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Pets and Hardwoods

June 26, 2013


 
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If you are one of the more than 60% of Americans who have a four legged friend in the family, you may think that having a hardwood floor in your home is not an option. Won't they damage the hardwood floor? How would I protect it from them? There are many excellent options that will minimize the appearance of pet wear and tear and maximize the appearance of your home.

Your pet's claws pose the greatest threat to a hardwood floor. When choosing the kind of wood you'd like to use, you will definitely want to stay away from the softer hardwoods like pine and fir. Instead, choose a hardwood that is, in fact, hard. Brazillian hardwoods are an excellent choice. They are so hard and dense that they are often used for outside structures like decks. Hard Maple is also a great choice, and it has the added perk of being a domestically grown wood. If you'd like to consider this option, be sure that you look specifically for the Hard Maple as it is not the same as a regular maple floor. Also, remember to keep your dog or cat's claws trimmed regularly.

Color is another factor to consider when choosing your hardwood floor. If you have an animal that sheds you might consider choosing a color that matches your pet's hair. If shedding is not an issue, the lighter shades of wood tend to hide scuffs and scratches better than the darker shades.

The graining of your floor is also important. The stronger the graining, the better your floor will hide claw marks and wear. Red oak is a wonderful example of a stronger grained wood and would be an excellent choice.

Pet owners should also strongly consider using a hand scraped or distressed hardwood finish. This is a technique where the scratches and dents would blend in perfectly. It is a style that may not be right for everyone but is worth considering when a pet is in the picture.

Don't let your pet hold you back from having the custom hardwood flooring you've always wanted. Call us today to hear more hardwood options for pet lovers! 214-882-6004



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Real Hardwoods or Engineered - Which is Best for You?

June 12, 2013


So you've decided that you would like a hardwood floor in your next remodel or newly built home. After all, what other option is as classic or timeless as hardwood? The question now is whether or not you want a solid hardwood floor or an engineered hardwood. Before you decide, here are some things to consider about both options.

Engineered hardwood is a popular choice among customers because of its cheap price tag, ease of installation, and its reduced likelihood of becoming damaged in moist climates. An engineered hardwood floor is made up of several layers of wood and plywood with a top layer of hardwood. Because of its construction, the flooring is easy to install by anyone and does not usually require a hired expert to install. The downside is that the top layer, the layer of hardwood, is very thin and difficult to repair. This makes the floor more prone to show wear over time. The lifespan of an engineered hardwood is much shorter than that of a real hardwood floor because it can only be refinished a maximum of three times. The cheaper price tag may seem attractive at first, but it may end up costing you when you try to resell your home because engineered hardwoods do not add as much value to your home as real hardwood floors do. 

A real, solid hardwood floor is exactly as it sounds; solid hardwood from top to bottom. This option has much more longevity and permanence, along with adding value to your home. Real hardwood floors can be refinished a number of times, adding more time to the life of the floor. In fact, a quality hardwood that is well taken care of can easily last a lifetime. They are also easy to repair if the floor is nicked or dented because you do not typically need to remove large sections of flooring to make the repair. The problem area is simply sanded down and refinished. A final advantage to a real hardwood floor is that they are easily cleaned and maintained. There are no cracks between the strips of wood to trap dirt in, so the floors can just be wiped down with a dampened cloth.

Both engineered and real hardwood floors are excellent options for your home, but in a context, the real hardwood certainly takes the lead. Nothing can ever compare to the real deal, and a deal is what you would be getting if you chose this flooring option. What could be better than having a floor you love that will last you a lifetime?

Call us today for a free in-home estimate! You can reach Marty, the owner, directly at 214-882-6004.
 

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Why Hiring a General Contractor May Lead to a General Disaster

April 26, 2013


When it comes to home construction projects such as kitchen or bathroom remodeling or hardwood floor installations, it is always the best option to choose a specialist over a general contractor. While many homeowners may think otherwise, it is important to realize that quality perceived is quality achieved.

Primarily, it is important to recognize that many general contractors lack the proper insurance necessary in the event of an accident or injury. Thus, the homeowner may be held liable. For instance, if major damage occurs or an employee is injured on the job, the burden falls upon the homeowner.

Also, let us not forget that while the skills of a general contractor may be adequate for laying a new roof or replacing a door, such delicate projects as remodeling or hardwood floor installation require skilled expertise to get the job done right the first time around. This will save the homeowner time, money and a great deal of aggravation.

Flooring or remodeling specialist gauges success on word-of-mouth and therefore not only will the work performed be top-notch but it will be backed up by a guarantee as reliable as the craftsmanship itself.

So, when referring to kitchen or bathroom remodeling and hardwood floor installation, forget about the rest and choose the best. At PTI Hardwoods, our quality craftsmanship and expertise are anything but "general".


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Trust an Experienced, Professional Company with Your Home

March 13, 2013


If you had a leak in the bathroom, would you choose the cheapest plumber available or prefer the one that gave trusted and reliable results? If you came home from work and realized that your home was without power, would you opt for anything but the most qualified electrician? The answer to these questions is altogether obvious to the responsible homeowner. Why, then, would anyone choose but the best and most reputable service for any of their flooring installation and renovation needs?

Whether one wishes to install a brand new hardwood floor, to restore an older floor to its original luster or is looking to remodel an existing bathroom or kitchen, only the most professional service and installation will do. PTI Hardwoods appreciates these needs and provides the homeowner with a wide selection of choices, textures, colors and materials to choose from. Boasting more than 25 years of experience in flooring maintenance, renovation and installations, coupled with experience performing bathroom and kitchen remodels, PTI Hardwoods brings both professionalism and industry knowledge to any home.

From upgrading kitchens, countertops and backsplashes to installing a pristine Walnut hardwood floor, this company can accommodate even the most discriminating of desires. Projects are completed within a timely fashion and with a minimal disruption of living space. PTI believes that flooring installation is an art as much as it is a profession, and the numerous examples of the quality work performed directly reflect this belief. It is for these reasons that PTI Hardwoods has become one of the industry leaders in professional flooring installations and home renovations.

Just as one cannot place a price on their most prized possessions, a durable and beautiful floor, a custom kitchen, and a grand bathroom can give an immeasurable value to any residence. PTI understands this idea and we pride ourselves in turning properties into homes.


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Coupon When You Sign Up for eNewsletter

February 12, 2013


Have you signed up yet for our eNewsletter? If not, you missed out on a coupon on custom hardwood floors. Don't worry - if you sign up by the end of the month we'll send you the 10% coupon as well! Just scroll down to the bottom of the page and find the subscription box located in the footer section. Enter your email address and press "Subscribe". Your coupon will be on its way soon!



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2013 Trends in Home Remodeling

January 25, 2013


Last year’s home remodeling trends included concrete countertops, white kitchens, glass backsplashes, and dark hardwoods. So what trends will 2013 bring? We’re putting our money on the following:

  • Walk-in showers: More and more people reaching retirement are deciding to stay in their current home rather than relocating. As a result, we are seeing an increase in remodeling for easier mobility.
  • Quartz countertops: Granite has been king for many years, and will continue to remain a popular choice. However, quartz is gaining momentum. It is extremely durable and non-porous, meaning that food and liquid won’t stick to its surface (making cleanup easy). It is also available in a variety of colors and does not need to be sealed.
  • Custom Built-ins: As families decide to remain in one house for longer than they did in the past, home remodels have begun to focus on customization. This trend applies to cabinetry as well. Instead of buying an entertainment center or bookshelf from the superstore down the street, homeowners are opting for custom built-ins. It not only increases the value of the home, but also makes the space feel personal.
  • Decorative Range Hoods over Stoves: Range hoods used to be the ugly, chunk of metal that was necessary but visually unappealing. Not anymore. Range hoods come in all different styles and colors, and can add a wonderful accent to any kitchen. Whether your taste is sleek and modern, or rustic and ornate, there is a hood that matches it.


Some trends go away within the blink of an eye, while others stay around until they eventually become staples. If you are concerned with making your home too trendy, here are some remodeling ideas that are proven to have staying power:

  • Open Floor Plans: Homes first started favoring open layouts in the 1980’s. An open floor plan makes a home feel larger and allows for more natural light to flow from room to room. The kitchen and living spaces most often become combined so the ones cooking can still mingle with family and guests.
  • Big Kitchens: Kitchens are the heart of the home and the place families gather. A big, inviting kitchen makes cooking enjoyable.
  • Lots of Natural Light: Natural light makes a home feel more open, bringing the outdoors in. It has been said by psychologists that a consistently well lit room is better for a person's mood than a consistently dark room.



What do you think about home remodeling trends, new and old? Leave a comment below!


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Happy New Year!

December 31, 2012


We'd like to wish you and your family a very Happy New Year!



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Tips on Cleaning and Maintaining Your Hardwood Floors

December 20, 2012


Quality hardwoods can easily last a lifetime if maintained and cared for properly. With Christmas and other holidays quickly approaching, it's a great time to give a little "TLC" to your hardwoods. Have a stain from Aunt Betty that just won't go away? Follow the cleaning tips below and get your floor ready to be seen by friends and family!  
 

BASIC CARE FOR ALL HARDWOODS:

  • Doormats and Rugs - Shoes carry dirt particles that will scratch the surface of your hardwood floors and will result in faster aging. Placing a rug in front of doors will help remove some of the dirt. For high traffic areas, use non-staining rugs to protect the surface. Never place mats or rugs near your sink or dishwasher as water may be an issue in these areas.
  • Furniture Protectors - Placing furniture protectors (felt pads) on the bottom of all the legs of your furniture will keep it from scratching the wood when it is moved.
  • Regular Sweeping - Sweep your floors daily to remove dust, dirt, and debris, minimizing damage to the surface. You can also vacuum as long as it does not have a beater bar.
  • Spills - Immediately wipe up all spills to avoid any excess moisture seeping into the wood.

 

EASY STEPS TO CLEANING HARDWOODS:
How to Clean Your Hardwoods if They Have a Surface-Sealed Finish:

     1.      Sweep floor to remove dirt and dust particles. 
     2.      Mop carefully using a solution of water and dish detergent (or other solution made especially for 
             surface-sealed hardwood floors). Remember to never let standing water sit on your floors. 
     3.      Buff your floor with a clean, soft towel until completely dry.


How to Clean Your Hardwoods if They Have Any Other Type of Finish:
     1.      Sweep floor to remove dirt and dust particles. 
     2.      Use a soft, dry cloth to buff away any stains or scuffs.
     3.      Use a liquid wax stripper designed for your floor's particular finish, following the manufacturer's
              directions 
              exactly. Then allow the floor to dry.
     4.      Use a wax formula made especially for your floor's particular finish type and apply a thin layer 
              according to the manufacturer's directions. Allow time for the wax to dry and then apply a second
              coat if necessary. 
     5.      Rent a buffing machine or use a dry, soft towels to polish your floor to a nice shine.

Do not use any kind of wax finish on urenthane floor finishes. Once wax is used it must remain wax unless the floor is refinished. 
 

REMOVING STAINS:
Depending on the type of stain to be removed, they are specific ways to treat it:

  • Water - Use sandpaper or steel wool to remove, and then refinish.
  • Cigarette Burns - Dampen a piece of steel wool and use it to remove stain.
  • Heel Marks - Rub vigorously with steel wool to clean floor.
  • Ink - Wash the area using steel wool and floor cleaner. If cleaning is unsuccessful, sand the spot and refinish.
  • Gum - Harden with ice until brittle, then break off. Clean with a cloth to remove any gum that remained.

 
Call us if you have any questions! 972-9640-1480


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Thinking about Hand Scraped Floors?

December 03, 2012


You might have heard the term "hand scraped floors" recently in the home remodeling circle. Though it's recently gained more popularity, it's a technique that has been used since the 1800's. It's favored by so many because it creates a hardwood floor that is truly one-of-a-kind.

An installer will use a hand scraper tool (hints the name) and will carefully scrape the top layer of the floor and then stain and seal it. The boards are scraped lengthwise down the entire board, with the thickness and deepness of the scrape varying. This gives it an authentic "aged" look since the distressing is not uniform. It is important that it is performed by a professional who is trained in the hand scraping technique and not by a general contractor or done DIY because it requires a bit of an artist's touch. If the scraped lines are too straight, it looks artificial. If it is scraped too deep it makes using the furniture on it a nightware because everything becomes wobbly. There are many ways hand scraping can go wrong if not done correctly.

Some benefits of a hand scraped floor include the following:

  • Hides scratches and nicks better than smooth finished floors because it has already been made to look distressed
  • Ages the wood to look like reclaimed wood from a barn or factory without the high price tag
  • Gives the floor character and charm
  • Works well with Rustic, Traditional, Old World European, and many more design styles


Below are pictures of actual customers' hand scraped floors.






Interested in hand scraped hardwood floors? Contact us today for more information and a free quote! 972-964-1480


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The Types of Hardwood Floors - WALNUT

November 27, 2012


Walnut is considered a rich, luxury hardwood because of its dark hues and unique grain pattern. If you are looking for a hardwood floor to deliver impact, this might be the perfect fit. However, some of its limitations may not work for your family and lifestyle. Consider the following benefits and limitations or give us a call to discuss what flooring option would be best for you.


BENEFITS:
  • Luxurious feel
  • Rich, dark tone
  • Impactful
  • Not as common as a flooring choice, unique
  • Resists shrinkage and warping
  • Grows domestically in North America
  • Usually has a straight grain pattern (will appear less busy which may be a plus to some)
  • Knots are close in color to the surrounding wood, so they are less noticeable
  • Looks great with or without being stained


LIMITATIONS:

  • Usually more expensive than oak
  • Softer wood, more prone to denting than oak and therefore not recommended for high traffic areas
  • Furniture legs need protection to prevent scratching
  • Not suitable for a family with young children or big pets as their wear and tear will show more on walnut flooring than on harder wood floors
  • Always dark with or without being stained (not available in a light hue)



The decision to install hardwood floors is a big one considering it will last a lifetime if cared for properly. That’s why it is important to know the facts about different hardwood options. Call or email us if you have any questions. Marty has years of experience and can give you guidance from a professional. Call us at 972-964-1480 or email us at martysaling@ptihardwoods.com.

Thanks for reading our series on "Types of Hardwood Floors"! Check back soon for our next blog! 


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