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This section covers a range of miscellaneous topics revolving around hardwood flooring, wood products and construction in general. Anything that can help our clients make their hardwood buying experience or construction project better, or simply inform them of any important information that can benefit them regarding hardwood is found here.

Our construction industry experts contribute to share useful information that can help to save you money, find the best value for your wood needs, understand the construction/renovation process and anything else to increase your knowledge about wood flooring.

  • Effects of Automation on Flooring - Part 1: Manufacturing

    A decade from now about half of the jobs we know today will be replaced by automation. U.S. Bureau of Labor and McKinsey Global Institute data suggest that not all jobs are hit equally. We’ll evaluate how this will affect the flooring industry in a three-part series from manufacturing to retail to installation and brainstorm a few ways you can prepare.

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  • Alternative Uses for Leftover Wood Floors

    When buying wood flooring its always a good idea to have just a little extra before installing. It gives you the option to pick through the boards for the right color, always having that right size that you need to pull together the look that will be in your home for a lifetime. 

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  • Flooded Floors Check List [Dealing With Insurance]

    My first home was a condo with a dark oil finished engineered wood floor. The home was mostly modern décor. Several years after the floors were installed I was watching sports in the living room when my wife asked me why it sounds like there is a squishy sound on the wood floor. Turns out it was a flooded floor... Continue reading

  • Dog Lover's Guide To Buying Floors

    We get a lot of questions from customers asking which floors are best when they have dogs. Here are a few tips to help pick wood flooring that will be great for both the homeowner and their dogs.

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  • The Celtics Home Court Advantage… That No One Talks About

    Next season Lebron James will join the LA Lakers. With Kyrie Irving starring on the Celtics, this breathes new air into the greatest rivalry in sports history. With Lebron’s migration to the Western Conference, the Celtics are poised to become the next big dog in the Eastern Conference in the 2018-19 season. But how does this relate to hardwood floors you might ask…

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  • 5 Warning Signs of a Bad Contractor

    Every home improvement project carries with it a bit of stress. However, the right contractor should act as a guiding hand and sooth you through the process. Hiring the wrong one could mean plenty of headaches and a waste of your hard earned money. Here we will look at some common signs of an unprofessional or unethical contractor.

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  • Hardwood Floors and Pets

    I love hardwood floors but we have a very active young Golden Retriever and this dog can grow to be 70 pounds. What are some of the concerns which I should have for choosing the right hardwood floors for pets? Continue reading

  • Facts About Hickory

    What is Hickory Hardwood?

    There are actually 19 different kinds of hickory hardwoods in the world. This domestic hardwood species is very hard, dense, and resistant to shock. Hickory hardwood has been used for tool handles, the spokes of wagon wheels, lacrosse sticks, golf clubs, and skis. The energy living in hardwood makes it very suitable for burning in wood stoves and fireplaces. It is often used to flavor meats such as barbecue.

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  • The Truth About Your Wood Flooring Warranty

    Shortly after you start researching on your wood floor projects, you should realize how many years of finish and structural warranty is attached to each product. It is common to find a floor that boasts 25, 50, or even 100 year warranties. The goal of today’s article is to help you understand what you really get from your wood floor warranty.

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  • The Hardest Wood Species - Ipe Brazilian Walnut

    The Ipe Brazilian Walnut has a natural durability and a profound beauty. It is a very dense, tropical hardwood highly resistant to rot and insects while carrying a Class A fire rating reserved for concrete and steel. It is no wonder why this species has been used for the boardwalk along the beach of New York City’s Coney Island and lasted 25 years which is astounding when considering the sheer amount of traffic and exposure to elements. It is classified as an exotic species from South America with colors ranging from olive green to brown. Due to the oily nature and high density, Ipe Brazilian Walnut is used for flooring, furniture, decking, footbridges, railroad crossties, tool handles, boardwalks, boat docks, and even piers.

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  • Best of Houzz 2015 Award

    Unique Wood Floors - Best Of Houzz 2015 Award

    Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in the United States and Around the World

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  • Wood Flooring in the Bathroom

    Flooring inside a bathroom is as important as any other part of your house. Bathroom floors and the overall effort put into the designing of a bathroom add a lot to the overall ambiance of the house. The most basic thing to consider when choosing the floor of your bathroom is the moisture. While some people might think that placing a carpet on a bathroom floor is a good idea will eventually find that it is actually not the case. The moisture inside your bathroom and the carpet flooring is not a good combination as carpets tend to absorb moisture that can attract bacteria.

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  • How Wood Is Kiln Dried

    Kiln is a kind of furnace or oven that is used for hardening, drying, or burning materials such as clay, meal, grain, and wood. It is a process that has been used for centuries for drying wood. Drying wood in a kiln has both benefits and drawbacks as compared to drying the wood through the process of air-drying.

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  • Hardwood Floors FAQs | How Are Knots, Sapwood, and Heartwood Formed?

    Natural formations give hardwood floors their trademark character and warmth. But consumers wonder how those knots, sapwood and heartwood are formed and whether or not these elements affect the quality of your flooring. Let’s dig deeper into the formation of wood to understand hardwood flooring on a whole new level.

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  • Get to Know Us at Unique Wood Floors

    Unique Wood Floors aims to be the leading expert of factory finished hardwoods in North America, providing expertise and a broad range of flooring related products to clients across North America. Our showrooms in the Minneapolis St. Paul metro provides clients with a chance to learn about everything that goes into a flooring project. While our popular website offers detailed information and the latest and greatest products available in the hardwood flooring industry. We also supply local flooring installation contractors, who have come to rely on our selection and value.

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