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Monthly Archives: September 2015

Wood Floors and Colder Weather…What to Expect and Why

Wire Brushed Wood Floors PhotoIf you’re a homeowner with hardwood floors, you probably already know that colder weather tends to dry out wood floors. When cooler weather hits, homeowners turn on the furnace which dries out the air in your home. A lack of humidity causes the boards to shrink. It’s not a huge problem, but it can cause gaps between planks, squeaking, or even surface cracks. It is important to remember that shrinkage is not a flaw in the wood nor an installation related problem. It is simply the wood reacting naturally to changes in the environment, however there’s good news! You can take precautionary measures to minimize the effects of winter’s dryness.

Humidifier Tips

The most important thing you can do is control the humidity levels in your home so that the wood flooring doesn’t become too dry. Don’t forget to turn your humidifier on and set it properly for the winter season. To do that you must know the correct levels of humidity that are ideal for your home to be set at. Indoor air humidity levels must be between 35% and 55%. This will keep common complications, like gapping, to a minimum. Additionally, narrower boards, more stable species of wood, quartersawn boards, or a combination of these features will also reduce these complications. Most homeowners simply accept the gaps as part of owning a wood floor.

Wood Has a Comfort Level

Wood floors do best when the humidity and temperature indoors are kept at controlled levels. In Kansas and Missouri, a humidity range of 35% – 50% and a temperature range between 60°F- 80°F are recommended.

Flooring that is manufactured from exotic wood species is more demanding than flooring made from domestic woods. For this reason, a set of additional requirements has to be met when installing and maintaining an exotic hardwood floor. Indoor air humidity levels must be in the range of 50 – 70%, and air temperature should be kept in the range of 65°F – 75°F.

Then there’s engineered hardwood flooring. It’s made of layers of wood, bonded together with adhesives, under intense heat and pressure. Because of this process, engineered hardwood flooring isn’t affected by humidity as much as solid hardwood. It doesn’t shrink or expand as much so the problems are mitigated.

SVB Minimizes Wood Expansion and Contraction Problems

At SVB, we know wood. We know wood will change with the environment. That’s why we do everything possible to reduce the reaction our wood floors will have to environmental changes. Here are few of the advantages you’ll get with an SVB wood floor:

We only use reputable mills, which kiln dry and transport the wood per NWFA standards for Kansas and Missouri – between 6% and 8% moisture content.

We only buy from wholesalers who have climate controlled warehouses.

We log relative humidity readings and moisture content readings on your home and wood after delivery to make sure it has the correct relative humidity.

We acclimate the wood to our region before installation.

We log moisture content readings of your subfloor and flooring before installation to make sure it falls within guidelines set forth by the NWFA.

If you are considering having a wood floor installed, talk to the pros at SVB Wood Floors and we’ll help you decide which kind of wood floor is best for you. Call us at (816) 965-8655.

3 Surprising Places Where Hardwood Is Replacing Tile

Hardwood Floor in Kitchen PicThere’s no question that hardwood floors are both beautiful and popular. But recently, hardwood floors have become popular in places that haven’t typically been reserved for wood floors, but more for tile. Considering the popularity of wood floors, it was only a matter of time before homeowners started incorporating it into just about every room. This is evidenced by the popularity in home decor magazines as well as a focus on online sites including Pinterest and Houzz. So just where are hardwood floors popping up?

What’s Cookin’ in the Kitchen? Hardwood Floors

Kitchens are one of the most popular places to install hardwood floors. It’s no wonder, considering the benefits hardwood has over tile. Hardwood floors are warmer and easier on your feet. (Think of the hours logged on your feet cooking, washing dishes, etc.) Wood floors are also more universally accepted vs. tile, which tends to be taste specific. If you don’t like the look of hardwood, you can r​efinish it and give it a different color altogether.​With tile, your only option is to replace it. Another advantage wood floors have over tile is that they are more affordable. Sure, you can get into some high­end wood floors that will surpass the price of a tile floor, but generally speaking, wood floors are less expensive than tile due to the labor involved in installation. Wood floors are easy to clean and maintain vs tile ­ no grout to get stained. And finally, wood floors last longer than any other kind of flooring considering that if they start looking worn, they can be refinished many times over.

Hardwood Makes an Entrance

One of the most popular places hardwood is replacing tile is the entryway. Many times, an entryway is surrounded by wood floors. Homeowners are finding that by converting tile entryways to hardwood that matches the surrounding areas, it makes the entry space look larger. Wood floors also provide a warmer feel when you enter a home.

Related Read:​ 10 Stunning Hardwood Floors to Inspire You

Hardwood Floors Are Popular in Powder Rooms

Powder rooms (bathrooms without showers or bathtubs) are also joining the wood movement. Many homeowners are converting powder rooms on the first floor to be hardwood so that they are consistent with the rest of the hardwood. While adding hardwood to a heavily used bathroom (especially if young children will be using the tub) is not recommended because wood and water don’t mix, hardwood can be a very practical and stylish option for powder rooms.

If you’re interested in having hardwood floors installed or refinished, call the wood floor experts at SVB Wood Floors at (816) 965­8655.

Why You Should Hire an NWFA Certified Hardwood Flooring Company

At SVB Wood Floors, we strive for perfection. Our slogan – Quality Results with Attention to Every Detail – is exactly what we deliver. We go above and beyond to make sure our crews can, and do, deliver the highest quality products and service. One of the ways we ensure this is by being an NWFA certified company.

What Does NWFA Certified Mean?

NWFA stands for the National Wood Flooring Association. NWFA offers certifications for installers, sand & finishers, sales advisors, and wood flooring inspectors. NWFA Certified Professionals are recognized in the wood flooring industry as the best in the business. In fact, more than 40 manufacturers recommend the use of an NWFA Certified Professional in their guidelines.

Why Choose an NWFA Certified Flooring Company?

The NWFA’s certification program was developed to recognize and promote competence of wood flooring professionals throughout the industry. NWFA certified professionals are recognized as the best in the business. In fact, over 40 wood floor manufacturers recommend the use of an NWFA professional in their guidelines. We participate in NWFA trainings to keep us up to date on industry standard guidelines, keep up with the ever-changing landscape of the industry and get technical support.

Related Read: All “Dustless Sanding” Is Not the Same


SVB’s NWFA Certifications

At SVB, our team members are highly trained and experienced, but that doesn’t keep us from learning more every year. Our team members go above and beyond to earn these certifications so you can have complete confidence in the work that we do. They take both written and hands-on tests to earn their credentials and complete continuing education requirements to maintain their certifications. We hold the following certifications with NWFA, so you can be assured when we design, install, sand & finish, or repair your wood floor, it will be done right.

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If you’re looking for a wood flooring professional to repair, install, or sand & finish your hardwood floor, call the pros at SVB Wood Floors at (816) 965-8655.