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Custom Hardwood Floors – If You Can Dream It, We Can Do It!

At SVB Wood Floors, wood floors is all we do. We are restoration, refinishing, and installation experts. One of the most exciting parts of our job is when a customer requests something out of the ordinary. Most customers order a basic wood floor, we install it and it’s beautiful. But occasionally, we get someone who wants a unique pattern, or an intricate design. That’s when we get really excited. There are so many ways to add personality to your wood floor. We can create borders, decorative landings, inlays, medallions, and much more.  Here are a few examples of SVB custom hardwood floors that will whet your appetite for something more than the ordinary wood floor.


Andrews-Photo-365By using different colors and species of wood, we can create beautiful pieces of art that fit seamlessly within your wood floor. In this home, the half circles created in the wood floor echo the curved balcony above as well as the arched window.  








Decorative borders around a room create a more cozy feeling by defining the space in the room. By creating a large section in the middle of a room with a decorative border, it gives the same effect as a rug and can really set off a dining room table.                                          




IMG_8709bEntryways are ideal for creating a unique wood floor accent. Medallions and interwoven patterns add a touch of class and make a great first impression for visitors in an entryway.                                             




Andrews Photo 347Intricate patterns can call attention to a small space like a staircase landing. Because they are such small areas, the impact of a decorative pattern in  a landing really packs a punch visually.





Gondi  010Intricate patterns using different colors and species of wood can  be incorporated into the entire floor. These look especially stunning when they are in a room you can see from above.                                                  





In this photo to the right, you see an example of customized wood floor that was created by SVB for a home in Olathe. We won the Wood Floor of the Year award from the NWFA (National Wood Flooring Association) in 2009. We were the first ever Kansas City contractor to win a national award for wood floor design and installation. The diamond shaped, geometric pattern consisted of over 2300 individual pieces of quarter-sawn red oak, maple and walnut woods.


So, basically, the sky’s the limit when it comes to customized wood floors. A wood floor will last for decades, so why not make it amazing? For more photos of custom wood floors, take a look at our Designer Wood Floor Gallery on our webstite. If you’ve got an idea, give SVB a call, and let us turn your  dream into a reality.



3 Products You Never Want to Use on Your Hardwood Floors

Hardwood Flooring CleanersA quality hardwood floor installation can make any home dazzle for years with its original luster, stain and beauty. While keeping this up requires the proper cleaning, it is important to know which products to avoid. Kansas City’s hardwood specialists SVB Wood Floors, put together a list of our three products you never want to use on your floors.

Steer Clear of Using Ammonia Cleaners

Hardwood floors and ammonia cleaners do not mix. Why? The reason for this is because ammonia cleaners tend to dull the finish of your floor. When this happens, your hard wood flooring will not last as long and sometimes can cause re-coating your floor to be a more difficult process.

Large Amounts of Water Can Swell Hardwood Flooring

When it comes to mopping your hardwood floors, it is important to avoid using too much water. Wood is a material that tends to expand when it is wet. This swelling can then lead to cracks or splinters in your hardwood floors.

Hardwood Floors and Oil Soaps Do Not Mix

Avoid using oil soaps on your hardwood floors. The reasoning behind this is not because of what occurs immediately after your floors are cleaned, but rather what can occur in the long run. Down the road, when it is time to apply a new coat for restoration of your hardwood flooring, the oil in the floor can cause problems with the finish. Instead, consider using a neutral pH cleaner that is made specifically for hard wood flooring.

If you have questions about which products can and cannot be use on your hardwood floors, give SVB Wood Floors a call at (913) 213-5187. Our team of experts can come to your home and address a specific problem if needed!