Trends for flooring materials come and go, but hardwood floors have remained in style for hundreds of years now. Nothing evokes richness, charm, and class more than hardwood floors. With proper care, these can lend character to your home for a very long time. With all the styles and options in hardwood flooring, however, you need to carefully choose one that would be a perfect fit for your home. Here are some tips from flooring experts on how to do this:
Choosing the Type of Floor
According to experts, the type of floor you’ll choose will largely depend on the room and its purpose. For instance, harder wood like oak or ash will work best for the main living areas, including the family room. Softer wood like pine, on the other hand, is recommended for the bedroom or an area with lesser foot traffic, like a third floor, if you have one. If you’re looking for a greener yet equally beautiful option, you can go for salvaged wood. These are made from recycle old floors, giving them true character while staying away from virgin lumber.
Hardwood floors aren’t recommended for full baths or laundry rooms. These spots expose the wood to water, which may cause the boards to buckle from moisture. They may hold up well in a powder room or a kitchen, though, provided spills are cleaned up right away, and the surface is fanned to dry. The right finish can also protect the wood from moisture damage in these areas.
Widths, Textures, and Finish
You also have a wide range of choices for board widths, from narrow strips less than three inches in width, to wider planks. Strips give the illusion of a bigger space, while planks give a space a rustic look. Parquet floors, meanwhile, work best for formal spaces, thanks to its distinctive geometric design.
You may get these floors either looking new or timeworn. A lot of manufacturers now offer hand-scraped hardwood flooring that gives the home an antique look. The finish, on the other hand, imbues the floor with luster and color, while giving it protection.
When you opt for hardwood floors, you’re also doing the environment a favor. These are considered the greener choice over other floor materials since they can last for over 200 years. To further ensure that you’re making a green choice, you can look for FSC or SFI labels on the wood.
Hardwood flooring is the gold standard for flooring surfaces, and it adds value to your home. Classic, durable, and hypoallergenic, hardwood floors can look and function better if installed by expert flooring contractors, like On The Level Floors, which serve West Springfield and other MA areas.
Choosing Hardwood Flooring, HGTV
Contractor Tips: Smooth Moves for Hardwood Floors, Houzz
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