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Tips for Protecting your Hardwood Flooring


August 15, 2018

One of the premier benefits of hardwood flooring in Denver is how easy it is to care for! Hardwood is a great investment to make that will increase the overall value of your home. Plus, it is extremely versatile as opposed to It is important to keep up on your maintenance during the holiday season, and ensure your additional tasks do not hurt the flooring in any way. All it takes is a few precautionary steps and awareness to keep your flooring safe this season. From moving furniture, avoiding scratches, and using a tree, to go-to hardwood cleaning tips, use these tips to maintain the quality of your flooring.

Moving Furniture and Other Scratches


Floor scratches can happen with some of the tasks taken on during the holidays. First, when moving and rearranging furniture, avoid moving furniture directly placed on hardwood. This will help avoid scratches. Instead, there are a few options you can do. Purchase mover pads with a felt bottom at can be placed on the feet of your furniture. Not only will this make your furniture easier to move, but will help avoid scratches and damage too. If you do not have those or are in a pinch, place the feet of your furniture on a rug, towel, or blanket. Also, to expedite the process, make sure you set your plan first before moving. This will be more efficient.

Protection Under a Tree


If your holiday traditions include putting up a tree, take precautions to avoid damage to your flooring. As you set up, use the moving guidelines if you need to move your tree. If using a real tree, make sure to use a stand where you can see the entire base. When adding water, do not let any spills pool on the floor. This can lead to warping. Then as needles fall, you need to sweep them up quickly. If leaving them as-is, it can damage the flooring and become a hazard to those walking in an area. Be sure to learn more on how to place Christmas trees on hardwood floors this season.

Cleaning 101


Throughout the holidays, make sure you are doing your routine maintenance. Sweep or do a light vacuum daily or every couple days to keep dust from piling on the floor. When mopping each month, use a light cleaner that will not damage the flooring. You will only need a light amount of water too. You want to avoid pooling that can lead to warping.  If you do find that your floors have damage, take advantage of local Denver hardwood repair service pro tips.

When it comes to caring for your hardwood this winter, TGB is your top choice for all of your needs. It is best to use our team of experts to ensure the health and safety of your flooring. With services in the Denver metro area, you can find a location near you. Get started today and speak with a member of our team at 303-738-9910.
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Reasons You Might Need Denver Hardwood Floor Repair Services


August 1, 2018

One of the biggest advantages of hardwood flooring is its durability. This does not, however, mean that it won’t need some attention over the years. There are some common reasons why you might need Denver hardwood floor repair services, and we have listed many of them here.

Sagging or Warped Hardwood Floors

Moisture is no friend of hardwood floors, so if you notice any kind of warping with your hardwoods, your floors need attention immediately. You will need to fix the warped part of your floor, and you will also need to address the reason for the moisture by getting to the source of the problem. This can happen in kitchens, in particular, because of leaky appliances or plumbing issues.

Split or Cracked Hardwood Flooring

Over time, hardwood floors can develop small cracks. Most of the time these can be repaired fairly easily by using angled nails to secure the wood pieces (and follow up with wood putty to camouflage the nail). If you have large cracks, however, it might be time to think about refinishing the floor completely. Our refinishing is a dustless process that offers homeowners much more convenience and much less mess!

Gaps in Your Hardwood Flooring

It’s not uncommon for hardwood floor planks to start showing gaps in between. This is usually normal expansion and contraction from changes in the weather. You might even notice more gaps during some seasons because of humidity levels. Gaps that are thin are usually okay to leave alone—and wait for the weather to change again. But if the gaps become wider than the thickness of a dime, it’s probably time to call in the professionals. (This article from real estate experts out of Boston includes more detailed information about how to tell when to be concerned about gaps in your hardwood flooring.)

Buckling in Your Hardwood Flooring

If the boards in your floor warp and start lifting from the subfloor to which they are attached, this is known as buckling and calls for an expert’s help. You will need to figure out why the buckling happened in the first place so that you can prevent it from happening again once the floor has been fixed and the boards have been reattached to the subfloor.
Whenever you notice problems with your hardwood flooring, be sure to address it immediately so you can protect your floors and your investment.

Contact TGB Flooring when it’s time to repair or 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 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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The Different Finishes Available for Your Denver Hardwood Floor


July 18, 2018

There is no denying that hardwood floors are one of the most sought-after finishes people look for when they are purchasing a home. If you are in a position to change the flooring in your Denver home, you cannot go wrong by installing hardwood floors. Take a look at our gallery for some inspiration about some of our hardwood floors as well as useful tips and services.

When you decide to go with wood flooring, you need to determine what kind of finish you would like. It really comes down to your lifestyle, your personal preference, and your plans for maintenance. Regardless of the finish, you will have to do routine maintenance, but the type of finish you decide on will impact what that maintenance looks like as well as how well the floors will look years down the road. (Here are some tips from the folks at the DIY Network on caring for your hardwood floors.)

Sheen

Similar to the household paint that you purchase at the local hardware store, there are different sheens with every finish of hardwood floors, each of which has a different level of shine. Maintenance for each will vary as well.
  • Gloss—for the shiniest option that reflects the most light
  • Semi-gloss—slightly less shiny than gloss but still with quite a bit of light reflection
  • Satin—slightly less shiny than semi-gloss but still with some light reflection
  • Matte—the least amount of shine and the smallest amount of light reflection (sometimes referred to as “flat”)

Surface Finishes

Hardwood floors have a surface finish on them to help make them durable and water resistant. They are a protective coating that needs minimal maintenance throughout the life of the floor.  They include:
  • Water-based—clear in color and highly durable
  • Oil-based—amber in color and extremely durable
  • Moisture-cured—can be anywhere from clear to amber and the most moisture-resistant of all the finishes
  • Conversion varnish—can be anywhere from clear to somewhat amber and very durable
  • Wax—soaked into the wood before hardening to form a protective seal; good durability but can show spotting
  • UV cured—uses ultraviolet light to cure
If you are not sure what the best finish is for you and your lifestyle, it’s a good idea to talk to an expert to find out which might be most suitable.
Contact TGB Flooring when it’s time to replace the flooring in your home with a Denver hardwood floor. Our expert staff has earned its prestigious reputation 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, Wheatridge, Westminster, Boulder, Castle Rock, Parker, Castle Pines, Cherry Hills, Highlands Ranch, and Tallyn’s Reach. Contact us today!
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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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