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Avoid the Shoulda, Wooda, Coulda Trap with This Fun Way to See Your Wood Floor before You Install It

Foyer with New Wood Floor Installed
Just upload a photo of your room and change the wood floor with a click.

At SVB Wood Floors, we’ve noticed that one of the biggest fears homeowners have about installing wood floors is choosing the type of wood, the stain, and the finish. Wouldn’t it be great if you could see what the floor would look like before you decide? You can! Wait till you see this cool new tool on the NWFA (National Wood Flooring Association) website. It’s called Design a Room and it’s an invaluable tool for choosing your wood floor confidently.

Visit the Gallery

First, we recommend visiting the gallery where you can choose a style of room as a sample. Choose a living room, bedroom, kitchen or hallway. This handy tool lets you change the wall color and the flooring to get a feel for how the two complement each other. You’ll be amazed at the different moods you can create with just these two main elements. Play around until you figure out some of your favorites. Then move on to the more personalized section.

Upload Your Own Photo

This is the really fun part. Take a digital photo of your room. Then upload it to the website. There is a small fee for processing and preparation. Give them about 24 hours (on working days) and they will send you a text or email (your choice) to let you know your photo is ready. Now you can take your favorite floor and paint colors and see what they will look like in YOUR room. Experience the effect of different wood species, qualities and patterns in your personal room situation. No question will be left unanswered. You’ll see how it looks with your furniture, rugs, shades, etc. – no surprises.

Related Read: 5 Hardwood Floor Trends for 2015

Wood Floor Design Choices Galore

When it comes to wood floors, there are a lot of choices, but this tool lets you see what they’ll look like. Choose from 19 different species in 48 different colors. You can even change the angle of the boards from 0 to 45 to 90 to 135 degrees. You can even change the width of the boards. Trust us, you’ll have fun experimenting with all of the choices. But, best of all, you’ll feel confident about your final choices and love the finished product.

SVB Offers a Free In-Home Design Consultation

At SVB Wood Floors, we love making customers happy. Don’t worry. This tool is not a replacement for our free in-home wood floor design consultation. It just helps you narrow down your options so you already have a feel for what you want and what you don’t. We still come to your home and walk you through your options. From wood type to stain color to plank width, we’ll make sure you end up with the wood floor of your dreams.

If you have any questions about wood floor refinishing, repair, or installation, feel free to call SVB Wood Floors at (913) 213-5187 or (816) 965-8655.

 

Wood Floors and Allergies-Nothing to Sneeze at

Allergy PhotoIf you live with allergies or live with other people that have allergies, the kind of flooring you choose can make a big difference in your life and your health. Hardwood floors are one of the best types of flooring for allergy sufferers. The wood floor experts at SVB always recommend wood floors for anyone who deals with allergies.

 

Wood Floors vs. Carpeted Floors

One of the worst types of floors you can install, if you suffer from allergies, is carpet. Carpet can hide many allergens including pet hair, dander, and dust mites. Dust mites are one of the worst offenders when it comes to allergies. These tiny insects are too small to be seen with the naked eye, but they excrete waste products that cause allergy symptoms. They feed chiefly on the tiny flakes of human skin that people normally shed each day. These flakes work their way deep into the inner layers of your carpet. Even if you vacuum your carpet often, you’ll never get the mites or their excrement out of it. Killing the dust mites won’t solve the problem as they leave their feces behind, which is the worst cause of allergies.

 

Remedies for Allergies Include Wood Floors

There are a few precautions you can take to lessen allergy symptoms. One big change is to install hardwood floors throughout your home (or at least the areas that the allergy-prone people frequently enter). Wood floors won’t hold dust, pet dander or dust mites. The hard surface leaves no room to hide for dust mites, and it cleans easily, leaving a dust and hair-free surface. Plus, there are no odors from smoke, pets and food staying in the environment to cause reactions either. Besides the type of flooring you choose, there are other smaller changes you can make that will help as well:

1. Change the air filters in your furnace to HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter. These filters reduce the amount of dust and other particles in the air.

2. You can also purchase a central air filtration unit for your whole house.

3. Place a portable HEPA filter unit in your bedroom where you know you’ll be breathing the same air for 8 hours a day. Try adjusting your air filter so that it directs clean air toward your head when you sleep

4. Have your air ducts cleaned to remove any dust, mold or bacteria that may linger there.

5. Purchase a vacuum with a HEPA filter that can filter airborne and surface allergens. Ensure it does not have a beater bar as this can damage wood floors.

6. Reduce the humidity in your home to less than 50 percent by using a dehumidifier and/or air conditioner. A study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information showed that this resulted in significant reductions in mite and allergen levels.

 

Related Read: Humidifier Tips for Hardwood Floor Owners

 

You’ve always known that hard wood floors are beautiful, but if you suffer from allergies, they can be healthier too. If you have any questions about wood floor refinishing, repair, or installation, feel free to call SVB Wood Floors at (913) 213-5187 or (816) 965-8655.

 

11 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Wood Floor Company

Woman with Questions PhotoThinking of getting hardwood floors or having your hardwood floors refinished? Who should you hire to do the job? There are a lot of companies in Kansas City who install hardwood floors. How do you know which one will do the best job? The wood floor experts at SVB Wood Floors have a lot of experience with customers. We know the things that make them happy. Over the years, we’ve heard the reasons they weren’t happy with other companies, so we decided to put together a list of critical questions to ask your wood floor company before hiring them.

Are They Bonded, Licensed & Insured?

Ask to see proof that the company is bonded, licensed, and insured. Every company should have a license to practice in the state and city in which they work. Making sure they are insured protects you against any liability in case of an accident or if someone gets hurt on the job.

How Long Has This Flooring Company Been in Business? 

Choose a company that has been in business for at least a year. Otherwise, you could get a fly-by-night company that does a bad job, doesn’t finish the job or skips town altogether. The longer they have been in business, the more experience their employees will have.

What Is Their Availability/Schedule for Your Wood Floor Project?

You want to get a contract in writing that spells out how long the project should take so you have an idea of when your wood floors will be finished.

Do They Use Employees or Subcontractors to Install Your Wood Floor?

Subcontractors typically don’t take the same amount of pride in their work because their name isn’t on the line. If the company uses their own employees, chances are they will work to meet certain standards set forth by the owner whose reputation is at stake.

Do They Move Furniture? 

Installing new flooring requires furniture moving. Do they provide this service or is it up to you to find movers? If they provide the service, make sure it is included in their quote?

What Kind of Warranties/Guarantees Do They Offer?

Make sure the company you hire offers a guarantee so you have something in writing to hold them accountable to if you’re not happy with the product or service once it’s finished. Most reputable companies offer some form of warranty because they ultimately want happy customers and will make the work right if they aren’t happy.

Do They Specialize in Wood Floors or Do They Install All Kinds of Flooring?

Companies that install all kinds of flooring may not do a bad job, but a company that specializes in wood floors is more likely to have employees who specialize in wood floors as well. More experience means a better finished product.

Do They Offer Plenty of Wood Floor Choices?

Wood floors come with many decisions – species of wood, plank width, pre-finished or site finished, solid wood or manufactured wood, color of stain, type of finish, manufacturer, price, etc. Make sure your company explains all of your choices and the pros and cons of each.

Do They Provide Upfront Pricing in Writing?

Wood floors are an investment. Make sure you don’t get nickeled and dimed after starting the project by getting a written price quote before any work begins.

Do They Use a Dustless Sanding Method for Wood Floor Refinishing?

If you are having a wood floor refinished, ask if they have dustless refinishing The old method is messy and requires you to vacate your home. Dustless sanding is much better because all of the dust is sucked into a container outside your home.

Related Read: Do I Have To Move Out Of My Home When Refinishing My Hardwood Floors?

Will They Provide References?

This is maybe the most important question of all. Any company who is not willing to provide references from previous customers is not trustworthy. You should be able to get the names of two or three previous customers to make sure they were satisfied with the work provided. Also check BBB, Angie’s List, Yelp, etc. for ratings and reviews.

We hope this helps you when choosing wood floor company for your project. It is important to find the right company by asking the right questions. If you have any questions about wood floor refinishing, repair, or installation not covered here, feel free to call SVB Wood Floors at (913) 213-5187 or (816) 965-8655.