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Luxurious dark hardwood floors can add class and extravagance to any room. They are also a great investment that increases your home’s value, and the majority of buyers prefer dark floors to lighter floors. Dark floors also give the appearance of depth and will make any room feel warm and spacious. It’s hard to go wrong with dark hardwood floors, but there are still a couple of points that you should be aware of before you decide just how dark you will want yours.
Dark hardwood floors require more maintenance than lighter flooring. Darker floors appear dirty more rapidly because any light-colored lint or pet hair on the floor will be more noticeable, and you may find yourself and your broom going over your floors more often than you had anticipated. Darker floors also display scratches and scrapes more prominently than lighter wood floors, so if you have children and pets this may be a factor. Applying an extra coat of oil-based polyurethane varnish every three or four years can help to diminish wear and tear and help to keep your floors beautiful.
The kind of wood in your home is also a consideration when deciding on flooring because different types of wood absorb stains better than others. Oak wood is naturally lighter and accepts stains quite well. Walnut is another type of wood that accepts stains easily. Birch, pine and maple wood do not tolerate staining very well and should be left in their natural state.
If your dark hardwood floors will have an abundance of direct sunlight shining on them all day, they will start to fade over time. However, they can always be refinished when this happens and be returned to their lustrous beauty.
Dark hardwood floors present a charming, rich and warm feel to any home with elegance and beauty. They also give a vast appearance to a room and they present a beautiful contrast to light-colored furniture and fixtures. Just how dark you decide that you will want your floors will depend on a few things. Ask yourself how much maintenance you are prepared to live with and whether you’ll mind having them refinished if they fade or become worn out.
You also need to know what type of wood your home has so that you know how well the wood will absorb a dark stain. Ultimately, these factors along with your personal preference will determine how dark to stain your floors. If you’d like to read what another contractor had to say about dark wood floors check out this article click here
Hardwood flooring trends tend to go in a circle, what was in will be out of style but will be back in style completing the style circle. A couple of current trends I’m seeing are
-wide plank floors
-dark stained hardwood
-penetrating oil finish
Wide Plank Hardwood Floors
what is considered a plank? Any hardwood strip that is wider than 3in is considered a plank. People love the look of wide planks because the grain pattern really shows up in certain species of wood like Ash, Oak, Hickory.
It’s great in large rooms because there are less board lines breaking up the sight line giving it a much nicer flow . It also just looks really cool to have a very wide piece of wood down and justmarvel and all the interesting characteristics of the wood.
Dark Stained Floors
Dark stained floors have been gaining a lot of popularity over the last couple of years. One Pearson told me that floor colors follow the way people feel about the economy, when it’s not doing so well they want there floors to be dark and when it’s doing great they want it lighter, not sure how much stock I put into that but I just found it interesting.Lately I’ve stained Hickory, Red Oak, White Oak and a lot of Maple. Dark floors tend to look great when there is a contrast between the floor and the trim. One floor I did was an old Maple floor that got finished with black Magic Oil 2k and the trim was white, which really gave it a stunning contrast.
It has been popular over in Europe for 20+ years. Where just a little slow on catching up with trends. Some of the benefits as to why people like penetrating oil are
-low VOC(volatile organic compound)
-color and finish all in one
-hand rubbed oil look
Most penetrating oils are made from natural oils which make them very low odor(voc) less harmful to people with allergies because there is no harmful smell.
Hand Rubbed Oil Look
Hand rubbed oil look looks like an older floor that has been rubbed with oil which soaks down into the grain of the wood giving it this beautiful natural matte finish
Fast Turn Around
Most penetrating oils have a very quick turn around, un-like a lot of the typical film finishes(meaning it creates a film on top of the wood and not soaking in) that require you wait 2-3 days before you can move stuff back into the area that’s been refinished. Most penetrating oils cure very fast and you can move furniture back in anywhere from 12-24hrs after the hardwood floor has been completed, making it great for people who want a fast turn around.
If you need more flooring ideas for your next project a couple of places I’d go for ideas is Pintrest or Houzz. You can find some great flooring ideas on either of those sites.
“Aaron from Signature Custom Flooring did a breath taking job on putting Ash hardwood floors in our kitchen and dining room and 2 hallways. We would highly recommend Aaron for any project one would have concerning hardwood flooring. He is truly Professional! What an amazing man to work with. We are overwhelmingly pleased! Thanks Signature Custom Flooring for a job well done!”
– Anna Stratton, Hartford
“After seeing the bad shape my floors were in I was doubtful they would ever look “amazing”, but Signature Custom Flooring did a fantastic job!!! I would absolutely recommend hiring Aaron. I’ll for sure recommend him to anyone that needs their floors done.”
– Robert Orde, Green Bay
“Aaron did a beautiful job on our floors. After 15 years, they were in need of refinishing. Aaron restored the original beauty of the maple floors and suggested a water-based finish instead of the oil-based. No more gold floors!!! We also appreciate that there was virtually no dust to clean up. Great job Aaron. Thank you for making our floors beautiful again.”
– Lisa Paul, Oshkosh
“Aaron is an incredibly hard worker with incredible expertise on hardwood flooring. I had NO idea the amount of information out there on species of wood, finishes, etc. and Aaron was so helpful in explaining it all and making sure we got the floor we really had cooked up in our imagination. We could not be happier! The price was great, the service was fantastic and we got exactly what we wanted. I would recommend Aaron to anyone!”
– Nicole Waltemath, Oshkosh
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