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June 13, 2014

New hardwood flooring is a sure way to add comfort and elegance to a home, while also increasing its overall value. Because there is an array of hardwood types from which to choose, it is helpful to have a basic understanding of all flooring components prior to making a final decision.

 

For example, hardwood floors are available in a variety of constructions to mitigate moisture and enable easy installation over different sub-floors. Moisture is an important issue to consider prior to installation, as it can rapidly be absorbed by and warp the wood. To err on the side of caution, consider adding a moisture barrier over the final product. Continue reading to learn about other factors worth considering.

 

Species and Color

 

Part of the selection process is identifying the preferred species of wood. This is largely a matter of personal taste and budget. Choose from domestic species, such as maple, oak, and cherry. Exotic species, such as cork, Brazilian cherry, and bamboo, are also worth considering.

 

Domestic wood can be stained to elicit a multitude of colors and shades. Exotic species, however, are usually left unstained because their natural colors are so distinct. These species are prone to photo-sensitivity and require sunlight to maintain a rich color.

 

Species and color of wood is often representative of lifestyle. For instance, dark wood is perceived as formal and upscale, while light wood tends to exude a casual atmosphere. 

 

Width and Texture

                                                                                         

The width of hardwood planks have significant impact on the appearance of a floor. The wider the planks are, the fewer seams will be visible in the floor, for example. Individuals investing in new hardwood floors may also select from different textures, such as smooth or distressed.

 

Hardness and Grade

 

The hardness of wood refers to its ability to resist indentation and damage. Different species of wood have varying degrees of hardness, so some are more susceptible to dents than others. If the new floor will be installed in a high-traffic area, hardness is a vital component to consider.

 

Grade refers to the appearance. Even if the hardwood is free from defects, appearance can vary within the same species. Some individuals prefer the visual effect of knots and streaks, while others do not.

 

These are some of the most popular selections:

 

Red oak

   This is a strong wood that is highly resistant to wear and tear.

White oak

   White oak is stronger than red oak, and is a durable option especially appropriate when      both large family size and high level of activity are involved.

Birch

   Birch can range in color and is a bit softer than oak.

Maple

   Maple wood is durable, versatile and stylish. It goes well with most types of designs.

Hickory

   Hickory wood is a daring move for your flooring. It brings a rustic and distressed look to        your home decor. Utilize Hickory wood for an eclectic vibe. 

 

For further consultation regarding flooring options and efficient professional installation, contact Rite Rug Flooring today.

 

 

 


Check out the Rite Rug Flooring Company History Video. 

Posted by: Rite Rug Blog Administrator

New hardwood flooring is a sure way to add comfort and elegance to a home, while also increasing its overall value. Because there is an array of hardwood types from which to choose, it is helpful to have a basic understanding of all flooring components prior to making a final decision.

 

For example, hardwood floors are available in a variety of constructions to mitigate moisture and enable easy installation over different sub-floors. Moisture is an important issue to consider prior to installation, as it can rapidly be absorbed by and warp the wood. To err on the side of caution, consider adding a moisture barrier over the final product. Continue reading to learn about other factors worth considering.

 

Species and Color

 

Part of the selection process is identifying the preferred species of wood. This is largely a matter of personal taste and budget. Choose from domestic species, such as maple, oak, and cherry. Exotic species, such as cork, Brazilian cherry, and bamboo, are also worth considering.

 

Domestic wood can be stained to elicit a multitude of colors and shades. Exotic species, however, are usually left unstained because their natural colors are so distinct. These species are prone to photo-sensitivity and require sunlight to maintain a rich color.

 

Species and color of wood is often representative of lifestyle. For instance, dark wood is perceived as formal and upscale, while light wood tends to exude a casual atmosphere. 

 

Width and Texture

                                                                                         

The width of hardwood planks have significant impact on the appearance of a floor. The wider the planks are, the fewer seams will be visible in the floor, for example. Individuals investing in new hardwood floors may also select from different textures, such as smooth or distressed.

 

Hardness and Grade

 

The hardness of wood refers to its ability to resist indentation and damage. Different species of wood have varying degrees of hardness, so some are more susceptible to dents than others. If the new floor will be installed in a high-traffic area, hardness is a vital component to consider.

 

Grade refers to the appearance. Even if the hardwood is free from defects, appearance can vary within the same species. Some individuals prefer the visual effect of knots and streaks, while others do not.

 

These are some of the most popular selections:

 

Red oak

   This is a strong wood that is highly resistant to wear and tear.

White oak

   White oak is stronger than red oak, and is a durable option especially appropriate when      both large family size and high level of activity are involved.

Birch

   Birch can range in color and is a bit softer than oak.

Maple

   Maple wood is durable, versatile and stylish. It goes well with most types of designs.

Hickory

   Hickory wood is a daring move for your flooring. It brings a rustic and distressed look to        your home decor. Utilize Hickory wood for an eclectic vibe. 

 

For further consultation regarding flooring options and efficient professional installation, contact Rite Rug Flooring today.

 

 

 


Check out the Rite Rug Flooring Company History Video. 

May 29, 2014

Those of us lucky enough to have the extra space for a hobby room may wonder what type of flooring material is best. From craft rooms to wine cellars, here are the five most common hobby rooms and flooring ideas for each:

 

Wine cellar. A wine cellar is usually located on the lower levels of a home. These rooms tend to have concrete base flooring. It is important to keep this in mind when considering a wine cellar floor. While you want to add style and elegance to your wine cellar, consider the amount of weight this floor must bear. The contents of a wine cellar, especially if a refrigeration unit will be installed, can become very heavy. Wine cellar floors, therefore, are best done in wood or stone. Remember that base flooring may need to be laid over the concrete base before the wood or stone can be installed.

 

Craft room. Before deciding on a flooring material, it is important to first consider what types of activities will be done in this room. If you deal mostly with paper materials or jewelry making, you can consider tile or hardwood flooring. However, if your crafts require a heavy use of paint, glue, or glitter, vinyl would be the ideal choice. Vinyl is easy to clean and resists stains. Carpet is usually not a good idea in a craft room. Dropped materials are hard to find on carpeted floors, and sticky messes and stains can be difficult to remove.

                                                               

Playroom. Consider the age of children when installing a playroom floor. Smaller children will likely need softer surfaces to cushion their falls. However, it is also important that these floors be easy to clean in case of spills and other messes. A solution to this is vinyl flooring with multiple soft throw rugs or large rubber tiles scattered on top. These can be easily removed from the playroom and cleaned when needed. Older children, not prone to messes, can benefit from a comfortable, carpeted floor with a thick matting underneath.

 

Game room. Consider the primary use of a game room before deciding on flooring. If drinks and snacks will be a mainstay, an easy to clean floor is key. Pre-finished wood works well in game rooms; it is very durable and resistant to liquid spills. Adding a protective coating can help to resist scratches and other damage. Ceramic tile is also a great option. Terracotta, specifically, can give a distinctive flair to the game room. Ceramic and terracotta are also stain resistant and easy to clean. If a tile happens to break, it can easily be removed and replaced without much hassle.

 

Workout room. The floor of a workout room must be durable, easy to clean, and provide a solid base for your equipment. Wood flooring can work in most cases, though it may not stand up well to significant machine use or dropped barbells. Synthetic flooring is also a top choice. This can be easily cleaned and disinfected and will stand up well to the wear and tear to which the average workout room is exposed.

 

Flooring is an integral part of any room, and the professionals at Rite Rug can help you select the flooring options to get the most out of your space. Contact us today!

 

 


Check out the Rite Rug Flooring Company History Video. 

Posted by: Rite Rug Blog Administrator

Those of us lucky enough to have the extra space for a hobby room may wonder what type of flooring material is best. From craft rooms to wine cellars, here are the five most common hobby rooms and flooring ideas for each:

 

Wine cellar. A wine cellar is usually located on the lower levels of a home. These rooms tend to have concrete base flooring. It is important to keep this in mind when considering a wine cellar floor. While you want to add style and elegance to your wine cellar, consider the amount of weight this floor must bear. The contents of a wine cellar, especially if a refrigeration unit will be installed, can become very heavy. Wine cellar floors, therefore, are best done in wood or stone. Remember that base flooring may need to be laid over the concrete base before the wood or stone can be installed.

 

Craft room. Before deciding on a flooring material, it is important to first consider what types of activities will be done in this room. If you deal mostly with paper materials or jewelry making, you can consider tile or hardwood flooring. However, if your crafts require a heavy use of paint, glue, or glitter, vinyl would be the ideal choice. Vinyl is easy to clean and resists stains. Carpet is usually not a good idea in a craft room. Dropped materials are hard to find on carpeted floors, and sticky messes and stains can be difficult to remove.

                                                               

Playroom. Consider the age of children when installing a playroom floor. Smaller children will likely need softer surfaces to cushion their falls. However, it is also important that these floors be easy to clean in case of spills and other messes. A solution to this is vinyl flooring with multiple soft throw rugs or large rubber tiles scattered on top. These can be easily removed from the playroom and cleaned when needed. Older children, not prone to messes, can benefit from a comfortable, carpeted floor with a thick matting underneath.

 

Game room. Consider the primary use of a game room before deciding on flooring. If drinks and snacks will be a mainstay, an easy to clean floor is key. Pre-finished wood works well in game rooms; it is very durable and resistant to liquid spills. Adding a protective coating can help to resist scratches and other damage. Ceramic tile is also a great option. Terracotta, specifically, can give a distinctive flair to the game room. Ceramic and terracotta are also stain resistant and easy to clean. If a tile happens to break, it can easily be removed and replaced without much hassle.

 

Workout room. The floor of a workout room must be durable, easy to clean, and provide a solid base for your equipment. Wood flooring can work in most cases, though it may not stand up well to significant machine use or dropped barbells. Synthetic flooring is also a top choice. This can be easily cleaned and disinfected and will stand up well to the wear and tear to which the average workout room is exposed.

 

Flooring is an integral part of any room, and the professionals at Rite Rug can help you select the flooring options to get the most out of your space. Contact us today!

 

 


Check out the Rite Rug Flooring Company History Video. 

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