Archive for October, 2012

Selecting The Right Flooring For Your Home

You walk on it all the time. Your kids run around on it, and your dog may even use it for sleeping.  But, does your floor need some sprucing up?

Even though the primary purpose of flooring is functionality, there’s no reason you can’t have something elegant that adds beauty to your home.  If you plan to upgrade the look of your floors, it all starts with choosing the right materials. Then, go over the design to determine if you want something patterned in the kitchen or if a simple plain floor will do.  Will the brick pattern look great in your outdoor dining space or would wooden panels creates a more beautiful outcome?

To help you choose which kind of floor you can picture your house having for the long term, here are some ideas:

  • Hardwood floors – This type of flooring is considered to be a classic and one of the most elegant options. Hardwood floors offer timeless beauty and grace and complement almost all interior designs. However, a downside to hardwood flooring is its vulnerability to water and scratches. However, proper care of your wood flooring and sealing it with good finished (such as the Bona line offered by Superior Hardwoods & Millwork) will keep your flooring in good condition and free of wear and tear.
  • Concrete – It’s strong and classic look that is great for huge houses. A potential downside is that concrete can be cold and hard, so you may want to think twice if you have kids.
  • Vinyl – This is the most affordable type of flooring material you can use for your home. However, take note that vinyl tiles may not be as durable and long lasting as other types of flooring material. Nevertheless, they are easier to install than other materials if you don’t have a lot of time to spend on replacing your floors.
  • Brick floors – If you want a non-slip material, bricks are a great option. Although bricks are usually best suited for the outdoors, you can also use them in select areas of the house like the mudroom. Bricks are also easy to install and a less costly alternative to other types of flooring materials.
  • Carpet – If you want a soft surface for your kids to play on, wall to wall carpeting is the most practical choice. Carpets are durable, and you can even find stain-resistant options. Just keep in mind that it requires very regular cleaning because dirt and dust easily accumulate.

Contact us today and we will get you set up with the finishes you need to maintain your hardwood flooring for years to come!

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Softwood vs. Hardwood

When searching for materials for wood flooring, it is common that people choose hardwood lumber because of its durability.  Since it is named as hardwood, we think of it as very dense and hard, thus making it the most appropriate to use on your floors.

But, what about softwoods? Are these kinds of wood too soft on our floors? Definitely not! The fact is, there are different types of hardwood that are actually very light and less dense than other woods, while conversely, there are softwoods that are actually very hard and durable for your floor. Most softwoods are less dense than other types of wood and therefore easier to cut. Hardwoods are indeed durable and denser, which makes them sturdier on floors.

It is important to know these different distinctions to help you choose the most fitting wood for your floor. There are softwoods that, in fact, provide the kind of wood density, hardness, and grain that suit your liking, but do not limit you.

Hardwoods come from plants that produce seeds with coverings. These types of plants are called angiosperms, and seeds grow out of their coverings. On the other hand, softwoods are a type of woods that are gymnosperms or plants that releases seed on the ground without any covering. Some of the seeds are released into the air and spread in other areas where seeds may not otherwise grow.

When it comes to wood density, hardwood flooring is usually denser than softwood, making it harder. Softwoods have lower density and are softer than other types of hardwood.  If you are looking for dark woods, then hardwood lumber is your best choice. Otherwise, softwoods are ideal for light colored wood. Lastly, anular rings on softwood lumber are more distinct than hardwood.

Superior Hardwoods offers both hardwoods and softwoods in a variety of species to choose from. For hardwood lumbers, choose from Cherry, Elm, Maple, Poplar, Red Oak, White Oak, Walnut, and Wormy Chestnut. For softwoods, wood species vary from Cypress, Douglas Fir, Pine, Ponderosa Pine, White Pine, Redwood, and Southern Yellow Pine. All these lumbers are reclaimed wood that provide you with high quality for your flooring needs. They are also eco-friendly, so you can have a peace of mind knowing your flooring choice was good for the environment.

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Benefits of Using Water Proofer on Your Hardwood Deck

Decks are beautiful to look at during their first few months. But, considering the usage they endure over the years, and you will certainly expect to see signs of wear and tear, as well as damage caused by the external factors like too much exposure to sunlight, water, and wildlife. Regular maintenance and cleaning will temporarily manage the look of your decking, but it’s not enough to keep them consistently well-protected.

What you need is a good waterproofer to ensure longer use of your decking in top condition. Waterproofer is a type of deck sealant that adds a coat of protection to your hardwood floors. Applying waterproofers to your wooden deck will make sure that they are free from possible splitting, cracking, and spalling. It will also shield the wood from salt and water intrusion, which cause mold and mildew growth, and too much exposure to the sun, which is the source of UV damage on the floor.

In addition, waterproofers are also easy use and refresh. You can actually clean and treat your deck in one day, rather than having to wait several hours or days for everything to dry between coats.  Plus, after treated, all you have to do is clean your deck with water and soap, which makes clean-up and maintenance more convenient.

If you are looking for an eco-friendly product to use on your hardwood decking, waterproofers are actually environmentally friendly. Most waterproofers, such as Seal Once, are water-based, which means they are not flammable and are safer to use. Seal Once waterproofer is also odorless and will not burn the skin if you come into contact with it, so you can be assured of safe application. Most importantly, it does not contain harmful chemicals that can be detrimental to your health.

Waterproofers also extend the life of your hardwood deck. Since they become well-guarded by the additional layer, damage is minimal, and you are less likely to have to replace or repair your deck regularly. Not only will waterproofers save you money by avoiding the costs of replacement and repair, but they will also save you the time and effort making those repairs.

If you are looking for a reliable and effective waterproofer, Seal Once waterproofer is the perfect sealant for you and can be found at Superior Hardwoods & Millwork of Montana.

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Why Use Tigerwood for Your Deck?

Decking materials provide a lot of options to choose from. If you are looking for excellent quality with sophisticated style and beauty, Tigerwood may be an ideal option for you.

Tigerwood is a Brazilian exotic hardwood that promises durability, unique beauty, and functionality. The wood comes in varying hues ranging from light golden-brown to reddish-brown (like the pictured deck to the left). What is striking about the appearance of Tigerwood is the unique striped pattern of black and brown streaks, which is what gives it its name.

If you are looking for a hardwood that is unique and lustrous, Tigerwood is a perfect choice for you, given its sleek appearance.

There are many advantages to installing Tigerwood decking.  First of all, it is easy to install.  Secondly, it is easy to clean and maintain.  Thirdly, the wood quality offers a high resistance to damage caused by wear and tear, scratches, and even harsh sunlight. In fact, Tigerwood lasts longer than other type of hardwood.  And fourthly, Tigerwood is fire retardant and has exceeded the OSHA hazardous footing guidelines.

Tigerwood offers a denser composition, which means it dries easier and faster. That, in turn, prevents warping and cracking, so you don’t have to check it very often. Its hardness, which is Janka 2160 lb,  is also an advantage because it is one of the harder types of exotic hardwood available.

So, if you are looking for beautiful, excellent quality hardwood for your deck, contact Superior Hardwoods & Millwork of Montana. Superior Hardwoods offers high quality Tigerwood that guarantees low maintenance, stable construction, and beauty for years to come.

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Recoating Your Flooring To Restore Lost Shine

A beautiful hardwood floor adds sophistication and value to any room. The warmth appeal of natural wood makes your house more comfortable as well as elegant simultaneously. It is a worthy investment for any home – yet like any other investment it needs to be maintained and preserved.

High traffic and wear on your floor can reduce its luster, making it look dull and scratched. When this occurs proper maintenance must be taken to ensure that the floor finish is never worn down to expose the bare wood. Once bare wood is exposed, repairs and maintenance become much more costly and time-consuming and may even require replacement of your wood floor.

To make sure that your hardwood floor is well protected and able to maintain its shine, recoating it regularly will retain its luster and beauty and prevent permanent damages caused by are wood. Recoating your hardwood also remove contaminants that may accumulate on your floor and will return the look of your wood to “new”. Proper maintenance will not only keep your floor looking brand new at all times, but it will also be well-protected from future accumulation of dirt and dust as well as extending its life.

The process of recoating of your hardwood floor is also easy to do considering the new technologies now available in the market that make it more convenient to do it yourself. First, make sure contaminants on the floor such as dirt and dust are removed and the floor is thoroughly cleaned. Then, the floor will be rinsed with a special rinse made specifically for hardwood flooring to deeply clean and rinse the floor.

After rinsing, recoating of the wood is then prepared and applied to the floor. Upon application of the new coat, scratches found on the surface of the wood are also filled to create an even look to the floor.

Superior Hardwood carries the Bona Recoat System which is perfect for easily recoating your hardwood floors.  Superior Hardwood also offers prefinished hardwood flooring that is already coated stained in a factory setting, making it easier for you to install the wood floors in your home and delay your first refinishing until a later date!

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What You Can Get from Using Hand Hewn Wood

There are many materials to choose from when it comes to remodeling your home.  When it comes to wood, hand hewn woods are among the top choices. This kind of wood provides a number of benefits that make it more attractive for home use. Hand hewn wood is available in a variety of wood species, many of which come from centuries-old trees, and ensures both durability and functionality.

What makes hand hewn wood different from other types of wood?  Since hand hewn woods are cut by hand and harsh-blowing cutting tools like axes, the design and overall appearance of the wood is more unique and natural than if it were cut using technology tools. You can actually see the character of each piece of wood, which makes your decor one of a kind.

Furthermore, hand hewn timbers are made of reclaimed wood that offers an eco-friendly benefit. Aside from using the right kind of wood for your home, you are also helping save the environment in your own small way because you are not contributing to deforestation or clogging streams with discarded wood.

Superior Hardwood offers high-quality hand hewn woods that are available in a variety of different designs, styles and wood tones, so you can find the perfect option to suit your home.

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Knowing More About Exotic Hardwood Floors

A lot of homeowner opt for having hardwood floors in their home because of their rich appearance that can transform a space.  Hardwood floors come in different colors and finishes that conform well to many interior designs which gives them broad appeal.

When it comes to hardwood flooring, exotic hardwoods are among the top choices for materials. Not only do they offer valuable features and distinctive beauty, but they invoke a sense of pride on the part of the homeowner, as they serve as a point of awe amongst visitors.

There are many different kinds of exotic hardwoods available on the market. Some of the top species are Brazilian Walnut, Tigerwood, Rosewood, Brazilian Teak, Brazilian Cherry Floor, and Santos Mahogany. If you have particular wood specie in mind, there are also other types of wood specie available.

When it comes to wood colors, there are also a wide variety of color options to choose from. These colors are often naturally combined in a way that creates an artistic visual addition to your floor. Moreover, color mixtures are one-of-a kind, so you can know that your floors will be unique.

Keep in mind that exotic hardwoods are more costly than domestic woods. However, considering the special features it offers, many people find it to be worth the investment.

So, why buy exotic hardwood?

If you have exotic hardwood flooring installed in your house, you will have a bold statement piece that will be impressive to guests who visit your home. Because of its luxurious appearance and long-lasting elegance, exotic hardwood will provide you a beautiful look that will last for years.

In addition, durability and strength are some of the top qualities of exotic hardwood.  Compared to domestic woods, exotic hardwoods are harder and denser, which are not easily prone to wear and tear. Installing them requires special cutting tools, but once they are in place, they are much more resistant to water and damage.

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