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How to Care for Wood Floors

When it comes to floor surface coverings, natural hardwood flooring is a favorite choice. Hardwood floors are timeless and strong and create a sense of warmth and luxury. Wood floors add enduring beauty to all types of homes and can meet the needs of you and your family’s busy lifestyles.

As with any type of flooring, hardwood floors require proper upkeep in order to maintain their appearance.  Preserve the aesthetic appeal of your flooring investment and follow these steps to protect and care for your hardwood floor.

Sweep and dust daily
 One of the most important hardwood floor maintenance tasks is frequent sweeping and dusting. Use a microfiber dust mop or cloth which acts like an electrostatic magnet to pick up dust and debris. When your dust mop head is dirty, simply throw it in the laundry and reuse it.

Vacuum weekly
Vacuuming will help you clean up particles that have made their way into the nooks and crannies of your floor. Use the bare floor setting on your vacuum to protect your floor from the beater bar – the rotating brush at the bottom of your vacuum that can damage your floor’s finish.
Use area rugs and runners
Adding runners or area rugs will help protect the floors from scratches in high-traffic areas.  A rug by your outdoor entry doors can collect mud, sand and other debris that people and pets bring in after being outside. Be sure to use rug pads to prevent slipping.
Finish your floors with a urethane or polyurethane coat
No wood floor is indestructible but a coat or two of urethane or polyurethane will provide an extra layer of protection. These finishes add durability and scratch- and water-resistance to your floor, while enhancing the wood grain.
Clean accidents pronto
Spills and other accidents and messes are facts of life – especially if you have children or pets. Clean up any mess immediately before it has a chance to dry. Use a damp cloth and then rub the area dry. The longer any type of food or fluid sits on your floor, the greater the chance your wood will stain, warp or start to dull.

Watch what you use on your floor
Some cleaners can harm rather than help your hardwood floor. Water, ammonia and vinegar can dull your floor and soap and wax can leave residue. When in doubt about what you can or can’t use on your floor, ask your wood floor dealer for cleaning recommendations.
How to choose a hardwood floor
If you currently do not have a wood floor but are thinking about having one installed, consider these family-friendly ideas:

  • Choose a solid hardwood species – Softwood species like American Cherry or pine are not recommended for high-traffic areas used by people or pets because this type of wood can scratch and dent easily.

While no wood is completely scratch proof, harder wood species such as Brazilian Walnut and Hickory are a better choice if you want to protect your floor from your scruffs and abrasions.

  • Camouflage with graining or distressing – Distressed wood or woods like oak that have grain and knots can add character to your floor while hiding dents and scratches.
  • Finish with a low-sheen – A high gloss finish reflects light which can make pet hair, dirt and scratches more visible.
  • Lighten up – Lighter woods tend to hide scratches, dents and other imperfections and damage.

How we helped a homeowner with a hardwood floor challenge
When it comes to wood flooring, Riverhead Building Supply is a flooring supply leader. Every day we help our customers solve their most pressing home flooring challenges, such as the one described below.

The problem…
One of our customers wanted a dark wood floor but has grandchildren and a dog and was concerned about scratches. She was afraid any scratches would go through the stain and show the lighter wood underneath.

The solution…
Our team introduced her to roasted red oak. The wood is gently cured with heat and the entire board takes on a rich dark color all the way through. There is no stain color that can be scratched or worn off.

The result…
While this is a special process and adds to the cost of the flooring, it was worth it to the homeowner. She felt that it suited her lifestyle and was the best choice to achieve the look she wanted.

Discover gorgeous hardwood flooring for your home. Contact us today.
Wood floors can fit into your active life, all it takes is a little pre-planning and everyday maintenance.  If you’re looking for the perfect wood floor that will look amazing for decades, contact Riverhead Building Supply. We can help you find a beautiful hardwood that will work for you and your family.

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Must-Have Tools for Everyone

Spring and summer are popular seasons for home improvements. If you’ve got a bunch of interior and exterior tasks on your to-do list, put some power behind your projects with these must-have power tools.

These tools are also on sale at upcoming tool shows! Stop by these Riverhead Building Supply locations on the following dates to enjoy exclusive show savings on some of the highest quality power tools from brands including Makita, Paslode, DeWalt, Bostitch and more:

2019 Tool Shows

East Hampton, NY – May 9-10
Greenport, NY- May 16
Mineola, NY – May 17
Westerly, RI – June 12
Middletown, RI – June 13

Save time, improve results with the right power tools
Want to repair, renovate or construct something new? These are a few power tools that can help you save time and produce optimal results.

During the Riverhead Building Supply tool shows and sales, you can find the kinds of power tools that you’ll reach for again and again for home Improvement projects.

A cordless drill and Impact driver kit is a great all-around combination for every home. Use the drill for creating pilot holes, then switch to a flat- or Phillips-head bit to drive screws.  Projects like repairing drywall, hanging shelves, or assembling furniture and cabinets becomes so much easier.

Here are a couple kits that will be on sale, with savings from 20% – 35%

  • DeWalt 2 pc Drill/Impact driver kit: This kit packs extra power with a 20 volt Max XR battery for long run time.
  • Makita 2 pc Drill combo kit: This drill/driver combo kit combines a lightweight tool with a powerful 18 volt lithium ion battery.

The Fein MultiMaster is the ultimate multitasking tool.  Use this precision-crafted oscillating tool for precise sawing, efficient sanding, filing, scraping, even polishing.

Other useful accessories on sale during the Power Tool Show and Sale including kits from Kreg Tools to help you to create the perfect pocket holes for strong and hidden fastening, and sawhorses and worktables from Protocol Equipment.  Even at under 15 pounds, the Protocol 47″ sawhorse is strong and sturdy and folds compactly to stow away when not in use.

There are many other tools, kits and accessories available at special prices only during the power tool shows.  This is the time to do your research, decide what you want, and shop for the most powerful tools at the best prices.  Pick up something for yourself, or grab a gift for a new homeowner or for Dad for Father’s Day.

Experienced DIYers and Pros will enjoy using these tools
Sliding compound miter saw

A compound miter saw is an indispensable tool for cutting crown moulding, pictures frames, and wood for projects that require angled cross cuts. The blades pivot and tilt so you’ll have the ability to make both miter and bevel cuts.  While stationary and sliding compound miter saws are similar, a sliding compound miter saw increases your cutting capabilities. You’ll also be able to cut thicker materials, such as lumber, which can be useful if you are constructing a fence.
The DeWalt DWS780 Sliding Compound Miter Saw is an excellent sliding compound miter saw choice. It is durable, lightweight and designed for optimal cutting accuracy. It has a 15 Amp motor and an exclusive back fence design that cuts up to 2×16 dimensional lumber at 90° and 2×12 at 45°. See us at a tool show for special savings on this saw and get a bonus heavy duty stand with its purchase.

Cordless circular saw kit

A cordless circular saw kit is ideal for experienced DIYers and professionals who need to rip and crosscut wood including solid hardwood, MDF and hardboard, plywood and dimensional construction lumber. With a suitable blade, a circular saw may also be able to cut glass tile, metal, brick and other materials.

Cordless circular saws combine performance with portability. Simply charge the battery and take your tool wherever you need it without being tethered to an electrical outlet. You also won’t have to worry about a cord getting in the way of your cutting.

Ready to unplug for your next cutting project? Consider the Makita XSH06PT1 Cordless Circular Saw Kit to make maneuvering easy. It is compact, lightweight and comes with two free additional batteries for extended work time. It includes a dual port rapid charger, 24T ultra-coated saw blade, hex wrench, dust extracting attachment and carrying bag. Take advantage of special show savings of more than $140.

Framing nailer

Home builders already know the benefits of a framing nailer. This time-saving power tool easily drives nails into a framing assembly.  Framing nailers are much stronger and more powerful than a hammer so you can get your job done in a fraction of the time.  Plus, since they are lighter and more comfortable than a hammer, you can work for long stretches of time without fatigue.

While it may be warm now, nailing during the colder months can be challenging. Some framing nailers will freeze up.  If you’re looking for an all-season solution, try the Paslode Cordless XP Framing Nailer. This tough tool drives nails into a variety of harder woods and works well in temperatures as low as 14 F°.  Save almost $100 when you purchase this framing nailer at one of the upcoming tool shows.

If you need a higher holding capacity, a coil framing nailer could be right for you. Coil framing nailers have a magazine that can hold hundreds of nails which will minimize reloading interruptions. The powerful Bostitch BTF83C Coil Framing Nailer has a 200 magazine capacity and its low profile design enables it to fit between studs under 13” tall. Stop by and see this nailer at a tool show and add this to your tool arsenal at a savings of over 50%.

We hope to see you at a tool show where you can meet the Riverhead Building Supply team and take advantage of show-only pricing, giveaways, free lunch and more. See our calendar for more information about these and other upcoming events.