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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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Top Reasons to Use Dustless Hardwood Refinishing in Denver


April 25, 2018

Refinishing floors are a great way to bring old flooring back to life. For a fraction of the cost, you will remove old imperfects to restore your floors to their original quality. Even better, you can work with a premier dustless hardwood refinishing in Denver service that will get the job done quickly and neatly. If you are considering replacing your hardwood floors, make sure you learn why to refinish, your hardwood refinishing options and the benefits of using a dustless service.

Why Refinish Over Purchasing New?

One of the top benefits of hardwood flooring is its longevity. Carpet typically lasts 10 to 15 years at max, depending how much foot traffic there is. With hardwood flooring, your investment will last for decades. However, that does not mean it might show its age after time. Luckily for you, as opposed to aged carpet, you can restore hardwood to its original beauty through hardwood refinishing as opposed to replacing them. Refinishing hardwood is the process of sanding down the top of the wood, then putting a new stain on it. This removes scratches, scrapes, and other imperfections—all at a fraction of the cost.

Refinish Options

When you refinish your floors, you do not have to keep them the same stain as they once were. If you loved it, your local hardwood flooring specialist can match it. However, if you would like to mix things up? You can choose from a wide variety of stains to choose one that accommodates your style. Whether you’d like to switch from light to dark, or shiny to matte, refinishing existing options is the best way to bring your hardwood back to life at a price that won’t break the bank. One of your go-to ways to find a new shade or finish for your new project is to explore your nearest hardwood floor gallery.

Using a Dustless Refinishing Company

Some homeowners think about refinishing projects as long and messy. In the past, there was so much dust entailed with a refinish project. Today? You can take advantage of dust-free hardwood floor refinishing. When using a dustless service, airborne wood dust is immediately removed from the area with a dust containment system. This keeps from dust from flying all around the house, which can be problematic and unhealthy for all that live in the home. During the sanding process, dustless refinishing constantly cleans up after itself—while saving time, too. The dustless refinishing process contains dust that would otherwise have to be cleaned allowing you to enjoy your spaces much quicker.

Are you looking to get started on your hardwood refinishing project? TGB Flooring in Denver offers dustless refinishing services that allow you to transform your home at a great cost. Have damaged trim or other wood? Or looking or custom woodworking? We can accommodate those requests too! TGB Flooring has a wide array of hardwood services to make your home vibrant again. Get started today and call us at 303-738-9910 for your free estimate.
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What to Look for in a Denver Hardwood Installation Company


April 11, 2018

Making a commitment for Denver hardwood installation is a large one. You want to use a trusted expert to handle your investment. Finding a company that will walk you through the process and help you find premier hardwood options for your home is key. Learn more about personalized assistance, types of hardwood to choose from, and go-to refinishing offerings beneficial from an installation company.

Local Provides Personalized Assistance

While you may have several options available to choose to install hardwood in your home, a local expert will provide service unmatched by big box stores. When you choose someone in your area, you are choosing someone that solely looks out for your best interest. Their success is dependent on keeping those in the city happy. They are sure to provide an extra level of customer service that larger stores may not be able to offer. This is extremely important because it gives you added flexibility and comfort that someone is truly invested in meeting your expectations.

Hardwood Selection

As you consider what type of hardwood to install in your home, there are a few top installation services you can consider. They include:
 
  • Unfinished Floors: Unfinished flooring gives you the most flexibility for customization. They are installed as raw wood and from there, can be finished to bet fit your home’s style. The great thing about this option is that it is all completed on-site. You can work with your specialist on times that accommodate your schedule. A great go-to flooring specialist will also have a large array of finish options for you to choose from. From light and shiny floors, to dark floors with a matte finish, this option of flooring truly allows you to make the space your own. Consider trying one of the 11 unique hardwood floor designs and ideas for your home.
  • Pre-Finished Floors: Pre-finished flooring is a great medium-tier price point flooring option. These are planks already cut to size in a variety of finishes. Upon choosing the style that you love, installation is fairly quick. Since they are already finished, all your installer will need to do is nail down the pieces. You also have the option later down the road to refinish the floors if you would like to change their color.
  • Floating Floors: If you are looking for the most budget friendly option, floating floors is a great option. Similar to pre-finished floors, floating floors are already cut to size. They are constructed of laminate and snap together.


Refinishing Options

After you install nice, quality hardwood floors, the last thing on your mind is refinishing them. However, on average, hardwood will need to be replaced every 10 years or so. It depends on wear. During this process, they will be sanded down to eliminate the imperfections, then refinished. When choosing someone to install your hardwood floors, talk to them about refinishing options down the road. It is even more beneficial if they offer dustless refinishing services.

To help you with your hardwood installation project every step of the way, TGB Flooring has you covered. We have served the greater Denver Metro area since 1990 and provide a wide variety of services that will make you fall in love with your home all over again! Call us today for your free estimate at 303-738-9910.
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