Hardwood flooring has always been a popular choice for homeowners. Some homeowners like the warmth it brings to a room, while others like the durability. With the increased demand for open-concept floor plans homeowners are also asking for similar flooring to be run throughout the kitchen and living spaces. Hardwood flooring is great for entryways, living spaces and kitchens and is an excellent way to help with the flow of the living space. Here are three things to consider about hardwood flooring.
The Cleaning Factor:
Hardwood floors are great for people with allergies. Lighter hardwood floors are more forgiving when it comes to showing dust, pet hair and foot prints than dark hardwood floors. The biggest enemy of hardwood flooring finish is “abrasive dirt.” Vacuuming regularly and adding runners and doormats near doorways will help with the upkeep.
Each manufacturer offers a different warranty time period. Some pre-finished solid-wood boards can be warranted for up to 50 years. Regular care and maintenance can ensure a floor lasts twice as long. Engineered wood finish can be warranted between 10 to 30 years.
Where to use it:
When choosing hardwood flooring consider how much traffic will be on the floor on a daily basis. The harder woods, such as oak and hickory are good for entries and kitchens. Pine, which is a much softer wood, can be used in lower traffic areas such as bedrooms and home offices. Due to the humidity levels hardwood flooring is not a good option for basements or bathrooms.
Hardwood floors are durable and can add to the ambiance of a room. If you are considering placing wood floors in your home we have got you covered. Take a look at all our flooring options!