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Why Does My Hardwood Floor Have Gaps?

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It’s that time of year again when I start getting asked the same question over and over… “Why does my floor have gaps?”, or some similar version of that like “Can you fill the cracks in my floor?”

Why does my hardwood floor have gaps

It’s not fun to have your floors refinished and the boards are tight in the summer and then, just a few months later, when things start to get colder, they start opening and being full of gaps.

What on earth is going on? Is there something wrong with your floors?

Rubio Monocoat Fumed Loft Project in Chicago

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Last month we completed another cool hardwax oil project in the Logan Square area of Chicago. It was in an old industrial building that had been converted into trendy lofts about a decade ago. The owner of this particular loft was doing a small update/renovation and wanted something different than the traditional finishes for his red oak floors.

Rubio Monocoat Fumed Loft Project in Chicago

In his online search he stumbled upon us and our articles about hardwax oils.

After seeing the creativity that Rubio Monocoat offered and looking at some photos of the fuming process from our prior jobs it was decided to go for the same concept. But for the top color oil application we were going to experiment and come up with something unique.

Road Trip to New York State

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Last month we received an email with unusual request. It started out like this: “Dear Mr. Sadunas, this is probably one of the stranger requests that you have gotten, but here goes…”

Naperville to New York Floors

The email came from Dan who lives in upstate New York. He was about to install 800 sqft of red oak. They wanted to have the floors professionally sanded and finished. His wife had been keenly researching all the different types of finishes available and after lots of careful research they finally decided they wanted to use Pallmann Magic Oil.

There was a major problem though…

Cure Time vs Dry Time

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One of the first things our clients will ask us once we put on the last coat of finish is “When can we walk on the floors?” The next question that usually follows is, “When can we put the rugs and furniture back?”

Cure Time vs Dry Time

Good questions and ones that need a good answer.

Let’s have a look at each closer.

Sunlight, UV and Fading Hardwood Floors

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Everyone with hardwood floors knows that direct sunlight can be a problem for your floors. Most of us have moved a rug or a piece of furniture and noticed the covered part of the floor is either lighter or darker than the surrounding wood.

Why Floors Fade

The longer the wood has been covered up, the more noticeable the difference in color is. Why does this happen and what can be done about it?

Let’s start off discussing why it happens.

A Blast from the Past: Wood Floors in the 1920’s

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Last month I featured a couple of old hardwood floor brochures from the late 1800’s . This month I wanted to show you another couple of brochures that I found from the 1920’s.

Vintage Flooring from the 1800s

It can be fun to look through these and see what they did back then, where our industry has come from and to see all the advancements made throughout the years.

The 1920’s were a time of economic boom after World War 1 had ended. They were called the roaring 20’s for a reason. Music, fashion, lifestyles, (hairstyles) and culture were all going through major changes. Jazz, automobiles, telephones and motion pictures from Hollywood were all the rage.

A Blast from the Past: Wood Floors in the 1800’s

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Not too long ago as I was researching information on hardwood floors and finishes during the 1800’s in North America when I stumbled upon a great online library that had thousands of old books, periodicals, catalogues, postcards, brochures and photos… amongst other cool things from that era.

Old Wood Floor Brochures

I was pretty excited when I came across some old trade brochures for wood floors from the late 1800’s to the early 1920’s. I thought it would be fun to feature them on our blog to see what’s changed over the years and what information about hardwood floors is still relevant.