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Preparing for the Stress of a Hardwood Flooring Project


May 15, 2019

Getting new hardwood flooring installed can be an exciting process. New floors completely change the look and feel of your home and they increase its overall value. As with any investment, it is important to follow proper steps and guidelines to achieve the desired result. This includes the very important step of acclimating the hardwood flooring to the environmental conditions that it will be exposed to within your home. After acclimation, the installation and finishing process may begin, which can vary from project to project. While the timeline may be hard to predict, following these tips can help make planning a lot easier. 

What is Acclimation?

As hardwood flooring is a naturally sourced material, it will behave quite differently after installation than any other type of flooring material. Expansion and contraction of the material is a natural response to changes in the moisture content of the surrounding environment. If not properly acclimated, noticeable changes will appear in your flooring; such as cupping, warping, and gapping. Proper acclimation will equilibrate the moisture content of the wood to the environment in which it is expected to perform.

How to Acclimate your Hardwood Flooring

Upon delivery of your wood flooring, a baseline will need to be established and the moisture content of multiple boards will need to be checked using a moisture meter. Ideal interior environmental conditions vary based on region and the specific job site, so it is important to ensure that any heating or cooling systems as well as humidifiers are in place and operational at least 5 days prior to bringing the flooring in to acclimate. Be sure to allow for plenty of space within the room in which you will be storing the material, as a common practice in acclimation is to cross-stack the wood to allow for air circulation on all sides of the boards. Speak with a flooring expert and visit http://wardhardwoodflooring.com/wood-acclimation for more information about the process.  
 

Installation and Finishing Process

When planning a renovation project, it is always good to over-estimate the schedule as there are many unforeseen issues that may arise. It is difficult to determine what might be underneath existing flooring, so removing and hauling away carpet, linoleum, tile or hardwood might cause the project to slow down or sometimes even halt completely. Installing new hardwood flooring can present unforeseen issues with the subfloor. It may need to be leveled or sealed, and if there is any radiant heating system then special precautions will need to be taken during the installation process. Occasionally the sub-floor does not meet current industry standards, and may need to be repaired or completely replaced to ensure a solid foundation for the hardwood. 
 
Once the sub floor has been addressed, the installation process may begin and is entirely dependent on square footage. Sanding and finishing is also dependent on size, but typically requires 3 days to complete for a 1,000 square foot project. Depending on the type of material and if stain is chosen or not, a few extra days may be necessary to accommodate for drying time. While it can be frustrating to not know an exact timeline, get with a flooring specialist to help you get an estimate for what your specific project will entail in terms of the scope of work.
 
The final step is to ensure that precautions are taken after installation to prevent damage to the new flooring, especially if other trades will be completing other work. If a pre-finished material is chosen it will allow you to walk on the floor, replace furniture and place rugs immediately after the install; however, if you are getting a site-finished floor, you will have to take precautions to avoid damaging the finish. If you are site finishing, doors and windows must stay closed for at least 10 hours afterwards, and shoes should not be worn on the floor for at least a week. Moving furniture back onto the floor can be done after 7 to 10 days and felt glides should be utilized to prevent scratching. Keep in mind that the type of finish and addition of staining may also extend the timeline.

Care Tips for Long Term Quality

Be sure to budget time to properly care for your floors, even after completing your renovation, to help the hardwood stay pristine. Cleaning should be done with specialized floor cleaner and a microfiber material that will quickly pick up dust, dirt, and particles to prevent abrasion scratching.
 
When you are ready to install new, beautiful hardwood flooring, you can trust the experts at Ward Hardwood Flooring. From new installation to re-finishing, and re-staining, you will want professionals to handle the job to ensure it is done efficiently and properly. To see what we can do for you, visit www.wardhardwoodflooring.com. You can also visit our showroom at 29390 Industrial Way, #100, in Evergreen, Colorado. You may also call us at 303-674-6966 or email us at info@wardhardwoodflooring.com.
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Design Styles to Pair with Your Hardwood Flooring Installation


May 1, 2019

One of the great aspects of antique hardwood flooring installation is how versatile it fits with any style of home. You can fit the flooring to match your existing style, or it will work with future plans to renovate. This versatility gives you the ability over time to make changes that best fit the décor you are looking for. Plus, it’s a great way to increase your home’s value. Learn about features, elements, and décor styles for the top six design themes, and how you can incorporate your hardwood flooring installation with each

Rustic
  • Style definition: The rustic theme is a very nature and outdoor-oriented. It is often paired with natural colors, such as beige, white, or light blues.
  • Features and elements: Wood and stone are the two main features of the rustic theme. The wood and stone can be placed anywhere in a room, from brick or stone accent walls to hardwood beams running vertically over a wood ceiling.
  • Décor: When choosing furniture or décor for a rustic theme, a distressed look is popular. This includes handmade furniture with exquisite craftsmanship. It also includes several items that are repurposed, such as lamps constructed out of salvaged materials décor found at antique shops.
  • Hardwood pairing: When choosing a rustic home, install hardwood with a distressed look. This will match your other décor and themes within the space. You can work with your local hardwood flooring specialist in pairing in the wood to match for other accents, such as mantels, doors, and fireplaces.
Modern
  • Style definition: Modern, homes are influenced by the time period before the Industrial Revolution. It is a very clean and linear style with minimal detail and sparse design.
  • Features and elements: Modern homes are driven by lines and symmetry. They feature oversized tiles, heavily sanded wood flooring, open floor plans with few walls, and minimal trim work. Modern homes are often described as clean, with many natural tones paired with pops of color throughout.
  • Décor: When purchasing décor for modern homes, choose clean and sleek designs. Chrome and stainless steel paired with bold, primary colors creates a modern feel.
  • Hardwood pairing: Choose a solid color of antique hardwood for your modern style—one that is higher grade, uniform, and evenly sanded and stained will fit best into the design.
Industrial
  • Style definition: The industrial style home is very driven by warehouses and urban settings. It often exudes an “unfinished” look. The industrial feel is achieved with a mix of grays, neutrals, and rustic colors. This style is typically found in urban areas and incorporates raw materials to give the space an unfinished feel.
  • Features and elements: The industrial theme will feature exposed brick, open ducts and hardwood. Metal is incredibly common, from the exposed ducts to various décor pieces. Large sectionals help close off larger spaces and divide living areas, especially in an open loft setting.
  • Décor: When designing an industrial space, keep it simple and use raw elements. This includes wood and metal accents. It could be distressed wood beams on a ceiling to a simple piece of art on a brick accent wall. Reclaimed wood open faced shelving and kitchen islands are big hits in the kitchen
  • Hardwood pairing: Choose a dark, distressed shade of antique hardwood for your industrial spaces. You can also incorporate pops of lighter color to mix things up.
Traditional
  • Style definition: The traditional home theme comes from 18th and 19th century Europe and is classic and simplistic in nature. It adopts a natural color palette, with an elegant appearance. Traditional homes incorporate the elements from many different centuries and is warm, rich and inviting.
  • Features and elements: Traditional homes typically have beige, white, or light color walls, with accents to help make them pop. Curves and lines are commonly featured in traditional homes but are not over-exaggerated. Tile is also a common feature, especially for backsplashes.
  • Décor: When decorating a traditional themed home, elegance is key. Look to find pieces that create symmetry, such as lightly-colored throw pillows to arrange on your couch and simplistic window treatments. In fact, drapes are very common with this style. Wood beams on ceilings are a great accent to add to your spaces too. You can keep them as-is, paint them white, or stain them a color to match the remaining wood accents in the room.
  • Hardwood pairing: Medium to dark hardwood flooring is common in traditional homes. If you prefer some carpet, have a lighter color in living rooms and bedrooms, and then utilize hardwood throughout. Or, you can install hardwood throughout the home and utilize rugs to accent the space.
Contemporary
  • Style definition: Contemporary homes were designed after the 20th century, so while they are often confused as “modern” today, it will change with time. It encompasses specific attributes of all the different styles, with a new take.
  • Features and elements: The contemporary style will feature lines and curves throughout, with a natural color palette. You will find this style to have clean elements and features, avoiding a distressed look. Eye-catching architectural elements are popular within this style, and the use of a shapely fireplace or room divider is common.
  • Décor: When designing a contemporary space, tie in natural aspects such as genuine fabrics for throw blankets or pillows, and large accent lights. Art is also extremely popular with this style. Furniture pieces should have clean lines and smooth surfaces, and are typically made of light-colored woods, glass, stainless steel, or chrome. Natural fabrics add a sense of texture to the design, while bold colors and patterns can highlight specific areas in the room.
  • Hardwood pairing: Choose simple and sleek hardwood floors for this home style. Avoid wood with imperfections as the style is defined by basic lines and patterns. Light or dark colors are both popular for contemporary homes.

To help you find the perfect flooring for the style of your home, choose Ward Hardwood Flooring to help you find the perfect floor to match the design style that you are seeking. Contact today at 303-674-6966 or email info@wardhardwoodflooring.com to get started on your project.
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Remaining Environmentally Conscious in the Hardwood Flooring Industry


April 17, 2019

If you are one of the many homeowners considering a home renovation project, you probably have many choices that you will need to make. With so many different material options and design styles available to consumers, sorting through them can be a daunting task. One important factor for many homeowners is the environmental sustainability of the products they are choosing. Luckily, when it comes to the hardwood flooring industry, there are a variety of options available for every design style and budget.

Locally Harvested Beetle Kill Blue Pine

As a unique, cost-effective, and environmentally-friendly option, Beetle Kill Blue Pine adds a unique blue hue to your woodworking that cannot be manufactured. As an excellent choice for paneling, trim, furniture and accent pieces, this material is just as durable as any other pine species and will give your home a timeless look. If you are looking for an even bolder look in a space, Beetle Kill Pine can be used as flooring, and there are many different finishing options that will help bring out the natural beauty of the material and complete the space.

Breathing New Life to Oak

Antique and Reclaimed Oak products are sourced from century-old structures, placing them at the top of the list in terms of environmentally conscious. Many of these structures would typically be torn down, placed in landfills or burned, but instead are given new life. Utilizing these materials eliminates the need to source from live trees, cutting down on your carbon footprint. The more mature trees that we can leave in the ground, the greater the long-term environmental benefits.
Not only are antique and reclaimed oaks great for the environment, but the way these products are milled deliver so many different options to perfectly fit your design style. A distressed grade product will show the character and weathering of the product, and is perfect for a darker, more rustic look, while a milled grade will remove a lot of the weathered patina and deliver a lighter product perfect for many different staining and re-finishing options. These oaks are not simply beautiful products, but they have weathered the test of time and are one of the most durable materials you can find.

Bringing Reclaimed to Your Home

If the concept of recycling during your remodel entices you and you are interested in exploring the possibility of integrating a reclaimed product, there are many different options available to you. If you are looking for a unique statement piece to tie together a room, maybe consider a custom-built furniture piece, like a table, bench or shelving unit. To add a dramatic feature, there are reclaimed paneling options that work perfectly on a wall, ceiling, fireplace, or underneath a bar top. If you are going for a full overhaul of a space, reclaimed products can be used just about anywhere, from flooring to beams and mantles, to trim work and more.

Whatever your needs, Ward Hardwood Flooring can help you pick out the perfect product for your home. Specializing in reclaimed products, and with over 30 years of experience within the industry, our expert team will help you with your project no matter how big or small. We carry a variety of products in our climate-controlled warehouse, so you don’t have to wait to get started on your project. Call us today at 1-855-674-6966 or email info@wardhardwoodflooring.com for more information or a free estimate!
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Spring 2019 Cleaning Guide from Your Local Hardwood Floor Showroom


April 3, 2019

Spring is such a great time of year. The days grow longer, flowers sprout, and you can finally turn that winter coat in for a nice jacket. It is a great time to spend some quality time fixing up your home. Your last major deep clean may have been a few months ago. It is a great time to see if you need to make any upgrades or renovations. Use this guide from your local hardwood floor showroom to help you with all of your spring cleaning and renovation tasks!

Before getting started, make sure you have all cleaning supplies you need, including: all-purpose cleaner, new sponges, an eraser sponge, disinfectant wipes, soap scum cleaner, special cleaner for wood and glass surfaces, mopping supplies, dusting materials, rags, paper towels, toilet bowl cleaner, microfiber cloth, and any other essentials for specific areas of your home.

Tackling the Kitchen

Giving your kitchen a deep clean is necessary, not only for aesthetics, but for safety. As one of the top areas that bacteria and germs thrive, it is important to clean it and avoid contamination. Change out sponges often as they house bacteria, leading you to spread germs just by trying to wash dishes!

One of your first tasks to tackle is cabinets and drawers. Empty them out and give them a thorough cleaning. This is also a great time to wash anything in them, including organizers. You may want to reorganize if you have an ineffective organization before putting items back in. Next, handle your counters and appliances. Don’t forget the top! Last, make sure your floors are clean. You can leave them to dry as you tackle another room.

Living Spaces and Bedrooms

Dusting will be your first task for your living room and bedrooms. Do this without spreading dust everywhere with a microfiber cloth or cleaning tool. This will enable you to trap the dust. You can take a damp rag to dust and wipe down décor, frames, etc. Don’t forget fans and light fixtures!

Next, be sure to use furniture polish on your glass and wood surfaces to give it a nice shine. If you have carpet, invest in a deep cleaning machine or have a carpet cleaning service come in. This will remove any dust and dirt harboring within it that can cause allergies and other issues. It’s also a great time to consider the benefits of hardwood flooring in these areas of your home. 

When you are cleaning bedrooms, don’t forget to wash your sheets. Ideally, you should wash them on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. During your spring cleaning, it is a good time to give them a long, high-heat wash to destroy germs. While in the wash, make sure to wipe the bed down and vacuum your mattress. You can deodorize it to freshen it up.  

Handling Walls and Windows

Often, it’s common to remember to wash walls before painting. Make sure to include them in your spring cleaning routine. Take a damp, warm washcloth and a mild detergent (safe for your paint type) and wash down baseboards and crown molding. Once done, repeat the process by washing the walls.

Your windows will be your next task on your list. You will do with both inside and outside. Use a streak-free cleaner for the windows themselves, and don’t forget to wipe down the sills and tracks. For the exterior, you can use a mild disinfectant cleaner, and a microfiber rag or mop. You will also need a hose and squeegee. Wipe down your windows, using a ladder if you need to, and practice ladder safety. Once done cleaning the windows, use your hose to clean them off. Ensure they are dry and streak-free by using your squeegee.

Tidying Up the Bathroom

The bathroom is another area that can harbor bacteria and germs. When you begin, similar to the kitchen, you will clean out your cabinets and drawers. You can use the attachment piece on your vacuum to help easily rid the area of dirt and debris. Next, wash your trim boards, walls, and backsplash using a mild detergent. You can shine up any wood areas with a polish. Make sure to dust and wipe down all other surfaces.

For your counters, use a cleaning solution that best suits it. Certain cleaners are harsh for stone counters, so be cognizant when choosing a cleaner.

Toilets can be wiped down and scrubbed with a brush. A microfiber cloth is a great solution to help trap some of the dirt. Consider dropping in a bowl detergent cleaner to help sanitize and deodorize the bowl.

When it comes to the shower, you can get started shining up your shower head while you clean by using a cleaner or mixture of vinegar and baking soda in a bag wrapped around it. Use a shower cleaner, scrub brush, cloth, and eraser sponge to tackle your shower.

Managing Your Flooring

Spring is a great time to make changes to your flooring, especially to convert carpet to hardwood. Carpet is a huge culprit for harboring allergens and other bacteria in a home as they are more difficult to clean and will trap these elements. Hardwood is easy to clean and quick to install. The great thing about hardwood is how easy it is to clean. You can give it a daily or weekly sweep with a microfiber tool. If your hardwood is starts to show some wear, you can talk to your local hardwood expert about refinishing it. This is a great way to sand out the imperfections, and you can even restain it if you would like to change the color.

Whether you are looking to add hardwood to your home this spring, or might be a good time to refinish, Ward Hardwood Flooring is your go-to specialist. Not only can we assist with the job, but help you design and transform your home with our variety of hardwood, reclaimed beams, and timbers. Contact us today at 303-674-6966 or info@wardhardwoodflooring.com to get started.
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Bringing Oak into the Future of the Flooring Industry


March 20, 2019

When you begin the search for the perfect flooring material for your home, the number of choices available to you may be daunting and it can seem like you will never be able to come to a decision.  In almost every flooring showroom, someone will most likely mention either Red or White Oak hardwood flooring.  When exploring this flooring choice, the traditional narrow strip flooring may be the first picture that comes to your mind; however, the advancements in the flooring industry have brought oak into a new future.  There are many benefits to choosing an oak hardwood, and many homeowners are utilizing this versatile and durable choice in their renovation projects.

Oak is Extremely Durable
Both homeowners and contractors alike are concerned with durability when choosing building materials, and Oak is one of the most durable hardwood products available on the market.  With a Janka hardness rating just below Hard Maple (the most durable of American hardwoods), Red and White Oak are both great options in areas of high traffic, or for families that have children or pets.  As a strong material, Oak is the perfect choice for flooring, cabinetry, wall treatments or custom-built furniture, and you can be sure that your investment will withstand the test of time.  If you already have Oak flooring within the home, its durability allows it to be refinished to either remove signs of wear or change the design look of the home.

Cost Effective Material
While Red Oak tends to be slightly more cost effective than White Oak, both options will fit nicely into your renovation budget, and with so many stains and finishing options available you don’t have to worry about the budget keeping you from the floors of your dreams.  As Oak trees comprise most of the hardwood forests in the United States, choosing this domestic hardwood flooring is not only a cost-effective option, but a sustainable one as well.

Staining and Finishing Options
Red and White Oak both have a wide range of naturally occurring colors; perhaps more than any other wood species.  Ranging from warm ambers, to shinier reds, to whitewashed blondes, to deep browns, Oak can fit into whatever design style you are looking to accomplish.  Both species of Oak also come in different grades of material, allowing you to choose between a floor with a lot of character, knots, and color variation or a floor that is cleaner and more linear with little variation from board to board.  Not only do both options offer naturally versatile color and design, but they are porous and therefore take to stain and finish techniques rather well.  The traditional staining method can be used to accomplish almost any color, but new techniques within the flooring industry allow for more unique colors to be accomplished on an Oak floor.  The material can be fumed to enhance the natural color variation within the material, or it can be water-popped to showcase the grain within the Oak.  Not only can many different shades be accomplished with Oak, it also takes well to finishing techniques.  Speak with your local hardwood flooring specialist to learn more about all the different finishes available. 

With so many options available, Oak is the perfect design choice for flooring, wall treatments, beams, mantles, and so much more, and you can relax knowing that your investment will last for years to come.  No matter what design you are looking to accomplish, in whatever room, you can count on Ward Hardwood Flooring to help you with your project from start to finish.  We have over 30 years of experience working in the hardwood industry and take pride in every project.  Give us a call today at 303-674-6966 for installation or material options and to schedule a free estimate!
 
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