Designing With Reclaimed

Latest News

 
 

When is it Time to Replace Hardwood Flooring in Colorado?


July 26, 2017

Hardwood flooring in Colorado is durable, but it’s not indestructible. No matter how well you take care of your hardwood floors, at some point they will need to be replaced. However, sometimes hardwood floors can simply be sanded down and refinished when they start to show signs of wear and tear. How do you know when it’s time to give up on refinishing and get a whole new floor instead? Look for these signs:

Water Damage

Hardwood that is exposed to a significant amount of water can begin to buckle as a result of the moisture. If the water damage has only affected a tiny part of your hardwood floors, you shouldn’t worry about it. However, if a significant portion of your hardwood floors have been damaged by water, installing a new floor is your only option.

Sanding Excessively

Every time that you sand your hardwood floors, you are making the planks slightly thinner. As a result, there will come a point where your hardwood floors have been sanded and refinished one too many times. Once you reach this point, you will have no other choice but to replace the floor. One way to tell that you’ve reached your sanding limit is to look for exposed nails. These only appear once the planks have significantly thinned out. If you don’t want to wait until you see nails, it’s best to only sand your floors three to five times before replacing them. Learn more about refinishing hardwood floors.

Out of Style

Certain hardwood trends come and go, so it’s possible that you will want to replace your floors once you’re no longer satisfied with the style that’s in your home. If this is what’s motivating you to replace your floors, be sure to choose a timeless style of hardwood this time around so you don’t run into the same problem in a few years. Look for a darker, wide-planked wood that will stand the test of time and avoid buying wood that is trendy right now, such as gray and blonde wood. You may love the way this wood looks now, but your feelings may change as the trends do.

Structural Issues

There are certain issues that can only be addressed by removing the existing floor and installing a replacement. For instance, if the planks move around underneath your feet as you walk across the room or make a lot of noise when pressure is applied, there is probably something wrong with the structure of your floor. The issue could be with the subflooring, so let a professional rip out the old floor and correct these problems before laying down a new hardwood floor.
 

If you’re ready to install new hardwood floors in your home, it’s time to get in touch with the professionals. Contact the team of design experts at Ward Hardwood who have a knack for helping clients choose the right hardwood for their homes, and preserve it for years after installation. Call 303-674-6966 to set up a consultation today.
Read More...

How to Prepare For Hardwood Floor Installation


July 19, 2017

Are you counting down the days until your hardwood floor installation? There are a few things that you can do to prepare for the installation while you wait for the big day. Before the hardwood flooring professionals arrive, cross these items off of your to-do list:

Move the furniture.

Grab a buddy and move all of the furniture out of the room where the hardwood floor is being installed. It may be wise to buy furniture pads ahead of time so you can use them immediately after your new hardwood floor has been installed. Furniture pads are placed underneath furniture legs to prevent the furniture from scratching or damaging your hardwood floors. If you don’t already have these, count how many pieces of furniture you have in the room and buy them before the installation begins.
 

Clear a path.

How will the flooring professionals get to the room where the installation is taking place? Figure out which door you would like them to use when entering your home and then clear a path from that door to the room. Flooring professionals may be wearing clunky shoes designed to protect them as they use various types of equipment. If you’re worried about them tracking in dirt or debris, consider laying down old sheets on this pathway from the door to the room so they don’t have to walk across your floors.

Seal off other rooms.

There are two types of wood: prefinished and unfinished. Installing prefinished flooring typically does not create a mess or much of a commotion, but flooring professionals must use sanding machines when installing unfinished hardwood. This means a lot of dust will be kicked up in the air during the installation process. If you chose unfinished wood, be proactive and seal off other rooms in your house to protect them from dust. You can either close the doors to nearby rooms or go one step further and cover the doorways with plastic curtains that are often used on construction sites. This will ensure that dust is not flying all over your house during and after the installation of unfinished hardwood flooring. Learn more about prefinished vs. unfinished wood flooring here.
 

Find a space for the wood to acclimate.

Hardwood flooring needs to acclimate to the temperature and humidity inside your home before it can be installed. To properly acclimate, the wood will need to sit untouched in your home for a few days prior to the installation. Talk to the flooring company to determine when the flooring will arrive at your house so you can clear out a space for it to sit for a few days before it is installed.
 
If you’re ready to install hardwood floors in your home, it’s time to get in touch with the professionals. Contact the team of design experts at Ward Hardwood who have a knack for helping clients choose the right hardwood for their homes, and preserve it for years after installation. Call 303-674-6966 to set up a consultation today.
Read More...

Hardwood Floor Showroom Tips: Choosing the Right Finish


June 28, 2017

When looking at different types of wood in a hardwood floor showroom, you may notice that some look different than others. This is because of the finish that has been applied on top of the wood. There are two main types of finishes: oil and urethane. Which should you choose? Here’s what you need to know before you can decide:

Urethane finishes are durable.

Urethane finishes are known to be more durable than oil finishes, which means they are better at protecting your floors against scratches, dings, or stains. However, it is inevitable that a scratch or ding will eventually make its way through a urethane finish. Repairing floors with a urethane finish is much more difficult than repairing a floor with an oil finish. You may have to sand the floor down and refinish the wood in order to fix damage on floors with urethane finishes. So although your floors are more durable, they are also more difficult to repair.

Oil finishes won’t peel.

Non-oil finishes sit on top of the hardwood floor, so they are often thought of as surface sealants instead of actual finishes. These sealants may begin to crack or peel over time, but you don’t have to worry about this happening if you choose an oil finish instead. Oil finishes absorb into the wood instead of sitting on top of it, so there’s no way these finishes can crack as they age.

Oil finishes have a natural look.

Do you want the hardwood flooring in your home to look natural or glossy? The answer to this question should help you determine which type of finish you want. Oil finishes do not provide the same level of shine as urethane finishes, but they are known to make the knots and natural grain of the wood stand out. Because of this, oil finishes are often used when homeowners are trying to create a laid-back, rustic, or country vibe in their homes. Keep these differences in mind as you make your final selection so you can choose a finish that will complement the rest of your home.
 
reclaimed wood flooring denver

Urethane finishes are more low maintenance.

If you choose an oil finish, you may need to use a special type of cleaning product on your hardwood floors to prevent damage. Floors with urethane finishes are much easier to clean, so you don’t have to make as much of an effort to preserve the look of your hardwood if it has this type of finish. If you have an oil finish, you will also need to recoat the floors every few years when the finish begins to fade away. Learn about oil vs. varnish for hardwood floors.
 
If you’re ready to install hardwood floors in your home, it’s time to get in touch with the professionals. Contact the team of design experts at Ward Hardwood who have a knack for helping clients choose the right flooring for their homes, and preserve it for years after installation. Call 303-674-6966 to set up a consultation today.
Read More...

Hardwood Flooring Installation Tips: Carpet vs. Wood Stairs


June 21, 2017

Homeowners typically use either hardwood or carpet on the stairs inside their homes. If you are building a new home or thinking of redoing your stairs, you may be wondering which is the better option. The hardwood flooring installation experts at Ward Hardwood believe hardwood is the right choice. Here’s why:

Carpet is harder to clean

Even if you ask your guests to remove their shoes before going upstairs, people in your home are bound to drag in dirt and debris and carry it with them upstairs. Unfortunately, it is much easier to stain carpet than it is to stain hardwood, so you will begin to notice discoloration on your carpet stains in no time. Store-bought carpet cleaners may make the stains fade, but you may need to call a professional cleaner to make your stairs look as good as new. To clean wood, you typically just have to sweep the dirt and debris off of the surface. Here are 10 carpet cleaning tips from the pros.

Carpet shows wear and tear

Besides stains, carpet will also show wear and tear caused by frequent foot traffic. You may start to notice some spots of the carpet look more worn down than others. This is probably because this is the area that people frequently walk over as they go up and down the stairs. If you have hardwood stairs, you won’t have to worry about this because this flooring material is fairly resistant to wear and tear.

Wood is more elegant

Having a wood staircase will make the rest of your home look more elegant and grand, whereas having a carpet staircase is less visually appealing. If the staircase is the first thing you see when you open the front door of your home, it’s important to make a strong first impression by choosing wood over carpet.
 
hardwood stairs Denver

Wood is easier to see at night

The carpet used on stairs is typically all one color, which means it can be difficult to tell where the step is when you try to walk up or down the stairs in the dark. You won’t have this problem with wood. Most wood staircases feature stained wood on the tread of each step, and then painted wood on the riser. For example, the tread could be built with a rich, dark wood and the riser could be painted white. This contrast makes it easier for you to see where one step ends and the next begins if you are attempting to use the staircase at night.
 
Are you still struggling to decide between carpet and wood for your staircase? There’s one way you can incorporate both: build a wood staircase and then put a carpet runner down the center of it!
 
If you’re ready to build beautiful hardwood stairs in your home, it’s time to get in touch with the professionals. Contact the team of design experts at Ward Hardwood who have a knack for helping clients choose the right hardwood for their homes, and preserve it for years after installation. Call 303-674-6966 to set up a consultation today.
Read More...

How to Prevent Common Problems After the Hardwood Floor Installation


June 7, 2017

Every type of flooring material requires some degree of maintenance, including hardwood floors. If you decide to install hardwood flooring in your home, there are certain problems that may arise in the years following the hardwood floor installation. Fortunately, many of the problems can be prevented with regular maintenance. Here’s what you need to know:

Scratches

Over time, you may start to notice tiny scratches in the finish of your hardwood floors. To prevent scratches, try to avoid walking across your hardwood floors with shoes on, especially if they’re high heels or cleats. If you have pets, don’t let them walk across the hardwood floors since their claws can easily scratch through the finish. You should also protect your hardwood floors from scratches by placing protective pads underneath any furniture pieces in the room.

Warping

If a significant amount of water lands on your hardwood floors, it may cause warping. Why? When wood becomes wet, it expands in size, and then contracts again once it begins to dry out. The result is warped wood, which means the planks may look curved or may even curl up at the ends. To prevent this problem, it’s imperative that you protect your floors from water. If you spill water on your floors, wipe it up as quickly as possible to avoid warping. Don’t use water when cleaning your hardwood floors, either. A simple dust mop or broom should do the trick.

If you are concerned about warping, talk to your flooring professional to determine if there is a water resistant finish that can be applied to the top of your floors. Learn how to straighten a warped floor.
 

Fading

Are your hardwood floors exposed to sunlight? Even if the floors are inside your home, if they’re located next to large windows that get a lot of sun, the color may start to fade over time. Talk to your flooring professional about applying a UV-resistant finish to your floors. If this is not an option, or if you want extra protection, prevent UV exposure by pulling down the blinds or closing the curtains when it’s sunny outside.

Buckling

Hardwood floors expand when exposed to humidity. Because of this, flooring professionals usually suggest letting the wood sit for a few days inside your home before it is installed so it can adjust to the humidity level. If your flooring professional fails to let the wood acclimate, or if he installs it incorrectly, the floors may begin to buckle and appear uneven. If you spot this problem, it’s important to contact your flooring professional right away so it can be repaired as soon as possible.

These common problems can easily be avoided if you take care of your hardwood floors. If you’re ready to choose hardwood floors for your home, it’s time to get in touch with the professionals. Contact the team of design experts at Ward Hardwood who have a knack for helping clients choose the right flooring for their homes, and preserve it for years after installation. Call 303-674-6966 to set up a consultation today.
Read More...