Unique Wood Floors Blog

  • Which Direction Should I Lay My Hardwood Flooring?

    Your wood flooring was delivered last week and your installer is scheduled to come over tomorrow morning to install your hardwood flooring. What seemed so intuitive at the store now seems overwhelming with the decision you must make on which direction to install your hardwood flooring. After all, this might be a decision you will have to live with for a long time. Luckily, we are here to help you make the correct decision. Continue reading →
  • How to Find the Best Underlayment for Wood Flooring

    As many wood flooring installation contractors know, choosing the best underlayment for wood floors makes a major difference to the finished product. Quality underlayment keeps moisture away and lessens sound issues.  Continue reading →
  • Click Lock Floating Wood Floors Vs Tongue and Groove Style | Part 2

    In part 1 we compared some of the pros and cons of different constructions of floating wood floors, specifically click lock and tongue and groove styles. Today we will continue and focus on Tongue & Groove. Continue reading →
  • Click Lock Floating Wood Floors Vs Tongue and Groove Style | Part 1

    Not all floating wood floors are alike. Many use the same design principles and appear to be of the same quality, but the reality is that certain types of engineered wood floors are better than others. Continue reading →
  • How to Prevent Gapping In Your Hardwood Floors

    It is important to remember that wood, no matter its species or its hardness rating, is an organic product and made of fibers that absorb nutrients and water. The fibers within wood are constantly changing in tension, flexibility, and solidity.  Continue reading →
  • Choosing the Best Hardwood Flooring | Maple vs Oak

    Are you looking for an affordable, durable wood to finish your living space? Maple and oak remain the most popular domestic hardwood floor options. Understanding the pros and cons of each choice will help you make a wise decision in the maple vs oak debate. Pick the best option for your home by keeping these factors in mind. Continue reading →
  • How Designers Are Using Brazilian Macchiato Pecan

    Macchiato Pecan, also commonly known as Brazilian Pecan/Hickory, is a wood indigenous to South America specifically Paraguay, Bolivia, Uruguay, Argentina, and Brazil. Its similarities to Pecan and Hickory are uncanny and often characterized by the variations in color. Continue reading →
  • Why an Increasing Number of Homeowners Are Choosing White Oak Flooring

    There are so many options from which to choose when it comes to household flooring. There are different materials, different styles, and different patterns, so you should be able to find the perfect fit for your home. White oak is one of those options, and it is an excellent choice that will work in any home. Here are some reasons why White Oak flooring might be the right choice for you. Continue reading →
  • Keep Your Wood Floors Shining With Osmo Liquid Wax

    A newly installed hardwood floor has a shine that simply cannot be beat. It looks fresh and new, and you can almost see your reflection. Being hardwood, you can bet that your floor will last for years to come. However, while the floor might last, that shine might not. Keeping your floor looking clean and shiny takes extra maintenance, and that is where Osmo Liquid Wax comes in. Continue reading →
  • Why You Should Consider Vent Covers For Your Hardwood Floors

    Heat rises and that's one of the reasons many homes have their duct vents in the floors. While this can be great for keeping your house warm on a cold winter day, the coated metal drop-in vent registers installed by most HVAC companies don't do much for your interior decor -- especially when placed in that beautiful prefinished wood floor that was just installed. Continue reading →
  • Part 3: When is Glue-down Installation of Hardwood Floors the Best Choice?

    As you have read in Part 1 & Part 2 there are multiple methods of installing hardwood flooring, both engineered and solid. In Part 3 we will examine the pros and cons of choosing the glue down method of installation. Continue reading →
  • Floor Muffler Ultraseal Underlayment Installation Tips

    When purchasing new flooring, one of the biggest determining factors for which type you choose is cost. A great way to reduce the cost of your new laminate flooring is by installing the Floor Muffler Ultraseal Underlayment yourself. Using Floor Muffler ultraseal underlayment will help protect your flooring from moisture and make your floor softer and quieter. Here's a quick guide to install it. Continue reading →
  • Part 2: Is Nail-down Installation The Best?

    Last week we examined the many uses of the floating floor installation in Part 1 of this series. But today let us see the benefits of another install type. Continue reading →
  • Part 1: Are Floating Floors the Right Choice For You?

    When a homeowner walks into a big box store or a carpet floor store, Oftentimes you are introduced to a floating engineered wood floor or a laminate floor at the beginning of your wood floor search. Continue reading →
  • Cabinets and Hardwood Flooring Before or After

    When doing a kitchen project the first question that comes up is should the hardwood floors be installed before or after the cabinets? The correct answer is not as simple as it might seem. First we must consider how your hardwood flooring will be installed. Floating, nail down, or glue down? If installing a floating floor, the answer is simple. Install the cabinets first because heavy cabinetry cannot sit on top of a floating floor or it will restrict movement and increase the chances of flooring separation. However, when installing a wood flooring nail down or glue down, there are more factors to consider. Continue reading →
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