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Why Denver Hardwood Floors Are a Great Option for Your Home


July 4, 2018

When it comes to Denver hardwood floors, you really can’t go wrong. Hardwood floors are one of the most desirable options that home buyers are looking for, so it’s a great investment because they will never go out of style. (Read this article from the professionals at HGTV who include hardwoods on their list of timeless design ideas: 20 Design Trends That Never Go Out of Style.) There are hardwoods available to suit every budget!

Their timelessness is just one of the many reasons you should consider hardwoods for your home.


They Make Spaces Feel Warm and Inviting

Whereas a tile floor can feel cold, there is nothing like the warmth of a natural wood floor to make your entire space feel cozy and welcoming. The darker the floor, the warmer they will make a room seem.


They Are Long-Lasting and Durable

Because they can be refinished more than once during their lifetime, this makes hardwood floors a durable option that will be a part of your home for decades to come. Hardwoods that are ¾-inch thick are the most suitable for refinishing several times.


They Have a Natural Beauty

There is no flooring that has the natural beauty of hardwoods. Whether you like light floors or dark floors—or anything in between, their appeal is unrivaled. Some hardwoods develop a patina after years of use that is particularly appealing.


They Come in Many Varieties

You can choose colors, wood patterns, and plank widths to create flooring that matches your taste.


They Don’t Hold Onto Allergens

Unlike carpeting, which can attract and hold on to allergens such as animal dander, hardwoods can mean a healthier home environment—especially for family members who might be prone to allergies.

They Are Easy to Care For

Hardwoods are vulnerable to scratches, so it’s a good idea to dust, mop, or vacuum them regularly. Keep a rug near the entryways of your home to help keeps the bottoms of shoes clean. Better yet, have people take off their shoes before entering to keep floors in pristine condition.

Find out what kind of finish your hardwoods have so you clean them properly. For instance, you don’t clean hardwoods with a surface finish the same you clean hardwoods with a wax finish. Be sure to ask about this when you have the hardwoods installed. Spread throw rugs around them liberally to help minimize wear and tear.

Contact TGB Flooring when it’s time to replace the flooring in your home with a Denver hardwood floor. Our expert staff is respected throughout the Denver area for satisfying customers with our superior and personalized flooring services. Why call us? We can handle all of your flooring needs, we have access to the best products available, and we are happy to provide hardwood floor refinishing services that can enhance the exceptional quality of your home.

We proudly serve following areas: Denver, Aurora, Littleton, Wheatridge, Westminster, Boulder, Castle Rock, Parker, Castle Pines, Cherry Hills, Highlands Ranch, and Tallyn’s Reach. Contact us today!
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Turn Your Staircase Into a Work of Art With Denver Custom Woodworking


June 20, 2018

You may not pay attention to the staircases in most homes. They probably function just fine, but there is nothing all that special about them. But with Denver custom woodworking at TGB Flooring, your stairs can literally become a work of art because they will make a one-of-a-kind statement. We can take your boring, run-of-the-mill staircase and ensure it makes a statement. We can create curved, spiral, straight, and flared designs for your staircase.
Take a look at our project gallery to see some of our beautiful hardwood work, including custom staircases.
If you have hardwoods in your home, you might wish to consider incorporating the warm look of hardwoods into your custom staircase. Here are some things to keep in mind when planning your project:

Color

You’ll probably want to use the same color as your floors for your hardwood stairs—unless you are trying to create a particularly unique statement. But if you want things to flow, it is usually best to stick to the same color.

Finish

If you order wood for your staircase that is already finished, you run the risk of having it damaged during the construction process. Putting in stairs is hard work, so nicks and dings are likely to happen as part of the process. It’s usually best to have the wood for the stairs finished on-site.
Don’t miss these pro tips on taking care of your custom wood staircase so it looks beautiful for years to come.

Risers

The riser is the vertical space between steps, and although you can’t see them much while you are on the stairs, when you are viewing the stairs from a distance, they are quite visible. With Denver custom woodworking, you have plenty of options for the risers. You can make them match the stairs, or you can create a contrasting look. Or they can be painted for a more traditional design.

Plank Size

You can choose wide or narrow planks, depending on your personal preference. You might also want to consider what plank size your home’s hardwood flooring has and have the stairs match.

Wood Grain

You’ll want to make sure the wood grain of your stairs matches that of your hardwood floors to create a more integrated look. Otherwise, your custom staircase might end up looking out of place in your home.
Contact TGB Flooring when it’s time to take your staircase from dull to dazzling. Our expert staff has more than a quarter century of experience and is respected throughout the Denver area for satisfying customers with our superior and personalized flooring services. Why call us? We can handle all of your custom woodworking needs, we have access to the best products available, and we would be glad to provide hardwood floor refinishing services that can enhance the exceptional quality of your home. We are proud to offer our services to the following areas: Denver, Aurora, Littleton, Wheatridge, Westminster, Boulder, Castle Rock, Parker, Castle Pines, Cherry Hills, Highlands Ranch,  and Tallyn’s Reach. Contact us today!
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Comparing Denver Hardwood Installation Methods


June 5, 2018

You have made the decision that you are going to redo your home’s flooring, and you have decided that you will go with hardwoods. To help you make your decision on the type of hardwoods, take a look at this article in which the experts at HGTV share their favorite choices for hardwoods in this article: 10 Stunning Hardwood Flooring Options. Once you find the right hardwood for your home, you might be wondering about Denver hardwood installation methods—especially if you think you might try to do some of the installation yourself. Let’s take a look at the different methods so you can decide which one might be right for your situation.
Before we get to that, however, you need to decide on solid hardwood (made from a single piece of wood) or engineered hardwood (made up of layers of wood). Both options can feature tongue-and-groove plank design. This recent blog post, Buying Guide for Hardwood Flooring in Denver, tells you what you need to know before picking out your hardwoods.

Methods of Installation for Hardwoods

Nail or staple. Flooring nails look a bit like a tiny golf tee. If a hardwood needs to be nailed, there is likely going to be stapling involved as well. Nails allow for more give in humidity as wood expands and contracts. The harder the wood, the better it is to use nails for installation.

Floating. This type of installation is named for the way the planks of hardwood float above the subfloor rather than being directly attached to it. This type of installation usually costs less because there is less labor involved. It is also an easier way to install hardwoods, so many do-it-yourselfers choose this method.

Glue. This installation method, although more labor intensive than the floating option, provides some important benefits, including longevity of the floor. A glued floor will stay in place for many years. There is also sound reduction because there is no space between the floor and subfloor.

Click. Some engineered hardwood clicks together rather than fitting together tongue-and-groove style. This is a floating method, so it does not attach to your subfloor. This is a glue-free option which is another great method for do-it-yourselfers. Sometimes it is sold under different names rather than click together, so it’s important to read the instructions before you purchase.

Contact TGB Flooring when you are ready to purchase and install hardwoods in your home. Our expert staff has more than a quarter century of experience and is respected throughout the Denver area for satisfying customers with our superior and personalized flooring services. We can handle all of your flooring needs, we have access to the best products available, and we would be glad to provide hardwood floor refinishing services that can enhance the exceptional quality of your home. We are proud to offer our services to the following areas: Denver, Aurora, Littleton, Wheat Ridge, Westminster, Boulder, Castle Rock, Parker, Castle Pines, Cherry Hills, Highlands Ranch, and Tallyn’s Reach. Contact us today!
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Some of the Most Common Reasons for Denver Hardwood Repair Services


May 21, 2018

Hardwood floors are popular because of their beauty—and also because they are durable. That doesn’t mean they are immune from damage, however, and if you have hardwoods, there will likely be a time when you will require Denver hardwood repair services. (Don’t miss this recent blog post about protecting your hardwood flooring.)
Here are some of the most common issues that come up with hardwood floors.

Splitting or Cracking

Splits or cracks developing in hardwood floors is pretty normal over the years. Usually, small areas can be repaired with angled nails to keep the two pieces flush. Wood putty can help camouflage the blemishes left behind. But if you have large cracks, it might be time to refinish the floor.

Buckling

If you have an issue with water, you might end up with a buckled floor because some of your hardwood boards have gotten warped. Be sure to identify the cause of the buckling in the first place before you invest in fixing it. It’s probably best to skip any do-it-yourself fixes with this problem and call in the professionals.

Washboarding

This problem develops when the edges of the hardwood plank go up and the center part of the board goes down. Usually caused by a moisture problem within the home, such as if the humidity levels are too high. Fixing this usually involves balancing the humidity levels within the home so the surface can return to normal, then having the pros come in to refinish the floors.

Gapping

This is a common problem caused by the weather, which means it is usually a seasonal problem. When it’s dry, wood tends to shrink; when it’s damp, it tends to expand. If you notice gapping, you might want to wait until the weather changes. If the gaps created by the weather are less than the thickness of a dime, it’s probably normal fluctuations. If it’s wider, or if the gaps are persistent, you might want to call in a professional.

Other Issues

It’s normal for floors to become scratched, especially if you have kids and pets. There are touch-up kits available, or sometimes you can even use a crayon to hide the blemish. If you have a lot of scratching, though, you might want to call in the professionals to have your floors refinished. Normal wear and tear on your hardwoods means occasional refinishing is necessary.
If you have any questions about keeping your hardwood floors clean, here are some tips from the pros at Bona on cleaning your hardwood floors.

Contact TGB Flooring when your hardwood floors need repair. Our expert staff has more than a quarter century of experience and is respected throughout the Denver area for satisfying customers with our superior and personalized flooring services. We can handle all of your flooring needs, we have access to the best products available, and we would be glad to provide hardwood floor refinishing services that can enhance the exceptional quality of your home. We are proud to offer our services to the following areas: Denver, Aurora, Littleton, Wheat Ridge, Westminster, Boulder, Castle Rock, Parker, Castle Pines, Cherry Hills, Highlands Ranch, and Tallyn’s Reach. Contact us today!
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What You Should Know Before Contacting a Denver Hardwood Floor Refinishing Service


May 9, 2018

There’s nothing like a beautiful hardwood floor to add beauty to your home. But after about 20 years or so, most hardwood floors will become dull, scratched, and discolored from wear. This is normal, and most hardwood floors can be refinished several times during its lifetime. You’ll know when it’s time to get in touch with a Denver hardwood floor refinishing service when your hardwood floors detract from your home’s beauty rather than add to it.
Here’s what you should consider before you get your project started.

How Long Has the Company Been in Business?

You don’t want to entrust your floors to just anyone, so find a reputable company that has been in business for a while. Check references and talk to them to ensure you get a good feel. At TGB Flooring, we’ve been working with satisfied customers since 1990!

Should You Do the Refinishing Yourself?

Probably not. You might have friends who have done it themselves—and who have done a decent job—but the professionals will tell you it’s a bad idea. Although it might seem self-serving that they would rather you hire them to do it, the truth is that with the equipment you can rent at the local home improvement store, you can’t get the same excellent results the professionals can. Furthermore, if you look into the equipment rental as well as your invested time, you will quickly see that you are not going to save all that much money. And the risk of you ruining your floors is a real one!

If you have doubts, read this article about why there are some projects you should not do yourself, including
refinishing your hardwood floors.

How Long Can You Expect the Project to Take?

Depending on the size of your home, you can expect the hardwood floor refinishing project to take at least three days—and possibly a full week. Because of the sawdust involved, you’ll probably want to move out of your home for the duration.

Is One Time of Year Better Than Another to Do the Project?

In terms of weather, it doesn’t really matter, and your floors can be refinished any time. But if you will be storing items outside, it might make more sense to do the project during dry months.

Costs Can Vary, So Get Quotes Ahead of Time

What your neighbor paid to have their floors refinished might be very different from what you will pay. A lot will depend on the layout of your house, whether you have stairs, and other considerations. As with all home improvement projects, it’s a good idea to get quotes ahead of time so you know exactly what to expect.

Contact TGB Flooring when it’s time to refinish your hardwood floors. Our expert staff has more than a quarter century of experience and is respected throughout the Denver area for satisfying customers with our superior and personalized flooring services. Why call us? We can handle all of your flooring needs, we have access to the best products available, and we would be glad to provide hardwood floor refinishing services that can enhance the exceptional quality of your home. We are proud to offer our services to the following areas: Denver, Aurora, Littleton, Wheat Ridge, Westminster, Boulder, Castle Rock, Parker, Castle Pines, Cherry Hills, Highlands Ranch,  and Tallyn’s Reach. Contact us today!
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