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Denver Hardwood Flooring Differences Between Lace-ins and Headers


February 13, 2019

If you have hardwood floors in one area of your home but not another and wish to extend their usefulness and beauty into the non-hardwood floor area then there are a few options from which to choose in order to make your dream a reality. Suppose you have hardwood floors in the living room but not the dining room or kitchen. You’ve already got an open concept plan but the differing floor types create a sense of brokenness inside your home. The ability to match new hardwoods with existing is one that can be achieved with precision and accuracy from a qualified professional.

The move will not only serve to create the sense of flow and openness you desire but also offer a fresh uplift of the currently installed floors. Even if you aren’t faced with the above situation, two of the flooring terms often confused are lace-in and headers. These two solutions to different situations can help in determining exactly what design and style you hope to achieve either when installing new hardwood floors, remodeling existing hardwoods, or changing the current layout in your home or office.

Lace-In Hardwood Floors

Whether you are extending an existing hardwood floor into another area or patching damaged wood floors, the lace-in method can help in both instances. Lace-in work requires the removal of some boards from the existing floor edge (extending a surface) or those that have been damaged (patch work). 

The removal is so that new wood can then be inserted seamlessly into the spaces where old wood was to create a flawless flooring surface. After the installation of new wood is complete in either the patch or throughout the new area of the home, all of the floor should be sanded and then refinished which will create a match throughout the entirety.

Header Hardwood Floors

Although commonly confused with the lace-in flooring replacement and extension component, header installation is used where a hardwood floor runs up against another type of surface. While hardwood flooring is fully functional and durable in the kitchen, some prefer to have a different surface in that area of their home or already have a suitable floor down.

If you have the open concept floor plan, something must be put down where these two different floor types connect. This is where the header is used as a transition piece between any two surfaces or even different areas of the home. Even if hardwood floors are installed throughout the entire home, including the hallway and bedrooms, a header can be utilized in the doorways in lieu of t-strips or other transition options.

When you’re ready to install, repair, or refinish the hardwood floors around your home, including the implementation of a lace-in or header, then look no further than TGB Flooring. Our professionally trained employees have a wealth of experience and can assist with the specifics of any factors that will influence an addition to your home. Each and every project, whether a new installation, remodel, or patch is going to be different. Serving the Denver and surrounding areas since 1990, TGB can provide assistance in selecting the appropriate look, feel, and direction for your space while providing hands on experience and explanations about the work that you want completed. Contact us today at 303-738-9910 to schedule your free estimate to get started.
 
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Denver Hardwood Floors Unique Designs, Make It Your Own


February 1, 2019

Hardwood floors are timeless. The look and flow created from installing hardwood floors throughout a home help to not only provide a solid flooring surface for years to come but also create a beautiful look that works well in almost any setting. Especially with newly designed open flooring concepts, hardwoods all for a seamless transition from kitchen to dining, hallway to living room, or den to dining. Each easily maintained and separated but another benefit is the added value of hardwood installations. Choosing this flooring type can help if placing the property on the market or as an improvement for current homeowners to enjoy.

While there are a number of different flooring stain colors to choose from other options exist for making them uniquely yours. Instead of simply selecting a cooler color than most hardwood floors, two different options can make your floors stand out. Making a statement with an inlay design or border can be a fun and creative way to add some flourish to a timeless design that will exist for years to come.

Hardwood Floor Inlay Design Application


Wooden floor inlay designs can be intricately designed medallions which are placed as a centerpiece in a certain area of the home or a specific pattern stretched over a particular area. The medallion approach can be any shape but is often a circle or star shaped design with two or more different color tones added for depth and appeal. 

Used in entrance foyers, dining rooms, or even as a centerpiece in a living room, the wooden floor inlay can be applied either as a predetermined artistic piece selected from a mold or as a specific design used for a particular purpose. Either can be beneficial and really helps to set your floor apart from that of your neighbors.

Stretched over a particular area, rectangular variations down a hallway can help to break up the flow and keep things looking good.

Hardwood Floor Border Application


Another area of customization that can be utilized for hardwood floors involves a border design. Basic floor transition strips can be utilized for areas that differ from hardwood floors or even the installation of new floors connecting to an existing flooring surface but another component that should be considered is the use of a border inlay.

Used to break up a pattern or create a focal point, hardwood borders can be installed to ease transitions or break up the flow of an extended space, such as a hallway. The implementation of a border is something to consider and another aspect that can help set your flooring surface apart from anyone else.

When you’re ready to install, repair, or refinish the hardwood floors around your home, including the implementation of a unique inlay or border, then look no further than TGB Flooring. Our professionally trained employees have a wealth of experience and can assist with the specifics of which factors will influence any addition to your home as each and every one is going to be different. Serving the Denver and surrounding areas since 1990, TGB will provide assistance in selecting the appropriate look, feel, and direction for your space while providing hands on experience and explanations about the work that you want completed. Contact us today at 303-738-9910 to schedule your free estimate to get started.
 
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Protecting Your Denver Hardwood Floors From Animal Scratches


January 16, 2019

For every person out there who despises having pets indoors, furry friends also find people that are more than willing to take them in and allow them to be an equal part of the family. Pets, both dogs and cats, move in and are often allowed full run of the house, which includes over any hardwood floor surfaces that may be already existent or just installed as part of a new construction project.

Despite their affection for animals, even the biggest pet lover may see an increase in their blood pressure should a dog or cat begin leaving obvious scratch marks across the flooring surface. Created either by habit, losing their own traction, play, or simply walking around these noticeable indentions can both harm the value of a home and cause need for refinishing or replacement if the damage becomes too severe.

In order to prevent scratching from reaching this extreme and keep the peace among a family of animal lovers - each of the following can assist in limiting the potential damage.

Keep Nails Trimmed

The biggest preventative measure to keeping animals from scratching up the surface on a regular basis involves keeping the pets nails trimmed. A clipper or tool can be used as needed but some animals may not appreciate the necessary maintenance - especially if this is an entire new experience for your pet.

If this is the case, try using some inventive ways to avoid having to trim your dog or cat’s nails. Regular walks solid, rough surfaces and other methods can play a big role in making the exercise fun for your pet while protecting your hardwood floor.

Area Rugs and Runners

Covering high traffic areas of the home where pets routinely run or play with rugs, runners, or other decorative pieces will also limit the damage they can do. These covered surfaces provide a protective layer between your animal’s claws and any hardwood floor surfaces.

Nail Caps

If rugs and runners aren’t an option, then nail caps may be the next best thing. These relatively new coverings are similar to gloves or boots for your dogs or cats, but the cap simply covers the claw when exposed. 

Soft paws for dogs is one such item, considered humane and safe for your pet.

Protective Wax and Coating

Another option for protecting your hardwood floor investment is by utilizing a finish or wax coating to overlay the entire surface of a home. There are a variety of products available which can provide another layer of protection without having to conceal the beauty of hardwood floors or change their appearance, shine, or finish.

When you’re ready to install, repair, or refinish the hardwood floors around your home then look no further than TGB Flooring. Our professionally trained employees have a wealth of experience and can assist with the specifics of which factors will influence any addition to your home as each and every one is going to be different. Whether repairing previous damage done by pets, whether yours or a previous owner, our associates are here to help. Serving the Denver and surrounding areas since 1990, TGB will provide assistance in selecting the appropriate look, feel, and direction for your space while providing hands on experience and explanations about the work that you want completed. Contact us today at 303-738-9910 to schedule your free estimate to get started.
 
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Denver Hardwood Floors: Refinish or Replace? How to Decide


January 2, 2019

Hardwood floors provide a timeless option for homeowners and are an investment with not only financial returns but many healthy, long lasting, and aesthetic returns as well. Whether moving into a new home or determining the future of your own hardwood flooring, there are a number of factors to consider when trying to decide between a simple refinish or complete replacement. 

Both provide their own distinct set of pros and cons and a lot has to do with the length of time for the flooring to have been in place. Typically, a newly installed hardwood floor will withstand five to seven refinishing jobs before beginning to show its age. With refinishing only needing to be executed every 10 years on average, having a new floor installed will almost last a lifetime.

Even still, there are times when floors need to be replaced so let’s take a look at how to determine the best path for your situation.

Hardwood Floor Replacement


Although replacement is the more expensive option, as stated, a professionally installed floor should last a lifetime with proper upkeep. Some factors to consider are how and where the floor is being used, the amount of traffic it will receive, and how much time you want to spend on a refinish.

Any structural concerns regarding the current flooring need to be addressed when making a decision. If a refinish isn’t going to allow for the floor to meet building code and provide a solid surface, then replacement may be the only viable option.

When refinishing hardwood floors, how long does it take should be the question asked by every homeowner. While the process itself doesn’t take an inordinate amount of time, the preparation - moving everything away from the area, and time before a floor can be used again adds to the overall time frame. A few homeowners may wish to have a new product in a similar amount of time instead of the refinished floors.

Hardwood Floor Refinish


The cheaper option, refinishing hardwood floors can give them a brand new look at any time. The refinishing process involves sanding down the current floor and applying a new finish but homeowners can also simply recover the floors every five to seven years for an easier refinish when desired.

Refinishing keeps your hardwood floors in pristine condition and gives them another decade of life when complete. The benefits of sanding hardwood floors have impacts from your pocketbook to pest control.

The decision for replacement versus refinishing will come down to personal preference in most circumstances. An owner may want to change the type of wood used, aesthetics that it provides based on plank size or direction, but unless these or a structural deficiency causes replacement then refinishing is the choice. It provides similar benefits and will extend the life of an installed floor for around another 10 years.

Whether you’ve decided or need some professional assistance in reaching a verdict on the future of hardwood floors around your home, then look no further than TGB Flooring. Our highly trained employees are experienced and can assist with the specifics of which factors will influence any addition to your home, as each and every project is going to be different. Serving the Denver and surrounding areas since 1990, TGB can provide assistance in selecting the appropriate look, feel, and direction for your space while providing hands on experience and explanations about the work that you want completed. Contact us today at 303-738-9910 to schedule your free estimate to get started.
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Room By Room Suggestions for Preserving Your Denver Hardwood Floors


December 19, 2018


Whether you are remodeling or building a new construction, the floor type that you choose has lasting implications throughout the house. One of the most common and best choices available is hardwood floors but after installation, how can you keep that initial shine? Making them look as great as the day they were installed takes a little work but no more than is required by any other flooring option, and the results are far superior when electing to use wood.

There are many different tips and cleaning methods available for hardwood floors and while making sure you are using a substance specifically designed for the material is important, there are also some additional steps which can be implemented to assist in keeping your hardwood floors looking like new.

These particular steps to preserve your floors also don’t require daily attention. By implementing these design practices throughout each room of your home, the floors you have will keep their shine and continually be in the best shape well into the future.

Kitchen


To keep the flow of an open floor plan in tact, often hardwood floors are installed in kitchens and move throughout the remainder of the house. Hardwood flooring in the kitchen can last a lifetime despite being one of the most high traffic areas of a home.

By placing durable, yet comfortable mats down by areas that receive the most attention - stoves, ovens, sinks, or an island/bar, the wear on your floor will be greatly reduced. Also, ensure any spills or messes are cleaned up quickly to keep your floors looking great.

Dining Room


Similar to the kitchen, gathering around a table may provide the most consistent contact individuals have with the hardwood flooring in your home. For this reason, using a rug underneath the table and chairs is recommended.

Hallways


Another high traffic area in a home, hallways are a two-way street to the remainder of a home and need to be protected, if possible. A runner is a great way to protect this area but homeowners need to anchor any runners to their wood floor.

Living Room


Installing felt pads on the feet of any furniture can not only make moving or rearranging the living room much easier, but it also serves to help protect your hardwood investment. Another gathering area for family and guests, an area rug may also be considered for even more protection.

Bed Rooms


Just as in the living room, any furniture and especially beds, should be equipped with the felt pads to offer an extra layer of protection. Often, rugs can be used for the bed providing a landing spot for feet of the frame and also a small carpeted section around the bed for those who may have any hesitation about hardwood flooring extending into the bedroom.

When ready to install or re-do any hardwood floors around your home then look no further than TGB Flooring. Our professionally trained employees have a wealth of experience and can assist with your decision making, as every home, installation, and protective benefits are going to be different. Serving the Denver and surrounding areas since 1990, TGB can help you in selecting the appropriate look, feel, and direction for your space while providing hands on experience and explanations about the work that you want completed. Contact us today at 303-738-9910 to schedule your free estimate to get started.
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