Urban Floor’s Hardwood Flooring Trend Watch 2015

/ February 11, 2015

Every year designers, contractors, builders, home buyers, etc. are all trying to figure out what the hottest hardwood flooring trends will be to help their clients select the best choices. Here at Urban Floor, we’re giving you what we believe what will stay in style and what may lose it’s shine (no pun intended, of course).

What’s In:

genuine handscraped floors

Dynasty from our Royal Court Collection is a great example of a genuine hand scraped floor!

The “Timeless” Choice

This word is thrown around a lot in the hardwood flooring industry, but typically always refers to selections that invigorate a room with a classical appeal. Typical classic flooring includes oak flooring options, as well as other traditional wood selections such as walnut or maple. You could say that consumers feel more at home with these options.

Genuine Distressed and Hand scraped Floors

It’s more than just the type of wood used to create a timeless appeal. You need to factor in flooring aspects such as distressed flooring and genuine hand scraped options. We specifically mention “genuine” as opposed to machine-based because genuine is the authentic way of producing a “timeless” appearance.

These subtle, detailed aspects make hardwood floors appear worn down over time, which is what the “classic, timeless appeal” is. A vintage look, if you will.

A benefit to the worn down look is that these types of floors do not require as much effort to maintain and will look better for a longer period of time. They are very practical for the average American family.

Kitchen Flooring

This was a hit last year and we feel it will carry over into this year as well. While we do not condone hardwood flooring in the kitchen for a variety of reasons, we can still acknowledge the fact that more and more families are beginning to prefer this to tile flooring.

What’s Out:

hardwood floor trend watch

Glossy may be out, but Matte is in!

Glossy Floors

Matte, or floors without as much shine, are quickly becoming the new standard for a few reasons:

1. Floors with more shine will reveal marks easier – therefore requiring more maintenance and cleaning to correct and of course no family has time for that.

2. Floors without as much shine are often described as warmer and more inviting than other options.

Narrow Planks/Strips

Gone are the days where hardwood floors were milled to specifications of no greater than 5-inches. Nowadays, 5-inches is the standard and this only seems to be increasing every year. This is why you will not see any boards less than 5-inches (with the exception of random width) in our flooring collections.

We speculate the reasoning for this is because wider planks have a tendency to make a room visually appear larger than it really is. Rooms feel more spacious. Wide plank floors work very well for living rooms, dining rooms, and master bedrooms.

In Conclusion

Trends come and go, some last, but most do not. This is all subjective preference based on our own experiences here at Urban Floor, as well as information we’ve collected from the industry.

urban floor pinterestNeed ideas regarding designs and decor? Our Pinterest may be able to guide you in the right direction!

Introducing 4 Exciting New Matte Hardwood Flooring Options by Urban Floor!

/ February 6, 2015

Composer Collection: Maestro

Of course we had to bring four new hardwood flooring choices to start off 2015! Without further ado, we want to present Urban Floor’s newest addition to an already existing family: Maestro – as part of the Composer Collection.

maestro matte hardwood floors

All 4 flooring choices were carefully considered. As one of the leaders in the hardwood flooring industry, it’s important to keep up with the latest trends, which is why we captured what’s hot and responded with this small collection of 4 floors that use finely selected European oak milled to widths of 10.5 inches.

Stravinsky

stravinky brown hardwood floors

Debussy

debussy light hardwood flooring

Vivaldi

wire brushed hardwood floors vivaldi

Strauss

kitchen hardwood floors strauss

The Finishing Touch: Matte

An upcoming trend is the desire for matte finishes. In a basic sense, matte just refers to a floor without much shine. All 4 of these new flooring options are equipped with a matte finishing done by oil experts, Osmo Oils. They source their oils and waxes from natural sources resulting in a product designed to not only enhance the natural beauty of wood, but to add strength and durability as well.

Keeping Up with the Kitchens

Kitchen flooring is also gaining a lot of ground. While we typically advise against kitchen flooring as water damage is always a strong possibility, we acknowledge the fact that flooring options are now equipped to handle “kitchen nightmares”. With a strong oil finish by Osmo Oils and a board thickness of 5/8” inches, you can count on the Maestro collection to get the job done. We even have specific shots showcasing both the Debussy and Strauss floors in a kitchen setting for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

View the specific details of the Composer Maestro collection (Maestro is at the very bottom).

Chuck Talk: The Best Rug Pads for Hardwood Floors

/ February 2, 2015

best safest rug pads to use on hardwood floorsWe emphasize area rugs quite often here at Urban Floor. The reason why is because area rugs truly are a hardwood floor’s best friend. The combination of the two makes for a unique personalized balance. If you’re interested in area rugs, then you’re going to want an appropriate rug pad to accompany it. Here’s the tricky part: it can often be difficult to choose the best, safe rug pad for hardwood floors.

Do I Even Need a Rug Pad?

Yes, you do need a rug pad and we’ll list the top reasons why:

Safety – this is the main reason why a rug pad should be a no brainer when purchasing an area rug. Picture a slip n’ slide. That’s what happens when you have an area rug without a rug pad underneath.

Floor Protection – simply put, rug pads offer protection from damage that may occur to your floors from the harsh abrasive backside of your area rug. It also helps protect against dents, color transfer and staining.

Expert Advice on Selecting the Right Rug Pad for Hardwood Floors

A rug pad’s job is basic: hold the area rug firmly in place, which will inevitably lead to prolonging its life and beauty.

Things to Keep in Mind:

• A rug pad for hardwood floors should not contain any glues, adhesives, chemicals, plastics, or PVC. These can stain or stick the surface – ruining your floors.

• The more dense and heavier your rug pad, the more protection you will receive from dents, etc.

Urban Floor’s Professional Recommendations

Natural Felt – A great choice for larger rugs. We recommend a 30oz to 40oz weighted rug pad if you go with the natural felt route. Make sure 100% natural felt is used.

Natural Rubber
– Perfect for smaller rugs and offer durability, stability, and grip. If thickness is an issue, then rubber pads work the best.

Combination of Rubber and Felt – An excellent choice for both durability and stability. Provides a non-slip grip, while adding cushioning for both large and small rugs.

Wide Plank Flooring 101: What The Hype is All About

/ January 13, 2015

For technicality sake, we must establish exactly what constitutes a “wide plank floor”. Floors have become wider and wider over the years as consumer tastes and preferences have gradually changed. With that said, there is no current set width that is required for a hardwood floor to be considered a “wide plank floor”. Some companies will say floors above 3 inches in width are considered “wide”, whereas another company may say a floor must be no smaller than 5-inches to be considered wide. The lowest width floor we offer at Urban Floor is 5-inches wide.

Learn wide plank floor widths by Urban Floor

View our collection of wide plank floors.

Wide Plank Flooring Pros

Install time – wide plank floors take up more room per square foot, so naturally it will take less time to fill a room with 7-inch boards as opposed to 3-inch boards. This allows for quicker installation periods, especially when handled by a professional.

Budget accommodating
– wide plank floors vary greatly in price. Random width flooring is a popular option that falls within most people’s budgets. However, wide plank flooring can become expensive if you want boards that exceed roughly 10-inches.

The illusion of more space
– wide planks create an illusion that the room you’re in feels larger than it really is. For some, this is a great way to liven up a room.

More characteristics
– hardwood floors contain natural characteristics. Knots, natural splits, mineral streaks, and other characteristics can be seen easier with wide plank flooring as more of the board is exposed. This is something you cannot get with carpet!

Wide Plank Flooring Cons

Wide boards have a tendency to shrink and expand simply because they do not have as many seams as narrower boards. This can make it difficult for those who live in environments that fluctuate in temperature often. However, engineered wide plank floors help combat this issue. Engineered wood floors are built to withstand fluctuating temperatures.

Wide plank floors are not as DIY-friendly as you would like. Unless you absolutely know what you’re doing, leave wide plank floor installation to the pros.

As far as “is there such a thing as floors that are too wide?”, well… that’s simply a matter of preference. You can have hardwood floor planks as wide as you can imagine, but price may be your barrier. Also, the wider the floors, the more likely for issues relating to fluctuating internal temperatures.

We love wide floors at Urban Floor. Almost all of our collections feature wide planks ranging from 5 to 11.5-inches wide. Our Chene Collection is a wonderful example, as well as many floors featured in the Villa Caprisi Collection. Our widest floor comes from our Composer Collection, boasting wide plank floors as wide as 11.5-inches per board. Most of our collections fall in the standard 7-inch width, which is what many consumers find an exceptionally nice balance in – especially when made using engineered hardwood.

Urban Floor Highlights of the Year – Looking Back at 2014

/ December 30, 2014

With the arrival of the New Year, it’s always nice to take a step back and reflect on important events that happened during the year. It allows you to see what achievements have been made, goals that have been met, etc. We can then use this information as a guide to direct us in becoming better the next year. Without further ado, Urban Floor would like to take you back in time to review our highlights of 2014.

#SELFIE Parody

Earlier in the year there was a viral song that went around known as #SELFIE by The Chainsmokers. We like to think we’re down–to-earth individuals over here at Urban Floor, hence why we decided to ride the train and create a parody of the video – it wasn’t necessarily “viral” but it did receive over a thousand views!

TOP BRAND OF THE YEAR!

best hardwood floor brandTowards the middle of the year, we were named one of the top brands of 2014 for two select categories: price and product availability. This was a huge highlight of 2014 for the whole team here at Urban Floor. It let us know that the hard work, time, and effort is paying off – similar to how it feels when you see results from hitting the gym after a few weeks!

Rowhouse Showdown – An Exciting New Show

rowhouse showdownAround the same time, we became promotional partners with A&E Television Network’s Rowhouse Showdown. This was an exciting opportunity for Urban Floor to get our name out there on a broad platform. The best part – some of our floors were actually used in the show!

Chêne by Urban Floor

chene european oak by urban floorDuring the summertime, we released a new line of engineered hardwood floors: the Chêne collection – a collection of fine European oak flooring. We’re very proud of its release, as it has been well received. European flooring truly a fantastic look!

New Youtube Videos to Highlight Collections

Come Fall, we were eager to showoff the newest videos that were added to our collections playlist on Youtube. These videos give a quick, simple rundown of what our flooring collections offer with plenty of visuals for you to soak up!

Giving Back to the Community

urban floor gives back to the communityTo close the year off, we’re proud to say we gave back to our community by hosting a charity event where tons of gifts were donated to a total of 27 families, as well as to the “Door of Hope” organization. What can we say… We love putting smiles on faces!

New Resolutions

All in all, it’s been a great year for everyone here at Urban Floor. We’re happy we can provide hardwood floor enthusiasts with quality-made hardwood floors from start to finish. It is always our goal to continue providing both quality flooring options and excellent service to our customers. Thank you for a great year!

Here’s to a wonderful new year from your friends at Urban Floor! :)

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