Chevron and Herringbone Flooring Trends

Chevron flooring trend

If you’re looking to remodel your floors, it is worth paying attention to current trends because herringbone and chevron patterns are making a comeback this year! These floor patterns can look stunning with solid hardwood, engineered hardwood, or luxury vinyl planks. Read ahead to find out what makes these patterns so unique in comparison to their other flooring counterparts.

Chevron Flooring
The chevron flooring pattern is having a comeback recently and this flooring style can be found in some of the most renowned palaces, manors, and homes. A chevron pattern can be achieved by having planks cut at a 45-degree angle and fitted together directly at a point to make a distinct ‘V’ shape. All types of wood can be cut into chevron flooring patterns. Because of the way in which the pieces are made, the chevron design ultimately brings out the beauty in the wood that it is constructed of. Oak, walnut, and hickory are some popular material choices when one is considering installing chevron-patterned hardwood flooring. 


Benefits Of Chevron Flooring

Some of the benefits of chevron flooring include:

Versatility: Chevron flooring improves the look of the furnishings and décor of almost any room. It is elegant enough to install in formal rooms, in modern settings, and in rustic or farmhouse interiors.

Beauty: Chevron flooring is best known for bringing the best out in the wood that it is constructed from, and evokes a timeless and beautiful feeling in any room that it is installed in.

Herringbone Flooring

A herringbone flooring pattern is differentiated by its perfect rectangle pattern, where rectangle blocks are placed in a broken zig-zag pattern in a technique that places one of the plank sides into the end of another. These blocks meet and create a straight line at the point where the ends meet. Herringbone floor patterns give you enough design to break up the monotony in a room, but are not dramatic enough to overwhelm the room. It is considered one of the most popular patterns in the market currently. There are many materials that one can use in making herringbone and chevron floors such as oak, walnut, and other types of timber in addition to options available in luxury vinyl planks. When herringbone flooring patterns are installed in small spaces, the zig-zag pattern makes the room appear bigger by drawing the eye to the width of the room and this creates an optical illusion of more square footage.

Benefits Of Herringbone Flooring

There are many benefits of herringbone flooring patterns which include:

Versatility: Herringbone flooring patterns are timeless yet trendy and can fit in with almost any furniture and décor while complimenting other features of the room instead of stealing the spotlight.

Functionality: The herringbone style is best used in high-traffic areas since this pattern is conducive to long-lasting flooring.

Durability: Herringbone flooring patterns can hold up years longer than other traditional flooring patterns and since the pattern is durable, it can last for decades.

To find a floor that is both durable and modern, Smith Bros. Flooring will help you transform the look of your interiors for many years to come. Our expert flooring team is available to give you useful tips regarding how to maximize the aesthetic appeal of your floor patterns and incorporate it into your interior design project. Contact us today to learn more!

Advice On Hardwood Floor Upkeep

Hardwood Floor Upkeep

Hardwood floors are undoubtedly a timeless choice for your home but high-traffic areas in the home can get scratched or worn out easily. Seasonal changes can also wreak havoc by exposing your floors to excess water, salt, and dirt from the outside elements. However, the following advice provides tips that can help you ensure your hardwood floors look as good as they were when you first installed them!

Clean Up Spills Immediately

Use a slightly damp cloth or a dry one to immediately wipe up any spills and avoid wet or steam mops. Avoid using string mops on your hardwood floors as these can put excessive moisture on the floor which can cause cupping and long-term damage.

Sweep Or Dust The Floor Daily

Over time, debris can form on hardwood floors. Even if you don’t wear shoes around your home, dust still forms everywhere and can settle into the grain and between floorboards. It is a solid recommendation encouraged by many experts to sweep floors daily.

Vacuum And Clean Weekly

Weekly cleaning and vacuuming ensure that any crumbs and dirt that you may have missed while sweeping don’t scratch your flooring.

It is important to use a cleaner that is made for your floor’s material and look for pH-neutral, nontoxic, and biodegradable formulas to clean hardwood floors. Avoid using  water and vinegar, wax cleaners, or soap-based cleaners. When used over time, vinegar and water can dull the floor’s finish, while soap or wax-based cleaners can leave a residue on the floors. When using a hardwood floor cleaner, make sure to always use a washable microfiber pad and avoid steam mops (this will avoid putting heat and excessive water on your floor).

Use Doormats And Carpets

Place a doormat at each entrance of your home so that visitors can wipe their feet as they come in, so you can avoid excess moisture making contact with your hardwood floors. Mats will also trap small debris and rocks that can scratch the wood flooring. In addition, we recommend putting mats in front of the kitchen sink, dishwasher, and other kitchen workstations so that you can protect your floors from water spills, food, detergent, and dropped utensils that can damage the hardwood flooring.  

Use Furniture Pads

A good way to avoid scratches on wood floors is to add furniture pads to the legs of your chairs, tables, sofas, and other furniture. In addition, when you use rugs you can protect your floors from regular wear and tear where people and pets walk regularly. Furniture can also leave deep scratches on hardwood floors and using rugs can give you a barrier between furniture and the floor. If you are rearranging furniture or moving a piece to clean underneath it make sure to use furniture sliders. In doing so, when you move things they will protect your floors and avoid causing scratches caused by moving heavy objects directly over the wood floors.

Humidity And Light

Recommended optimal humidity levels are around 45% to protect the floor from cupping and splitting; use a hygrometer (relative humidity indicator) to make sure that the air moisture content is within the recommended range. In addition, avoid exposing your floors to direct sunlight as this can cause the wood to change its colour.

Our team of flooring experts has been in this industry for decades and will offer you the best flooring options for your needs. If you are looking for a hardwood floor that will elevate the mood and appearance of your home then contact Smith Bros Floors today!

2023 Trends in Flooring Design And Materials

2023 Flooring Trends

Flooring is one of the most important elements in any home and the type of flooring you choose for your home or any interior setting can be a significant mood and comfort enhancer. Bold patterns and neutral colours inspired by nature will be trending in 2023 and if you are planning your next renovation or remodelling project, the following flooring trends will help you to decide the best flooring choice for your home or office.

Natural and Neutral Colours

Homeowners are leaning toward more natural, minimalistic, and neutral floor colours that are versatile enough to complement a variety of living spaces from kitchens to bedrooms. Shades of cream, honey, and white can be used in luxury condos and homes and these shades create a relaxing atmosphere that can be customized to each individual’s preference.

Rustic Textures

Flooring trends are not only about the colour; different textures also have an appeal. Rustic floors can be hand-scraped or wire-brushed to reveal some texture or they can be made from reclaimed material. Rustic flooring has a calming effect on the viewer with its natural texture and surface. Rustic textures can add depth to any room and they work well in lodges, farmhouses, cottages and any interior where a natural appearance and vibe are preferred.

Wide Plank Floors: Hardwood And Laminate

Wide planks allow one to see more of the grain and variation in each piece of wood and this creates a floor that is interesting yet subtle at the same time. It makes an ideal backdrop for commercial spaces and helps to create a homier environment for residential spaces. Wide plank flooring can be sanded smooth for a contemporary look or it can be rustic or reclaimed.

Wide plank laminate flooring is usually used as a substitute for hardwood floors. These planks are manufactured to imitate the look and feel of a solid hardwood board, and laminates can be altered to provide the perfect blend of unique shades and beautiful wood grain patterns. 

Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl floors are available in options that look almost identical to solid hardwood and are water-resistant and their durability has made them a popular choice for many homeowners. Vinyl can be installed in a home office space, the kitchen, or even in bedrooms. Vinyl planks can be manufactured in a variety of different styles and colour choices which makes them a superb substitute for hardwood floors.


Herringbone styles in oak shades are trending in 2023, rather than grey and white tones. White oak is a popular wood species for its versatility and functionality. White oak has creamy undertones and adds a subtle warmth to spaces and it is naturally water-resistant. If you are planning to install flooring for open-plan spaces, use wide planks or oversized herringbone designs. Smaller spaces should use a smaller-sized herringbone in a light shade as it will make the room appear bigger and more spacious.

Solid Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring is a timeless classic and still maintains its place in the 2023 flooring trends. It is functional and aesthetically pleasing and when made from solid planks, hardwood floors can be refinished with a new stain colour and sheen as trends evolve. While there are many types of flooring available, very few materials have the lasting durability and popularity of hardwood flooring. 

Our flooring experts at Smith Bros Flooring are happy to help you find exciting and new flooring options for your interiors. Contact us today to find your next floor trend.

How to Keep Your Floors Looking Great in Calgary’s Dry Climate

Keep Your Floors Looking Great

Hardwood flooring adds beauty and warmth to any given space. When you have hardwood floors installed in your home, you will want to ensure that the original hardwood surface and natural beauty of the wood lasts for as long as possible. A great way to maintain hardwood flooring over time is with an appropriate care routine that includes proper maintenance and cleaning steps. Calgary has a dry climate, and the following tips will help ensure your floors continue to look great regardless of the dry environment!

Keep Your Floors Debris-Free with Regular Clean-Up

The outside environment plays a part in our indoor environment. In Calgary, this means due to the dry climate there is dust everywhere, and this inevitably ends up inside our homes. Every day accumulation of debris and dust particles can become damage-causing culprits that can create visible scratches on hardwood flooring when rubbed against the floor. Over time, even tiny particles can cause small scratches on the floor’s surface that become noticeable with accumulated wear on the floor. Hence, it is best that small bits of dirt and debris spend less time on your hardwood floor. The best material for cleaning hardwood flooring daily is a microfiber cloth or mop. Dust-mopping or sweeping the floor is a superb daily maintenance strategy. 

In addition, following up on daily care paired with weekly maintenance will ensure the investment in your hardwood flooring pays off in the long run. Weekly maintenance such as vacuuming will help with deep cleaning and accessing hard-to-reach areas, such as underneath furniture and sofas. If you choose to include mopping in your weekly cleaning routine, ensure you use a tool warranted by the flooring manufacturer. As well, it is important to use the least amount of water when using a mop, as extra moisture can become problematic to real wood. It is vital that the floor becomes dry as quickly as possible, and a microfiber cloth can be used to dry any excess moisture.

Ensure Optimal Humidity Levels Inside the Home 

Calgary experiences a dry winter with low humidity conditions as low as 5-10%. However, during the summer months, humidity readings are around 50-55%. There is a noticeable variation in seasonal humidity, and these conditions cause hardwood flooring to expand and contract. Wood is hygroscopic, which means that it absorbs and releases moisture depending on the surroundings and its present environment. Dry air can be problematic and damaging for hardwood flooring, as dry air causes the wood to lose moisture and this leads to the wood planks eventually cracking as a result of shrinking. Conversely, high humidity can cause hardwood floors to swell and this results in ‘cupping’, a term used to describe planks that rise above the rest of the wood. Using a good quality humidifier in the home can help lessen the damage to hardwood flooring inside your home. Maintaining an ideal humidity level will reduce movement within the flooring and as a result, reduce damage to hardwood flooring. Experts recommend that the humidity should be maintained as close to 30% as possible all year round.

We are a family-owned and operated business with decades of experience that helps us ensure we offer the best solutions to keep your floors looking great. If you are looking for a beautiful collection of hardwood floors, contact Smith Bros Flooring today! 

How Hardwood Flooring Beats Laminate

Hardwood Flooring Laminate

Flooring is a defining feature of a home. Hardwood flooring is inviting, beautiful and timeless. Laminate flooring (imitation hardwood) creates a look similar to wood. Need help choosing? There are several factors to consider. The following is a comparison of hardwood and laminate flooring to help you decide which is best for your home. 

What is hardwood flooring?

Each board of solid hardwood flooring is made from a single piece of hardwood that’s harvested from slow-growing trees. It’s dense and durable. The look depends upon the species of wood and the surface finish chosen. There are many options with different colours, stains and plank sizes.

What is laminate flooring?

Laminate is synthetic flooring. It’s made from melamine resin and fibre board material. It’s comprised of multiple layers, with the top layer featuring an imprinted image of wood that makes it appear similar to that of real wood. The end result is flooring that looks somewhat like hardwood. It’s available in a wide range of styles, patterns and colours. 

Which is right for your home?

There are many factors to consider when choosing between hardwood and laminate. 


  • Hardwood flooring’s natural texture and deep colours are beautiful, and appealing to many homeowners. Different types of wood, stains and finishes create an abundance of options. 
  • Laminate often looks like real wood, from a distance. Up close, the imitation is less than perfect. 

Size of planks:

  • Hardwood flooring planks vary from 1” to 3” to 6” to even 24” wide boards! 
  • Laminate planks can vary from less than 5” to 7” or more.


  • Hardwoods that are abundant (oak, maple, ash) are less expensive. More unique species (Brazilian cherry, teak, Brazilian walnut, acacia) have higher prices.
  • Laminate flooring can be purchased for a fraction of the cost of hardwood. 


  • Hardwood can last a lifetime! It does need to be protected from flooding. Scratching and wear mean it will periodically need to be recoated. If damage occurs, the floor can be sanded down and refinished. With proper care and refinishing, solid hardwood floors routinely last 100 years.
  • Laminate: Laminate flooring is moderately resistant to damage. Once scarred and/or abraded it will need to be replaced as it cannot be refinished or sanded. Laminate floors average about 15 to 25 years of life.

Comfort and Sound: 

  • Hardwood is hard underfoot and a bit noisy under heels and pet toenails. 
  • Laminate is somewhat soft underfoot but the hard plastic surface telegraphs the click of heels and pet toenails.

Water and Heat Resistance:

  • Hardwood can be damaged by standing water and floods. Too much heat causes boards to shrink and joints to open.
  • Laminate is water and stain-resistant, but water getting into the joints between planks can cause the edges and the fiberboard core to swell and chip.


  • Hardwood: Small imperfections and damage can be sanded and refinished, allowing it to last for years.
  • Laminate flooring is not easily repaired. Sometimes individual boards may be replaced but they may not match properly. 

Care and Cleaning:

  • Hardwood floors are simple to keep. Sweep or vacuum and damp mop with wood cleaner. No need to polish and/or wax.
  • Laminates are also easy. Vacuum or broom. Then damp mop with laminate floor cleaner. No waxing is necessary. 


  • Hardwood requires installation by professionals. Solid hardwood needs to be nailed or glued to the substrate. 
  • Laminate is favoured by DIYers as it is easy to install. Planks click together at the edges with no need for fasteners or glue. It floats over a thin layer of foam underlay.

The room in which you intend to install it:

  • Hardwood is perfect for low-traffic rooms (bedrooms, dining rooms, sitting rooms) but unsuitable for damp rooms (basement, bathroom). 
  • Laminate flooring works well in rooms with a lot of sunlight as it does not fade easily. It’s moisture resistant so works better in bathrooms than hardwood. Laminate flooring is recommended for areas that are regularly used by children and pets. 

Resale Value:

  • Hardwood: Realtors claim that hardwood flooring makes a home easier to sell and helps a house sell quickly. Though the ROI of flooring is difficult to measure, real estate experts estimate that homeowners recover approximately 106% of their costs by installing new hardwood floors in their home before selling.
  • Laminate:  Laminate flooring is well-known for its low maintenance and ability to withstand high amounts of traffic. It’s resistant to staining, indentation and scratches, making it one of the most popular pet and kid-friendly flooring options for homeowners. It’s essentially a hassle-proof flooring option for the modern family. High-quality laminate floor ranks below solid hardwood for resale value but laminate commands a higher resale value than vinyl flooring.


Both hardwood and laminate floors have their merits and pitfalls. Hardwood is more expensive but easier to repair, lasts a long time and boosts resale values. It’s a great investment. Laminate flooring is more affordable, quite durable, is easily installed but repairs often involve redoing the entire floor. Laminate flooring will never pass for real hardwood. Nothing approaches the beauty of an authentic hardwood floor! However, there are situations (pets and kids, damp conditions) in which laminate functions well. 

Looking for a selection of beautiful hardwood floors? Contact Smith Bros. Floors, one of Canada’s oldest hardwood flooring companies, family-owned and operated. We use industry-leading flooring and finishes because we want your flooring to last! With a tested crew of installers and finishers and a lifetime guarantee on workmanship and longevity, Smith Bros. quality cannot be beaten! We provide exemplary customer service, from site visit, to quote, to installation and follow-up. Call us at 403-255-7791 for a free consultation.

What are my Colour Options for Hardwood Flooring?

Colour Options

Hardwood flooring is a classic choice with timeless charm. Manufacturers of hardwood floors constantly improve and change their flooring to keep it interesting, trendy, up to date and able to withstand the challenges of modern living. Today’s flooring is not your parent’s wood floors! These floors come in a wide range of styles, sizes, finishes, species and colours. How do you know which hardwood colour options to choose? The following is information about the many choices to help you decide what is best for your home.

Natural and light tones: These classic hues are similar to those found in raw wood and show off the natural characteristics and beauty of the wood. Choosing natural tones sometimes means not using any stain at all. Finish these shades with a clear coat to enhance the appearance of the wood itself and protect it from wear and tear. 

  • White: White tones are a popular design trend and look great in a wide variety of locations. White ash flooring has a natural, subtle variation with dark knot holes visible letting the character of the wood shine. White oak brightens any room, allows for unlimited decorating options, fits any décor and creates a warm, comfortable home.
  • Blonde wood colour is a versatile choice and goes well with contemporary, traditional and rustic-style homes. It makes a room appear large and open, especially if you use large planks. Choose from oak, maple, bamboo and/or ash.
  • Honey: Flooring with honey-coloured tones adds warmth and richness to a room. It’s a great alternative to the more traditional golden tones, while still giving you a natural colour palette to work with. This flooring matches most interiors, creating an inviting atmosphere. Honey wood floors are light enough to give you many of the benefits of blonde wood (making your room look larger and more open) while providing the rich warmth that comes from a slightly darker tone. You can find honey wood floors in many popular wood species.
  • Caramel is a richer, warmer version of blonde wood, ideal for homeowners seeking an option that is easy to maintain and that will complement any décor. It’s the natural tone of many hardwood species and is easily available. Carmel is a classic, timeless hue.

Whitewashed and bleached: These flooring hues have become an increasingly popular hardwood flooring trend due to their clean and modern look. They bring a beachy feel to your home. The light stain enhances the beauty of the natural wood while making the flooring colour more consistent. They help a room feel fresh and modern. 

  • Whitewashed wood is a popular trend. It creates a rustic, farmhouse aesthetic; an artistic worn-out look with the darker wood peeking out from underneath. This flooring is matte and subtle. Whitewashed flooring makes your home look brighter, bigger and more relaxed.
  • Bleached wood pairs well with casual interior design, adding a light airy feel. It’s a great choice for both modern and farmhouse kitchens. This method works well with white and red oak, with the white oak creating a contemporary look and the red a more traditional style. 

Dark wood flooring has been popular among homeowners for centuries. It has a timeless and authentic feel, rich and full of character, making a space feel upscale and luxurious. From deep browns to black hues to dark reddish browns and even shades of grey, dark hardwood floors are elegant and sophisticated.

  • Browns: Dark brown hardwood flooring brings style and sophistication to your home. It pairs well with light bright interiors and suits most styles of homes, including rustic cottages and modern houses or apartments. It can be elegant, modern, rustic and/or wild, all while bringing warmth to your space. 
  • Black is trendy but can be difficult to maintain as it shows every scratch and speck of dust. Reserve this hue of hardwood flooring for low-traffic areas and homes with no pets or children. 
  • Grey is neutral and goes with any style of décor. It can be dark, light or have blue undertones. It can be highly patterned and textured. This hue hides dust, bumps and scratches and has a calming effect, making it ideal for rooms where you want to relax. Try a dark grey hardwood for a formal dining room or a light hue for a child’s bedroom. 
  • Greige is a combination of grey and beige, yielding a different shade than flat gray. It offers the minimalist feel of gray with the depth of beige. This hardwood hue can be used in any room. The rustic charm of this shade works for modern and contemporary households. Greige adds a fresh look to bedrooms and gives living rooms and entryways a feeling of luxury.
  • Rich red and red-brown: With a lot of colour variation, these tones become the focal point of a room. Keep the rest of the decor simple and your hardwood floor will give the space a style boost. 

Rustic: Reclaimed wood flooring has a natural patina as, over time, wood takes on a dark rich colour, depending on its environment and its use. Rustic flooring offers character that lets you use a wide range of other colours and wood tones in the room.

Hardwood flooring is versatile and comes in a range of styles, sizes, finishes, species, and colours. Wood flooring stains and textures have evolved and can be used to complement any interior design, architectural style, or colour palette. Have fun choosing the best colour(s) of hardwood flooring for your home!

Looking for quality hardwood flooring? Need help determining the best colour and style for your home? Interested in exceptional service and advice? Contact Smith Bros. Floors, one of Canada’s oldest hardwood flooring companies that is family-owned and operated. We use industry-leading flooring and finishes because we want your flooring to last! With a tested crew of installers and finishers and a lifetime guarantee on workmanship and longevity, Smith Bros. quality cannot be beaten! We provide exemplary customer service, from site visit, to quote, to installation and follow-up. Call us at 403-255-7791 for a free consultation.

Staining Maple Flooring: Complications and Approaches

Maple Flooring

With both strength and beauty, maple is one of the most popular wood flooring options. These planks are tough enough to stand up to decades of wear, boast a neutral colour that suits almost any decor style and are highly affordable. Homeowners gravitate toward maple for its durability, smooth grain pattern and light, creamy colour. However, maple flooring does have some pitfalls you need to be aware of if you are considering installing it in your home. 

Why choose maple flooring?

With many options available, why choose maple for your floors?

    • Appearance and durability: Maple has a sleek, subdued look that allows your furniture to take center stage. It’s durable, affordable and a practical choice.
    • Timelessness: The smooth blonde tones and delicate grain pattern of maple provide a neutral base for decor. It works well in traditional and rustic homes as well as contemporary, minimalistic, modern, and coastal designs. Once placed in your space, maple flooring is adaptable and timeless.  
    • Any size room: Maple’s light colour optimizes daylight, making it a great choice for small, dark rooms. The lack of colour variation and grain pattern make maple perfect for large spaces.
    • Damage resistance: Bowling alley and gym floors are often built from maple as it stands up to abuse; dropped pans, rolling toys, pets, kids.
    • Affordability: Since it’s a fast-growing and abundant wood, the cost of maple is relatively low compared to oak, cherry, teak and mahogany. It’s a more environmentally friendly choice than wood from slow-growing trees.

The challenges of maple flooring:

Maple wood is beautiful but can be difficult to work with.

    • Staining difficulties: The tight grain of maple makes the absorption of stain uneven, resulting in a splotchy look. Either stick with the natural colour or try a dark stain as it will give you a more even finish. Staining maple is tricky and best left to a professional.
    • Visible scratches: Though maple doesn’t scratch easily, scratches stand out against the smooth grain. You’ll need to apply a protective seal in areas of heavy foot traffic. A wax rubbing compound may be used to polish out small scrapes and gouges. 
    • Humidity problems: Maple is not as stable as some woods, meaning it is responsive to changes in the environment. Fluctuations in temperature and/or humidity can cause boards to shrink, warp and/or split. Keep your rooms at a constant temperature and humidity level with the use of a humidifier and/or dehumidifier. Choose a supplier that guarantees that your maple has been handled correctly before your purchase. 

Does maple wood stain well?

You can stain maple, but it’s difficult to do without blotches because it’s a tightly pored wood. Maple absorbs stain unevenly. Achieving a uniform stain is a problem for even experienced finishers, difficult but not impossible. Always choose an experienced flooring professional when staining maple flooring. 

How do you successfully stain maple flooring? 

    • Water popping: To get maple to accept stain you can use the method of water popping the grain. This involves putting water evenly on the floor to raise the grain of the wood, then allowing it to dry overnight before staining. This promotes more even staining, but is not a guarantee of a perfect result. 
    • Trans tint dye: Toning lacquer topcoats with dye is a good way to stain maple. By mixing trans tint dye with lacquer you get the dark colour you want. Be careful to use a small amount of dye. 
    • Gel stain: This is one of the easiest methods to get a dark maple stain. Sand the maple with 36, 80, and 100 grit sandpaper to get an ultra-smooth surface. Apply the gel stain evenly. Because gel stain does not penetrate deeply, there will be fewer blotches. 
    • Condition before staining: Treating the surface with a pre-stain wood conditioner helps prevent streaks and blotches by evening out the absorption of oil-based stains. Conditioner can be applied over any wood but is especially necessary when working with soft or porous woods like maple.
    • Careful sanding: When fine sanding maple floors, always reduce drum pressure to its lowest setting and slow the drum speed, if your machine allows for it. Avoid sanding maple too smooth. Sanding finer than 100 grit and/or fine screening closes the already tight grain of maple so much that the finish coats tend to show a washboard effect that’s difficult to hide. Always consult the finish manufacturer’s directions.
    • Careful cleaning: The density of maple and the light colour tend to show even the slightest bit of dirt or dust. Thoroughly vacuum the floor, baseboards, window sills and adjoining areas. Create a clean area adjacent to your work area and clean your shoes, pants and knee pads before the application of any finish coats. 
    • Take care between coats: Maple’s density and light colour make screen marks, sandpaper lines and/or swirls obvious. Always use worn or old sandpaper, screens or abrasive pads. Minimal abrasion is preferable to aggressive abrasion.
    • Utilize the right finish: Shiny areas can appear on maple flooring wherever there are heavy finish spots such as drops, puddles, turn or stop marks. Stick with semi-gloss or gloss topcoats and use care when coating. Thinner coats work better on maple. 
    • Educate yourself about the difficulties involved in the staining of maple flooring so you are warned of possible appearance issues.
    • Use an experienced contractor: There is no magic solution or tool for sanding and finishing a maple floor. The trick is a diligent sanding job and the application of thin, uniform coats. Always use a contractor experienced in finishing maple floors. They’ll have developed methods and procedures for successful finishing and achieving beautiful results. 

Maple’s simple, understated beauty, durability and modest price have made it an enduring classic and a particular favourite for contemporary homes. To maintain your maple flooring, keep your home’s humidity under control. As maple is a tricky wood to work with, always hire a professional for staining and installation services. 

Looking for quality maple flooring? Need help staining and finishing a maple floor? Contact Smith Bros. Floors, one of Canada’s oldest hardwood flooring companies; family-owned and operated. We use industry-leading flooring and finishes because we want your flooring to last! With a tested crew of installers and finishers and a lifetime guarantee on workmanship and longevity, Smith Bros. quality cannot be beaten! We provide exemplary customer service, from site visits, to quotes, to installation and follow-up. Call us at 403-255-7791 for a free consultation.

How to Deal With Worn or Damaged Hardwood Floors

Damaged Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are durable and easy to maintain. However, eventually, they show gouges, scratches, discolouring and wear caused by high traffic, scraping furniture legs, pet claws, spills, UV exposure and/or high humidity. These imperfections detract from the beauty of the wood and increase the risk of further wear and tear. Many people assume that worn wood floors need to be completely sanded to look good again. That’s not necessarily true. Whole floor refinishing is messy, disruptive and costly and most hardwood flooring can endure only a few refinishings before it becomes brittle. So how can you stretch the time between refinishing projects? How can you repair those small worn areas? Spot treating is the answer. It’s a good alternative to whole floor refinishing. The following are some tips to help you deal with damaged hardwood floors and minor imperfections.

Know your finish: With many types of floor finishes available, it’s important to know which one was used on your floor so you can match it. Your flooring provider or a flooring specialist can help with the identification. There are several options:

  • Oil-based polyurethane
  • Water-based polyurethane
  • Wax coating
  • Varnish
  • Stain
  • Aluminum oxide coating

Clean: No matter what type of damage you’re dealing with, begin with a gentle but thorough clean. Remove all dust, hair and grime, using a vacuum or soft mop. Mix 2 to 4 drops of liquid soap in a quart of water and put it in a spray bottle. Lightly mist the areas requiring cleaning and rub with a microfiber mop/cloth. Then, lightly spray with fresh water and use a soft dry cloth to buff the floor. Avoid brooms, abrasive scrub pads and liquid cleaners.

The floor is scratched but the varnish is in place: There are many repair options for minor scratches based on the number and severity of marks. 

  • For only one or two small scratches, mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and olive oil in a small cup. Dab the mixture into the scratch. Leave it for the rest of the day. Then rub it out.
  • Small scratches that don’t penetrate the varnish can be handled with a wipe-on floor rejuvenator product available in most hardware stores or from a flooring specialist. These solutions hide surface scratching quite well. 
  • Camouflage small scratches with a walnut. Warm up the oil in the nut with your fingers, then rub into worn areas of the floor using small circular motions. Let the oil sit for a few minutes, then buff with a soft cloth. 
  • Coconut oil can also minimize scratch marks on unfinished or freshly sanded floors. Apply a thin coat of coconut oil with a brush or sponge, leave it for five minutes. Then buff with a soft cloth.
  • If the scratches are too deep for wipe-on products, try applying wax using a soft cloth. Wood wax can be clear, but also comes in common wood shades. If needed, use a plastic putty knife to force the wax into the scratch. Then remove the excess wax and buff the area. 
  • If your floor has a polyurethane finish, try a touch-up polyurethane repair kit. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Deeper scratches that penetrate the finish and the wood: 

  • Fill the scratch with wood filler that matches your floor (see a reputable wood flooring provider) and let dry. Fillers come in many colours and may need to be blended to match your floor exactly. Sand the scratch with 150 grit paper, then buff. 
  • Cover scratches with a wood stain that matches your floor. Use a Q-tip to remove any excess stain and let dry. 
  • Try stain markers and/or blending pencils. Apply to the scratch according to package directions, wipe away any excess, and allow to dry thoroughly.

Worn areas where the colour is gone: Rub a matching stain into the worn areas then coat with the varnish/finish originally used. 

Discolouration due to UV rays: 

  • Use a floor buffer with a 60 grid screen and run it over the area to remove the shine. Be careful to stop when the discoloration is gone. Vacuum the wood thoroughly. Use an 80 grid screen and repeat the buffing and vacuuming. Now use a 120 grit screen. Apply a stain that matches your floor. Let dry. Finish by applying the varnish/finish originally used on the floor. You may need more than one coat.
  • Alternatively, replace faded areas with new hardwood floorboards in the same colour, size and species as the original. 

To remove water stains: Use a stiff brush and minimal water to scrub the area. Wipe with a soft cloth and let dry. If you encounter mould, scrub with TSP. Gently sand using fine-grit sandpaper. Vacuum. Then wax/refinish the repaired area.  

Hardwood floors are renowned for their stunning, rustic aesthetic and they make a fabulous addition to any room. Though they are hard-wearing and durable, hardwood floors can succumb to scratches and the effects of heavy traffic. Before you resign yourself to the mess, disruption and expense of a full floor refinishing, try one of these simple repair techniques. The most suitable method depends on the type of floor, type of finish and type of damage your floorboards have endured. More severe damage might require the help of a professional flooring company.

Looking for quality wood flooring? Interested in exceptional service and advice? Contact Smith Bros. Floors, one of Canada’s oldest hardwood flooring companies; family-owned and operated. We use industry-leading flooring and finishes because we want your flooring to last! With a tested crew of installers and finishers and a lifetime guarantee on workmanship and longevity, Smith Bros. quality cannot be beaten! We provide exemplary customer service, from site visit, to quote, to installation and follow-up. Call us at 403-255-7791 for a free consultation.

Finding the Perfect Hardwood Match for Your Remodeling Project

Match Hardwood

Do you wish to expand the hardwood floors in your home to include new areas? Are sections of your hardwood flooring damaged and in need of replacement? Matching existing hardwood can be challenging and pose some problems. Don’t despair! With attention to detail and some professional help, it’s possible to match existing hardwood flooring. 

Factors to consider when matching hardwood flooring:

If you want a smooth transition between rooms and/or an undetectable replaced section of flooring, there are some factors that need to be considered.

Species, grade and finish:

Identify the species (red oak, white oak, maple, douglas fir, yellow pine, Brazilian cherry, merbau, santos mahogany, Ipe, purpleheart, wenge, ebony, etc.) and grade (select grade, No 1 Common, No 2 Common, Quartersawn, Rift, Millrun) of the wood used in your existing flooring. Determine if it was prefinished or finished on-site during installation. Consult a flooring professional. They’ll be able to identify the species, grade and finish of your current floors.

Condition of the existing floor:

Assess the damage to your flooring (water spots, pet stains, sun fading, peeling, gaps, cupped or crowning edges, buckling, scratches, cracks, wear & tear) to determine whether you’ll need to sand existing floors before attempting to match them. 

Age of the existing floor:

Age can change the colour of wood making it difficult to blend new and old flooring. Specialized staining/finishing processes may need to be implemented. Take a sample of your wood plank to your local flooring experts. They’ll compare the colour, texture and size to their hardwood samples.

Profile of the floor and subfloor:

Is the subfloor of the area where you’re installing new hardwood the same height as the subfloor of your existing hardwood flooring? If not, extra steps are needed to match the floors. The thickness of hardwood flooring boards is known as the profile. Profiles vary. What is the thickness of your current flooring? Picking new flooring that matches the existing thickness allows for a smooth and consistent look. Do you have engineered hardwood floors? These are more difficult to work with as sanding to match height is not an option. 

Width of the planks:

When looking to match existing hardwood floors, you need to know the exact width of your planks. Most homes are built with a standard 2 ¼ inch strip but hardwood flooring also comes in 3 ¼, 4 or 5-inch strips. Use a tape measure to determine what you have.


A flooring specialist can recommend replacement flooring that closely matches your current floor colour. For a perfect match, stripping and staining your current hardwood floors or staining the new flooring may be necessary. Have this done by a professional to ensure a seamless transition and a perfect custom colour. 

Consider not matching hardwood:

Floors next to each don’t have to match to work together. Contrasting floors can be beautiful and visually interesting. Sometimes it’s better to make a transition from one space to the next rather than matching. Darker hardwood floors (mahogany, walnut) look great next to lighter hardwood (white oak, maple, hickory). Transition strips (narrow pieces of wood that bridge the flooring seam between two rooms) adjust the height in doorways, allow you to change the direction of wood and help with colour changes.

Contemplate removing the old hardwood floor:

If you’re not attached to the existing flooring or the floor is worn and damaged, it may be worthwhile and cost-effective to remove the original flooring and start fresh. Sometimes a whole floor project is simpler and more affordable than matching and repairing. 

No matter how you decide to add hardwood flooring to your space, reach out to a flooring expert and professional installer. They can help you find the right species, grade, thickness, and colour to match your existing floor. They’ll guide you through the process and recommend solutions for your situation.


Looking to match an existing hardwood floor? Not sure if you should match or replace your flooring? Contact Smith Bros. Floors, one of Canada’s oldest flooring companies; family-owned and operated. We use industry-leading flooring and finishes because we want your flooring to last! With an experienced crew of installers and finishers and a lifetime guarantee on workmanship and longevity, Smith Bros. quality cannot be beaten! Call us at 403-255-7791 for a free consultation.

Simple Tips to Protect Your Hardwood Floor this Winter

Protect Hardwood Floors this Winter

Winter brings snowy landscapes, ice skating, snowmen and the holiday season. Unfortunately, it also brings tracked in snow, excess moisture and road/sidewalk salt. Winter conditions are harsh on your hardwood floors, causing scratches, stains, gaps and cracked floorboards. How can you care for your hardwood floor to protect it from winter damage? The following are some tips to prevent disaster and keep your flooring looking great. 

  • Place rugs at all entrances: Begin with a bristled welcome mat on your step to reduce the snow and salt that is tracked in. Encourage family and friends to wipe their feet as they enter. Place mats in your entrance and down high traffic hallways to absorb moisture and create a slip-free surface. Avoid rubber-backed or non-ventilated rugs, as they can damage hardwood floors. Vacuum the rugs often. Regularly wash rugs/mats to ensure they are protecting your floors instead of causing damage.
  • Remove shoes at the door: Keep a shoe rack near all entryways and ask your family/guests to remove their shoes when entering the house.This protects your hardwood flooring from moisture, dirt, salt, scratches, skid marks and excess wear.
  • Clean up quickly: Promptly wipe up spills, drips and puddles to avoid allowing liquids to soak into the wood. Pay particular attention when a pet enters the home. Never use vinegar to remove stains.
  • Use a humidifier: Changes in temperature and humidity can cause wood to shrink, crack and/or warp. Keep the temperature in your home moderate and run a humidifier to help stabilize your hardwood flooring. Maintain the humidity level between 30 to 50%. On the other hand, If the humidity level inside your home is regularly above 50% invest in a dehumidifier.
  • Sweep/vacuum daily to keep as much dirt, sand and salt off the floor as you can. This is the best defence against scratches from small particles and debris. Regular cleaning is the most effective way to extend the life of your hardwood floors.
  • Train your family to wipe their feet, remove their shoes and wipe up puddles. Establishing good habits helps preserve the life of hardwood flooring. 
  • Train your pets to stop and stay at the entrance until you have wiped dirty wet paws. Keep an old towel handy for the job. Reward patience and good behaviour with a treat.
  • Use appropriate cleaners: Look for a cleaner that doesn’t leave a residue, is safe for kids/pets and is recommended for hardwood floors. 
  • Invest in the proper tools: A high-quality microfiber mop traps particles without pushing them around your floor. A soft bristled vacuum works well for cleaning debris. 
  • Protect your floor from your Christmas tree: Tree stands and branches can scratch your hardwood floor. So can sap and overflow from the tree base. Invest in a quality Christmas tree stand, put protective padding beneath your tree and place mats around your tree to catch the sap. 
  • Do an end-of-season checkup: At the end of a long winter, check for stains, scratches and/or water damage. Address issues immediately.

Do your part and let the beauty and charm of your hardwood floors shine for years to come. Prevent scuffs, scratches and a dull finish with frequent proper cleaning, protective mats, the use of appropriate cleaning supplies and tools, an eye on humidity levels and an end-of-season check-up. Enjoy the beauty of your home’s natural wood floor for many years.

Looking for quality wood flooring? Contact Smith Bros. Floors, one of Canada’s oldest hardwood flooring companies; family-owned and operated. We use industry-leading flooring and finishes because we want your flooring to last! With a tested crew of installers and finishers and a lifetime guarantee on workmanship and longevity, Smith Bros. quality cannot be beaten! Call us at 403-255-7791 for a free consultation.