From Carpet to Hardwood Floors
When it's time to decide and choose what kind of flooring type for your house, the first thing is you need to research about the advantage and disadvantage of each flooring types. Beside the function, you need to make sure about the durability, maintenance of the floors, and all other factors.
Carpet flooring was becoming on trend many years ago, but nowadays the carpet is not the best flooring choice especially if you suffer from asthma or allergies. Carpet tends to trap dust and skin cells in their synthetic fibers. It is crucial to routinely get your carpet cleaned if you have it in your home and you're suffering from allergies.
Hardwood floors are the ideal flooring type for those who suffer from allergies and asthma; the smooth surface doesn’t trap dust, mold, or other allergens and also it's effortless to maintain. With so many advantages of the Hardwood floors, that's why they prefer to choose Hardwood floors for their flooring surface option. Besides, the natural beauty and the elegance of Hardwood floors, it can be a good investment for the homeowner.
If you have any questions about hardwood floors and the installation as well, feel free to contact us at (408) 333-9771.
Hardwood Floors For Sports' Courts
The hardwood floors are well known and used in sports courts, so if you plan to make a basketball court, volleyball, squash. If you are going to put a bowling alley or a dance hall, and it has cost you to find a company with experience in the installation of your hardwood floors. We recommend you to contact Evergreen Hardwood Floors as a licensed flooring installer.
Why is the wooden floor used in this type of sports already mentioned?
Basketball, squash, and volleyball are a game that requires a lot of movement and fright on the part of the players and the ball itself, so they compete on wooden courts. Is packaged under pressure which makes the surface smooth, no cracks and counteracts accidents at the time of a union that provides a flat surface and without obstacles, other benefits are, for example:
- A decrease in force/impact.
- Control of information.
- bounced ball
- Decrease before uncontrolled displacement
- Behavior before rotation
A covered basketball court uses a maple wood floor or hard maple, this type of wood is what we can usually find in the stadiums of the NBA. For being a dense wood with fine fibers, so it is resistant and does not splinter, so it is durable and requires little maintenance. But hard maple is not recommended on outdoor courts.
Dancing on a hardwood floor
In artistic dances or ballet, Hardwood Floors are an option because they are soft, light and the acoustics are very good, for example, they have a tap, the wooden floor helps to have better acoustics, a better grip, and softness to avoid any injury. Floating wooden floors are ideal because they are placed without nailing, screwing and without touching the ground, so it is entirely smooth and ready to use. We give you options of finishes, for this type of flooring we usually give a semi-gloss or gloss finish, for its shiny finish but they are not the only options.
If you have any questions about commercial hardwood flooring product and installation, call us at (408) 509-8627 or (408) 333-9771.
New Trend of European Oak
Europan Oak Flooring is the most popular flooring choice in the US. It is abundantly available, durable, and easy to work with. It is also very popular among builders as lumber. American Oak is distinguished into two main categories: Red Oak and White Oak. Both are very popular hardwood flooring choices in the United States. Both are very durable, take stain beautiful and is relatively easy to work with, meaning that their oil content does not typically interfere with finishing this wood and they do well with different finishing methods(i.e. polyurethane, or oiled).
White Oak hardwood is a bit denser than Red Oak hardwood with a Janka rating of 1360 and Red Oak with a Janka rating of 1290.
Both Red and White oak trees grow in many states across the US and Southcentral Canada. You will find both trees as far down as Texas and Louisiana to as north as Nova Scotia and Maine and as far west as Minnesota and many states in between.
These are old growth trees and can be as old as a couple of hundred years. When installed as flooring, Red and White Oak hardwood have the ability to last more than a lifetime.
White Oak and Red Oak differ in color and graining. White oak has a tighter grain pattern and is a bit darker than red oak. While white oak can have some pinkish hues, its hues are more brown/grayish in color. Red Oak graining is a bit more prominent, open and less linear than white oak. Red Oak will have brown hues but its most notable hue is pinkish/red.
Now that we have summarized the difference between the American Oak, let’s take a look at another Oak that has been trending recently, European Oak.
What exactly is European Oak?
It is an absolutely beautiful hardwood originating from various countries in Europe- most commonly used European Oak comes from France, England, and Germany. You’ll often here interchangeable terms for European oak such as French Oak or English Oak.
European Oak has the same Janka rating of 1360 as American White Oak.
What is the difference between American Oak and European Oak?
Aside from its geographical difference, which in and of itself automatically makes the hardwood look different, the color, hues, and graining are different from American Oaks. European Oaks will have a softer, wavier grain pattern than American oaks which tend to have very pronounced graining.
American Red Oak has a pinkish hue with some brown tones to it. While American White Oak hues are more brown/grayish in color but can have some pinkish tones to it. European Oaks, on the other hand, are darker with a warm brown tone to it.
European Oak is known and sought for it’s longer lengths and wider widths. Because of the way in which the tree grows, the sapwood of European Oak is wider and thicker than its heartwood vs American Oaks. If you remember from a previous blog post, the sapwood of the tree is clearer with fewer discrepancies than the heartwood of a tree. The heartwood is the area of the tree where you’ll find knots, wormholes, and darker wood. Because the sapwood is thicker in European Oak, you will find clearer and more select pieces in a wider width.
Also, the way the hardwood is milled is quite different than the way American Oak is milled. In fact, many American mills have become keen on the way European Oaks are milled and they have started milling the hardwood in the same manner.
European Oak is Live-Sawn. Live-sawn is when the log of the tree is cut right through from the front to the back. The beauty of live sawn is that all the different cuts of hardwood are incorporated into this particular type of cut. This gives the flooring a beautiful look with the natural graining showing through from the entire log. This cut of flooring yields a very stable hardwood floor.
American Oak is typically cut using three main sawing methods, plain, rift or quartered.
European Oaks are finished using an Oil which is absorbed into the wood itself. This is not to be confused with an Oil Based Polyurethane. Technically speaking, an oil or water-based polyurethane is a URETHANE finish.
The oil that is applied to European Finished Flooring is penetrated deep into the wood and seals it by closing the pores of the hardwood. Once the oil comes in contact with the hardwood, the seal is more or less instantaneous. An oil finish has a more natural appearance than finishing with an oil or water polyurethane. An oil finish penetrates the wood as opposed to sitting on top of the hardwood. The graining is felt and you have the ability to walk and use the actual hardwood. Apply a water or oil polyurethane, on the other hand, does not absorb into the wood but rather acts as a protective sealant. When using the floor with an oil or water based polyurethane, you are walking on the finish rather than the hardwood itself.
Oil or water-based polyurethane finishes, which is the most popular finishing method is American, does not absorb into the wood in the same manner as an oil finish. It is applied using multiple coats to protect the floor to create a barrier-like surface.
Oil finishes ARE becoming much more popular in the US and many manufacturers are creating wonderful products to finish your floor.
You can finish an American Oak floor using an oil. A skilled finisher should be hired in doing so. The application method is different than apply a urethane(whether oil or water) base finish.
As with anything, there are pros and cons to consider when choosing between an oil finish vs. a urethane finish.
DO'S & DON’TS For Your Hardwood Flooring Maintenance
Cleaning and caring for your hardwood flooring is simple.
But there are a few guidelines you should be aware of to keep your investment in tip-top shape.
If you ever have any questions regarding our products, maintenance, installation, cleaning, and care DO reach out and ask us. We’re happy to help.
Below are some pieces of advice on how to do maintenance of your hardwood flooring:
DO consult with a licensed installer, the finisher or the manufacturer if there is any doubt of the kind of floor finish.
DO placemats and throw rugs at doorways, exteriors, and interiors to help prevent the tracking of grit, dirt, and sand.
DO put plastic or fabric-faced glides under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching.
DO trim and file your pets claws regularly to help prevent small scratches.
DO place an area rug in front of the kitchen sink to catch water.
DO sweep, vacuum or dust mop.
DO clean spills with cloth, paper towel or napkins.
DO close curtains and blinds during the day when possible as direct sun exposure for an extended period of time can dry and/or fade natural wood.
DO maintain with a leading brand of prefinished hardwood floor cleaner.*
DON’T move heavy furniture without protecting wood flooring by slipping a piece of cloth or pile under the legs or covering each leg.
DON’T ever wet-mop a wood floor; standing water can dull the finish, damage the wood and leave a discoloring residue.
DON’T wear cleats, sports shoes and high heels on your wood floors as they can dent any floor surface.
DON’T allow abrasives such as sand and glass to sit on your floor as they can damage your floors finish. Sweep or vacuum regularly.
DON’T use oil based soaps.
PROTECT YOUR FLOOR INVESTMENT
Hardwood floors are a lifetime investment and you have spent a considerable amount of money to add value to your home. The first thing you should understand about caring for your new floor is that you are not actually cleaning the wood. You are actually cleaning the polyurethane. The wood is beneath a protective layer of polyurethane. It is important to keep this protective coating in good condition to protect the wood. Routine maintenance should include protecting the surface finish from moisture and heavy wear, which creates scratches.