Hardwood Floor Colors and Stains – Reno, Tahoe, NV

by Sorin Giurca on October 27, 2017

Currently Trending Hardwood Floor Colors and Stains for Reno/Tahoehardwood floor colors

It should come as no surprise that the Reno/Tahoe area sets the trend for hardwood floor colors and stains. This area is known for beautiful landscapes and gorgeous homes. We take our interiors seriously around here, and our out-of-town guests tend to take our ideas home with them.

The following are some of the hardwood floor colors and stains trends I’ve found are becoming the most popular on our local hardwood floors.

Ultra Dark Hardwood Stains

Ultra dark hardwood floors are easily the most popular trend going. Homeowners are seeking darker and darker floors to accent their lighter walls and furnishings. A combination of ebony and jacobean (sometimes called espresso), or ebony and dark walnut seems to be the most trending hardwood floor colors going.

Ultra Light Hardwood Stains

Blonde or white washed hardwood floor colors with natural finishes featuring lower gloss, are 2nd in trending colors. The crisp, clean look helps a create fresh and natural appearance. The lightest colors look very contemporary while providing a matte finish.

White wash stains continue to be trending. More popular in prefinished woods (as opposed to site finished) they come out much lighter than natural hardwood. Whether you going natural or white washed; using water or oil based poly, satin and matte finishes are trending and stylish.

Gray Hardwood Stains

Demand for gray hardwood floor colors continues to trend this year. Lighter grays seem to be slightly preferred over darker grays. In the past year or two, I’ve also an increase in the gray/brown blends. Will the gray hardwood stains stop trending? Probably. But not until you’re ready to refinish your hardwood floors anyway.

Cooler Tones Over Warmer Tones

Cooler blue and brown tone hardwood floor colors are trending over the warmer red tones. Cooler colors and stains are easier to decorate with, because they offer more options to match paint, furniture, window treatments and all your other decor’.

There is No Rule Saying You Cannot Buck the Trend

At Artisan Hardwood Floors, we understand that just because something is trending, that doesn’t mean everyone is going to want it. We have been installing hardwood flooring in the Reno/Tahoe area for years now – every color and stain imaginable – so we simply know what is trending in popularity at the time.

No matter what hardwood floor color or stain you chose for your hardwood flooring, trending or not, we will deliver the most professional installation and service you can find at any price. Call me now and lets have a short talk about what you want to see in your home. You’ll be glad you did.

Sorin Giurca

Master Craftsman, Owner

Laminate Flooring Compared to Hardwood Flooring

by Sorin Giurca on September 29, 2017

Laminate Flooring is Often the Choice for Reno/Tahoe HomeownersLaminate Flooring

Laminate flooring allows you to own the look and feel of hardwood floors, without as much outlay. Many homeowners here in the Reno/Tahoe area are taking advantage of the exceptional affordability and flexibility that laminate flooring provides.

With that in mind, I would like to discuss some of the advantages laminates offer by answering a few of the questions I usually hear from people on the subject.

How What is It and How Does It Compare to Hardwood Flooring?

Laminate flooring is a multi-layer, pressed wood flooring product. Laminate flooring simulates wood or tile with a photographic layer under a clear protective layer. There are some pros and cons to consider, and this article includes a chart comparing laminate flooring to hardwood flooring. In general, laminate flooring has a 10 year lifespan and cannot be refinished, whereas hardwood floors can last for many years and be refinished multiple times.

How Do You Clean Laminates?

Caring for a laminate flooring is pretty much the same as with natural hardwood floors. Just sweep or vacuum regularly, damp mop as necessary, and wipe up spills promptly with a sponge or cloth. In some cases a special laminate cleaning product is recommended. I’ve blogged about hardwood floor cleaning in detail. Just remember to avoid soap-based detergents and abrasive cleaners.

Are Area Rugs Advisable with Laminate Flooring?

Now that the weather here is turning a bit colder here in Northern Nevada, that’s a question I’m hearing a lot. Area rugs work fine over laminate flooring. Just be careful not to use rugs which may have abrasive backing on them to keep them from slipping. Instead, look for backings made of  Felt, Rubber, Latex, Polypropylene, or anything soft.

Is Laminate Flooring Alright Over a Concrete sub-floor?

With very few exceptions, laminates can be installed over any well prepared sub-floor, which is why it is sometimes referred to as a “floating” floor. Even existing wood, ceramic tile, vinyl sheet, and carpeting, as well as concrete. If you want your laminate installed over existing carpeting for additional insulation, the carpet should be completely adhered, no more than 1/4″ thick, and installed over a suspended wood sub-floor.

Does Laminate Flooring Work in the Kitchen & Bathroom?

As long as you have a clean, dry, flat, structurally sound sub-floor, and the planks are tight against each other, we can install laminates in pretty much every room in your home. Just like hardwood flooring, however, it will not withstand puddles of water.

What About Over Radiant Heating Elements?

As long as the heating system is embedded in the concrete slab or is under your wood sub-floor (and does not exceed 85 degrees), you’re good to go. We won’t install laminate over a floating radiant heat system or the “mat” style heaters, which sit right on the surface of the sub-floor.  The heating surface cannot touch your laminate flooring, you understand.

Are They a Good Choice for Families With Pets?

Today’s laminates are very durable; designed to stand up to the normal scratches and scuffs of living. As with natural hardwood floors of course, it’s always smart to keep your pet’s nails trimmed. But yes, laminates are an excellent choice for pet owners.

When Can You Install My New Laminate Flooring?

So that’s MY favorite question. Artisan Hardwood Floors is available to install your new laminate flooring, rain or snow or shine. One of the benefits of working indoors. Please contact me right away, so we can discuss your options and schedule.

Sorin Giurca

Master Craftsman, Owner


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