Hardwood Flooring Scratches

Hardwood flooring requires a bit more care than tile or carpet to keep it looking brand new. Strong force from your pet’s nails, high heels, or moving furniture without foot pads can cause scratches. Hand scraped finish floors can help mask some of the every day wear and tear. Also, the darker the wood, the more pronounced a scratch can be, depending on how much of the top layer has been pulled off. There are wood stain pens that are sold at hardware stores that may help with touch up. Ideally you want to keep rough play and stomping down to a minimum. Here are some examples of scratched hardwood flooring surfaces. photo(1)Image 1(1)

White Oak – Euro Series

White Oak Oslo contains a variance of light colors.

White Oak Oslo contains a variance of light colors.

Copenhagen has a groovy feel with a rusty look.

Copenhagen has a groovy feel with a rusty look.

Geneva has a smooth look and feel with a huge design and color variance.

Geneva has a smooth look and feel with a huge design and color variance.

The three White Oak colors from the Euro Series range from light to dark. They also contain medium color variation and design variation. The width for each color is 5″ with a thickness of 3/4″. The white oak best compliments a rustic and cabin home. However, it can give a modern home with contemporary decor a chic look and feel.

Acacia – Euro Series


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Johnson Hardwood Euro Seville


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Euro series has three rich Acacia colors to choose from. Each is constructed with solid hardwood and has a light wire brushed, semi gloss finish. The width of the planks come in either 3-5/8″ or 4-3/4″. While the thickness stands at 3/4″.   Acacia is widely known for its natural extravagant color variation and flamboyant grain pattern that compliments contemporary and modern decor.

To meet the demands of the small home renovation market, Johnson Hardwood has designed a flooring series that is not only attractive and durable, but is also easy on the wallet. The Frontier series is constructed with birch and has an engineered structure for a more versatile installation. This floor comes in the basic color stains to accommodate every interior style color combination. The panels are quarter-sawn to draw the attractive grain pattern. We had our budget-minded customers in mind, and gave them an affordable floor but with a custom look. Each plank is hand-carved and hand-stained in the Johnson Hardwood premium standards. Colors are light Homestead, brown with orange tint Tomahawk, red tint Dakota, and darker Bison taking names reminiscent of the American frontier. Birch’s wavy grain patterns and hand-sculpted planks are sure to make this floor a standout. Five-inch wide width, 3/8-inch thickness, and up to 47-inch flooring planks allows for an easy to layout random flooring pattern.

Johnson Hardwood Launches Pacific Coast Series Wide Plank Flooring

Johnson Hardwood offers an even larger selection to the wide plank hardwood flooring consumer demand by launching the Pacific Coast series. Style options come in birch, smooth maple, and hickory wood species. The Pacific Coast series comes 6-1/2 inches wide and in random lengths up to 48 inches long with colors ranging from sand, to copper, auburn, and ebony. Made in the Johnson Hardwood tradition, the birch and hickory products in this series are hand scraped and hand carved to enhance grain pattern designs, and more importantly to mask the dings and dents that can come from years of every day wear and tear. The maple products have a smooth finish making floors sleek and colors vibrant. Each plank goes through a dual hand-staining process to ensure even color tones for breathtaking floors. Johnson Hardwood manufactures floors to look like custom floors while at a budget friendly price.

Lexington Oak Lipizzan Raises the Creativity Bar

We’ve added light machining and a hand scraped finish to what has become one of the most innovative product lines, the Lexington Oak series.

“We do our best to stay in front of the trends,” says Vice President of Product Development Danny Chen. “The Lexington Oak series finish is something that we are very proud of. Johnson Hardwood is known for our hand scraped hardwood flooring finishes. To add chatter the the hardwood finish was a bit risky, as it’s a more pronounced scraping method. We really wanted to design an Oak floor that looked aged and reclaimed, and we’ve accomplished it with this hardwood flooring product line.” The Lexington Oak series is made up of four different colors including, Lipizzan (gray, white, and beige), Suffolk (butterscotch with hints of brown), Appaloosa (gray with caramel), and Mustang (bronze with chocolate brown).. “Oak is the perfect choice for this type of finish. The Oak wood species itself is a symbol of Americana. The finish adds a legacy look as if the wood planks have been a part of the landscape of some rural place in the South.”Hand scraped Oak Lipizzan

Hickory Smells Wonderful and Has Lots of Character

I love the smell of hickory! Hickory has a fresh woodsy scent with a hint of sweetness, so to install it as flooring into a home is for some a no-brainer. Not only does hickory lend a wonderful natural scent, but it is also very durable. Hickory is known for it’s hardness while being shock resistant making it a perfect material type for lots of different uses including wood handles, golf clubs, walking sticks, and wood flooring.  The ornate grain patterns gives hickory lots of character making flooring patterns a work of art. With a majority of hickory produced in North America, it is a wood species that is a part of the American landscape.


So you visit your local wood-flooring retailer and, after much consideration, finally pick out a hardwood floor based on a sample in a display rack. So far so good, right? In most cases the answer is “yes”. Meaning the installation goes without a hitch, the color is perfect, and the result is a beautiful floor. That is frequently the norm. However, there are times when the “recently” delivered, and sometimes installed, floor color looks different from the sample of the same floor at the store. Convinced that the stain used on the floor is different from what was used on the display sample it may be time to file a claim for a replacement floor or refund. Before jumping to conclusions, something to keep in mind when investing in a hardwood floor is that some hardwood floors have lots of color variation. When picking out a floor based on a sample it’s important to place the sample on the floor, and look for color tone variation.

Let’s take a look at what could have caused the floor and sample to take on a noticeable difference in the overall color tone.

  • First we need to recognize that most all wood is “photosensitive,” and when exposed to UV light it can cause the color of wood to lighten or darken. A perfect example of this is with Brazilian Cherry. Brazilian Cherry when freshly cut exhibits a color tone close to a light salmon pink or light orange. When exposed to UV light it can change to a deep reddish gold, to orange gold, to cinnamon brown gold.

Please refer to the following picture: (Notice the clearly defined area of lighter to darker wood within the same board. The lighter area was protected from direct UV exposure by a piece of flooring that was simply laying on the surface of the floor). Tech Tips 1

  • Also the dyes used to color wood are not colorfast. This is because dyes are subject to photo-degradation. When exposed to light (i.e., UV light, florescent light, natural light etc.,) it will begin to breakdown the molecules that make up the dye. Dyes are also sensitive to heat. Heat can also breakdown dyes resulting in regardless fading from the original color.

Please refer to the following picture:

Note: The front board leaning against the display sample was taken from a newly opened box of material. The back display panel has been exposed to UV light for the past year. Notice the degree of fading with the display board as compared to the board protected from the effects of UV light. 

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