The Use of Hardwood Flooring in Commercial Settings

Mar 18, 2016

commercial hardwood flooring

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.

– 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.

– 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.

Best Hardwood Floor Colors that Invoke Warmth

Mar 3, 2016

Winter season is still largely in effect, but we want to start shifting our focus over to warmer temperatures that will occur in the coming months – in California at least. When you think of warmth, there are really only three hardwood-flooring colors that coming to mind.

Top 3 Warm Hardwood Floor Colors

1. Red

red toned hardwood floors

Red is to be used with caution, because an intense shade of red will give off the wrong impression. Thankfully at Urban Floor, the hardwood flooring options we offer that feature red tones that do not feature a high intensity of red shade.

Red-toned Hardwood Floors by Urban Floor:

Maple Gunstock
Santos Mahogany Natal

2. Orange

orange toned hardwood floors

Orange infuses very well with the natural colors of hardwood floor to invoke the feeling of warmth. Red is often thought of as the hottest color, but it’s actually orange that is technically the hottest color. Orange has a captivating ability to radiate energy and warmth to any space. Think of the sun, for example. Orange-toned hardwood floors work well for bedrooms.

Orange-toned Hardwood Floors by Urban Floor:
Birch Paprika
Maple Sunset

3. Yellow

yellow toned hardwood floors

If you’ve noticed, all 3 warm colors resemble the same colors you see in fire (minus the blue tip). Part of the reason we associate these colors to warmth are for that reason. It happens subconsciously, but it makes sense as to why you would feel these colors invoke warmth or make a room seem cozy.

Yellow-toned Hardwood Floor by Urban Floors:

Taft Maple
Pierce Oak
Hickory Tumbleweed
Roosevelt Hickory
Maple Natural

5 Ways to Make the Most of Small Spaces

Feb 25, 2016

maximizing small space tipsSmall spaces can be difficult to work with, often leaving you with a feeling as if you had more space to utilize. We’ve all been there and we’ve had to make the most of our space. Those who live in studio apartments know the trials of living in a small space. However, there are plenty of neat, little ways to make these living conditions a lot more bearable.

Tips for Maximizing Space At Home

Hidden Storage Opportunities

1. Elevate your bed so that you can place storage bins underneath.
2. Nestle your couch against a curved window so that you can place items behind it.
3. Utilize cabinets that do not extend all the way to the ceiling, placing items in between this small space.

Purge Unnecessary Items

A lot of people have difficulty parting ways with the items we have received or purchased over the years. However, you have to seriously challenge yourself to rid certain items that you honestly do not need. For example, you have a ton of wine glasses, but you never drink wine. Ditch the glasses. Or you have tons of clothes that haven’t been worn in over a year. Donate them to Goodwill. If you don’t constantly purge items, then items will accumulate quickly.

Buy Furniture Wisely

Looking to purchase an ottoman? Buy one that has a secret storage area. That end table you want in the corner, does it have drawers where items can be stored? Don’t just purchase a piece of furniture because it looks “pretty” – look for multi-functional pieces of furniture that maximize your space.

Less is More

The saying exists for a reason, because it holds some merit. Especially when you’re strapped on space. Be cautious of what you buy. Adjust your mentality to think it terms of “how often will I be using this item I am about to purchase?” This will help facilitate the right choices. You have to be honest with yourself. Impulse purchases are very bad for those with no space at home.

Routine Cleaning

By sticking to a habit of cleaning often, you will be forced to organize items and stay conscious of what items should stay and what items should go. Also, a nice, tidy house gives the impression of more space, even if it’s all inside of your head.

8 Reasons to Choose Engineered Over Solid Hardwood Flooring

Feb 12, 2016

engineered vs solid hardwoodWhen it comes to adding natural warmth and beauty to your rooms, nothing beats the magnificent and timeless appearance of wood flooring. Both solid and engineered hardwood floors are fabricated from 100 percent wood, which means that the floor preserves the unique appearance and textured grain of natural timber.

The two types of hardwoods also come in a wide range of looks and colors, but have quite a few significant distinctions, including:

1. Different construction

Solid hardwood boards are milled from a thick piece of lumber, so its thickness varies from ¾-inch to 7/16-inch. Engineered boards, on the other hand, are constructed by joining multiple high-density fiberboard layers sandwiched inside a solid wood top layer and hardwood backing, making it extremely tough.

2. Expansion and contraction

The distinct construction of engineered wood forms a rigid structure that does not gap, buckle, or respond to fluctuations in temperature and humidity. Solid wood fluctuates a lot, and is mostly used for ground level rooms and above, while engineered wood can be installed on any level, including below ground.

3. Durability

Engineered floors are constructed in such a way that they have enhanced stability and slightly more resistance to daily wear and tear and buckling, though both have an extremely durable coating capable of withstanding harsh treatment.

4. Stability

Engineered wood is dimensionally more stable compared to solid wood floors.

5. Maintenance
The hardwood floors become more appealing as they age, though the surface tends to dull and develop scratches and scuffs over time. Solid wood can be sanded and refinished multiple times depending on its thickness, while engineered boards only need refinishing once or twice over the floor’s life.

6. Cost
Solid hardwood is more expensive than engineered floor with regard to method of installation, labor, and cost of material.

7. Resistance to moisture
Compared to solid hardwood, engineered wood floors have superior resistance to slightly lower and higher moisture levels, which makes them more ideal for use in damp basements or regions with higher or lower than standard humidity levels.

8. Going green
Choosing engineered floors over solid wood helps to conserve expensively priced timber. For every 1 square foot of ¾ inch thick solid wood floor, you can manufacture around 4 times that amount into engineered wood flooring.

Despite the differences, any hardwood flooring is a great option, especially since it does not cause allergies, and it increases the value of your home.

How to Make the Living Room Cozy in 3 Easy Steps

Jan 28, 2016

cozy living room design tips

After a long day of hard work, it feels nice to go back to a cozy home where you can kick back and relax as you bond with the family. And when the cold season comes, you look forward to spending even more time in your comfy living room, warming yourself under a heavy blanket or near the fire.

A cozy living area is not always functional, as it can be decorated simply for show. Regardless, it needs to be inviting to create the right mood for relaxing or entertaining guests.

Fortunately, giving your living room that “cozy” feel does not demand a lot of money or work. In fact, it is amazing how easily you can transform your living room to reflect your lifestyle and personality without risking common home disasters like sticky-kid fingers.

3 Cozy Living Room Design Tips

Step 1: Install hardwood floors.

Hardwood floors can give your house a warm, cozy natural feeling that makes it feel like a home. Installing hardwood floors requires a professional, though you can also do-it-yourself if the right tools and set of skills.

When choosing a hardwood floor, you need to pick a design and color, and find a reliable flooring contractor to help with the work. Take your time to research your home improvement project before starting, so you have a better understanding of the project plan and budget, as well as how to take care of your new floor to make it last longer.

Step 2: Fill the space with sentimental items.

Objects that make you nostalgic or excited, like pictures of your family and friends, artwork, a chair, couch, or even the fireplace, are all things that you should consider highlighting in your home. Including little touches of personal and meaningful décor in your living room will not only drum up pleasant memories, but also increase the visual appeal of the space.

Find ways to draw attention to these features, like by placing them on top of the fireplace mantle or in the center of a table. For sentimental pieces placed on the wall, like pictures or pieces of art, you may consider adding a lighting fixture above to draw attention and bring that natural homey feeling to your living room.

Step 3: Make everything comfortable.

The word cozy can be used interchangeably with comfy, so find ways to make your space comfortable. Start by choosing sofas and chairs that are neither too hard nor too soft, and include some floor cushions so you can kick up your feet. Add some pillows and center everything around your entertainment center, so you are comfortable when watching a movie, reading a magazine or good book, or curling up on a lazy afternoon for a nap.

The idea is to personalize your space while making it as beautiful, attractive, and comfortable as possible.

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