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Hardwood Flooring: Pine (Pinus)

While looking for the perfect flooring for you home, you may have come across some beautiful pine flooring.  You may have also noticed pine is considered to be at the far end of the hardness spectrum.  Despite being technically a ‘soft’ wood, pine may still be the perfect choice for your home.

Pine wood itself has a lot of personality.  It has knots and grain swirls which only adds to its popularity and charm.  It is important to know, though, what kind of pine you are getting when you go to purchase it for your floors.  The darkest and hardest part of the pine tree is found in the heartwood.  Heart pine flooring is more resilient to dents and deep scratches than pine flooring made from sapwood.  Heart pine floors are prized for their rich golden glow.  They don’t need staining (just a clear topcoat), don’t cup and crown due to humidity issues, will usually last quite a long time and age beautifully with a lovely patina.

Eastern white pine takes on stain very well and costs much less than the heart pine and is actually the best choice if you want the most authentic look and the widest planks that are available.  Many people use reclaimed pine flooring from old barns and factories making it less expensive than most other options.  However, it is important to know that while it may be a perfect fit for your home it is a softer wood so it does have a tendency to ding and dent, but don’t allow that to scare you away.  Properly maintained, any wood floor can stand the test of time, and in actuality as you walk on the floor it compresses and gets harder.  Eastern white pine has been used in homes for over 300 years, and there are many that are still actively being used today.

So, whether you decide on the heart pine or eastern white pine you will get the charm and beauty added to your home that only a pine floor can give.  Let the professionals at Dave’s Floor Sanding help guide you through the process of choosing and installing a new hardwood floor you will meet your budget and give you the look your home deserves.

Hardwood Flooring: Oak (Quercus)

Do you have high traffic areas, children, maybe even a pet or two, but still want that beautiful look of hardwood floor without the scratches?  Oak hardwood may just be your answer.  Oak flooring is the standard for durability and one of the most popular flooring options you can buy.  It also is well known for complimenting any décor in your home due to its neutral colors and ability to take on any stain.  It adds warmth and beauty, as well as an appealing selling feature to perspective buyers.

Unstained white oak is a beautiful addition with its casual elegance making any space appear lighter and airier.  You can take a small space and open it up with this lovely flooring.  It is also a great option if you have black or gray accents in your home brought in by your sofa, windows, walls, doors, cabinets, etc...  Oak flooring is also resistant to moisture so you won’t have some of the humidity level issues that other flooring materials have.  

North American red oak is the most common flooring material and the most popular, right after cherry and maple.  Due to its hardness this flooring resists dings and dents so you can let the children in and the animals run free.  You don’t even have to use area rugs in the high traffic areas!  If you want your flooring screaming, “Here I am, look at me,” then red oak is absolutely the flooring for you as it is known for its strong grain patterns that come alive when stained.  And speaking of stain, red oak is also known for staining evenly and comes in a variety of colors.

Because wood is a natural material it is going to age and One thing to consider with any wood flooring is not only how beautiful it looks the day it is installed but how it will change over time.  with this aging comes color changes due to sun exposure, use, weather, etc., but this will only add to its charm.  Let the professionals at Dave’s Floor Sanding help guide you through the process of choosing and installing a new hardwood floor you and your family will enjoy.

Hardwood Flooring: Maple (Acer)

Many times finding the right flooring that works with your home’s style can be a challenge.  Matching furniture patterns and colors, cabinet colors, lighting, etc. all need to be taken into account.  If you are looking for a subtle flooring that allows your décor to take center stage you may want to consider maple hardwood flooring.

Maple wood is found in the northern areas of North America and Canada and is rather pale with varying shades of brown and black throughout.  Some maple flooring contains graining known as "birdseye" which is a pattern of small marks resembling tiny eyes and is common in hard maple.  Hard maple is the hardest of all maple varieties found in North America.  It has an even, straight grain and a natural strength and durability which is why it is a great choice for hardwood flooring in high traffic areas.

Due to the fact that wood is a natural material your hardwood floors will go through an aging process which changes the wood’s color over time.  This can be a wonderfully unique process that gives your home additional character.  Maple tends to grow more yellow overtime which you need to consider when looking at this flooring.  Staining your maple flooring a darker color is not recommended as it is almost a completely non-porous wood, therefore it can’t absorb dark stains properly and can appear blotchy.  However, if you are looking for something that can hold up under the day to day comings and goings of family life or you want your décor to shine, maple hardwood may be just the floor for you.

Choosing the right hardwood flooring for your home can be challenging for any home owner.  Let the professionals at Dave’s Floor Sanding help guide you through the process of choosing and installing a new hardwood floor that will fit your home’s style and be something worth showing off to your guests.

Hardwood Flooring: Mahogany (Swietenia)

You may be asking yourself what to look for when choosing a wood flooring.  Other than the look and color of the flooring, hardness should also be considered.  High foot traffic, heavy furniture, children and pets can definitely take its toll.  The hardness will dictate how drastically the beauty of your hardwood flooring will change with daily wear and tear.  Mahogany wood flooring is a popular choice due to its high hardness rating.

In looking over all hardwood flooring options Mahogany is the second most popular choice and one of the hardest woods you can find.  Santos Mahogany flooring is one of the most sought after of the exotic hardwoods in the entire world due to its exceptional strength and elegance.  Its colors vary from a luscious reddish brown to medium brownish orange to dark brown with even purples mixed in at times.  The tight grain adds to its visual appearance with displays of lovely ribbon patterns.  Within the first six months after installation you will also notice the most vivid changes beginning to occur due to sun exposure.  One thing that is amazing about exotic woods is that they become richer and more beautiful during this natural aging process.

Santos Mahogany flooring adds a warmth and balanced look when combined with dark wood or white accessories such as furniture, cabinets, shelving etc...  Due to its durability, this flooring can be placed in any room of your home without concern as it can withstand the daily wear and tear.  This same feature makes daily cleaning quick and easy as a simple vacuum or hardwood mop will keep your floors in pristine condition.

If you have a busy home yet desire elegance and durability at the same time which will complement traditional and modern décor alike, Santos Mahogany may be just the hardwood flooring for you and your home. Going through the process of choosing the best hardwood flooring can be tough.  Let the professionals at Dave’s Floor Sanding help guide you through the process of choosing and installing a new hardwood floor that will give your home the style you always wanted.

Hardwood Flooring: Decorative Options

In taking a step back and looking at your hardwood flooring as it intermingles with your décor, a possible option that can bring it all to the next level is the addition of hardwood flooring techniques and decorations.  While it is important for most of these to be done by professionals so that you get the exact look you desire, this is definitely something to be considered for adding a beautifully unique look to your home.

A couple of techniques that can be utilized are a "pickle" technique which makes the wood appear whitewashed or an "antiquing" of the floor which gives it an aged appearance.  There are also a few decorative options as well, borders being the most common.   This can be anything from a main area of flooring in one type of wood with a border using another type to elaborate designs and montages.  They are typically installed around fireplaces, entryways or any room you might want an eye-catching border.   Decorative inlays are accomplished using various types, colors and shapes of wood to make designs within the flooring.  They can be made in any shape depending on your décor and the look you are trying to accomplish.  The possibilities you can achieve are endless.  These inlays can actually be purchased separately or custom designed if you have something special in mind.  Another decorative option is a medallion.  Medallions, which you may have seen in high profile office buildings, are circular designs of hardwood inlay.  They can be used in large entryways, landings to set the tone of the home or in the center of your living area to give an upscale accent and focal point.  Again, these can be purchased pre-made or designed by you and your imagination.

While this isn't an inexpensive addition, it is something to consider as it will bring art directly into your home.  While many years ago these decorative options were only for the extremely rich, technological advances are making this more affordable and attainable to any homeowner.  Let the professionals at Dave’s Floor Sanding help answer your questions about flooring, decorative options and installation of a new hardwood floor you will be happy to enjoy and show off.