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2016 Trends in Wood Floors

Hardwood floors come in all shapes and sizes! Whether you’re after a traditional look, or something that reflects your personal taste, there is a style out there for you. At SVB, we offer many kinds of hardwood flooring, and we love showing off the newest designs and ideas to our customers in our showroom. Check out the upcoming trends for 2016 to see the most popular hardwood flooring options!

(Wondering what we picked last year? Take a look at our 2015 Trend Predictions.)

Chevron Parquet Wood Floors

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Parquet (pronounced par-kay) is a style of flooring that involves small blocks of wood arranged into a repeating design. Parquet floors and designs have been popular for several years, but the chevron pattern that has been taking over the design world has extended into wood flooring – and we bet it’s only going to get bigger this year!

Reclaimed Wood Floors

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The world is moving toward more environmentally responsible methods, and the wood flooring industry is no exception. If you’re looking into sustainable flooring options, you’ve probably looked at bamboo or even cork flooring, but they just don’t have the feel of hardwood flooring. Enter reclaimed wood floors! Use reclaimed wood for your flooring to reduce the carbon footprint of your home: no logging, and no landfill! Reclaimed wood is also gorgeous and unique, with detail you just can’t find in other kinds of flooring. This trend is sure to make your visitors green with envy!

Wide Wood Planks

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While many older homes feature wood floors with thin boards, only 2 to 3 inches wide, the planks we’re putting down today are getting wider and wider. The benefit of wider planks is a cleaner visual, so large rooms seem calmer.

Gray Wood Floors

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If you’ve been keeping up with SVB Wood Floors blog you already know we love gray wood floors! We often think of ‘trends’ as styles that look cool now, but won’t last long. Gray floors, however, are much more than a fad. Because gray is such a muted, elegant color we say you can officially add gray wood floors to your list of classic colors to consider when choosing your next floor.

Whether you’re ready to jump on the latest trend or looking for the most classic of floors, SVB Wood Floors can take care of your new wood floor needs. Give us a call at (816) 965-8655 to schedule your free in-home estimate and begin updating your home!

Can You Install Hardwood Floors in Winter?

winter_shovelingThis time of year, homeowners in the Kansas City area can get a little restless. We’re past the holidays, and these cold, gray days mean most of us are spending our time inside imagining all the home improvement projects we’d like to do.

Wood floors can be installed in the winter, but winter installations come with some challenges. At SVB Wood Floors, we know a thing or two about winter installation and we do it right.



Why Does Winter Weather Matter to Hardwood?

Moisture is widely regarded as the biggest cause of wood flooring problems. Extremely humid conditions make even the best wood floors swell, and then when the humidity falls away, homeowners see gaps between their boards. Too little humidity during installation means your hardwood floors will later change shape more dramatically when they are introduced to high levels of humidity.

What does that mean for winter installations? Winter usually means your furnace is running full steam, and that dry air has little to no moisture in it. Your hardwood installer must check and regulate the humidity in your home, so the air is humid enough that the wood doesn’t shrink.

Related Link: What to Expect from Your Hardwood Floor During Winter

Here in Missouri (where we’re pretty used to humid springs, summers, and falls) it’s important that your floors are installed correctly. If your floor boards are distorted by lack of moisture during installation, when they expand during the humid seasons, you can expect trouble.

Those shrunken boards swell with humid air, and end up crushing the edges of the boards as they expand into each other. When the moisture leaves the boards in the winter, the crushed boards are smaller than they were at installation, meaning your beautiful hardwood floor is full of gaps!

Find out what else you should be asking your hardwood flooring contractor!

Benefits of Winter Wood Floor Installation

There’s a silver lining to every cloud! Because water, even in small amounts, can drastically affect your wood floors, wood floors are best installed in dry conditions. Winter’s dry air means there’s no moisture to get trapped underneath your floorboards. By the same token, because winter can be a tricky time to install, this is a slow season for many companies. Their slow season usually means fast turnaround for you!

Your SVB Hardwood Floor Installer Will:

– Utilize the humidifier in your home, or bring one in, to control the amount of moisture in the air. 

– Acclimate your boards, so that despite the temperature your boards have been stored in, they have time to adjust before installation. 

– Test the moisture of your subflooring, before the installation.

While installing hardwood floors in the winter presents some challenges, if you’re ready for new hardwood floors, you don’t need to wait. Give SVB Wood Flooring a call today, at (816) 965-8655 to get a free, in-home estimate. You could have your new floor sooner than you think!