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Hardwood Flooring

Sanding and refinishing: What’s the Difference?

It’s finally fall in the Twin Cities, which means leaves of red and gold are falling all around and creating a breathtaking autumn landscape. But all of those beautiful autumn leaves are also falling onto your home’s roof and into your gutters, where they can end up creating clogs. What starts off as a minor clog today can end up leading to a serious problem down the road with foundation damage or even roof damage from ice dams. That’s why it’s important to think about keeping your gutters clean long before cold weather hits.

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Keeping Your New Hardwood Floors Scratch-Free

Buying hardwood floors or engineered hardwood flooring is no cheap investment; any responsible flooring company will tell you this! These wood floors are designed to last through thick and thin, and designed to serve your family and business for many years with proper maintenance.

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Does Winter Weather Pose a Hazard to Your Floors?

Winter is just around the corner! For almost all Minnesotans, this means buckling down and winterizing the exterior of their homes—from replacing siding and roofs to redoing the weatherproofing on exit doors. Preparing for the season here is no easy task.

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Proper Self-Maintenance for Hardwood Flooring

All hardwood flooring will need professional maintenance, like re-coating and sanding, at various points in its lifespan. It’s a fact of the flooring type! However, hardwood floors also require a good degree of maintenance on the part of the purchaser. Taking care of your hardwood floor ensures its characteristic durability for years to come, and doing so can also extend the time between professional maintenance sessions.

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How to Know when Your Hardwood Needs Professional Repairs

Despite the flooring cost, hardwood floors remain the king of the flooring world. Their stately appearance and decades-worth of longevity beat out all other flooring types hands down. Not to mention that keeping them looking their best—free of gouges and stains—is easy with professional maintenance. Plus, if you want to totally change the color of your wood floors, many staining options are available.

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Flooring Materials that Resemble Hardwood

Hardwood flooring is sleek and beautiful, and it offers a sophisticated aesthetic that is unmistakable; however, it may not be a practical choice for your home. Fortunately, there are other flooring materials that have the same look as hardwood but with different benefits and price points. You can leverage other materials to your advantage and create the living spaces you want at the right price.

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The Right Floors for a Manufactured Home

Custom, luxury manufactured homes are becoming a popular way for people to get exactly the property they want — even in rural locations where building would often be prohibitively difficult. There are a few special considerations when it comes to manufactured home flooring, but they may not be as extensive as you might think.

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Replacing Your Carpet Before You Sell Your Home

Replacing your carpet is one of the first things a real estate agent will tell you to do before you sell your home. Why? Buyers feel uncomfortable purchasing a home that feels "lived in." Even if your carpet is clean, they really want it to look brand new. Carpet is an affordable way to make a property feel new and clean, even if it's an older home.

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Ideal Flooring Options when You Have Pets

While we love our pets, they certainly can create a whirlwind of damage to the floors in our homes. Scratches, spills, and accidents are all a reality with pets, so selecting a floor to withstand damage and dirt is key. Below, let's take a look at some flooring materials best suited for life with pets.

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Preparing Your Wood Floors For Spring

Vacuuming and sweeping are usually all you have to do to keep your hardwood floors looking fabulous because they’re such a low-maintenance flooring option. But as you contemplate spring cleaning, you should consider these tips to keep your floors looking beautiful this spring — and for years to come.

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