Are You Concerned About Cracks and Separation Between Hardwood Floor Boards?

Cracks & Separations Happen to All Hardwood Floors

Every hardwood floor endures some separation between boards. In the winter months when the home is heated and the air is dry, wood flooring releases some of its moisture and therefore shrinks. When this happens thin cracks appear between boards. This is normal and is acceptable. Hardwood flooring is designed and installed to handle this type of movement.

Homeowners should not call their hardwood installers at the first sign of cracks. Cracks that developed during the winter months may easily reach the thickness of a dime or a quarter. Lighter colored flooring material such as maple or floors with a lighter stain tend to show cracks and separation more than darker wood tones and stain colors.

How to Help Prevent Cracks and Separations in your Hardwood Floor

Homeowners should add moisture to the air during dry periods. It is the homeowner’s choice and responsibility to maintain humidity levels. Homeowners can either live with the cracks and separation or install a whole home humidification system to minimize this natural adjustment in their flooring.

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The Increasing Value of Hardwood Flooring in Utah Homes

It is no understatement to say that choosing the best flooring for your home is one of the most important decisions a home owner can make. No matter what size your home is, whether it is a townhouse, bungalow, 2-storey or mansion, the flooring you choose today will not only affect your quality of life for years to come, but also the resale value of your home.

Hardwood Flooring Continues to Gain Popularity

Hardwood flooring in Utah and across the United States continues to gain popularity among new and existing home owners. A recent study shows that the Wood Flooring Manufacturing industry has grown over the past five years with approximately 75% of wood flooring construction in the US was used in residential construction. More and more people are obviously seeing the benefit and value of real wood flooring in their homes.

Hardwood Flooring Adds Resale Value to your Utah Home

In a USA Today article that discusses those specific features for which home buyers are willing to pay extra, over half of the home buyers are willing to pay more for a home with hardwood floors.

Hardwood holds its value, not only for a few decades, but in many cases, hardwood floors have lasted well over 100 years. They are extremely durable and comparatively easy to maintain, so it is no surprise they are becoming an increasingly popular choice not only for residential use, but for commercial venues as well, as you can see in this local flooring project completed by Woody’s Hardwood Flooring for the Salt Lake City restaurant, Copper Canyon Grill House & Tavern:

Hardwood flooring for Copper Canyon Grill House & Tavern 215 S Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA

Copper Canyon Grill House & Tavern, located at: 215 S Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA

When it comes to the resale value of hardwood floors in your home, according to a survey by the NWFA (National Wood Flooring Association), “99% of the real estate agents participating believe that homes with hardwood floors are easier to sell.”

Furthermore, 82% of those real estate agents believe that homes with hardwood floors sell faster than those without them. A faster selling home reflects less price negotiation, higher market demand and an easier sale overall.

Not to mention, these homes sell for more money than those that don’t have hardwood flooring in place. Wood floors in your Utah home add a distinctive and rich look and feel that other flooring types, such as carpet and linoleum simply fail to create.

What is the Best Type of Hardwood Flooring?

Determining which type of hardwood flooring requires looking at the many options available to the home owner. The top options include which hardwood species, style of board and finish work best in the home’s interior. Considerations of the home’s overall layout and other interior design features all play a role in narrowing down your best choice.

While choosing the best hardwood floor can be a very personal decision, it is important for the home owner to be aware of the factors that will affect their decision for years to come. It is always best to contact a professional hardwood flooring contractor who has extensive experience and knowledge of all of these factors and can help guide you through the decision-making process.

Hardwood Flooring Industry Trends 2018 vs. 2019

Beyond relying on one’s personal taste when choosing the best hardwood flooring, it is beneficial for us to look at some recent studies that support our choice, especially from the point of view of it being an investment in the overall value of your home when it comes time to sell.

So, let’s compare a couple of studies based on the wood flooring industry reviews that reveal trends in types, species and finishes of hardwood flooring in the US.

A 2018 hardwood flooring study shows by an industry review that there was an expected higher demand for most types of hardwood floors, including:

  • Long Board 75% more demand
  • Wide-Plank 71% more demand
  • Engineered 67% more demand
  • Factory-Finished 48% more demand
  • Distressed Flooring 40% more demand

There was also an expected increase in demand for Domestic species of hardwood flooring, while Imported species were expected to decline. Reclaimed flooring was also appearing in higher demand with an expected 48% increase.

The study also noted that, “While product-demand expectations always vary market to market, NWFA members in the survey seemed to agree that demand for white oak will continue to grow in 2018. Wide-plank, long boards and cerused and gray finishes are also en vogue, a trend in line with many consumers’ growing preference for ‘rustic’, ‘authentic’, and ‘organic’ looks, members in the survey said.”

Other popular hardwood species apart from White Oak, include Hickory/Pecan, Cork, Brazilian Cherry and Santos Mahogany.

The 2018 survey shows that certain hardwood flooring colors were predicted to be chosen by homeowners, including:

Gray stains and finishes will be 62% in more demand while Cerused hardwood will be 56% in more demand.

Dark hardwood flooring color demand will largely remain the same, showing that they are still a popular choice. Similarly, light flooring finishes will generally have the same demand at 55% but will still see a 33% increase in demand.

In the follow up study in 2019, White Oak continues to be the top choice, due in part to it being widely available from manufacturers around the world.

Also, 2019 will continue to see more demand for Wide Plank, Long boards and Engineered hardwood flooring. As home owners are of course concerned about the resale value of their new or existing home, choosing a flooring that remains a popular species and finish can help sell the home and maintain its value long-term.

The 2019 study also noted:

  • A 16% decrease in demand for Gray stains and finishes
  • A significant drop in demand of Cerused flooring with only a 19% increase.
  • Dark and Light colors would see approximately the same demand at 44% and 49% respectively.

How to Choose the Right Hardwood Flooring

So, what does this mean to the Utah home owner when they are looking to have new hardwood flooring installed or existing floors refinished?

While hardwood types, species, colors and finishes have some fluctuation in popularity due to interior design trends, there are certain choices, such as White Oak, Hickory/Pecan, and Walnut species, along with wide plank and long board styles of boards will potentially remain popular for years to come.

Here is an example of a a wide plank White Oak custom floor installation by Woody’s Hardwood Flooring in Utah:

Quality hardwood flooring is a worthwhile investment and that includes the species and finish, but also how it is installed or refinished. However, making the decision on what is best for your home can feel overwhelming considering the vast array of choices in wood species, styles of board and quality and type of wood finishes. Not to mention, which rooms these floors will be installed in. For example, such areas as kitchens and basements have unique requirements that need to be considered.

Besides real hardwood flooring, there are now many other “look-alike” floor solutions that look like wood but do not offer all of the benefits a real wood floor delivers. It is becoming increasingly important for home owners and buyers to be educated on the different types of flooring before they invest. The onus of this education falls not only on the hardwood flooring installation company, but also the flooring and finishing manufacturers.

Discuss Your Needs with A Utah Flooring Expert

As a local hardwood flooring contractor in Utah, we highly recommend discussing your project needs with an expert, so you can make an informed decision, as it will be one you will have to live with for years to come.

Woody’s Hardwood Flooring serves the Salt Lake City area, including West Jordan, Provo, Orem, Payson, West Valley City and Sandy, Utah.

We aim to provide superior service and products, including wood flooring installation, refinishing and flooring additions. We treat each project from beginning to end as if it were our own home; we’re not finished until you are satisfied.

Call us today to discuss your project and receive a free quote.

PLEASE VISIT us at the Home Show – October 12-14!

Once again, we are excited to be attending the Deseret News Home Show, October 12-14th, at the South Towne Expo Center! If you have existing hardwood floors in need of repair or refinishing, or possibly just a DEEP CLEANING…please be sure to stop by our Booth, # 826. If you are considering replacing old carpet with hardwood flooring, we’d love to talk to you and discuss your options!

This is an opportunity for you to see for yourself our DUST-FREE SYSTEM! We are so enthusiastic about the benefits of this system, we will have an actual TRAILER set up for you to see how this amazing system works, making sanding and refinishing your existing hardwood flooring far less intimidating!! It’s an opportunity for you to ask questions, see samples of the work we do, and take advantage of a special offer for only our Home & Garden Festival customers! How it works: If you schedule an estimate as a result of talking with us at our booth, we will give you 10% off the cost of having your floors refinished!!! (Offer only valid on refinishing existing hardwood flooring, not new installations.) Also, we are very excited about our state-of-the-art Deep Cleaning System! It’s economical, and often all that is necessary in maintaining the beauty of your floor for several years!

We hope to see you there!

Salt Lake Tribune Home & Garden Festival!

Spring is just around the corner and we are excited once again this year to participate in the Spring Home & Garden Festival! This is an opportunity for you to see for yourself our DUST-FREE SYSTEM! We are so enthusiastic about the benefits of this system, we will have an actual TRAILER set up for you to see how this amazing system works, making sanding and refinishing your existing hardwood flooring far less intimidating!! It’s an opportunity for you to ask questions, see samples of the work we do, and take advantage of a special offer for only our Home & Garden Festival customers! How it works: If you schedule an estimate as a result of talking with us at our booth, we will give you 10% off the cost of having your floors refinished!!! (Offer only valid on refinishing existing hardwood flooring, not new installations.) Also, we are very excited about our state-of-the-art Deep Cleaning System! It’s economical, and often all that is necessary in maintaining the beauty of your floor for several years!

So MARK your calendars! The Home and Garden Festival at the South Towne Expo Center will run from Thursday, March 8th (2-9 p.m.), Friday March 9th (12-10 p.m.), Saturday March 10th (10 a.m. – 10 p.m.), and Sunday March 11th (11 a.m.- 6 p.m.) We are located at BOOTH 1818.

You won’t want to miss it! Remember, after the wear and tear of winter, your hardwood floors will be needing care, and since spring is our busiest season, call early to schedule a FREE IN-HOME ESTIMATE!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Your 2012 Resolution? Refinish your Hardwood Floor!

The holidays are over, it’s been a busy season no doubt! And if your existing hardwood floor has not been refinished in a few years, it’s showing signs of wear and tear. This is a perfect time of year to consider what a difference in your home it will make to refinish your floor. A truly FRESH START! We offer free in-home estimates, and would love the opportunity to talk with you, and discuss the needs of your specific floor. As described on our website, our system is DUST-FREE! So our work sanding your floor will make no extra dust in your home!

Our customers are thrilled with this system, because we can work in your home, sand, stain, and finish your floor…and after allowing just a few hours for your floor to dry, you can settle back in and just enjoy the beauty of a clean, fresh, NEW-LOOKING floor without any additional cleaning!

Speaking of “CLEAN” and “DUST-FREE”…this may be the year you plan to make your home cleaner, and offer yourself and your family the opportunity to live in a more healthy environment. This begins first by replacing existing carpet with hardwood flooring. We will take the time to explain your options, and find the hardwood that is right for you and your home.

Right now we are working all over the Salt Lake Valley, Park City, Davis County, and Utah County…We usually can respond to your bid request very quickly and meet with you within a day or two. Happy New Year from all of us at Woody’s Hardwood Flooring…we DO look forward to helping make this year a beautiful year in your HOME!

THANK YOU!

The Spring Home and Garden Festival this past weekend was a HUGE success, and we want to thank all of you who stopped by our booth! We enjoyed talking to so many of you about our business, and the difference a newly-refinished hardwood floor can make in your home! We are working hard to make sure we get in touch with each one of you who asked for a free In-Home estimate; if you have not already been scheduled, don’t worry, we’ll be in touch with you very soon! And as promised, as a THANK YOU for scheduling an estimate, you will receive 10% off the cost to have your existing hardwood floors sanded and refinished. Spring is here, and it is the perfect time of year, after the wear and tear of wintertime, to begin the spring and summer season in a beautiful and fresh environment. Again, we are proud to offer a DUST-FREE system, we are NWFA Certified, and guarantee the quality of our work. To those of you who may have missed the Spring Home and Garden Festival, feel free to call, (801-266-4117), or send us a FREE BID request, using the quick and easy form to the right of your screen! We’d be happy to schedule a time to come to your home, and give you an estimate…You’ll be glad you DID!

Please check back again soon…we’ll be featuring floors, both BEFORE and AFTER they have been refinished… leaving you with NO DOUBT that it is time to bring back to life the beauty of YOUR hardwood floor!

Spring Home & Garden Festival!! BOOTH #837

Mark your calendar!!! March 10-13, 2011, at the South Towne Exposition Center!!!

Woody’s Hardwood Flooring is looking forward to yet another successful Spring Home and Garden Festival! If you have been thinking about refinishing your hardwood floors, this is the time! We invite you to stop by our booth…We want to show you our amazing DUST-FREE SANDING SYSTEM… Yes, that’s right! We will have an actual Dust-Free Trailer at our booth, so you can see for yourself this amazing technology that enables us to come to your home, sand and finish your hardwood floors, in the most efficient and clean way possible! We look forward to talking to you…and answering any questions you might have. We are confident you”ll be thrilled with the difference a newly-finished hardwood floor will make in your home.

SCHEDULE AN ESTIMATE AT THE HOME SHOW, and RECEIVE 10% OFF THE COST TO HAVE YOUR FLOORS REFINISHED!!!!!

We can schedule a convenient time for us to come to your home, and give you a “FREE” Estimate. Because we appreciate your taking the time to stop by, we are offering a 10% discount only to those who schedule an estimate at our booth. This discount is available only on refinishing existing hardwood floors. Don’t miss this opportunity! Again, we are located at Booth #837. See you there!

For additional information and ticket purchase to the Festival, visit www.saltlaketribunehomeandgardenfestival.com