Emerging Trend: Hardwood Floors in the Kitchen?

/ May 24, 2016

hardwood floors in the kitchen

That’s right, you heard us: hardwood floors in the kitchen.

*We want to mention however that we do not condone the use of hardwood floors in the kitchen – despite how beautiful they are – because of the chance of water damage occurring.

With that said, a report performed by Houzz found that many homeowners are updating their kitchens by remodeling them. 72% of homeowners are updating their kitchen floors, according to the report.

Of the 72%, 34% chose solid hardwood for their kitchen flooring, while 12% selected engineered hardwood floors. It used to be that ceramic or tile-flooring options were most popular, but that has now changed.

Why Hardwood Floors for Kitchens?

It begs to question: why are a majority of people, specifically homeowners, turning to hardwood floors in the kitchen? What’s the appeal?

1. Kitchen Life Has Changed

It used to be kitchens were for cooking and nothing more. Nowadays this isn’t the case. Kitchens for many families have a variety of uses. Entertainment (i.e. TV), socializing, performing work or homework. There’s a lot more activity occurring in kitchens now, as much as 3-4 hours per day as estimated by the report.

With this much activity occurring in kitchens on a daily basis, you’re going to want something that looks appealing – such as hardwood floors – especially if you’re inviting guests over to socialize with.

2. It’s Just Due for a Change

In the report, half of the homeowners surveyed had reported that they were updating their kitchen because it had been 21 years or longer since the last update. That’s a long time & with trends constantly changing you want to make sure you’re keeping up in order to maximize the value of your home. Flooring is one of the top features being updated in kitchen remodels.

See also: Hardwood floors add value to your home.

3. New Kitchen, New Style

People that remodel their kitchen are trying to be trendy or add in features or other bells & whistles that have a lot of appeal. Hardwood floors are one of these appeals because it’s something we haven’t traditionally seen performed in the past. Kitchen hardwood flooring is just beginning to gain popularity amongst homeowners.

Please refer to our other posts on hardwood flooring trends of 2016 and residential flooring trends for more information.

Our Engineered Hardwood Floors Are FloorScore® Approved!

/ May 13, 2016

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Urban Floor is proud to announce that the engineered hardwood floors we offer have been carefully tested and certified by FloorScore®.

What Does FloorScore® Certification Mean?

The FloorScore® certification label on a floor ensures good indoor air quality for a healthier home.

“FloorScore® is the most recognized indoor air quality (IAQ) certification standard for hard surface flooring materials, adhesives, and underlayments. It qualifies for many green building schemes including LEED v4, BREEAM, and CHPS. FloorScore was developed by the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) with SCS, and SCS is the exclusive certification body for the FloorScore program.”*
See: Hardwood Floors and Allergies

A Voluntary Process We Undertook

It’s important to note that the FloorScore® certification process is a voluntary, independent certification program that tests and certifies hard surface flooring and the materials they’re made with are in compliance with stringent indoor air quality emissions.

As a result, Urban Floor has now achieved FloorScore® certification for all engineered wood flooring collections.

FloorScore® Certified & CARB II Compliant – Safety First!

Urban Floor has always put health and safety first. Urban Floor assures that all our products are CARB II compliant and our products meet or exceed all environmental, health and safety requirements, including formaldehyde emissions required by the U.S federal government as well as state requirements such as CARB II, (California Air Resource Board). The test results may be viewed here.

*More information on FloorScore may be found on their website.

Industry Report: Residential Flooring Trends Are Evolving

/ April 12, 2016

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Flooring industry experts who study trends have noticed some welcoming changes beginning to occur in residential homes. We initially featured a post on hardwood flooring trends for 2016 based mainly on speculation, but the industry experts have chimed in with their own personal experiences and here’s what they are reporting.

Lighter Colors Making a Bold Return

Many design experts have noticed homeowners incorporating the use of lighter colors in their home. Specifically white. They’re seeing two different uses of white in homes:

1. White-on-white rooms for a captivating, smooth, and crisp experience.
2. White used as a way contrast the darker furniture and décor within a room.

No matter which way you decide to utilize white, one thing is for sure: it’s the most neutral color that often works well no matter the situation. A great choice for first time homebuyers.

Other lighter colors such as beige are slowly making a return as industry floor experts notice it’s prevalence currently in Europe, meaning it will make it’s return back to the U.S. soon enough.

Grey Still A Strong Force

As our hardwood flooring trends report mentioned, grey tones were expected to be popular. Sure enough, they continue to very prominent in the industry. The reason being because grey is a color that appeals both to contemporary and traditional homeowners – a very large market.

The main thing to note here, however, is that it’s the warmer toned grays that are picking up pace this year and are expected to maintain that growth throughout the year.

The Finishing Touch

Lastly, industry experts are reporting the importance of texture as an aspect to keep in mind. This is mainly because people want to touch and feel the product. As a result, we are seeing surface texture and gloss changes. Hand-scraped is subtle, but other textures such as wire-brushed are picking up pace. As for gloss, people are moving more and more away from high gloss finishes to more of a rough finish such as matte.

View Matte Hardwood Floors by Urban Floor

Announcing Urban Floor’s Newest Products of Hardwood Floors!

/ March 31, 2016

urban floor new products 2016

We’re already 3 months in to 2016 (almost 4!), but we aren’t slowing down here at Urban Floor! We’re excited to announce the newest addition that we have added to our wonderful collection of solid and engineered hardwood floors. For now, we’ll refer to it as our “2016 collection”, because the new floors have all been added to other existing collections based on certain flooring characteristics.

Our 2016 Collection Features New Products

This 2016 collection features of a mix-up of various types of hardwood floors from our existing collections.

Birch Denali – featured in our Mountain Country collection, this new floor doesn’t involve any machines. Completely hand scraped for a modern and stylish design.

Birch Bronco – also featured in our Mountain Country collection, this engineered hardwood floor is stained with a neutral, light brown that’s great for adding warmth to any interior space.

Birch Betula – featured in our Urban Lifestyle Smooth Series, this 5-inch wide plank floor contains 7 layers of strong matte finish. It is one our most attractive products.

Birch Mulberry – featured in our Urban Lifestyle Smooth Series, this matte finish engineered hardwood floors comes with one of the most unique stains we’ve ever created.

Birch Cedar – featured in our Urban Lifestyle Smooth Series, this engineered hardwood floor is a great choice for complimenting any room.

Santos Mahogany Natal – featured in our Urban Lifestyle Downtown Series collection, this flooring choice is one the hardest we offer and also happens to be one the most unique with it’s grain patterns and reddish tones.

Moscato – featured in our Chene collection, this floor utilizes European oak for durability and a light shade for a neutral look & feel that will compliment your décor very well.

Cabernet – featured in our Chene collection, this floor is packed with deeper tones for a bold statement to any room.

Valentina – featured in our Villa Caprisi collection, this light grey floor is expected to be very popular given the hardwood flooring trends of 2016.

The Use of Hardwood Flooring in Commercial Settings

/ March 18, 2016

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Hardwood floors are a versatile option, expanding heavily into the homes of many happy homeowners. However, they play a large role in the commercial business scene as well. Buildings are seeing the monetary benefits alone from switching to hardwood floors. In a nationwide survey, real estate agents agreed that building structures with wood floors sell faster and for more money than those without wood floors. The increase in value can be up to 10% more!

Hardwood Floors Also Raise Value of Residential Homes

We’ll help you understand the use of hardwood flooring in a commercial setting in case you ever find yourself in a position of making an informed decision.

Commercial Wood Floor Specifications to Consider

Improved air quality – the EPA has already recognized the allergy benefits to hardwood flooring by minimizing trapped dust, dander, and other allergies. This is why commercial businesses such as hospitals and schools prefer this choice.

Easy to maintain – commercial businesses do not have the extra time or resources to pour into maintaining floors. Hardwood floor is relatively quick and easy to maintain, an aspect that appeals to businesses.

Installation
– the most common sub-floor used in commercial projects is concrete. Wood floors can be successfully installed over concrete following the right procedures set out by a professional contractor.

Hardness – hardwood floors are made from different types of species. Some of which happen to be very hard. To measure hardness, we turn to the Janka scale of hardness. The higher, the better because businesses typically receive a lot of foot traffic and therefore it makes sense to have a hardwood floor with a high Janka rating.

Finish – there are a few finishes to choose from. But for commercial wood floors, it’s best to use an acrylic impregnated finish. We’ll spare you the details of what this is, but the important part is that it is injected directly into the wood to create an extremely durable hardwood floor.

Acoustics
– sound control is also an important specification to consider for commercial wood floors, especially for multi-family structures such as apartment buildings or condominiums where strict regulations may be present.

Both businesses and residential homes continue to find the benefits that hardwood flooring offers. If you’re aspiring to be a business owner, take these specifications into consideration.

Urban Floor’s Composer Collection offers many aspects that would benefit a commercial setting.

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