Hardwood flooring has a justifiable reputation for beauty and durability but it can be also be somewhat difficult to work with. In short, it is not right for every application but fits the bill for most of them. Here are a few things to consider before you install this remarkable flooring in your home:
Hardwood Flooring must be installed in the right environment –
While hardwood laminates can be installed in a basement, solid hardwoods should only be placed in above grade settings. The problem is the moisture that seeps up through a basement floor. It will quickly cause a solid piece of wood to swell, cup and buckle.
It does require regular maintenance –
Hardwood floors must be cleaned on a daily basis to avoid damage from ground-in dirt and debris. In addition, they must be resealed every two to three years. These processes are not particularly onerous but must be done as needed or the look of the floor will suffer.
It is highly durable but can still be damaged –
Even the hardest of hardwood floors is no match for a woman in high heels. The small surface area of the heel means that upwards of 1500 lbs. per square inch is applied – 20 times that of an elephant in bare feet.
It can be refinished –
You are not permanently “stuck” with a particular hardwood floor. In many cases, they can be stripped, sanded and restained at an affordable cost if your tastes changes in a few years. One caveat – you will probably have to choose a darker color to replace the one you already have.
It is “green” –
Wood by its very nature is a renewable resource. If this is a concern for you, then wood is the obvious flooring choice. Vinyl tile and engineered floors, on the other hand, are comprised largely from petroleum products.
Hardwood flooring is not for every application but it does meet the requirements for most of them. In many cases, it is really just an aesthetic choice and not a practical one. For further information on hardwood flooring and its benefits, please contact us at Great Western Flooring. We can be found online at GreatWesternflooring.com or reached directly by phone at 630-357-3331.