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Monthly Archives: June 2013

Add Life to Your Staircase Landings with Custom Wood Floor Designs

Custom Wood Floor StaircaseOne of our favorite areas to install wood flooring is on the staircase landing. Because staircase landings are small areas (compared to a typical room) they are ideal spaces for adding a special design. You can add a huge pop of wow without increasing the budget greatly. Staircase landings can occur at the top of a set of stairs, at the bottom, or in between two sets of stairs that change direction (like in the photo above). Either way, you can turn this area into a mini-masterpiece that’s sure to impress guests.

From Simple to Stunning, SVB Can Install Any Kind of Staircase Landings

When it comes to wood floor customization, SVB Wood Floors can create any kind of wood floor design you want. Our skilled wood floor installers can simply change the direction of the planks or color of the wood to bring attention to a landing. We can create a border around the landing that can be basic or ornate. We can add a starburst, diamond or other shape. We can create a woven pattern using several different species and colors of wood. The possibilities are really endless.

We Love Creating Custom Wood Floor Designs

Our installers are pros at designing and installing decorative wood floorsand custom wood floor staircases. In fact, we prefer to do something unique and different. It challenges us to be creative and makes the job more interesting and memorable. Entryways are another area that we’ve seen custom patterns make a huge impact. From staircase landings to entryways to entire rooms, if you have an idea for a creative design, please let us know and we will work with you to create the floor of your dreams. We will show you your options and work with your budget. Wood floors last for decades. Why go with the expected when you can have extraordinary. Call SVB Wood Floors at (913) 213-5187 or (816) 965-8655 for a FREE, no-obligation estimate and design consultation.

How to Know Whether to Restore or Replace Your Water Damaged Wood Floor

Wood Floor with Water DamageWhether it was a malfunctioning dishwasher, an overflowing toilet, or a washing machine hose that split, water can get to your hard wood floor. Unfortunately, water and wood do not play well together. When wood floors are exposed to water, damage is inevitable. But there are some things you can do to minimize the damage. If you act quickly, you can prevent further damage. The first thing you need to do is to soak up or remove as much water as possible. If caught quickly enough, water damaged floors can simply be refinished to restore them to their original condition. At SVB Wood Floors, we will always refinish your floors if possible rather than replacing them because restoration can save you thousands over total replacement.

Signs of Hardwood Floor Water Damage to Look for:

Is the damage bad enough to call in hardwood floor experts, or will the floor recover on its own. It’s hard to tell sometimes. Depending on the type of hardwood floor you have, damage and repair will be different. Here are some signs to look for:

Cracking and Peeling – if it only affects the finish, this damage may be repairable by simply sanding and refinishing the surface.

Cupping – when the edges of each plank rise. Cupping means that the hardwood floor still has a lot of moisture in it.

Crowning – when the floor has dried completely, it will usually crown or rise in the middle of each plank. This gives it a rounded, pillowed appearance. Crowning will require sanding and refinishing to repair.

Buckling – buckling is the worst sign of water damage and usually occurs when the moisture has totally permeated the wood. If the leak isn’t immediately discovered and the water is allowed to sit on the wood for an extended period of time and seep in slowly, buckling will occur. Buckling is the wood plank itself warping and twisting. If your planks are twisted or bent upward, the floor will have to be removed and replaced.

The Experts at SVB Will Minimize Hardwood Floor Repair Time and Costs 

At SVB Wood Floors, we are experts at hardwood floor water damage repair and restoration. Our goal is to repair what we can and replace what we have to. We will do our best to minimize the replacement costs and time. Many times, we can replace only the damaged area and weave the new planks seamlessly into the existing wood floor. Then we can sand and refinish the entire floor so everything matches perfectly. Whether we repair or replace your wood floor, it will look brand new when we’re done.

If you suspect water damage, call SVB Wood Floors at (913) 213-5187 and one of our hardwood water damage repair experts can help assess the situation and give you an estimate on repairing or replacing your water damaged wood floors.