Unique Wood Floors Blog

  • 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. Continue reading →
  • How Housing Trends Affect the Hardwood Flooring Market

    Both homeowners and homebuyers appreciate the look and feel of hardwood flooring. Shifts in the housing trends affect that level of appreciation and increase the popularity of certain wood flooring. Get an inside look at the hardwood flooring market by considering current housing trends. Continue reading →
  • Choosing Between Domestic vs Exotic Hardwood Floors

    Consumers need to consider several factors when shopping for hardwood floors. One of the most important decisions to make is choosing between domestic vs exotic hardwood floors. From color to hardness, durability and price point, the characteristics of each species can be vastly different, creating a distinct look in your living space. Continue reading →
  • Top 10 Reasons to Buy Wood Floors Online

    Wood floors create a warm, comforting atmosphere in any room of your home, enhancing living space and improving property value. In the past homeowners traveled from flooring store to flooring store, searching for the ideal wood floors at an affordable price. Savvy shoppers can now buy wood floors online, saving time and money. Continue reading →
  • What Should You Expect From Your Newly Installed Hardwood Flooring?

    Hardwood flooring remains a popular choice for homes of all sizes, outlasting the latest home décor trends and improving the value of homes across the country. Consumers should consider this type of flooring as a lifetime investment, but performance, durability and appearance depend on product quality and installation methods. Be sure you know what to expect from your newly installed hardwood floor, and how to extend the life of this beautiful feature. Continue reading →
  • Does Your Home Need Minor Floor Prep or Major Floor Prep?

    Preparation is a vital component of flooring installation. Your contractor needs to ensure that ideal conditions exist on the subfloor, providing a clean slate for adhesives and flooring materials. Every project requires minor floor prep and the installation price should cover those costs, but major floor prep may be necessary for a durable installation, driving your installation cost higher and extending the schedule. Continue reading →
  • Benefits of Cumaru Brazilian Teak Wood Floors

    Stronger than domestic hardwood species, Cumaru Brazilian Teak is an exotic wood used for solid hardwood and engineered wood flooring products. Homeowners can benefit from several characteristics of this species, including the strength and distinct appearance. Although the cost is a bit higher than popular domestics like Red Oak and Maple, Brazilian Teak creates a stunning look that lasts in any home. Continue reading →
  • Choosing Between Solid Vs Engineered Wood Flooring

    Replacing carpets and other aged flooring with wood is a wise option for homeowners across North America. But consumers wonder which option provides the best value and ponder the question of solid vs engineered wood flooring. What are the major differences in these popular products? And how can you choose the ideal wood flooring for your home? Continue reading →
  • Pros and Cons of Radiant Heating for Your Home

    Homeowners and home builders should consider the pros and cons of radiant heating when deciding whether or not this heating method is an efficient, economical choice. Available for new builds and as part of your home renovation project, radiant floor heating uses tubes laid below your flooring to heat specific rooms or the entire house. Continue reading →
  • Top Three Benefits of Installing Floating Floors in Your Basement

    Finishing the basement provides additional living space without the added cost of home additions. But choosing the proper flooring for your basement renovation is essential. Floating wood floors provide a durable, comfortable and attractive surface for any basement, and come in a wide range of colors, textures, and styles. Continue reading →
  • How Hardwood Flooring Is Made | Part 3

    Finishing Stage In the last two posts we’ve looked at the selection, grading and planing of hardwood flooring. Now we’re at the final stage of manufacturing and taking a closer look at the finishing process, when protective coatings and sealants are applied to hardwood and engineered wood flooring. Continue reading →
  • How Hardwood Flooring is Made | Part 2

    In the last post we talked about log selection and covered the differences between plain sawn, quarter sawn and rift sawn logs in the manufacturing process for solid hardwood. Engineered wood floors are cut using the dry sawn method or processed with the rotary peel or sliced peel method. Continue reading →
  • How Hardwood Flooring is Made | Part 1

    Have you ever walked across gorgeous hardwood flooring or browsed through the floating wood floor aisles at your local building supply store wondering how hardwood flooring is made? Quality wood floors go through a rigid selection and preparation process that provides superior appearance and durability for years to come. Continue reading →
  • Understanding Flooring Grades for Exotics and Domestic Wood

    Wood species dictates Janka hardness ratings as well as the flooring’s general appearance, such as color and grain pattern. So how do flooring grades fit into the mix? And why do exotic wood floors have a different grading system than domestic wood floors? Continue reading →
  • Uncovering the Myths of Quarter Sawn and Plain Sawn Wood Floors

    Wood floors provide classic appeal and dependability for any area of your home, but the quality of wood flooring available today covers a broad range. Your flooring supplier carries many different products in various styles and finishes, but they'll also offer you a choice between quarter sawn and plain sawn wood floors. What's the difference? And how does rotary peel wood flooring measure up in comparison? Continue reading →
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