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Solid vs. Engineered Wood Floor Facts & Misconceptions

Engineered vs. Solid Hardwood Flooring: Facts & Misconceptions

Many consumers are under the impression that solid hardwood flooring is superior to engineered hardwood flooring and may even refuse to consider engineered flooring for their home. Having spent 25 years as a flooring contractor and the past 4 years as a retailer of both engineered and solid hardwood flooring, I have found that there are a lot of misconceptions about both types of floors. I would like to share the following information and my experience so that you can make an educated decision about the best floor for your project.

Hardwood Refinishing: How to Do it Yourself

Your new hardwood floor needs to be finished to protect against scratches, scuffs, and other surface blemishes. Also, the finish can provide extra shine and color to the surface. But, over time finish will wear off, so you will need hardwood refinishing. Hardwood refinishing involves sanding the surface of the floor to remove any excess

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Radiant Heat and Hardwood Floors

With new building and remodeling practices, the demand for using in-floor radiant heat has increased dramatically within the last years. Radiant heat provides an even warmth with no cold spots within a room and provides comfort. You cannot replace it with any other type of heating system.  Radiant heat is a system using electric coils or

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Types of Wood Cuts for Hardwood Flooring

The angle at which a board of solid hardwood is cut, or how the veneer for engineered flooring is cut is important because it affects how the finished product looks, performs, and how much it costs.  Different types of wood cuts produce different qualities in timber. Choosing the right cut for your project can make

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Flooring Companies Revive Wood with Oil

Oiled finish wood flooring has become an increasingly popular choice for most homeowners and flooring companies. It is easy to apply, gives almost foolproof results, require no applicators beyond a rag and leaves wood looking both rich and natural. Flooring companies love the oil because it adapts perfectly to finishing wood still turning on the

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Wood Floor Restoration in San Francisco

Historic buildings by nature are fragile and delicate, purely due to their age. They can take on many different shapes and sizes, dependant on the era of their construction and can be all over the world. One of the most important things for historic buildings is to maintain them and restore them when damaged. Unlike

Hardwood Floor Refinishing and Recoating

It’s a fact, your hardwood floor is going to get scratches and dull look general wear and tear over time. It’s best to recoat your floor while it still looks good. It prolongs the life of your floor and reduces the number of times you have to do hardwood floor refinishing. Recoating will revitalize the

Hardwood floor refinishing

Radiant Heating System and Wood Floors

With more homeowners looking to have a custom look for their homes, wood flooring has increased in popularity. When choosing a heating system, underfloor heating has become a popular choice. It is well suited for use with a wooden floor. With a radiant heating system, the key is to ensure thermal conductivity, which is best

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Prefinished vs Unfinished Hardwood Flooring

Deciding between prefinished and unfinished hardwood floors can be difficult. You may feel exhausted by the number of decisions you need to make your hardwood flooring project, but taking the time to choose the option that’s best for you will save a lot of future headaches. With Tamalpais Hardwood Floor the question of prefinished vs unfinished hardwood will

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How to Choose Hardwood Floors in San Francisco?

Figuring out what hardwood floors is right for you amongst all the many choices available on the market might seem like a difficult task. To help you choose, we have created a simple 5-steps easy to follow guide about hardwood floors in San Francisco. Engineered or Solid Engineered floors are a better choice for different reasons: They