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    Factors to Consider When You Buy Laminate Flooring

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Laminate is made of several materials fused together to look like wood. It is easier to maintain and is not as easy to damage as wood, but looks very similar to hardwood. If you are deciding between laminate floors and hardwood, it’s good to be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of each.

    Laminate Flooring Looks Like Hardwood

    If you buy laminate flooring from a specialty woods shop, you can get the texture customized to look like authentic wood. They will hand-scrape, distress, and cover it with knots and wormholes to make the laminate look more realistic. If you prefer a different design, you can get laminate that looks like tile, polished marble, or even classic slate.

    Laminate Flooring is Tougher Than Hardwood

    One of the top reasons why people prefer laminate flooring to hardwood is the durability of laminate. It does not harbor mold, allergens, or mildew. Laminate flooring is much less delicate than wood when it gets wet, and resists stains and fading better than wood as well.

    Laminate Flooring is Low-Maintenance

    Sweep and vacuum your laminate flooring regularly so that it does not accumulate dirt and sand that can scratch the surface. If you see any spaces or separations, have them fixed right away so that water does not seep into the seems.

    Laminate Flooring is More Affordable Than Hardwood

    Laminate flooring is usually less expensive than hardwood, and is very easy to install. Whether you are remodeling your home or building it from scratch, installing laminate flooring ensures that the job will be quick and easy.

    Laminate Flooring Has Its Drawbacks, Too

    Laminate flooring does not develop character over time like hardwood, and it can emit a hollow sound when walked on. Laminate flooring cannot be sanded or refinished; instead, it must be replaced.

    To learn more about laminate flooring, call Southern Lumber of San Jose at (408) 297-9663. Visit our website to see our selection of specialty woods and laminate flooring. For more than 100 years we have installed quality flooring, decks, and much more.

    Common Grades and Upper Grades of Softwood Lumber

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Did you know that the distinction between softwoods and hardwoods is based on the type of seeds the tree produces, not how hard or soft its wood is? At Southern Lumber, we carry softwood lumber, hardwoods, plywoods, and more. Of the softwoods we carry, we offer common grades and upper grades. The common grade softwood lumber we have include Sugar Pine and Construction Heart Redwood lumber. We have two-inch thick Kiln-Dried Hemlock Fir, as well. At Southern Lumber we even carry 3- and 4-inch thick #1 Douglas Fir. Southern Lumber also has one of the largest selections of upper grade softwoods. We carry Clear Sugar Pine; Clear, All-Heart Redwood; and Vertical-Grain Douglas Fir in a range of sizes and thicknesses.

    To learn more about the range of specialty woods we carry at Southern Lumber, head over to our website today. We have been supplying wood products such as doors, flooring, fencing, moulding, decking, and more since 1904. If you have any questions for us, call (408) 297-9663.

    How to Get the Perfect Shine on Your Hardwood Floors

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Natural hardwood floors look their best and even last longer when they are kept clean. To clean the surface of your hardwood floor, protect it, and give it the perfect shine, you must sweep or vacuum the hardwood floor every week. Then mop the floor with a solution of 3-4 cups of water and 1 cup of vinegar. This solution is inexpensive and it will keep your hardwood clean and disinfected. Once per month, clean the floor with the same solution, except with a tablespoon or two of olive oil added. Watch this video for more tips on cleaning your hardwood floors to bring out an attractive shine.

    If you are looking for quality hardwood flooring made from specialty woods, come to Southern Lumber of San Jose. We have more than 100 years of experience in the business. For more information, click over to our website or give us a call at (408) 297-9663.

    Good Wood Flooring Choices for Homes with Pets and Small Children

    Last updated 15 days ago

    Wood flooring sometimes gets flak for being hard to care for and easy to damage. But the reality is that there are many different types of attractive wood flooring that are extremely durable and easy to care for. If you have pets or small children, read on to learn more about some of your best flooring choices.

    Durable Hardwood

    Hardwood floors differ in their durability. A specialty wood store will carry a variety of wood species, so ask them which ones are known for being hard and resistant to scratches and dents. In general, avoid American walnut, American cherry, and pines, as these are usually pretty soft. Instead, opt for Brazilian walnut, Brazilian cherry, hickory, or oak. To hide the look of scratches and dents, opt for a lighter color floor, or a “stressed” wood floor with natural or stylized imperfections.


    While bamboo is technically grass, not wood, it usually falls under the category of hardwood flooring. Bamboo is durable and stain resistant, making it great if you have pets and kids. Avoid caramelized bamboo in favor of strand bamboo flooring, which is harder.

    Laminate Flooring

    Though not real wood, laminate wood flooring is scratch and dent resistant, and can be made to look just like wood. A drawback of laminate, however, is very slippery, so pets and small children may have trouble keeping their footing if the floor is wet.

    Engineered Wood Flooring

    If you like knowing that your flooring contains authentic wood, engineered wood flooring may be perfect for you. Made of multiple layers of hardwood or soft plywood and topped with hardwood veneer, engineered wood is another great choice if you have small children and pets.

    To choose form a great selection of wood flooring and laminate flooring, contact Southern Lumber of San Jose. We have sold specialty woods to the Bay Area since 1904. Call us at (408) 297-9663 or head to our website for more information.

    Tools You Will Need to Replace Your Moulding

    Last updated 19 days ago

    Replacing your moulding is an effective way to refurbish any room in your home. But the process of replacing your moulding requires planning. First, you will need to get the necessary tools, such as a level, a putty knife, a hammer, and a drill. You will also need a tape measure, miter box, electric chop saw, nail set, and can opener. To protect your eyes, you will also need a pair of safety goggles. You will also need supplies such as mouldings, sandpaper, a tack clock, a drop cloth, and nails. You need to have paint, primer, and a paintbrush as well. If you are installing crown moulding, you will also need a chamfer block.

    For high-quality moulding and millwork made from specialty woods, come to Southern Lumber. Located in San Jose, we have been serving the Bay Area since 1904. Call us at (408) 297-9663 or visit our website to learn more about how you can spruce up a room by replacing the moulding.

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