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Does Humidity Affect My Hardwood Floor?

Just The Facts Please

Do you live in the South? Do you have humidity of more than 50% on a regular basis in your home? Did you know that moisture problems in wood floors can be caused by a variety of factors? Keith Clay Floors in Dallas can help you answer the tough questions about care and maintenance for your hardwood floors. The interaction between wood and air is not the only factor you may need to check into in making make sure your floor remains beautiful over time.

Wood is called a hygroscopic material. This words means readily absorbing moisture, as from the atmosphere. So, it means that wood floors absorb or loose moisture until equilibrium with the surrounding where it is has been reached. It's like water seeks it's own level, the comparison is the same. When the moisture content in a room changes, shrinking and cupping or crowning can happen.

How relative humidity affects wood is pretty simple. The direct relationship between moisture in wood, air humidity and air temperature is what tells you what will happen. It can either shrink or keep the moisture already there. Wood is said to be stable when you don't have changes, or in technical terms has reached equilibrium stage. Most manufacturers recommend that you keep wood stable.

Here at Keith Clay Floors in Dallas, we suggest that the manufacturer of your chosen flooring is the best standard to be followed. A lot depends on where we would be installing your selection. You will have to deal with different relative humidity condition depending on when and where the installation takes place. Another issue may be that average relative humidity differs between coastal areas and high desert and between summer and winter if you are not here in the Dallas Metroplex. This is the main reason why acclimation is an important step when installing hardwood floors.

Please call us right now and find out more if you are interested in considering Hardwood Flooring for your home or commercial project. 972-463-6604.

Keith Clay has been in business for almost 28 years serving Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Richardson and all Dallas Metroplex suburbs. We know wood floors and can answer any questions you may have. If you want the best job from a company of professionals, call us today. 972-463-6604. World Class Craftsmanship. Reasonable Prices.

Interested In What Is New In Green Hardwood Flooring?

Greenbuild Education Is Outstanding For 2012

If you have been wondering about remodeling, building, or simply upgrading to the latest and greatest in Green building, this is something you want to follow. Don't miss this opportunity to see state of the art everything for your green home. From hardwood flooring to ceiling fixtures.

Thousands of building professionals from all over the world will come together @ Greenbuild 2012 for three days of outstanding educational sessions, renowned speakers and special seminars.

Greenbuild education sessions are eligible for continuing education credits for a number of professional credentials and organizations.

The Greenbuild 2012 Scheduler, complete with full session descriptions, will go live in mid-July 2012. At this time, you will be able to reserve your spot in education sessions through your personal Greenbuild 2012 Scheduler

Keith Clay has been in business for almost 28 years serving Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Richardson and all Dallas Metroplex suburbs. We know wood floors and can answer any questions you may have. If you want the best job from a company of professionals, call us today. 972-463-6604. World Class Craftsmanship. Reasonable Prices.

Love The Look Of Glass Tile?

It's What Is Hot In Design Trends Right Now

We understand that you love the look of Glass tile; and boy everyone is using it these days to upgrade in both business and home settings. Modern glass tile technologies, including the methods to take used glass and recreate it as green tiles, has resulted in a designer and customer resurgence of interest in glass tile as a floor and wall cladding.

Glass tile is now commonly used in kitchens, spas, and bathrooms. The usual Smali tiles most commonly used in the past are still very popular, however, the latest trends in small and large format glass products are now becoming the most widely accepted. They offer a completely different look and design aesthetic that standard tiles have never been able to achieve. Properties of creation using cast and fused glass methods now enable industry standards to be established, and accepted. The plasticity of these last two methods has resulted in a wide variety of looks and applications, including floor tiles!

Since the late 1990's, special glass tiles have been coated on the back side with a receptive white coating which now allows the impregnation of heat-transfer dyes by a printing process reproducing high resolution pictures and designs. The result has been phenomenal to say the least. By encouraging custom printed glass tile and glass tile, special designs and murals exhibit the toughness of glass on the wearing surface with photo-like pictures showing their colors. These are especially practical in kitchens and showers, where cleanser and moisture resistance are extremely important.

Longevity is by far a very real consideration if you are looking for something that will enable you not to worry about remodeling. Glass tile will last the lifetime of your home if it is installed properly. Special care is a must, abrasives are not used for cleaning, and it isn't suggested in high traffic areas, so make sure that proper selections can be made to truly enhance the value of your home, as well as cater to the design and colors found in your home.

Here at Keith Clay Floors, we understand your concerns, and can help you make the best decision when considering an upgrade of existing tile, or replacement in that new kitchen, spa, or bath setting you may be planning.

Here are some facts about Glass Tile, we believe will help you make your educated decision.

Looking for something that draws attention to a particular area? The luster of iridescent, matte, translucent glass tile will not go unnoticed. While these styles of glass tile are usually used for walls and backsplashes, due to scratching, some of these spectacular new glass tiles can even be used on flooring. Color selection is pretty much unlimited, and while some are not as easily cut with tile nippers or diamond studded commercial tile saws; they are highly recommended in the correct design location to enhance the beauty and value of your home or business.

Don't forget to consider your options in creating the perfect tile design which makes the best use of your planned space, and be sure to adopt that personal look and feel and potential mood established with the other decor items in that location. Modern, contemporary, traditional or transitional between those 3 all have wonderful options available for your consideration. Color palettes, bright and fun with lots of color are a new attention to detail that can enhance your taste and make a bold statement.

Keith Clay Floors is here to help you determine your tile project's design. After a quick inspection of your location, we are able to help you understand what your best options will be in keeping with your design goals. Ultra modern, Old World Traditional, or Standard Retro are all options in today's design world, and readily available in the marketplace. Call us now and let's begin to plan your next project. A qualified staff member is ready to help answer any questions you may have. World Class Craftsmanship at affordable prices 972-463-6604

Keith Clay has been in business for almost 28 years serving Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Richardson and all Dallas Metroplex suburbs. We know wood floors and can answer any questions you may have. If you want the best job from a company of professionals, call us today. 972-463-6604. World Class Craftsmanship. Reasonable Prices.

Keith Clay Floors Installs Granitex Flooring Solutions

Setting The New Standard

Are you looking for a flooring solution for your garage, restaurant, public restroom, or commercial project? Granitex flooring is a perfect solution for consideration. Granitex flooring solutions is a new state of the art surface coating which lays down a protected high impact coating that has amazing properties.

Granitex floors are setting the standard in surface coatings! These beautiful flooring solutions for both home, business and any number of other creative uses has a patented blend of urethane and aliphatic urethane's that create a high impact protective surface coating.

The Granitex baked-on flooring system allows you to create stunning garage floors that resist hot tire damage, are highly UV stable, incredibly stain resistant, and extremely impact resistant. This is great news for every home owner in the Dallas market. The Granitex flooring system is terrific for home remodeling jobs and resurfacing garage floors in commercial setting like restroom floors, public restaurant flooring, commercial kitchens and bakeries; as well as manufacturing flooring for both interior and external flooring needs. Each garage floor, kitchen floor, restroom floor, manufacturing and plant floor can be customized, with color and type of coating necessary to meet requirements for the job. Find Out More About Granitex Floors Now

Yes, Granitex flooring has amazing UV stability allows it to be applied as an exterior home improvement floor coating as well. The Granitex baked-on floor glazes should not be confused with the typical 2-part epoxy paints common in retail paint stores. The patent pending Granitex glazes are heated within the Granitex flooring machine so that when applied to a floor, the glazes provide a penetrating, long lasting, durable surface tough enough for warehouse floor applications as well as residential garage floor resurfacing.

Take a look at these fabulous Specifications:

  • Meets with USDA Specifications
  • Considered Safe for Food Service Areas
  • Compatible with FDA Specifications
  • Can be Applied at Low Outside Temperature (50*F)
  • Glazes Available in Over 250 Colors
  • Custom Colors Available
  • Improve Cosmetic Appearance of any Floor Adheres to Wood, Concrete, Tile, Metal, Fiberglass and more...
  • Ultra Violet Light (UV) Stability
  • Chemical and Stain Resistance
  • Moisture Resistant
  • Floors can be used within 24 Hours after Application
  • 2-Part High Impact Aliphatic Glaze/Sealer
  • Granitex Is Easy to Clean
  • For Interior and Exterior Uses
  • Commercial, Industrial and Residential Uses

Please call us right now and find out more if you are interested in considering this Granitex Flooring for your home or commercial project. 972-463-6604

Keith Clay has been in business for almost 28 years serving Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Richardson and all Dallas Metroplex suburbs. We know wood floors and can answer any questions you may have. If you want the best job from a company of professionals, call us today. 972-463-6604. World Class Craftsmanship. Reasonable Prices.

Preventative Flooring Maintenance

You Can Solve Floor Problems Before They Start

You bought a home last year, with fantastic hardwood flooring. You are moved in, and now that summer is here, there may be some issues. Challenges that you didn't realize you would have. Loud squeaks, cold floors to the touch in winter, moisture and discoloration, and uneven planks are just a few of the flooring challenges you could be facing in your home.

While these types of issues may seem insurmountable at first glance, we have the perfect solution. Call and let Keith Clay Floors help you to prescribe just the right solution and get your problems solved.

Keith Clay Floors is now your Dallas Ft. Worth flooring expert

Whatever challenges you may be facing, inherited or brand new; now is the best time to address them to avoid costly repairs. You can even examine for any future potential issues; before it gets worse. If you haven't already experienced a challenge, then consider some preventative maintenance flooring assistance for your wood flooring to see if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Your kids' bathroom floor is always has standing puddle of water and you suspect it may be affecting the floor
  • Lately you have heard noise on floors upstairs which can be heard downstairs when the house is quiet
  • Exterior slab cracks have begun to appear in locations around the house, the garage and you know this house was built on a concrete slab. Should you have reason to expect cracks will soon appear in the concrete? If so, In turn, cracks would impact your wood, laminate, stone or tile floor
  • You experienced cold flooring over the winter. Wearing socks and slippers was your only defense this past year from having cold feet all the time
  • In the last few months, you have noticed that the subfloor in your home is more like a roller coaster of hills and valleys
  • You are wondering if you need to have new flooring installed; but you need a professional opinion of exactly what is going on with the sub flooring and the existing wood before you do something

All these conditions and more, can be corrected. As an expert flooring professional here in the North Dallas region, Keith Clay Floors understands all about your concerns. Only by full and proper evaluation can you get the right type of materials to solve the challenges you face. It's why we are here and have been for over 25 years. Believe us when we tell you literally we have seen it all through the years.

Surprisingly, each floor is different in finding the best solutions. Fulfilling the correct prescription always requires one thing up front that will assure that the correct repair is done. And it's a very simple thing. Correct diagnosis of the challenge/problem you have to deal with. Once we examine and see the truth about what is going on with your wood floor, then we can tell you what you need to have done.

You'll be introduced to several product choices if new materials are required. More often times than not, there is usually a good, better and best solution to consider. A good solution should do a reasonable job at a low price. A better solution will almost always be a total cure. And the best solutions offer a combination of characteristics that promise very impressive results.

All in all, you may just want to have warmer feet, but the best underlayments may add moisture control and great sound deadening in addition to superior insulation against heat loss. So it may not be just one answer.

Call us today here at Keith Clay Floors, you can give preventative flooring maintenance the chance to work it deserves. It will save you money in the long run. World Class Craftsmanship. Reasonable Prices. Call Us Today: 972-463-6604

Keith Clay has been in business for 30 years serving Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Richardson and all Dallas Metroplex suburbs. We know wood floors and can answer any questions you may have. If you want the best job from a company of professionals, call us today. 972-463-6604.

Testimonials

"Keith Clay Floors got rid of old stain on my brick floor and refinished with a new, darker stain. It went well. The final floors look beautiful."

-- Julie R.
   Dallas, TX

Areas We Serve

Keith Clay has been in business for 30 years serving Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Richardson and all Dallas Metroplex suburbs. We know wood floors and can answer any questions you may have. If you want the best job from a company of professionals, call us today. 972-463-6604.