Home Inspiration: Ocean City Natural

Last week, our job supervisor Jimmy and his crew took a trip to Ocean City, NJ, to install Mercier Pro Series 3/8″ x 3 1/4″ engineered maple flooring in “natural.” We often recommend engineered wood flooring for beach homes, since it’s adaptable to beach climates.

We also love installing at the Jersey shore, since we get to enjoy the beautiful scenery and even make some new friends.

Before you wrap up your summer at the shore, contact us about your beach flooring needs.

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Chalk It Up to a New School Year

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It must be getting close to a new school year, as Ms. Higgins has the hubby getting things ready for her new students. Joann Higgins teaches math at Urban Promise Academy, a high school in Camden, NJ, that helps students meet their academic potential. This week, Dan made each student a portable blackboard to practice math in a different way. We at Dan Higgins Wood Flooring hope the Urban Promise Academy students have a great first day of school!

Floors for Down the Shore

As summer is winding down, we’re all squeezing in our last weekend trips “down the shore,” as we say here in New Jersey. Before you pack it in for the winter, take a look at your floors. If it’s time to replace them, check out our recommendations for flooring for the beach.

Recommended floors for the beach:

Engineered hardwood flooring is more adaptable to beach climates than solid hardwood flooring. Engineered hardwood floors are made of 100% real wood and can be installed anywhere in your home, even in difficult beach locations. Beach houses are often subject to high humidity and engineered hardwood is less likely to buckle when the humidity rises.

Laminate flooring comes in many styles; they can look like wood and ceramics. It’s scratch resistant; if you didn’t wipe all the sand off before coming inside, no worries. Hybrid laminate flooring is also available, which has the scratch-resistant surface of a laminate with a water resistant core.

If you don’t want to dry off before coming inside from the ocean, luxury vinyl tile is your best bet. LVT is water resistant and has a thick, scratch-resistant coating so you don’t have to worry so much about sand rubbing on the floor.

Not recommended:

Carpets can be hard to clean; on vacation, vacuuming and steam cleaning the carpet is the last thing on your mind. Dripping water and sand can get trapped in the carpet and be hard to remove.

Solid hardwood flooring, while beautiful, needs a humidity-controlled environment. The fluctuating weather down the shore is not ideal for solid wood, which expands and contracts with the humidity levels. If you decide on solid hardwood, make sure you get an expert installation. An expert installer will properly measure the humidity levels, acclimate the wood, and leave space for the floors to expand.

Home inspiration:

Hardwood Flooring in NJ Beach House
We installed a Johnson Lexington Series 9/16″ x 6″ hand-scraped engineered oak in “Lipizzan” at this home in Avalon, NJ.
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At this beach home in Sea Isle City, NJ, we installed an LM Flooring Rock Hill 1/2″ x 5″ hand-scraped engineered hickory in “Tango”. We also custom-stained hickory stair tread to compliment the flooring.

Before you head down the shore, come visit one of our showrooms. We’ll help you find the best floors for the Jersey shore.

How to Pick a Flooring Installer

Picking out your flooring is only half the battle. Even the best product will not last or look beautiful if installed poorly. Dealing with a bad contractor can leave you with an unfinished installation, poor workmanship, and money down the drain. Here’s how to select a quality flooring installation contractor:

Check who will actually be doing the installation.

If you buy your floors through a big box store, they may offer free or cheap installation. However, those installations are often subcontracted to the lowest bidder. Sometimes you get what you pay for: the lowest bidder is probably not the most skilled or experienced.

Get a realistic timeline.

When work is done in your home, you’re rearranging your whole life around your contractor. You don’t want any extra days of work added at the last minute. Contractors sometimes don’t want to give you the whole truth if they think it will deter you from booking the job. It’s better for you if you can plan ahead for a big job. If the speedy job sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Ask for credentials.

Here in New Jersey, unregistered contractors are illegal, subject to jail time and penalties of up to $20,000 per offense. Registered contractors are also required to prove proper insurance coverage. If your contractor isn’t willing to show your proof of registration and insurance, they could be working illegally. If something goes wrong on the job, you could be left out to dry. Some contractors have been known to cut and run.

Read the warranty information.

If you already have a product selected, check the manufacturer’s warranty. Many flooring manufacturers require proper job site preparation, wood acclimation, specific installation types, and moisture requirements. If a contractor isn’t following the warranty requirements, your warranty will be voided.

See when they want to deliver.

If the contractor is planning on showing up the day your wood is delivered or is bringing the flooring on the first day of the job, find another contractor. Wood delivery is the canary in the coal mine for an installer. Wood is a living, breathing material that contracts and expands due to temperature and moisture. If the wood isn’t acclimated to the inside of your house, it cannot be properly installed. If your contractor isn’t taking the time to make sure the wood is ready to install, what other corners are they cutting?

Find out what happens after the job.

The job doesn’t end on the last day of installation. Even if a floor is installed correctly, repairs may be required. Will your contractor follow up with repairs free of charge? If you need to make a warranty claim, will you need to file it? If your contractor doesn’t offer follow-up services, you can be stuck with the added expense and aggravation of repairs and warranty claims.

Don’t decide by price alone.

You will live with your floors every single day. It’s a big investment; you want it done right. Find the balance between affordability and quality, or it will cost you in the long run.

Trust the quality installations from Dan Higgins Wood Flooring.

Before & After: “Great Plains” Stairs

Rafal and his crew have been working hard on installing Armstrong Flooring American Scraped Oak “Great Plains” 3/4″ X 5″ flooring. Along with the flooring we installed oak treads with painted risers. The stair case looks amazing and gives a new look to this home.

Get custom stair treads for your home from Dan Higgins Wood Flooring.

Before & After: Pemberton Borough Gym

No job is too big for our expert installation team. Two weeks ago, we started ripping up 4,000 square feet of old flooring at the Pemberton Borough gym.

Now the gym has 3/4″ x 2 1/4″ unfinished maple floors that are ready to be sanded and finished. We can’t wait to see the kids in Pemberton enjoy their brand new gym.

Have a big job? Trust the experts at Dan Higgins Wood Flooring.

Home Inspiration: Pacific Mahogany “Cornsilk”

Our skilled installers Raffal and Adam installed a Nature Brand 3/4″ X 3 5/8″ Pacific Mahogany “Cornsilk” floor this week. We think this solid hardwood looks beautiful for this living room.

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Come visit our showroom to see our full selection.