How To Prepare For Wood Floor Installation

Before installation begins it’s important to take some precautionary steps that will make the work are and your home safer.

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Removing All Furniture

There will be a lot of wood cutting and a lot of movement. Dust will come in and out your home. The number one issue is that dust will find its way to every corner of the house if these are not sealed off. Closing the doors won’t be enough. make sure door entranced are completely sealed off with a plastic bag and blue painters tape along the top and sides and bottom if it’s a hard floor. For carpet floors, make sure to cover the bottom air gap with towels since tape can easily peel off from them.
Make sure the room is as empty, no furniture, drapes, painting or frames. People will be moving all around the area and dust will do so as well.

Preparing Working Area

Cutting boards will be most likely necessary in order to perfectly fit the wood to the desired space. Designate an outside area that is near the doorway; where workers will be able to have their supplies and instruments, and where sawdust won’t be contained in your living room. Make sure this area is protected from the sun and that it has access to an outdoor outlet.

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Easy Acces

Along with designating a work area, is recommended to prepare your home for the constant coming-and-going of people in your house. Removing doors can make this process a little bit faster plus it will save your doors from bumps, scratches, and accidental hits. Have your door placed in a room where you know it will be save and protected. If you have double doors you can make sure they will not be placed one on top of the other where they can scratch each other. Since you’ll be left without doors, it’s preferable to have the designated working area in the back yard -don’t you think. As always, work with your contractor to see what works best for your project.

 

For more information or if you’re going DIY here are these detailed links:

  1. https://www.thespruce.com/preparing-for-wood-floor-installation-1821689
  2. http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/rooms-and-spaces/floors/tips-before-you-start-installing-wood-flooring
  3. http://woodfloors.org/what-to-expect.aspx

How To Take Care of Mesquite Wood Floors

Mesquite floors are one of the mosts stable and durable hardwood floors you could add to your home. It is very resistant and thus it requires little to no effort to maintain.

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Essential Care

Just like any other floor, vacuuming or sweeping is a desired to keep regular maintenance and care. A soft-bristled broom keeps loose dirt from building up. When using a vacuum, make sure the power rotary brush head is deactivated to avoid scratching the surface. Dust particles can accumulate in the scratches on the wood’s surface.

For periodic cleaning use a lightly water-damp mop. Water and humidity have an effect on wood. Make sure you don’t soak the mop. Mop on the direction of the grain so dust particles don’t get stuck in between crevices. If a spill occurs, clean it immediately. You can buy special cleaners for an occasional “spring cleaning” make sure you always follow directions according to the label.

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Preventing Damage

To prevent damage when moving furniture, use stick-on felt protectors under the legs of furniture. If you have pets, keep their nails trimmed to avoid scratching. High heels can easily dent the wood, enjoy your hardwood mesquite floor barefoot or lounge with your fluffy slippers. Place a mat on every outdoor entrance to stop dust or stains to track into your floor.
If you see these gaps during the winter, don’t try to fill them in, the wood with expanding again in the summer. A humidifier can be used during cold seasons to prevent wood shrinkage and gaps.

To prevent aging and color fading, use protecting window curtains to block UV rays and excessive heat. On high-traffic areas, like the kitchen, place a rug under the sink to prevent wearing.
Every once in a while try rearranging the furniture around so the sun doesn’t always hit the same spot on your wood floor. Move items around, try putting an armchair or, a rug with a side table or a lamp on top. Move sofas and rugs that always cover the same wood areas to other ones that aren’t covered, this will help your wood always look even as the years pass. By moving things around you are giving your house a new look. It refreshes and changes the environment and style of the room.

Last Resource

Lastly, depending on your floor’s wear and tear, you could give your floors a new coat. Even though it’s not as big as the process of refinishing, it will still require time and to be done properly. Recoating hardwood floors can restore the look of the floor. Refinishing hardwood floors can be done around every 10+ years, this is the process of sanding down coating layers and staining them again. Sometimes you won’t even need to refinish your floors, refinishing is mostly for floors that have deep gouges and the finish is mostly worn out.

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Overal you want to keep a consistent care that is as simple as a light sweep or vacuum. This will extend the life of your floor and push back recoating or refinishing them.

Sources:

  • https://www.mohawkflooring.com/flooring/hardwood/guides/hardwood-care-maintenance
  • http://woodfloors.org/maintenance.aspx
  • http://www.bhg.com/homekeeping/house-cleaning/surface/how-to-clean-hardwood-floors/
  • http://time.com/money/4282486/refinish-wood-floors-need-to-know/

Comparing Mesquite And Other Wood Species

There are many options when choosing what kind of hardwood floor you want for your home. One may wonder how to decide. Well, it all depends on what you’re looking for. Ultimately, you want to use what best suits your likes and needs. Faifer & Co. recommends mesquite wood for homeowners who value both beauty and durability.
There is no denying there are many types of wood floorings, highly recommended by a lot of experts. Some floors are made out of naturally strong wood that can withstand the test of time. Others are engineered wood floors that are made to be more resilient to humidity. Check out this article to find out more about solid or engineered hardwood.

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In between, there is a whole range of wood flooring you would like to look at. In this instance, we will be covering hardwood floor species like Cherry, Walnut, Oak, Maple, Hickory, Bamboo and our favorite Mesquite. Here is a bigger, broader list you can take a look at!

Cherry

Cherry has a fine, straight grain with red to pinkish hues. While American Cherry is more medium-toned, Brazilian Cherry is darker cherry-tone and, surprisingly, one of the few hardwoods that will darken with age. Brazilian Cherry is rigid and thus durable. Just like Mesquite wood, both scored above the 2000 Janka Hardness Scale.

Walnut

Walnut colors range from chocolate brown to yellow. It has long straight to wavy grains. It typically coated with a clear finish to bring out the grains, which create depth. It’s usually associated with antique style furniture. While both, American Black Walnut and Brazilian Walnut species, are considerably strong in the Janka Hardness Scale, American Black Walnut it’s relatively softer at 1010 Janke Hardness scale than Brazilian Walnut and Mesquite. Brazilian Walnut is one of the hardest species with a 3680 rating!

Oak

White Oak, Red Oak, Tasmanian Oak. The most commonly used are either Red or White Oak. Red Oak has red/pink undertones while White Oak and Tasmanian Oak have yellow/ golden undertones. Since Oak is naturally light, they can be stained to the tone you’d prefer. Oak is grainy; Red Oak tends to have stronger graining than the smoother White Oak; they have tiger-stripe grain or water-like swirl patterns respectively. In the Janka Hardness Scale, the three are around the 1300s.

Maple

Rating 1450 on the Janka Hardness Scale, Hard Maple is considered very durable. Maple has a very light, creamy color with sometimes reddish or gold grain tint. Because of its light color, it takes well to color stains. It usually has a long soft grain but in rare instances, it can have different grain appearances like Bird’s Eye Maple.

Hickory

Hickory has a very light, creamy color tinged with medium brown patches. It has long, brown, grain streaks with a couple of swirls. Hickory has a very strong rating 1820 on the Janka Hardness Scale. It’s shock resistant and it used on other things like sporting goods or fishing rods.

Bamboo

This new “green” alternative is being considered more nowaday. Bamboo is classified as grass. Since it matures in five years, bamboo sources are replenished much faster. If manufactured correctly, Bamboo floors can be as has as Oak floors. In-depth research is recommended if you’re choosing bamboo floors in order to purchase good quality and long lasting floors.

Mesquite

In contrast, Mesquite is among the strongest wood species, rating 2345 on the Janka Hardness Scale. This makes it a great contender against other woods for high-traffic areas and can withstand the test of time.Mesquite has reddish to brown colors with its sapwood being more yellow-toned. Mesquite will darken as it ages. It has straight to wavy grain, with knots or other irregularities which make Mesquite very unique and attractive. Honey Mesquite is native to North America while Black Mesquite is from the Gran Chaco region of South America. Black Mesquite is medium to chocolate brown and can be just as coarse and Honey Mesquite. There are many, many more species for flooring and you can explore them, here.In the end, it’s up to you but, if you’re looking for warming, red-toned floors that can withstand generations of family steps and is manufactured in the U.S. we will recommend Faifer & Co. Mesquite wood floors.

Sources:

  1. https://www.mohawkflooring.com/flooring/hardwood/about-hardwood
  2. http://www.wood-database.com/
  3. http://www.woodworkerssource.com/shop/category/Mesquite.html
  4. http://www.hoskinghardwood.com/Department/Hardwood-Floors/Choosing-a-Hardwood-Flooring-Wood-Species.aspx?dId=7&pageId=40#maple
  5. http://www.sanjosehardwoodfloors.com/eco-friendly-bamboo-flooring

Up Your House Value With Hardwood Mesquite Floors

In today’s market, real and durable materials like steel, granite concrete or wood are becoming more commonly used. They’re must-haves as they will bring up and keep up your house value. For example, stainless steel is durable and resists oxide. It can give your home the industrial look of high-end kitchens. Granite countertops are the accent everyone’s coming back to -no more plastic look-alikes! Granite is heat resistant making it perfect for the kitchen. Concrete countertops are relatively rare but their durability and its “sculpt-ability” are surely bringing them back.

Investing on hardwood floors will pay off in the long run. With proper maintenance, they are very durable and can be refinished for scratches or a change of color if needed. They are preferred by buyers across the United States and, if you’re planning on selling, hardwood floors increase the likelihood of your home selling faster.

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Mesquite wood is perfect for floors for its remarkable strength and stability. Compared to carpets, hardwood floors are easier to clean, in contrast, carpet stains can he hard to remove or may not even come off at all! Removing a carpet can be expensive, once a carpet is worn out it will need to be replaced,  hardwood floors just need some maintenance, refinished and it’s good as new.

Aesthetically speaking, Mesquite flooring can be used for open, high-traffic spaces like the kitchen, dining room or living room. Mesquite wood can also be used as accent features around your home like ceiling beams -to increase the appearance of a spacious area or be used as a fireplace mantel -to bring the family together in a cozy environment.

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Sources:

  1. http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/cheng-concrete-concrete-counte-94528
  2. http://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/resale-value-hardwood-vs-carpet/
  3. http://www.elegant-floors.com/bay-area-floor-refinishing/increase-home-value-hardwood-floors/
  4. http://time.com/money/4185900/boost-home-value/woodflow

Protect your wood floors from the heat this summer!

Summer is already upon us in central Texas, and naturally the warm weather is only going to continue to get warmer.

For those of us with wood installations in our homes, whether that is in the form of wood flooring, walls, or furniture, the increase in heat should be paid special attention to.

Because wood is a natural material, and was at one point organic, it contains some amount of moisture. It also has the ability to absorb or lose moisture, depending on the conditions of the air around it.

As the temperature and humidity continues to climb in the summer of 2017, there will be more and more humidity in the air of your home. There are of course many things that you can do to reduce the humidity of your home. Using de-humidifiers, keeping your window blinds or drapes closed, and keeping airflow controlled within the house can all make for a pleasant indoor central Texas summer!

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But if your home’s interior temperature and humidity do rise, be prepared for your wood flooring or wood fixtures to expand. This will most likely be seen on large surfaces of wood, such as flooring. You may or may not have noticed that in the cool of winter some cracks started to appear in your wood floors. This is natural, because as the air cools down and dries out (as is especially prevalent in central Texas), moisture is pulled from the wood and into the air, shrinking the wood.

Wood will contract when there is dry air around it, and expand when there is humid air around it. If you feel warm inside, you can bet that your wood “feels” warm too. Take that as an indication that it is time to adjust the temperature somehow.

Do your best this summer to keep the interior of your home at a mild temperature to prevent over expansion of your wood installations.

The “Tree of Life”: A Profile on the Mesquite Tree

We’ve all at least heard of mesquite wood.

But what actually makes the wood unique? Here we will dive a bit deeper into the unique aspects of the lumber, from where it is found to what differentiates it from the rest of the forest (or rather… the desert).

The Tree

Mesquite trees are found in most dry parts of the world, from West Texas to Bahrain. It is the most common shrub (small tree) in the south-west United States (1), and is actually a member of the legume family. There are three common species of mesquite trees; honey mesquite, screwbean mesquite, and velvet mesquite.

Mesquite trees are exceedingly useful.

“More than 200 plants and animal species depend on the mesquite tree for survival and reproduction. Bees in arid areas rely on its pollen to produce food for their young and honey for the winter. Deer, javelina, coyotes, jackrabbits, skunks, turkey, quail, and doves greedily consume the beans along with livestock of all kinds.”aneyefortexas, Chihuahan Desert Blog

The beans of mesquite trees have been used in history as coffee replacement and as a basic food source when all other food would run out. The pollen of the tree can be made into a unique honey, and the beans are still used today as livestock feed when pasture grasses are all eaten or destroyed by drought. Mesquite gum has medical treatments, such as to alleviate sunburn and to ease stomach distress, and the leaves of the tree could help to reduce headaches (1).

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The wood itself is extremely handy for firewood and building material. It seasons well, with minimal shrinkage or warp (3). “In the late 1800s, citizens of San Antonio paved the streets leading to their Texas shrine, the Alamo, with mesquite slabs. In testament to mesquite’s durability, remnants of the wood still surface from the activity of street maintenance”, Wood Magazine. It is commonly used as firewood for smoking meats as well.

For use in the home, it is most well known for its deep and red-toned color. For more advantages of using mesquite wood in your house, check out our post from January 2017.

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The mesquite tree has a trusted reputation in the American south-west and in many parts of the world. By more than one party it has been dubbed the “Tree of Life” because of the many uses and benefits it affords.

 

Sources:

  1. http://www.desertusa.com/flora/mesquite-tree.html
  2. https://aneyefortexas.wordpress.com/2011/03/29/mesquite-the-wonder-tree/
  3. http://www.woodmagazine.com/materials-guide/lumber/wood-species-2/mesquite

How to Decorate a Home with Mesquite Wood

The right kind of wood can bring a living space together.

Used in the right places, in the right amounts, with the right finish, mesquite wood can add a rich tone to any room in the house. But how much should be used? And for which elements, flooring, furniture, or other accents such as countertops?

Along with the wood, we must consider the colors, textures, and shapes of the other features of the house, such as textiles, glass, and other materials. It’s a lot to think about, but this is where we can really have fun creating a future home.

Where to Use Mesquite Wood

So where should you use mesquite wood in the home?

Because of the rich tone and texture of mesquite wood, it is used best in visible spaces. Countertops, mantles and tables are obvious spaces to display this kind of wood. If used in such a way, it is wise to get your mesquite wood finished properly to protect its color, texture and shape.

Next up is mesquite staircases, which can make beautiful additions to homes. As heavily foot trafficked wood, again the finish is important to maintain the woods integrity. Finally, mesquite wood flooring is another obvious way to bring together your home (for more specific information on how to install this type of flooring, read this article).

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Matching Mesquite with Other Types of Wood

The key with using any wood in the home is how it is paired with other types of wood. From a purely aesthetic perspective, it is far more appealing to use more than one type of wood, as opposed to using just mesquite, or just oak.

Let’s start with tone.

Most woods have either a warm, reddish undertone, or a grey undertone. Mesquite wood has a distinctly red undertone, and therefor it is best paired with other similar colored wood.

For example, if mesquite wood is used on your kitchen or dining room, use a similar colored or finished wood on window trims, cabinets, wall moulding, and other home decor.

Adding in the Extras

The best policy when choosing decoration in the home is to mix-match hard and soft textures. Wood is naturally a hard, flat texture. Naturally, soft and rugged rugs, pillows, and throw blankets are simple contrasting elements.

Shapes are also important. Wood is typically linear and rooms are typically rectangular or square. Help to mix things up with round objects such as bowls, plants, and curved or rounded patterns.

For a fantastic example, see how this house used a mesquite wood bookshelf in combination with multiple other elements.

Final Thoughts

Mesquite wood can rightly be the main attraction in any living space, but it should not be the only attraction. In isolation, mesquite wood is not enough to complete a room. But in combination with other woods, textiles, shapes, colors and textures, along with high quality finishing, mesquite wood is a beautiful, beautiful addition.

 

 

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Many Advantages to Mesquite Wood

If you are considering installing hardwood floors in your home, one of the best types of wood to use is mesquite. Mesquite is known for being beautiful, tough and able to stand up to just about anything. You will absolutely love the way that it looks when it is in your home, and you will be able to enjoy it for years to come. The color and the grain characteristics buried deep within the wood made it a very attractive option for homeowners.

But as the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at the University of Arizona notes, mesquite wood is also great for a variety of other reasons that have nothing to do with hardwood flooring. Let’s explore some of the many benefits of mesquite.

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Mesquite wood burns very slowly and generates a lot of heat. If you build a fire with it, it will last for a long time and it will provide you with the warmth you are looking for. It can also be used to cook, and the smoke that it generates adds a very distinct flavor to meals when you use it for that purpose. It is most often used to prepare smoked barbecue, and anyone who’s tasted mesquite-smoked chicken, pork or any other meat knows just how fantastic it is.

Drought-Resistant and Low Maintenance

Mesquite trees don’t require much water and are known for being very tough and durable. They can survive for a long time without any water and can provide shade and a home for wildlife in parts of the country where other trees will not survive due to the local weather conditions. This also makes mesquite wood very resilient and low maintenance, which is why it’s perfect for use in flooring any many other applications.

Elegant and Durable Furniture

Because mesquite wood is extremely hard and dense, it is ideal for creating things like furniture. Items made from mesquite wood will last for decades and require very little maintenance or care to stay in great shape. Many woodworkers have also turned to mesquite for decorative woodworking over the years. Mesquite wood offers them many options and gives them the chance to create pieces that will stand the test of time.

Installing hardwood flooring in your home is a big investment, so before you do it, you should consider which type of wood you ultimately want to use. Faifer & Co. recommends mesquite wood to those homeowners who value both beauty and durability, and we know that you will be blown away by your new mesquite flooring. Reach out to us at 830-216-4189 today to learn more about our flooring options.

Dress Up Your Fireplace With a Mesquite Mantel

Now that winter has arrived, temperatures are at less than ideal highs. This will lead many homeowners to light up their fireplaces as a nice little way to keep warm on cooler nights. However, instead of having just a plain old mantel surround your fireplace this winter, upgrade it with help from Faifer & Co.

Mesquite MantelsOur mantels are made from reclaimed mesquite hardwoods that were previously being used on Texas ranchlands. By doing this, your new mesquite mantel will not only have an authentic, rustic Texas feel, but it will also be a truly unique addition to your home.

If you have a specific idea of how you want your mantle to look, we offer a wide variety of wood options. You may be looking for a mantel that is very simple, but is an improvement on what you have now. We have simple cut mesquite hardwood that will give you exactly what you’re looking for and leaving you staring in awe at your new mantle.

Now on the other hand, if you want more of an all-natural look, Faifer & Co. has you covered there as well. Some of our hardwood looks like it was taken right out of the woods. This will give your mantel that outdoorsy feeling all while your fireplace warms you and your family up.

Before creating our mantels, each piece of wood undergoes a drying and finishing process to make sure it will keep its natural warmth and detail as long as you have it. The first step is having the pieces kiln dried to reduce the moisture content. Then when that is done, they are cleaned of all sapwood that may be left. Any cracks or holes in the hardwood are filled in with a clear or black System Three epoxy which not only covers up any apparent holes, but also strengthens the piece as well. The last step is having the mantels finished with Waterlox or pure tung oil that will give it a shine you will enjoy for a long time

If you would like more information about our mesquite hardwood mantels, call Faifer & Co. today at 830-216-4189!

Mesquite Stairs: From the Ground (Floor) Up

Mesquite StairsIt is safe to say that the staircase is one of the most important components of any house. Sure, they get us up to the second floor, but if done right, they can be so much more than that. Properly constructed stairs can be a beautiful centerpiece for any home, and the first step to creating stairs that you can be proud of is by building them with the best type of wood available.

We recommend mesquite.

Why Mesquite?

Well, it all comes down to quality and reliability. We believe that mesquite is simply the best wood to use for projects that you want to truly last the test of time. Mesquite has proven time and time again to be the best type of wood in terms of hardness and stability as well as ease of use, making them the perfect option for constructing long-lasting stairs.

The beauty of mesquite cannot be praised enough. This wood is reclaimed from Texas ranchlands, and we use only the best pieces that offer gorgeous detail and aged charm. When all of this is combined, you end up with an impressive staircase that would look beautiful in any entranceway, living room or basement.

Even better, any staircase that you create with Faifer & Co. and our fine mesquite is fully customizable to your home and preferences. We offer all the tools and pieces you need, including risers, nosings and reducers, allowing you to create your staircase the way you want it. Whether you’re constructing straight stairs or a spiral set, and regardless of height, elevation or aesthetic preferences, one thing is for sure – the look, strength and resilience of mesquite cannot be beat!

If you are planning to remodel your stairs or are building a wholly new staircase from scratch, get your materials from Faifer & Co. We have the know-how and materials you need to create elegant staircases, and have the flooring components to match throughout the rest of your home as well. To learn more or to order mesquite wood for your building project, call us today at 830-216-4189.