My Top 10 Hardwood flooring articles – The best of 2014
As the year is coming to a close, I thought it would be helpful to reflect on my top flooring articles for the year. These are sorted by number of clicks and generally represent the most frequently asked hardwood flooring questions we get.
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1. How long does it take to refinish hardwood flooring? This is an important one to read if you are just starting the process. Many don’t realize the length of time it takes for the refinishing and drying process. As a result, they may not leave enough time before moving into their new house…or they may need to postpone the work to do when they will be away for a long vacation.
2. Water vs Oil based polyurethane – Which is better for hardwood flooring? This explains the pros and cons for each type of poly as well as the instances where you might choose oil over water and vice versa.
3. Can you change the color of your hardwood floors? If you have solid hardwood, the answer to this is usually yes, but it can vary a bit based on species of wood.
4. How long does it take polyurethane to dry and cure? This is a companion piece to the first article about how long it takes to do the work. It explains the immediate drying process as well as the full curing time (which is longer).
5. What’s the difference between red oak and white oak flooring? This is important to know if you have some hardwood in your house and you are trying to match. If you are starting fresh, than you can choose whichever look you prefer.
6. Which types of hardwoods are best for dogs? This outlines species, color and finishes that will hold up best with dogs (as well as kids).
7. 2014 Hardwood flooring trends This outlines the trends in hardwood flooring styles, colors, finishes and looks. Soon, I’ll be writing a post for 2015, so stay tuned.
8. Hardwood Stain Trends This has the latest and greatest color trends for hardwood stain colors.
9. Which type of sheen is most popular for hardwood? This shows the preferred sheen level (i.e. how shiny should your floors be?) as well as which is most practical in showing less scratches and dirt. Thankfully, they are one and the same, so no trade-offs necessary here.
10. Gray hardwood floors. Yes, this is the latest rage here in NYC and Westchester. It’s a super chic look. It costs a bit more, but it’s worth it if you want this stylish and trendy look.
If you live in Westchester County NY, I offer color consultations to advise customers on paint colors and stain choices. My designer discount at the paint stores usually more than offsets the cost for the hour consultation. Read more here.