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3 Eye-Popping Hardwood Floor Design Trends for Your Home

Choosing new hardwood flooring for your home is an exciting step in the home renovation process. Perhaps you’ve already made those crucial decisions regarding species, size and finish, but now it’s time to talk design. Dare to be a little different? SVB has some bold hardwood flooring options for those looking to make your new hardwood floors pop!

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Chevron Wood Floor Designschevron wood floor design

The chevron design uses a series of angle cuts to form a consistent “V” pattern. This “V” pattern is then repeated, which creates a stunning 3D effect. In addition, it has the ability to make a smaller room appear larger, plus you’ll appreciate the longevity obtained from its high structural integrity.

A beautiful, yet simple pattern, a chevron wood flooring design is an ideal choice for anyone looking to make a statement.

Herringbone Wood Floor Designswood floor designs for entry

Often confused with chevron, herringbone is similar in that a “V” pattern is also achieved, though no angled cuts are present. The square edges simply butt together creating a timeless, symmetrical zig-zag design which has made a name for itself all over the world. Though better suited to larger rooms, with its many small boards tightly woven together, the herringbone pattern also has superior structural stability due to its precise dimensions and alignment.

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Diagonal Wood Floor Designsdiagonal pattern wood floor for kitchen

Both chevron and herringbone are definitely strong patterns that will make a statement, but for those seeking a more clean look, you may prefer a diagonal look with hardwood floors installed at a 45º angle. This classic pattern deserves far more credit than it receives.

Sleek and simple, this design element adds breadth to your room by drawing your attention out to the corners. It creates interest without being busy or overpowering, which means it can be the perfect choice for those who want to focus the attention on other design aspects of a room.

At SVB Wood Floors, we love the challenge of working with interesting patterns and making your dream floors come to life. Contact us online or give us a call at (816) 965-8655 for more information, or visit our gallery for more great design ideas.

Wood Floor Grades Explained: How to Choose & Why They Matter

wood-flooring-grades-explained-living-room-svb-kcThere are many choices to be made when choosing wood flooring, like what species of wood to use, what stain color, and what size boards. However, many homeowners don’t realize that it’s not only the type of wood that matters, but it’s the also the wood’s quality, or grade, that ultimately determines the finished look of your flooring. To help explain the difference, SVB is breaking down the different types of wood grades and what they mean for your wood flooring.  

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Does Higher Grade Mean Higher Quality?

Your first thought might be that a higher graded wood is better than a lower graded wood, or that it’s somehow stronger or more durable. However, this is a common misconception. The major differences between a #2 Common Hardwood, #1 Common Hardwood, and a Select Grade Hardwood mostly have to do with the wood’s appearance rather than its durability.

Higher graded wood is typically more expensive due to its more uniform appearance, free of knot holes and other unique markings. It’s also important to remember that each variety of wood is different, and so a #1 Common Hardwood rated Hickory floor will not have the same appearance as a #1 Common Hardwood rated Red Oak floor, for example.

#2 Common Hardwood

A #2 Common Hardwood floor is the cheapest by cost and has the most character to them. This isn’t a bad thing, it is simply aesthetic preference. This tends to be less expensive because it is easier to find wood featuring more small knots and striations. Major defects are, of course, not permitted in wood graded at this level, so any “imperfections” are mostly at the cost of a uniform appearance.

Coloring can also vary somewhat at this level, giving floors built with this wood a variety of similar shades. For many new homes, builders use #2 Common graded wood because it is an attractive but cost-effective flooring solution. This is also a common option for homeowners putting down flooring on an entire level of their home.

#1 Common Hardwood

The mid-tier option in terms of both cost and aesthetic appearance, #1 Common Hardwood floors strike a happy medium between uniformity and added character. The wood used within this grade still has striations and small knots, but the coloring is much more uniform, and the striations and knots that do appear are smaller and less frequent. For many people undergoing home remodeling, this is the option they choose, as it does give a more uniform look, and when redoing only part of the home is still cost-effective.

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Select Grade Hardwood

Select Grade Hardwood flooring is top-of-the-line in terms of both appearance and in terms of cost and comes from the heart of a tree. Because of this, the wood’s sap content is very low, which results in very uniform color, very few knots, and the smoothest finish of any grade wood. Because of its uniform look, it is the most expensive option for home remodeling, but when it’s used it achieves an extremely polished look.


How to Keep Winter Weather From Destroying Your Hardwood Floors

Protect hardwoods from holiday decorationsHardwood floors add warmth and beauty to your home. In order to maintain their beauty, they need to be cared for properly. This is especially true during the winter months when the air is dry, and snow and ice begin to make their way inside.

Here are a few winter tips for keeping your hardwood floors fresh and beautiful from the experts at SVB!

Gapping Between Boards

You might notice some gaps appearing between your hardwood floor boards, and that they tend to get wider as the weather gets colder. The reason for this is that the humidity in the air is lower, and the moisture within the boards decreases causing the boards to shrink.

A great way to keep this from happening is by running a humidifier in your home. You may need anywhere from 3 to 5 pints of water per hour to make up for lost moisture depending on the level of ventilation in your home.

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Ice Melt and Salt on Your Wood Floors

winter damage on wood floorsRock salt, or sodium chloride can be extremely abrasive if tracked inside from the outdoors, causing scratches and damage to your wood floor’s finish. Calcium chloride, on the other hand, leaves a slick film that dulls and damages the surface. Nip the problem in the bud and provide mats at every door for guests to wipe their feet on to avoid this Winter worry from harming your hardwoods.

Water and Debris

Your floors are a magnet for dirt and other debris all year long. In the winter, you also have to worry about water from melting snow and ice. Water can make its way into your wood flooring causing warping and other damage to the boards. Additionally, dirt and other debris can cause scratches in the surface, allowing more moisture to enter. Sweep and mop often to eliminate these issues.

Pets and Children

child on hardwood floorsYour kids and pets love to play outside in the snow, but, all that snow may end up melting on your lovely wood floors when they come in. If possible, allow your dog back inside through either the garage or the laundry room, and if you don’t have that option, have towels ready to wipe off their paws when they return.

As for the children, remind them to shake off any excess snow and remove their coats, snow pants, scarves, mittens and boots outside, or in a designated area with protection for the floor, and remember to quickly wipe up any puddles they do create to avoid damage.

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Holiday Decorating

Many people love the look, feel and smell of a live Christmas tree during the holiday season. However, be very careful when adding water, and make sure to clean up any spills to avoid staining and other damage.

Use a tree skirt made of a soft fabric, such as cotton or velvet and avoid those with a rubber backing as these have chemicals, which if left on your wood floors for an extended time, can alter the appearance of your wood floors. Finally, clean up fallen pine needles so they don’t get tracked around the house under guests shoes, which may cause scratches. They may be small scratches, but overall they have the ability to dull the appearance of your wood floors.

Is the finish on your hardwood floor fading? SVB can give your wood floors a facelift in just two days! Just in time for the holidays! Contact us and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free, no obligation consultation.