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Home Renovation Ideas and Incorporating Hardwood Flooring in Colorado


August 23, 2017

For some, purchasing a new home is much easier than renovating. But for others, keeping your existing home is important. No matter if you would like to make small or large fixes, the improvements you would like to make will often be profitable in the long run. As you prepare for a project, it is important to see what else you would like to change in the home while you will be working. While it might be time consuming at first, your preparation and efforts will be worth it. Learn more about the top reasons to renovate, how to fund your project, flooring ideas, and how you can incorporate more energy efficient ideas into your work. We will also cover how to live in a space while renovating and how to boost your curb appeal.

Top Reasons to Renovate

If you are weighing the pros and cons of renovating your existing home or looking to buy a new one, there is one key thing to consider—the market. Right now, Denver is a seller’s market. While this might benefit you as a seller, you may have a harder time finding a home with the things you are interested in that is in your price point. The trend is starting to slowly favor buyers, so if you renovate now, your home might be extremely valuable down the road. When renovating a home, you will be able to increase its overall value, which will help you sell and increase profits in the years to come. So not only will you be adding value to your home, but you will help to make the space you are in your own—so much so that you may even decide to stay!

Funding a Renovation

Once you have decided you would like to take on a home renovation project, it is important to get proper funding that you can afford. In the six ways to finance your dream home improvement project from Nerd Wallet, a popular choice among homeowners is to refinance their mortgage. Nerd Wallet explains that you could also potentially lower your interest rate in this process. You can also take out a line of credit, use a personal loan or a credit card. Be cautious with a credit card though as ones with high interest rates that are not paid off right away can lead you to pay significantly more in the long run. Consider this option if you have a zero percent interest plan. You can also look into the FHA 203k loan which allows you to take out a second mortgage specifically for a home renovation project.

Energy Efficient Ideas

There are a variety of ways you can make your home more energy efficient during a renovation project. One of the best ways to do this is through appliances. When replacing appliances, be sure to look for items that have the Energy Star logo on them. Keep in mind that appliances are much more than just your refrigerator, stove, or dishwasher. It can include your washer, dryer, faucets, toilets, and garbage disposals. Also, it can be helpful to install a thermostat that is on a timer. That way, during the time you are not home, you can turn your air conditioning or heat down depending on the season and you can set it on a timer to come back on soon before you get home so it is comfortable. In addition, you can also install energy efficient lights and power strips.

Indoor Flooring

When it comes to replacing the flooring in your home during a remodel project, hardwood is an excellent solution. It is easy to clean and maintain, perfect for kids and families and will last for decades. Plus, if you grow tired of its appearance, you can always clean and sand it then re-stain it to be a different color. This is an option you do not have with carpet or laminate flooring. When choosing hardwood in your home, you are choosing a natural method that will wow you, your family, and any guests that come into the home. You can speak with your local hardwood flooring specialist to see which types of hardwood will work out best for your renovation.

Living in a Space While Working

For many, they may not have the funds to stay in a hotel, or the ability to stay with a friend or relative during a home renovation project. While it might be loud and messy sometimes, it will be fantastic once it is all over. You will be happy with the money you saved. When renovating rooms you frequent often such as the kitchen, find workarounds that will help you cook food. This can include slow cookers or instant pots. You can find great, easy recipes that help you easily make a dinner for you and your family. If your dining room is also being renovated, create a makeshift dining room or even invest in an inexpensive outdoor dining set for your family to enjoy a meal at. It is also important to know the schedule of the workers, ask them what needs they have that you can help with, and properly rope off areas that workers frequently visit.

Outdoor Tips

When renovating the interior of your home, do not forget the outside! It is a great way to boost curb appeal which can help you sell your home later down the road. First, check out the outside of the home. If the paint is chipping, or siding is damaged, work with your insurance company to see what they will cover. During that process, it doesn’t hurt to have your roof inspected for issues. Next, replace mulch and ramp up your landscaping to fill it with welcoming colors and flowers. This is a great project to work through on the outside of your home while there might be a team working inside.

As you plan for your home renovation project, keep Ward Hardwood Flooring in mind for all of your hardwood flooring needs. Our floors will add a warmth and beauty to your house unlike anything you have ever seen before. Once installing hardwood, be sure you learn how to care for our hardwood flooring in Colorado. To get started with your project and see how we can help you renovate, call us at 303-674-6966.
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Choosing Denver Reclaimed Wood Flooring from Your Hardwood Floor Showroom


August 16, 2017

Making the decision to install or replace hardwood flooring can be a major project with much to consider. What style is best? What about color? Does the type matter? What are some of the key purposes the flooring will need to take care of? When trying to decide what types of hardwood to purchase from your hardwood floor showroom, antique and reclaimed flooring is a great choice that will stand up to the everyday use. Plus, you are also helping to continue give life to wood with decades, potentially a century or more of history.

When you are wondering if it is time to replace your hardwood, learn about the benefits of reclaimed hardwood, styles and colors available. You can also learn how to care for your reclaimed hardwood once it is installed to help it last for decades.

Is It Time to Replace Your Flooring?

As a homeowner, you may be wondering if it is time to replace your hardwood floors. For some reasons, it may be an aesthetic change. But for others, you may have concrete reasons.

When not properly cared for, hardwood flooring can become damaged due to water or moisture. This can lead hardwood to curl, bend or warp. When this happens, water can seep into the flooring that over time, can cause mold growth, which turns it into a health hazard. Some homeowners may have not properly refinished or sanded floors either. When this happens removing layers can damage the quality and can become a safety hazard too with nails that are out in the open.

Last, over time hardwood can poorly age. It can come from poor care or just the quality of the wood when it was purchased. The floors may have imperfections that even a refinish can’t solve. Whether it is to replace damaged hardwood, or for aesthetic reasons, choosing antique and reclaimed hardwood might be your perfect solution.

Benefits of Antique and Reclaimed Hardwood

When choosing antique and reclaimed hardwood to install in your home, you can pat yourself on the back. This choice helps the environment as you are recycling materials.

Even though you are recycling wood, you are not compromising on quality. In fact, antique and reclaimed hardwood is extremely durable and will be the perfect long-term hardwood flooring solution for your home. This type of hardwood flooring come from materials that have been de-nailed, kiln dried, cut into lumber and milled into planks. They are found from certain mills, pallets, or even barns, and typically hardwood flooring companies only choose the best materials to take back and provide for their clients. This way, you can rest assured you are installing quality hardwood into your home—no matter what its age.

When choosing reclaimed hardwood, it is great for a variety of applications, both in and outside the home. You can use it for outdoor deck areas, or for projects such as creating shelving. You can also use the reclaimed hardwood throughout your home and other areas for consistency and to create the overall look and feel you are trying to accomplish.  

Choosing Wide Planks, Long Lengths

As you shop to find the perfect hardwood for your home, you can choose a variety of widths or lengths.

First, when it comes to length, it is important to ask yourself what type of look you are trying to accomplish. When it comes to length, many homeowners like longer lengths to avoid seeing the seams coming together. However, others like a look of shorter planks as each has a slight variation in color and appearance. This can create a unique look in your flooring. Either of these styles are popular in homes and it is important for you to consider what look you would like to achieve in your home.

Next, width of your hardwood flooring planks also matters. Planks come in a variety of widths. With slim widths, you may have more planks and it can help you to create a variation in appearance. Wider widths can range anywhere to six inches or higher can fill the room. Don’t forget you can work with your local hardwood flooring specialist to mix and match both lengths and widths for a creative look in your home.

How to Fit Reclaimed Hardwood in Your Home

Once you have chosen the lengths and widths for your hardwood, next you will need to determine which shade of reclaimed hardwood flooring works best in your home. If you have many smaller rooms in your home, or lower ceilings, choosing lighter colors can help to make the area seem larger.

If you have walls that are painted in a darker color, you may also want to either choose a lighter color of hardwood, or, repaint the area if you are looking to install darker shades of reclaimed hardwood. You can also discuss with your hardwood flooring specialist on what shades may be best. For a natural look, you can choose neutral shades of wood that are the same color as if you were to cut open a tree! For others, you may prefer a darker and smoother appearance.

Ultimately, the type of style of antique and reclaimed flooring is up to you—and do not hesitate to ask for help.

Caring for Your Reclaimed Hardwood

Upon installing your antique hardwood flooring, it is crucial to properly care for it. Make sure to a quick sweep daily and a more in-depth sweep and mop weekly. Don’t forget that water hurts hardwood flooring. You will want to use as little water as possible and ensure large amounts of water do not sit on your hardwood. For more, learn about how to clean hardwood floors.

When it comes to finding the perfect antique and reclaimed hardwood flooring from your home, Ward Hardwood Flooring has you covered. We have a variety of colors, lengths and widths for you to find the perfect style in your home. Through reclaimed materials from recycled beams, joists, siding, and other wooden timbers, you will love the quality and character of our hardwood. To see how we can help you, contact us today or top by our showroom located at 29390 Industrial Way #100 in Evergreen.
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How to Care for Your Hardwood Flooring in Colorado


August 2, 2017

When it comes to caring for your hardwood flooring in Colorado, how much effort do you put in? One of the greatest aspects of hardwood flooring is how easy they are to clean and maintain. While not much is needed, it is important to keep up on the small maintenance to keep them in premier shape. They are an investment that will last for decades and can help to increase the overall value of your home over time. To maintain this investment, it is important to know the overview of finishes, the basics of hardwood floor care, and dos and don’ts of caring for floors. By staying on top of your daily, weekly, monthly and annual hardwood floor care, you will ensure the overall life of your hardwood.

Overview of Finishes

There are a variety of hardwood finishes that are available for hardwood flooring. For simple models, you can purchase flooring that has been finished at the factory. In this instance, you will only be able to choose what is available. For a natural look, you can buy unfinished strip floors.

From here these floors can be sanded down to a texture that you would like for your home. For a more in-depth job, you can invest in custom hand scraping. This will help to bring in added personality and character to a space. Working with a local hardwood flooring specialist on types of textures that fit your style. For a more rustic look, invest in reclaimed wood or rustic planks.

Basics of Hardwood Floor Care

No matter what finish of hardwood flooring you have, it is important to keep up regular maintenance and care. The key to maintaining your floors is to avoid anything abrasive. You also want to keep them in a good environment for wood. Make sure there is not too much humidity in the home that can lead to warping down the road. Ideally you need to keep the humidity to under 55 percent.

In addition, make sure to never let large amounts of water sit on the flooring. This can lead to long term damage and warping. When water gets into the hardwood, not only can it warp it, but can also lead to mold. Also, make sure to avoid any types of cleaners that are abrasive. You do not need to use cleaners that have harsh chemicals. For specifics, learn more about how to clean hardwood floors.

Do’s and Don’ts of Hardwood Flooring Care

It is important to know what you can and can’t do when it comes to keeping up your hardwood flooring. A key to maintenance is to dust them often with a soft, cloth or cleaning material. This applies to cleaning them as well. Use a light material that does not hold a lot of water. When it comes to cleaning, you need to avoid anything that can scratch the floor. This can happen easily, so you need to use caution. This also applies to people and pets walking into your home from outside. Be sure to take off shoes when walking in and trim your pet’s nails.

In addition, too much direct sunlight can affect your wood floor. The harsh rays of the sun can impact the look of your flooring over time. In extreme cases, it can lead to fading. Make sure your flooring is protected.
 

Daily and Weekly Tasks

Hardwood flooring requires a little bit of weekly maintenance. Do not worry, it will not take too much of your time. Take 10 minutes every day to give your hardwood flooring a light dusting with a microfiber material. This is a great activity to do while catching up on the news or listening to a podcast. This will also help to reduce the number of allergens that sit on the flooring.

For weekly maintenance, you will need to take some time to clean the areas that are not in easy-to-reach areas. This is the premier time to use a vacuum and attachment pieces to get to in the nooks and crannies. When using a vacuum, be sure to avoid using the bristles and choose a setting that just picks up dust and dirt. It is also important to mop your floors weekly as well. Be sure to follow the rules of using a small amount of water and a cleaning solution that is not harsh.

Monthly and Annual To Dos

Every couple of months, it is important to polish your hardwood flooring to keep it in beautiful shape. This will help to bring a vibrant shine back to them. It is best to handle the polishing after the floors have been cleaned. By adding a polish to your flooring, you will also fill in any scratches that have developed.

On an annual basis, or once every few years, talk to your hardwood flooring specialist about finishing treatments for your flooring. This will help to keep the original state of them. This will help to eliminate any scratches they have sustained over the years. Refinishing is also a great time to talk to your local specialist on re-staining if you would like to change the color of your flooring. As one of the many benefits of hardwood, you can work to transform your home with a new color.

When it comes to keeping your flooring in premier shape that lasts for decades, be sure to take advantage of these care tips in addition to the help of Ward Hardwood Flooring. We have specialized in reclaimed and wide plank flooring for over three decades and will help you keep your floors looking gorgeous for years! From installation and care tips to sanding and finishing services, we are here to help. Ready to get started? Take advantage of our free estimates to see how we can help with your hardwood flooring needs. Stop by our showroom between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 29390 Industrial Way #100 in Evergreen, Colorado to see how we can help you today.  
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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.
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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.
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