Hardwood floors are quite popular, and for good reason. They are both durable, and a classic look that can either update an old look or enrich a current one. Hardwood floors bring a great resale value to your home, and are easily at the top of the list of good flooring investments. Hardwood is quite expensive, so making this the flooring choice for your home should not be a decision made lightly. There are some problems that typically crop up before and after hardwood floors have been installed. For example, solid wood floors typically contract and expand with the changing season. The wider the width of your plank, the more pronounced that swelling and shrinkage will be. If you choose wider wooden planks for the aesthetics, be aware of the gaps that are common with this flooring choice.
Wood rarely stays looking the same as it did in the showroom unless you never enter that room. Wood gets dented and dinged up, regardless of the type of wood you’ve chosen. Some types show these dings and dents more clearly than others. The cheaper the wood, the softer it is, and the easier it is to get banged up. You can either choose to go with a higher quality wood, or if the look of lived in wood isn’t your thing, you can take a look at high quality laminate floors. These floors are very durable, and come in a surprising array of wood looking grains.
Aside from dings and dents, high gloss finished wood also will show smears and smudges if not cared for. Highly polished floors are quite enticing in the beauty they bring to a room, but if you’re not willing to give these floors the TLC they need to keep them smudge free, you may want to reconsider your choice.
Typically, we say that wood floors must be cared for with regular sweeping and care, however some owners think that steam cleaners or wet mops will further clean and disinfect the wood. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Steam cleaners are a great option for tile, but keep them away from your wood floors. Wet mops and steam cleaners will dull the finish of your floor and possibly damage it as well.
Lastly, remember wood is a natural product. There will be a period of oxidation in the first year your hardwood floors have been installed. The more lighting the floor is exposed to the darker the wood will become. Also, sometimes, if the room is rarely used, and the furniture is often never moved, the flooring color may vary. Keep these in mind when choosing hardwood floors.
We will help you decide what is best for your home; we understand the look you’re going for, and will help you choose the best options for your lifestyle. Just ask us to help you realize your vision!