone floor’s colour palette include greys, blacks, browns and whites, transitioning from light to dark in colour depth.

Installation and maintenance

Are installed using the tongue-and-groove technique.

A professional installer is recommended due to the craftsmanship and precision work required to create the classic pattern.

A pre-installation inspection will check if the existing subfloor is suitable for the new flooring.

The floor installed in a variety of solid structures; flat and dry substrates such as plywood, particleboard, timber, concrete or dry screed.

The planks have a tongue-and-groove profile and are glued together using adhesive and nailed in place using a flooring nailer.
Alternatively, you can use the floating floor method for engineered wood boards.

A natural oil or lacquer coating protects the surface against spills, stains and wear. Regular vacuuming, mopping and cleaning with an approved wood floor cleaner will keep the floor in top condition for years. Besides, the natural ageing of solid hardwood floors lends to greater authenticity.

The finish on harringbone 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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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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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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The wonderful world of Wood and Floors

Posted on: February 15th, 2021 by Carliuska Gonzalez No Comments

World of Wood and Floors: Versatile Material

World of Wood and Floors: Wood it is used to produce beautiful furniture and works of art.

The wonderful world of Wood and Floors

Wood is a very versatile material. They are to produce beautiful furniture and works of art. Mahogany furniture has artwork made from wood with a higher price.

The interiors of the luxury liners of the Cunard line such as the Queen Mary and the QE2, which have been converted into hotel ships (the former moored in Long Beach in southern California and the latter in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates); are paneled with stately wood from the countries of the British Commonwealth.

The tradition continues on the new Cunard cruise ships, the Queen Mary 2, the Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Victoria. Wood is very much in demand by the general public. If asked what kind of furniture they would prefer in their home or office, most people would answer, “Wood.”

Save the trees

However, this creates problems. With a global population of 7.6 billion and growing, the forests of the world cannot supply the increasing demand for timber.

The demand poses an ecological problem. There are more trees felled than replanted. And it must be taken into account that softwood trees such as cedar; cypress, and yew take some 80 years to mature; while hardwood trees such as teak, elm, and birch can take more than 300 years to grow to maturity.

Engineered wood to the rescue

That is where modern technology comes into play. It can fulfill the demand for wooden furniture, paneling, and works of art, as well as conserve the environment and stem the decimation of the world’s forests. The solution is the development of products that look like wood; feel like wood, and in many cases are even stronger and more durable than wood.

The demand for wood is strong. It is more oriented toward wood for practical purposes such as furniture parquet floors and internal staircases, as well as outdoor uses such as decks, rustic style roofing, and fences. With a climate like ours, the use of artificial wood is more practical.

So while having rich mahogany furniture or an attractive teak deck is enviable, one must consider preserving our forests and keeping our planet healthy and green.

Viable solutions

The wonderful world of Wood and Floors

The scientific world has risen to the challenge. Today, there are a large number of products such as parquet floors and decking for homes and marine vessels that are made from synthetic or engineered wood. These products look like the real thing and are much more practical. Synthetic parquet and teak floors are easy to maintain and clean, as they do not stain easily. And synthetic parquet floors are more adaptable to underfloor heating.

The wonders of synthetic wood

Wood is one of the most common natural materials. It is widely used because it is strong; relatively lightweight, and very easy to work with. Its strength and light weight are due to its unique hierarchical cellular structure and matrix (made from lignin and hemicellulose) embedded with well oriented cellulose fibrils. Wood grows very slowly from the bottom up, and each structural level contributes to its remarkable properties.

In recent years, genetic science has had a hand in improving the properties of wood and creating what is termed “super woods.”; This is achieved by modifying the micro structure of natural wood or combining wood-derived cellulose with synthetic materials. These biologically impressive materials are strong and durable.

One of the most promising developments is synthetically engineered wood. Plastic-wood composites have long been a favorite of homeowners who want to build decks and fences that do not require sanding, staining, and painting. However, these engineered woods are not as strong as natural wood and can be even more prone to catching fire.

 

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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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DIY: Hardwood Floor Cleaner

Posted on: July 29th, 2020 by Carliuska Gonzalez No Comments

DIY: Hardwood Floor Cleaner

Whether newly installed or more than a hundred years old, hardwood floors are a striking feature in many homes. We offer hardwood floor cleaner

Wood is a naturally resilient material, and sealed with a urethane finish hardwood flooring can take even the heaviest use for many years before needing to be refinished or, in rarer cases, replaced.

Yet while wood floors are on many a “must” list for their traditional elegance underfoot, they do demand more finicky care and maintenance than such materials as laminate, vinyl, or tile, which resist scuffs and are easier to clean.

Environmentally friendly

While hardwood floor cleaners abound on the market, there are several smart reasons to make your own. Some commercial products contain chemicals that can irritate the eyes, skin, or respiratory system, or be toxic if ingested.

If you have young children or pets often playing on (or eating off) the floor—or you simply appreciate the health and environmental benefits of a “green” home—you may wish to avoid commercial cleaners in favor of an all-natural approach.

Plus, store-bought products specifically formulated for hardwood floors can be pricey, around $7 to $20 for a 32-ounce bottle, while the homemade hardwood floor cleaner recipe here can get you nearly 200 32-ounce mixtures from a single $16, 32-ounce bottle of castile soap.

That being said, not all natural cleaning products are appropriate for hardwood floors. Harsh acidic ingredients like vinegar or lemon can strip the urethane finish, making floors appear cloudy and dull.

And too-vigorous scrubbing—either with a cleaning tool or by adding an abrasive ingredient like baking soda to a cleaning solution—can also damage the finish. The best homemade hardwood floor cleaner will remove dirt without harming the finish of the floors below.

 

This recipe relies on castile soap, an eco-conscious alternative to dish detergent or other cleansers, and a microfiber pad to clean gently.

Before using the formula, sweep or vacuum flooring well to remove any loose dirt or debris. Then simply mix, mop, and admire your handsome hardwood!

Materials and tools

– 1 teaspoon pure castile soap (like Dr. Bronner’s)

– 4 cups water, plus more for rinsing

– 5 to 10 drops essential oil of your choice (optional)

– Spray bottle

– Mop with microfiber pad

 

Step 1

Add the castile soap, water, and—if you’d like a light scent—essential oil (like peppermint, orange, or lavender) to a spray bottle. Screw the top on tightly and shake well to mix.

Step 2

Before using any new cleanser on your entire floor—this one included—test it on an out-of-the-way spot, such as under a piece of furniture. Apply following the directions below and rinse, then check for any hint of damage before continuing with the rest of the floor.

Step 3

Working in small areas (about three square feet at a time), spritz the cleaning mixture onto the floor.

Be careful not to spray too much of the homemade hardwood floor cleaner at once to avoid water sitting too long on the surface. Excess moisture can penetrate the wood and cause serious damage to the boards along the lines of swelling, cupping, warping, and even separating.

Step 4

Using back and forth motions along the grain of the wood, work in the cleaning solution with a dry microfiber mop. (Avoid pre-dampened pads; there’s ample moisture in the spray). Continue working in small patches, rinsing and squeezing excess water off your mop as it becomes soiled until you’ve done the whole floor.

How to Prevent your Hardwood Floor from Damage?

Keeping your hardwood floors shiny and in good shape may seem like an impossible mission, but it isn’t. Follow these tips and they will help you to have your floors like new.

By design, our floors will see some of the most wear and tear of any of the fixtures in our home. Even if you’re normally careful with your floors, life happens.

Wood floors in particular require extra special attention to keep them looking nice. So, it’s important to learn how to clean and care for them the right way.

Harsh cleansers can damage the boards and pet stains can mar your finish. Don’t even mention moving day—improperly moved furniture accounts for plenty of the damage hardwood floors can sustain.

Having a regular maintenance routine is key. Keep your wood floors clean by vacuuming them regularly with the hardwood attachments of your vacuum.

Eliminating excess dust and dirt will keep you one step ahead. Then, use the mildest cleaning solution recommended for your floor type with a mop or rag that is just barely damp. Remember, water is a wood floor’s worst enemy.

Make sure any moisture you apply is dried immediately and completely. But there’s so much more to caring for wood floors than just cleaning.

From what you wear on your feet, to your pet care routine. No matter how you live, you can take some simple precautions to protect your wood floors so they will stay in great shape for years to come.

Choosing the right vacuum

Yes, you can vacuum your hardwood floors. In fact, doing so can grab dust that’s hiding between floor boards. Choose a vacuum that works well on wood floors.

Just a Little bit

If your floors are really dirty, you want to use more cleanser, right? Wrong! Too much of a harsh product isn’t good for them. Instead, thoroughly sweep or vacuum first. Then use a moderate amount of cleanser to wipe them clean. Read the labels to make sure you’re using a product that’s safe for your floor type.

Mild cleaner

A good rule of thumb for cleaning floors is to use the gentlest cleansers first, then up the ante if you need something more powerful. Gentle soap or white vinegar and water are good for starters. Whichever you choose, don’t dump anything straight on the floors. Use a mop or a soft cloth to clean.

Avoid scratches

Moving furniture is one of the fastest ways to damage perfectly good floors. When rearranging your space, pick up bookshelves or couches instead of pushing or pulling.

Another option you have is to ven when you’re not moving into a new place, furniture can still hurt your floors. Installing furniture pads on chair or table legs can keep your floors from getting scratched.

Also, The click-clack of stilettos on hardwood floors is a death knell. Keep your floors dent-free by wearing indoor-friendly flats or slippers.

Remember keeping your pets comfortable will help your floors, too. Keep their nails trimmed and clean up any accidental mishaps as soon as possible to prevent lasting damage.

Repairing Dents

A dented floor board may need to be replaced, but that can be a big project. For smaller dents, a steam iron might do the trick. Test the iron in a corner or hidden spot – some finishes can discolor with steam treatment. Then, wet the area and place a wet towel over it. Apply a heated iron to the cloth and wait for a few minutes. The heat should help the compressed fibers to get back in shape.

Tea time

Give dull hardwood floors a little pick-me-up with a tea treatment. Boil 5 or 6 tea bags in 5 cups of water and allow to cool. Using a mop, apply the tea to your floors for a temporary shine that’s faster than refinishing

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