A Word From Nelson 
The Florida summer is heating up here on the Space Coast. Along with all the outdoor fun come a few hazards that can damage your wood floors. It's important to be proactive and to protect your flooring this season by keeping some common-sense tips in mind.

When ground underfoot, sand can make a mess of your floor’s finish. Keep sand out of the home by having your guests remove their sandals outside or in a special bin by the door.

Also, realize that your floors might also move a little when the weather turns steamy. Even with an engineered wood floor, expect a small amount of expansion in the summer months as the wood planks absorb moisture from the surrounding air.  

UV light becomes a greater threat to your floors during the sunny summer months. This can cause discoloration and fading of the wood. Some woods, like maple, are especially susceptible to this. To shield your flooring from the detrimental effects of UV rays, shut the curtains during the day whenever possible.

Wood floors are a decorative investment that should last for years and years.  A few preventative measures can pay off in the long run. 

Nelson Green, President 
“Just a note to tell you what a great job your installers did at my house a couple of weeks ago. From rip-up to cleanup, they did an excellent job. The floor looks very pretty." Laura (Brevard County)

The Sun is Out to Get Your Floor

The sun produces light in the ultraviolet spectrum that can cause hardwood flooring to fade.

Overexposure to UV light does not have a single solution. Instead, mix and match the following products and preventative measures to help protect your flooring during these summer months. 

Low-E Glass

This specially designed glass has a coating that minimizes the amount of UV and heat that can pass through without reducing the amount of light.

While more expensive than other methods and still not foolproof, low-e glass provides the added benefit of lowering your air conditioning expenses.

Window Tinting

Similar to tinting your car windows, these thin, multi-layered film products are applied to the inside of a window to help do what low-e windows do by design. There is a broad selection of these products.  
The bottom line is that these types of window films will help reduce sun damage to your floors in the same way low-e glass will.

Window Coverings

Drapes, curtains and blinds are a great, low-cost way to help protect your hardwood floors from sun damage by blocking the light altogether.
 
Hardwood and Sand: a Bad Combination

For many Floridians, summer means the beach. If your home or rental has hardwood floors, there are some easy steps you can take to prevent any damage from sand and salt water.

Both sand and salt are jagged and can easily damage hardwood floors when tracked in. The resulting scratches in the floor can decrease the lifespan of a floor’s finish.

The best defense against sand is to keep it out of the house altogether. Make sure friends and family wipe their feet at the door mat, and keep a rug on the other side of the entryway. Better still, leave sandy shoes and sandals outside.

You’ll also want to make sure everyone is completely dry. It’s important to dry any moisture that may have been tracked in, immediately. Standing water can seep into the joints of your floor and cause a host of issues. To help keep your home (and car) clean, store a few fresh towels and a couple gallon-sized water jugs to rinse sand off people and beach equipment.
Reimagine Your Floors

Using our online app, it's easy to see what a new floor style will look like

Check out My Floor Style here

Step 1: Take a photo of your room.

Use My Floor Style to take a photo of your room or select an existing photo on your tablet device.
 
Step 2: Outline and remove your floor.

Remove the floor in your room photo by dropping pins to outline the flooring surface.
 
Step 3: Add a floor style to your room.

Select a flooring category, and choose from a wide range of swatches to drop the floor into your photo. You can then adjust depth, orientation and more with a simple tap.
  
Step 4: Save and share your project.

When you’re finished, view "before" and "after" photos to compare. Save your project to reference later, or even share your photo via email, text or social media to see what friends and family think.
Love Your New Floor from Flooring America?
 
Send us a photo and a brief description of your experience that we can consider using on social media. If we do use it, we will send you a gift certificate for $50! (Some restrictions may apply.)
 
Send it to: contact@seflooringamerica.com.
Customer Question:
Can I use an old hardwood floor as a subfloor?

We do not generally recommend installing new hard surface floors over existing hardwood.

Moisture is an enemy of any wood floor. Sealing it off with another floor on top creates a potential “greenhouse” effect where trapped moisture has nowhere to go. This can cause swelling and expansion of the old floor and might even make it come loose from the subfloor.

You can also create a height problem where the new floor is substantially higher than the floors around it. In that case, there may be a need for custom-made reducer strips that can become trip hazards. Appliances may no longer slide in and out and doors may have to be trimmed.

You are always better going back to the original subfloor.  

Check out our selection of hardwood flooring here .