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Herringbone vs. Chevron

Often people don’t know the difference between a Chevron and Herringbone pattern. The difference is all in the zigzag, where Chevron patterns have a continuous zigzag design where as the Herringbone pattern has a broken zigzag design. Chevron This is a zigzag pattern that comes to a sharp point; imagine the letter “V” on repeat. For chevron

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.

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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Wood Flooring: How to Maintain

Wood flooring are always in style, now seemingly more so than ever. Taking proper care of hardwood floors is essential if you want them to last a long time. You have to know what impact wood flooring to keep it looking warm and welcoming. Here you can find some ways to prevent damage.   What

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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

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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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Hardwood Floor Colors: how to Choose

Picking the right color for your hardwood floor in the past was fairly simple as colors were limited. If you’ve already decided that a solid hardwood or engineered hardwood floor is the right kind of floor for your home, then you know that the options are endless from European Oak to Hickory. All these different

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Floor Refinishing: Screening vs Sanding

When choosing flooring, many owners pick hardwood flooring for its resilience and a warm feel due to its rich colors and natural grains. As it ages, hardwood flooring can get scratches and became dull. But unlike other types of flooring, hardwood flooring can make a comeback. All you have to do is floor refinishing. Renewing

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