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How to Cover Scratches on Hardwood Flooring

how to cover the scratches on your hardwood flooringIf you’ve recently invested in a new hardwood floor, or own a home with this classic feature, then keeping your investment beautiful and scratch free should be a top priority. Thankfully, there are several ways to cover scratches on your hardwood flooring that won’t break the bank or take the entire weekend!

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Due to its natural look, durability, convenience, and popularity, hardwood flooring can add a lot of value to any home. Of course, in order to preserve its value, it’s a good idea to cover up the inevitable scratches your hardwood flooring will receive.

Assess the Scratch

Before you start thinking about how you’re going to cover scratches on your hardwood floor, take a close look to determine how deep they are. Scratches that aren’t very deep and are mostly on the surface can quickly be covered and don’t necessarily need to be filled. If the scratch cuts into the wood itself and is more like a gouge, then you may need to do a little more work.

How to Repair Buckled Hardwood Flooring

how to repair buckled hardwood flooringThere is nothing worse than buying a beautiful, new hardwood floor and days later witnessing damage from moisture or flooding. Thankfully, there are a few handy tips if you happen to suffer minor buckling in your hardwood floors. However, if the buckling is from extreme moisture exposure, you will probably need to consider replacing entire planks.

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Buckling can occur for a number of reasons. Whether there is too much weight on the wood flooring or exposure to moisture, understanding why buckling occurs is the first step to fixing it.

What Is Buckling

Buckling, also called cupping or crowning, is the most extreme case of too much moisture exposure for wood flooring. When a plank has begun to separate from the sub-flooring, it has begun buckling. Although most cases of too much moisture or humidity can be solved before buckling occurs, it does happen.

Cupping is when the edges of a plank begin to rise above the midsection. Crowning is when the midsection begins to swell above the edges.

3 Things to Look Out for When Choosing Pre-Cut Hardwood Flooring

3 things to look out for when you choose your pre cut hardwood flooringFor generations, hardwood floors have been a popular choice for homeowners and renters, due to their natural beauty, lifespan, and convenience. So, if you’re thinking about adding this classic feature to your home, here are three things to look out for when choosing pre-cut hardwood flooring: price, appearance, and durability.

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While finding the right kind of hardwood flooring may seem like a daunting task, taking a little time to do so will be well worth your while. Because it is such an important investment to make, you want to make sure you choose hardwood flooring that will suit your home and budget perfectly.

The Value of Hardwood Flooring

Although hardwood floors may not be the cheapest way to provide a floor for your home, due to their durability and timeless appeal they can add substantial value to a property. Homes that have hardwood flooring are typically more popular than those that don’t, and therefore sell for much more money.

3 things to look out for when you are choosing pre cut hardwood flooringIn addition, many people choose to live in properties with hardwood flooring due to their health benefits. Unlike carpeting, hardwood floors do not have any fibers that trap dust and dirt, which can give people with allergies some difficulties.

How to Protect Your Hardwood Flooring from Office Chairs

how to protect your hardwood floors from the office chairsDue to their natural beauty, durability, and convenience in terms of cleaning, many people are drawn to homes or buildings that have hardwood floors. Although hardwood floors can add substantial value to your property, in order to maintain their worth they need to be protected from scratches and dents that furniture like office chairs can cause.

Thankfully, you can protect your hardwood flooring from office chairs by doing several things. One option includes laying down an area rug, a piece of cardboard, or a floor mat under the chairs. Another solution is to replace the chair’s wheels with hardwood floor casters.

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Although there are various kinds of office chairs, which may come in different sizes, generally speaking they are chairs that are utilized in front of a desk. Accordingly, the chairs are designed to suit the working conditions and needs of an office environment, which may require prolonged periods of sitting and the ability to move around while remaining in your chair. As a result, office chairs are usually well padded and adjustable to make them as comfortable as possible, capable of swiveling 360 degrees, and equipped with wheels.

DIY: Hardwood Flooring

do it yourself hardwood floorsDo-it-yourselfers face a daunting task if they want to install new or refinish existing hardwood floors by themselves. However, new installations can be made much easier if the homeowner selects one of several new varieties of prefinished interlocking hardwood flooring. Homeowners considering hardwood floor projects can find an abundance of information on the Internet.

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There are a variety of sites that will point you to sources providing complete information on purchasing and installing hardwood floors in your home. Other sites will give you step-by-step instructions on how to refinish an older wood floor, with pictures! And of course, there are many retail flooring outlets that would be more than happy to come out and do the job for you!

Doing It Yourself

Before you consider a do-it-yourself hardwood floor installation, you want to pick the kind and style of wood floor that best suits the character and function of the room you have chosen to remodel. Today, there are wood flooring selections that are sure to please any family’s tastes and that will fit in with any décor.

Hardwood Flooring and Pets

hardwood flooring and petsIf you have pets, such as dogs or cats, you may think having hardwood floors is out of the question. Flooring professionals may try to dissuade you from hardwoods and direct you to materials that may hold up better to the wear and tear that comes with having pets in your home. You may be surprised to know, however, that you can still enjoy hardwood flooring in your home without too much additional effort on your part.

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When you have pets, you know the potential for an accidental mess will always exist. However, you can take precautions to minimize the potential damage. Paired with the right type of hardwood, you will be enjoying your flooring for years to come.

Know Your Woods

It is important to know which types of flooring are best for homes with pets. Some types of wood are harder than others are and will hold up better under the feet of your dogs or cats no matter what their size may be.

You will want to avoid woods that are soft because they will be more prone to scratches and dents, and choose only solid hardwoods.

LR McCoy Going out of Business?

After 90 years of business serving the flooring, fencing and industrial markets throughout the United States and Canada, LR McCoy has announced it will be terminating operations and liquidating it’s assets.

According to a notice sent to customers on June 18th, 2012 the company “will continue to operate over the course of the summer with a focus on selling off it’s inventory”…

This is big news, considering LR McCoy is a major importer and distributor of hardwood products and has survived multiple economic downturns, including the infamous Great Depression of the 1930’s.

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How to Lay Hardwood Flooring on a Slab of Concrete

how to lay hardwood flooring over top of a slab of concreteYou may have considered hardwood flooring for your home, but have concerns about installing it on top of a concrete slab versus a sub floor system. This could be because you have heard stories about the hassle involved with this process with the old ways of installing and also problems caused by moisture. While it is somewhat more difficult to install hardwood over concrete than a wood subfloor, it is not impossible.

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While you may have an idea of the type of hardwood floor that you want to put down, before purchasing anything you first need to decide how you are going to install it. You may choose to go with the route of the traditional 3/4″ hardwood flooring, or choose instead to go with the newer varieties available in engineered and click-lock flooring that feature a layer of hardwood on top.

Maintaining Hardwood Flooring

maintaining your hardwood floorsIf you have invested in hardwood flooring for your home, you will need to know how to properly maintain it in order to protect your investment. The first place to seek advice would be from the manufacturer of your flooring so as not to void any warranties associated with the flooring materials. The next place would be from professionals who supply and install flooring products.

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There are various methods to clean and preserve the look of your hardwood floors. Before you choose one, it is important that you know what type of flooring you have and its finish if your home came with it previously installed. Most floors will either have a shellac, varnish, urethane, polyurethane, or wax finish that will require different methods of cleaning.

Protecting Your Investment

maintaining the hardwood flooringAccording to World Floor Covering Association, you must be willing to accept the responsibility of maintaining your floor and taking measures to prevent damage to it once you have it installed, or risk losing its original beauty. You will want to invest in a good quality broom to use for regular sweeping of dust and dirt.

Why Choose Unfinished Flooring?

So you’re looking for hardwood flooring, but you’re debating between Pre-finished flooring vs. Unfinished flooring. The benefits of Pre-finished flooring are obvious, but this article is going to focus on why Unfinished flooring is still a viable option.

Unfinished Wood Floors#1 Reason to Choose Unfinished Flooring

No dirt traps! Unfinished flooring is almost always manufactured with Square edges, meaning each plank buts tightly against the next plank, without any “bevels” or “micro-bevels” to catch dirt. This means that your entire floor will be flat across the entire space, from wall-to-wall. This is a perfect solution to one of the biggest complaints about Prefinished wood floors, which are almost always manufactured with beveled edges, which are notorious for collecting dirt and grime, which is not easy to clean out of those little grooves.

#2 Reason to Choose Unfinished Flooring

A perfect seal! Think about it, when a prefinished floor is installed, each plank is butted up to the next as tightly as possible, and when the installation is complete, the floor is instantly ready to be lived on, which is great! But…

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