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Don’t Let Summer Sun Fade Your Hardwood Floors. Try These Tips Today!


sun-damage-hardwood-floors-darm-svbYour hardwood floors are a big investment, but a wise one that can pay you back by providing years of beauty, and by adding substantially to the resale value of your home. Like any other home investment, they require regular maintenance to keep them looking their best. You choose cleaners specially formulated to preserve their finish, and keep water to a minimum in caring for them, but have you taken steps to protect them from the damage caused by sun exposure? The team at SVB Wood Floors has some tips to share on protecting your wood floors from the sun.


Too Much Sun = Major Fading for Your Wood Floors

Just as too much sun exposure can damage your skin, too much sunlight can also wreak havoc on your hardwood floors! Over time, sunlight can fade and discolor your floors, and even cause warping in more severe cases. To see if your floors are fading from the sun, pick a room with maximum sun exposure and lift the corner of a rug or a piece of furniture to assess the difference in color. This will show you just how much damage your floors have encountered from the sun.

Fortunately, there are some simple and effective steps you can take to prevent sun damage from occurring in the first place. Here’s a few tips on how to prevent the sun from fading your hardwood floors:


1. Close the Blinds: Too much sun can be a bad thing, which is why you should close blinds, shades or draperies during the daytime. If you currently don’t have window coverings, make this relatively inexpensive investment as soon as possible — your floors will thank you!

2. Consider Window Tinting: UV resistant tinted windows will also do the job. If you’re installing new windows, look seriously as this option. You can also have UV tinting applied to existing windows.

3. Try Landscaping Near Windows: Plant trees or shrubs in front of windows to help block the rays. (Bonus: They’ll also add beauty and interest to the outside of your house!)

4. Rotate Your Furniture: Doing this won’t completely stop sun damage, but it will help slow down the fading of furniture by balancing out the amount of time different areas are exposed to sun. An added benefit of rearranging is it will also bring new life to the room!


Too Late for Damage Control?

If your floors have already been damaged beyond repair, there’s no need to worry! The professionals at SVB Wood Floors can bring your floors back to their original gleaming beauty.  

We employ a superior, dust-free sanding and refinishing system that guarantees a gorgeous result every time. We recently won the 2016 Wood Floor of the Year award from the National Wood Flooring Association and we’re ready to apply our expertise to your project, no matter the size or scope!

Related Read: FAQ: Can You Match My Wood Floors?


Check out our website and see how SVB Wood Floors can bring your tired wood floors back to life again. Also, take a look at our blog for tips and tricks regarding all things hardwood flooring.


Why You Need Base Shoe & Quarter Round In Your Next Remodel


It’s been said that base shoe and quarter round molding are almost identical. In some situations, they can be used interchangeably, but they both have their own specific uses as well. SVB Wood Floors is breaking down all the need-to-knows regarding base shoe and quarter round, so you end up with the hardwood floor remodel you’ve been waiting for.


What’s the Difference Between Quarter Round & Base Shoe?

Quarter round, just as the name implies, is ¼ of a round dowel. It has a 90-degree angle on the backside, with a quarter radius on the front side. The quarter round comes in a variety of sizes, which makes it versatile enough for a wide range of applications, as well as an ideal solution for eliminating the gap between trim and moldings and to fill corners.

Base shoe is a small piece of trim that is used where the baseboard and the floor meet. It is typically not used where the floor covering is carpet. Like quarter round, the base shoe has a 90-degree angle on the backside, but the front of base shoe is slightly more square.


Does the Base Shoe Need to be Removed before Refinishing/Installing Flooring?

Yes, it should. There are a couple of reasons why you should remove the base shoe before installing or refinishing flooring. It is most likely that the existing base shoe molding has been in place for quite some time, so it probably has several layers of paint on it from over the years and by removing the base shoe, it will allow you to butt the new flooring up to the wall. When refinishing, if left in place, it will prevent you from getting the sander along the edge of the existing floor.


What Are My Options for Replacing Base Shoe?

You have several options when it comes to base shoe:

-You can remove the existing shoe base on your own, purchase pre-primed replacements from SVB, stain it and install it yourself.

-You can leave this tedious task up to SVB. We will remove the existing shoe base, and stain and install the new base shoe.


Should the Base Shoe Match the Trim Color or the Floor Color?

Traditionally the base shoe color should match the trim color, however, the choice is ultimately up to the homeowner. We suggest matching with your trim color to add contrast and emphasis on your beautiful stain color of your hardwood floors.

Related Read:  Everything You Need to Consider When Choosing a Stain Color for Your Hardwood Floors


Do I Really Need It?

One of the most common questions people ask is if they really need the base shoe, or if it’s just an add on. The answer is a simple yes.

Without it, there is typically a gap between the trim and flooring, which is not only unattractive but makes it extremely easy for dirt and debris to build up under the base trim.


If you are considering refinishing, replacing or installing a new wood floor, contact us at (913) 396-6769 or visit our website for more information on how we can assist you with your wood flooring project.


FAQ: Can You Match My Wood Floors?

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Say you’re wanting to extend your wood flooring from one room to the next, or fix damaged floors in one specific room of your house. The question is, can you do it seamlessly and still maintain the same look throughout your home? The answer is yes!

SVB Wood Floors has several ways we can match your new wood flooring to your existing wood flooring without a trace! But before we explain how, we’re answering your frequently asked questions regarding this task.


Will It Be Difficult?

Depending on the age of your floor, matching your existing floor can be difficult, but nonetheless, it is possible. Newer wood is easier to match than older hardwood planks because older wood has inconsistencies due to varying lengths, thicknesses, and techniques that may have been used when it was installed. Not to mention the wear and tear those older wood floors have endured. So while it may be possible, it may take more effort to make look seamless.


What Is Lacing?

Lacing is the careful matching of your floor’s wood to new wood to make it seem as if they were installed at the same time. While it can be a DIY job, the odds of creating a truly seamless look without a professional are very slim.

It takes an expert eye and sanding of all the wood involved to accomplish lacing correctly. Any old, damaged wood is removed, new wood is then inserted, and all parts are sanded with SVB’s dustless refinishing process.


Does It Matter What Kind of Wood You Use?

Yes. You want to use wood of the same species, otherwise, even if it looks like it matches now, it won’t age the same, which will leave you with a section of floor that stands out.  


What Is a Header & Do I Need One?

A header is the transitional piece that connects two types of flooring. It can also separate two different types of wood floors if you want extra definition of each area. When you transition from one kind of floor to another, the header makes sure the wood floor has a neat edge, and blends the two floors, so no one will trip as they go from one room to the other.


Achieving a seamless look for the hardwood floors in your home is not an impossible dream. Contact SVB Wood Floors today to discuss our award-winning hardwood floors, and how we can help with your hardwood flooring needs!

The Difference Between Pre-Finished & Engineered Wood Floors


Looking to save money and time on your hardwood flooring installation? If so, pre-finished and engineered wood floors are the two best options for you.

Many of our customers ask about the differences between pre-finished and engineered wood flooring, which is why we’re breaking it down for you in order to help you decide which is the best hardwood flooring option for you!


What’s the Difference?

Pre-finished wood floors are pre-finished in the factory, hence the name, so that they can be installed quickly in your home or commercial building. By finishing them in the factory, you avoid the mess involved with sanding and finishing regular wood floors.

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Cost is lower for pre-finished floors because finishing done in a factory setting is less labor-intensive, therefore saving labor costs. Also, pre-finished floors are typically more durable than site-finished floors because the finishing is done in a temperature-controlled, dust-free environment.


Engineered wood floors originally were designed for use in places where moisture could not be controlled, such as on a concrete slab. As opposed to a solid piece of wood, which will warp when exposed to moisture, engineered wood planks are composed of multiple layers of wood that are glued, pressed, heated, and then covered with a thin veneer of wood on top.

This process makes the flooring less susceptible to warping. Engineered floors with a thin veneer typically cannot be refinished, however, many modern engineered wood floors are made with a thicker veneer that makes refinishing possible. Engineered wood is less expensive than solid wood because less expensive woods are used for the lower layers.


Need more help deciding between pre-finished & engineered hardwood flooring? Contact SVB Wood Floors today to find out more about our Award-Winning wood flooring!