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How To Customize Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood floors are trending. With almost infinite customizability, even if everyone on the block is jumping on the style, it shouldn’t take the eye of an interior designer to make your space stand out.

The Benefits of Provenza Flooring

Custom wood flooring is available in many grains and more hues than you can imagine. If you’re considering Provenza floors, remember that this wood flooring is finished with a UV cured oil, which means it does not need to be oiled after installation. In fact, it may not need to be oiled until after several years of use. Artisans handpick wood species and treat them to bring out unique, long-lasting colors. For those looking for beautiful home decor with ethical sustainability, Provenza offers a number of options from naturally sustainable wood products.

Select From Curated Collections

Looking for old-world charm? The hardwood floors of the Provenza Old World collection are hand distressed and scraped, and are aged with smoking and carbonizing techniques. The African Plains hardwood floor collection is an exotic sustainable wood product. For chiseled edges and multifaceted tones that bring out the wood’s natural beauty, try Provenza Planché. Other collections include the Heirloom Collection, Provenza Antico Collection and Provenza Classico Collection.

Choose From a Variety of Hues

Luminous Pearl, Tiger’s Eye, Silvered Mink, Dusty Trail…some colors can be pictured just from the name. Others need to be seen with your own eyes, such as Toscana, Mystic Pewter, Zanzibar and Glasgow. Whether light or dark, warm or cool, hardwood flooring offers enough variety and styles to suit any home. Match your new flooring to any wood already present in your space, whether furniture, cabinets or decor.

Hardwood floors look great and may last for years. Customizing your hardwood floor may bring a personal touch to the home, and choosing the color and grain from a long list of options can be fun. Custom wood flooring may not be just an interior decorating trend but a lifelong investment.

Tile laying technique

People often use the phrase, “They don’t make them like they used to,” referring to things that fail to last or perform well. Considering the cracks in tile floors installed only a few years ago, the remark certainly seems to apply. After all, there are buildings with tile floors that remain intact after centuries. Why can’t modern tile floors last like that?

Some of them can. Modern underlayment for tile flooring is using an old idea in a new way to produce tile flooring that resists cracking “like they used to.” An example is Schluter Systems’ Ditra underlayment offered at

Most people assume that cracking of a tile floor results from thousands of footsteps. This may be true in a minority of cases, but in far more, the cause is shifting of the surface under the tiles. Even the best structures experience some settling over time, and the surrounding soil can shift from water movement or geological activity.

Recognizing that this shifting was inevitable, the tile setters in ancient times found a way around the problem. Instead of laying tile directly on the substrate, they poured a layer of sand and put tile on that. The sand provided a pliant shock absorber so substrate movement would not be transferred to the tile.

Due to cost and time constraints, this technique is no longer used for homebuilding. Instead, a layer of pliant underlayment is unrolled and cemented in place, providing the same function with less work and expense.