Ever notice how a house with hardwood floors makes a space feel instantly classy and elegant? There’s a new trend in wood floors that takes that look a step further. It’s wire-brushed wood floors. Wire brushed wood floors are floors that have been brushed with stiff wire to remove the soft wood from the grain revealing the heartwood. The look is more rustic and the process actually produces a stronger piece of wood.
3 Reasons Wire-Brushed Floors Are So Popular:
They Are Durable & Safe Because the softer wood is brushed away, leaving hardwood only, wire-brushed floors have a rougher, earthier feel and can handle all of life’s wear and tear. This extra texture even makes the surface less slippery.
They Are Animal & Kid Friendly If your dream of having hardwood floors dissipates when you realize you love your pets more, there’s good news! Unlike other “elegant” items in your home, wire-brushed floors hold up well under daily wear and tear. They are ideal for animal-lovers, party-throwers, or young families.
They Have Timeless Charm Reclaimed, distressed, and hand-scraped wood floors are just a few of the styles that are popping up in homes everywhere. If you admire the rough, earthier look, but your home’s style isn’t quite that rustic, wire-brushed floors may be the perfect combination of bold yet classy. Wire-brushed floors provide just a touch of rustic appeal, yet exude a timeless elegance that will make your home feel warm and sophisticated.
Whether you’re a long-time homeowner or looking to buy a new abode, nothing says “European charm” more than a wire-brushed hardwood floor. Come into our showroom to see many more wood floors, displayed gallery style, to give you a real idea of how it will look in your home.
For a beautiful hardwood floor, call SVB Wood Floors at (816) 965-8655 or contact us online to schedule your free, in-home consultation.
If you’ve been putting off refinishing your hardwood floors because you just can’t face the hassle, help is on the way. SVB Wood Floors, Kansas City’s premier flooring company and a National Wood Floor Association winner, has a state-of-the-art dustless floor refinishing system that does the job in just a few days – and you don’t have to move out.
The Dustless Refinishing Process
Until now, the worst part about refinishing floors was the dust – no matter how much you taped ducts, took down window treatments, and tried to seal your cabinets, the dust that the sanders kicked up just took up residence in your house and settled for what seemed like months. No more.
The Atomic Dust Containment System, by BONA (you’ve seen their cleaning products in stores), really does mitigate the sanding dust so much that you and your pets can stay in the house during the process. The BONA system traps dust particles and immediately sucks them out to a containment system in the truck. This technology is a lot healthier for everybody, primarily because there is no stress on the respiratory systems of the technicians and the homeowners. If asthma or other respiratory concerns have stopped you from having your floors redone, the BONA system reduces airborne dust by 99.8% – the only dust left in your home is what’s already there. Plus, since there aren’t any microscopic dust particles floating down from the ceiling vents, the new finish is as smooth as glass – no more tiny granular spots are sealed into the finish.
BONA Dustless System Is Quicker and Easier
Before, when you refinished your floors the old-fashioned way, you almost had to completely move out of the house for a few days – especially if you have a larger home and were doing all the floors. The BONA system is ultimately a more cost-effective way to refinish your floors – no storage, hotels, or pet boarding to factor into the overall cost.
SVB Wood Floors invites you to contact us for a consultation on how the BONA Dustless process can restore your floors to their former sheen and shine. The consultation is free, and you’ll be glad you did.
Hardwood floors in Kansas City see their fair share of snow and ice during the winter. Add salt and ice melt to that, and you have a recipe for damaged floors. What do you clean your floors with when winter hits? How do you protect them? Continue reading below for a few helpful tips from the hardwood floor professionals at SVB Wood Floors.
Will Ice Melt Damage Wood Floors?
Most ice melt products contain either one component or a blend of the following: calcium chloride, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, magnesium chloride, and urea. Since ice melt has a chemical foundation of calcium chloride (salt), it effectively melts ice and is cost effective. However, salt has a high pH level, just like products used in stripping floors. Over time, if not cleaned up quickly, ice melt residue removes the protective finish, ultimately exposing the wood to damage.
Tips to Combat Ice Melt and Salt
You know your floor has come into contact with ice melt when you see a white residue left behind. To remove the white film, you must neutralize the alkalinity in the salt with an acidic chemical. If a soft cloth and water do not initially work, you will want to try a professional floor cleaning product. For a more natural approach, add one cup of white vinegar to a gallon of warm water to clean the area. Next, in a circular motion buff and dry immediately. Test this method in a small spot first before cleaning the whole area. Keep in mind that there are alternatives to ice melt such as sand and kitty litter. They won’t necessarily melt the ice, but they will provide traction.
Watch for Grit That Can Scratch Wood Floors
Besides the chemicals that get tracked in, you have to worry about the grit from sand, kitty litter, and regular road dirt that may stick to snowy shoes and boots and end up in your foyer. If you can, have visitors deposit their footwear in a plastic boot tray when entering the home. The next best solution is a thick towel or mat to place shoes on. Be aware, however, that once wet, that towel or mat can do damage if left sitting upon the wood floor for too long. Remove it and replace it with a dry version as soon as you can.
Quick Cleanup and Preventative Tips
Reducing damage to hardwood floors is best done with a quick cleanup when coming in from outside. Although indoor rugs may seem like a good idea, they unfortunately will trap moisture and cause more damage. Try a heavy duty outdoor rug/mat to reduce dry material like salt pellets from coming inside. Another helpful tip is keeping a broom or small vacuum handy to get rid of any granules. It’s also a good idea to have some soft, absorbent towels on hand near the door so cleanup can be done easily and quickly. For footwear, set up a drying area with plastic shelving so that shoes are not sitting directly on the hardwood.
From installation and refinishing to restorations and deep cleaning, if you need help with your hardwood floors, call us at (913) 396-6769 or (816) 965-8655 or contact us for a free, in-home consultation.
During the winter months, we tend to spend more time indoors. Especially in Kansas City where it snows and we face cold, gray days. As we have more days inside our homes, we start to notice aspects of our house that we want to update. One of those projects that you may want to undertake during the winter is installing new wood floors. At SVB Wood Floors, we do plenty of installations during the winter months. There’s no reason to wait till spring.
Moisture Levels Affect Wood Floor Installation
Don’t let just anyone install your wood floor. Moisture and humidity can be one of the biggest challenges that wood floor installers face. When there is moisture in the air, wood planks will swell. As the air in your house gets warmer, it becomes dry. This leads to dry air in the home and changes in the wood boards. The dry air will make the planks shrink and could leave visible gaps between floorboards. During the winter months, we tend to have our heaters running to keep us warm. That’s why our installers check the humidity levels in your home and regulate them. They will be sure to have the correct moisture level inside your home to prevent the boards from shrinking.
Advantages to Installing in the Winter
Since moisture can cause problems for your wood floors, winter and the dry conditions in your home are ideal for wood floor installation. The air in your home will be dry during the winter months, so there is no need to worry about any moisture being trapped under your new wood floors. Plus, winter months are typically slower for us which means that we are able to get your job done quicker than if you waited for warmer weather.
When we refinish or install a hardwood floor, we replace the baseboard molding. Baseboard molding installations are finished off with a small piece of molding that covers the gap between the bottom of the baseboards and the floor. There are two types of molding that can be used – base shoe or quarter round. So what’s the difference?
Both Types of Molding Are Very Similar
Base shoe and quarter round are almost identical. In some situations, they can be used interchangeably, but they both have their own specific uses as well.
Quarter round (shown in two sizes in the picture on the left and the right) is exactly as its name implies, one quarter of a round dowel. It has a 90° angle on the backside with a perfect quarter radius on the side that shows. 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 also has a 90-degree angle on the backside, but the front of base shoe is slightly more square and does not follow the radius of a circle like the quarter round does.
Does the Base Shoe Need to Be Removed before Refinishing or Installing a Wood Floor?
Yes, it should. There are a couple of reasons why you should remove the base shoe before installing a new floor. It is most likely that the existing base shoe molding has been in place for quite some time, so it may be dented or damaged in places. Plus it probably has several layers of paint on it from over the years. More importantly, however, removing the base shoe will allow you to butt the new flooring up to the wall. If we are refinishing a floor, and the base shoe is left in place, it will prevent us from getting the sander along the edge of the existing floor.
Should the Base Shoe Match the Trim Color or the Floor Color?
This is really a matter of preference. Traditionally speaking, 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 emphasize the beautiful stain color of your hardwood floors.
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. At SVB, we give you your choice – you can remove the existing shoe base on your own, purchase pre-primed replacements from SVB, stain it, and install it yourself. Or you can leave this tedious task up to us. We will remove the existing shoe base, and stain and install the new base shoe.
Installing and refinishing wood floors involves a few detail-oriented decisions. One of those decisions is the kind of floor vents you want. Most homeowners haven’t given much thought to their floor vents, but you basically have two choices. To get you started thinking about which you might like, the experts at SVB Wood Floors have some facts about drop-in versus flush-mount wood floor vents.
Consider Floor Vents before Installation Is Done
Deciding which type of vent you’d like is one of those details that you’ll want to consider from the start. That’s because it’s much easier better to install them during the design process rather than trying to fit them in afterward. Fortunately, our free in-home consultation will cover all aspects of your floor design – including vent options.
Drop-In or Self-Rimming Vents
These vents have a slight rim all around the edge. That rim fits neatly over the cut edges of your floorboards. Unlike flush-mount vents, these can be installed with ease and at any time during the installation process, and even afterward.
Pros of Drop-In Vents
These are very easy to install because they literally just ‘drop’ into the floor opening. They’re generally also a less expensive option than flush-mount vents.
If you decide on this familiar style, we can install them for you or you can choose to do it yourself later. In either case, we can stain them to match your beautiful new flooring.
Cons of Drop-In Vents
The raised rim of these vents sometimes gets in the way of furniture placement or floor traffic. As small as that rim is, it can topple toddlers who aren’t steady on their feet yet!
It’s particularly important to keep the area around the rim of these vents free of damaging grit. Grit has a tendency to gravitate towards them – especially when you’re sweeping. It’s a good idea to vacuum around each vent after you’ve swept in order to keep them free of that grit.
Flush-Mount or In-Floor Vents
These vents mount flush with your floor so there is no rim. It’s much easier (and less expensive) to install these along with your new flooring. You can have these installed retroactively, but you’ll need to hire an expert. This is definitely not a project for the average DIYer!
Pros of Flush-Mount Vents
These vents fit smoothly and seamlessly into your new floor. Your new hardwood floor takes more of the spotlight when the vents are inconspicuous.
Since they sit flush, they won’t negatively influence furniture placement or traffic patterns. No more wobbly side tables or tripping toddlers!
Cleaning is easier without that grit-trapping and vacuum or broom-deflecting lip.
Cons of Flush-Mount Vents
These are difficult and expensive to retrofit. That means they’re difficult to change later on, too.
Fitting them in after the fact requires a careful layout and precision cuts. It’s also a bit nerve-wracking watching holes being cut in your beautiful new floors!
Even when installed along with the flooring, these are generally more expensive than drop-in vents.
Can’t Decide? Let Us Be Your Guide!
Our family-owned company is committed to providing you with the quality results you deserve. Whether your job is large or small, we want to give you the kind of high-quality, professional service that helped us win the award for the 2016 Wood Floor of the Year from the National Wood Flooring Association. That includes paying attention to every detail – including the vents!
Water and wood floors is never a good combination. Wood floors are porous and absorb moisture. That’s why it’s important to watch the humidity level in your home. The humidity level, whether too high or too low, of your home can affect your wood floors. So how do you know if you have a humidity problem and what’s the magic humidity level?
Because wood is a porous material, it soaks up moisture which can damage it. Depending on how much moisture, and how long the hardwood floor is exposed to it, it can do irreparable damage.
The humidity levels in your home are extremely important for maintaining your wood floors because moisture loss causes wood to shrink and moisture absorption causes wood to swell. Here are some warning signs that suggest you may need some help with humidity.
Symptoms of Not Enough Humidity in Winter
In the wintertime, the most common symptom you see in hardwood floors is gapping between the planks.
What happens is that, when we turn our furnaces on, the humidity level inside our homes plummets.
This causes the wood to shrink. Hardwood floors do not shrink consistently in all directions. When humidity levels decrease, the boards will shrink more from side to side than end to end.
Thus, the distance between the planks grows larger causing gaps. This also means that wider boards will shrink more than narrower boards.
So what’s a safe humidity range for your wood floors? Most experts agree that an ideal level of indoor humidity is around 45%, although anything between 35% and 55% is acceptable.
Summer is usually not as big of a problem as winter. As long as you run your air conditioner, it will remove excess humidity from the air. Winter is when we see the worst problems with a lack of humidity. The relative humidity of indoor air during heating season can be as low as 10%-15%. To put that into context, consider that the average relative humidity in the Sahara Desert is 25%!
Think about that. Your home can be drier than the desert during the cold winter months! That’s not good for you and it’s definitely not good for your wood floors!
Humidifiers Put Moisture Back in the Air
Your home needs extra humidity in the winter, but how do you add it and control it to maintain an optimal level. Here are a few humidifier tips to help you do just that:
Purchase a Hygrometer
This device measures relative humidity so that you can easily monitor humidity levels in your home. It will tell you when your humidity is too low so you know you need more moisture to keep your wood floors (and furniture and woodwork) healthy. It is inexpensive and you can pick one up at your local hardware store.
Have a Humidifier Installed on Your HVAC System
A humidistat that’s built into the unit will let you set humidity levels rather than leave it to chance. This is an ideal solution because it allows you to control humidity levels year-round so you can avoid damaging your wood floors with humidity levels that are too high in the summer or too low in the winter.
While portable humidifiers aren’t as convenient as a whole-house system that’s integrated into your HVAC system, they’re better than nothing. You’ll have to clean the moisture that may gather around them and refill them every few days. Most manufacturers recommend using distilled water rather than tap water which can cause mineral deposits that affect the humidifier’s efficiency.
If you’ve experienced a humidity-related problem with your wood floors and need advice on how to repair them, give us a call at (816) 965-8655 or contact us online to get your free quote.
If you haven’t visited our new gallery-style showroom in Grandview, Missouri, you’re in for a treat. It’s not like other wood floor showrooms. It features large samples of wood floors hung gallery-style in an open and spacious setting that allows you to get a better feel for the look of a particular type of floor.
One of the best things about hardwood floors is that they are timeless both in style and endurance. With proper care, they can last for centuries. That’s why choosing a wood floor is not a decision you want to rush. You want to be able to see what the floor will look like in your home. You want to see more than a five-inch square of it to decide. That’s the inspiration behind the new showroom design.
We wanted to create a space that allows customers to really get a feel for different wood varieties, stains, styles, and finishes. We took a very customer-centric focus. We didn’t want it to look like the typical wood floor showroom with small spaces crammed with tiny samples. We wanted a relaxing, spacious environment where people could take their time making a decision on a wood floor they will be thrilled with for years to come.
Relax and Enjoy Choosing Your New Wood Floor
The showroom is over 5,000 square feet. The large gallery room is surrounded by offices, a large conference room, and a full kitchen. The sample sizes are much larger and much more representative of the way it will look in your home. You’ll really like how we organized our sample room too…by price point so it’s easy to stay within your budget. Our customers really appreciate how easy and convenient we’ve made it to shop for wood floors.
Hardwood floors are a beautiful feature in any home. When you have pets, however, they make keeping your hardwood floor looking their best a challenge. At SVB Wood Floors, we install and refinish hardwood floors for lots of people with pets, from Dachshunds to Dalmatians. The good news is that you can make some choices that will help you keep your floor looking good. Here are a few wood floor refinishing tips you can follow to keep your floors looking their best:
Choose a Lighter Stain
Choosing a lighter stain will help to hide any minor damage your pet can cause. It also hides the dust and dirt they tend to bring in from their outings more effectively. You could also consider getting a shade that is relatively close to your dog’s fur to help conceal that as well!
Avoid Glossy Finishes
While a glossy finish can be tempting, pet owners should steer clear. Satin or matte will hide scratches or dings much better and they still look great. While we all tend to think the scratches in the floor are all from our pets, you might be surprised to learn we do just as much damage ourselves. High heels, pebbles stuck in the treads of tennis shoes, and moving furniture can cause a lot of the scratches and dents in the floors. Picking satin or matte will keep your floors looking their best for much longer.
Trim Those Toenails
Keeping your dog’s nails trimmed will go a long way toward protecting your floors. Dogs should have their nails trimmed once every one or two months. Use this simple rule of thumb – if they click when they walk, it’s time to get it done. Also, putting mats in front of doors will also help. The mats can collect dirt and small rocks that would otherwise scratch your wood floors.
Dustless Sanding Makes Wood Floor Refinishing Fast and Easy
Getting your floors refinished is easier than you think! With our new BONA dustless system, There’s no dust in your home. It sucks it up as we sand and sends it to a containment unit outside your home. You and your pets don’t have to leave. The dustless system also means no plastic sheeting to section off rooms is needed, and there will be no dust settling in your ventilation system to be recirculated later!
When you hear dustless refinishing from a wood floor company, be aware that not all dustless refinishing systems are the same. At SVB Wood Floors, we use the BONA dustless refinishing system. Why BONA? Where other “dustless” sanding systems empty the dust into a container inside your home where it can escape, our dust containment system pulls all the dust out of your home and straight into the containment unit in our truck outside, keeping the inside of your home clean and 99.8% dust-free. Thanks to this incredible system, refinishing your floors is easy, painless, mess-free, and most importantly very quick! With less mess and hassle, your family and pets don’t even need to leave the house.
How Does It Work?
It’s simple, the handy machine sucks up any and all dust that occurs from refinishing your floors. Immediately the dust containment system accumulates all of the dust that’s in the air and sucks it directly out into a containment unit that’s sitting outside in our truck. Instead of all of the dust getting kicked up into the air to spread all over your belongings and floors, the BONA dustless system, eliminates 99.8% of the dust. There’s no need to cover furniture, take the day off work, board your animals, send the kids to grandmas, or even close off any rooms! Everything can continue on in your home as usual.
– State-of-the-art floor finishing is right at your fingertips. You won’t find an easier process anywhere else.
– You can stay inside your home during the entire process – start to finish
– Leave your pets safely at home – there’s no need to spend extra money to board Fido
– Leave rooms just as they are – no sealing or fuss
– There will be no risk of dust getting into your ductwork
– No lingering dust will ruin your perfectly new refinished floors
– No strong odors from stripping agents
– Environmentally friendly
– Absolutely no dangerous respiratory effects (using other methods microscopic dust particles can linger for months afterward)
– Faster job completion – there is no time-consuming hanging of plastic or cleanup involved
Since the dust is never loose in your home, the entire process of refinishing your floors is faster, safer, and cleaner than ever before. You have to experience it for yourself as the end result is truly flawless. Having your hardwood floors refinished doesn’t have to be stressful or chaotic. With our incredible dustless refinishing system you will have shiny, new, breathtaking hardwood floors in no time at all.