Choosing the flooring for a home is an exciting process. Hardwood, carpet, vinyl, linoleum, laminate, tile, and many other alternatives are available. For various people, each flooring has different advantages. Hardwood floors have a natural beauty, and because of their wide variety, they can go with any décor.
Wood flooring is an alternative for every interior design, whether modern chic or rustic farmhouse. However, wood floors demand extra thinking and consideration because they must be properly maintained and cared for to get the desired appearance.
After you've decided on wood flooring, there is a slew of other options to consider. The finish you choose is significant since it affects the installation process. After installing unfinished wood floors, multiple coats of protective finishing are applied. This choice is ideal for areas of the house such as the kitchen. When the finish is applied after the wood has been installed, it helps seal the gaps between the pieces of wood, increasing water resistance.
There's no dust, odors, or drying time with finished wood floors. In contrast to unfinished flooring, which requires sanding, staining, and finishing, the floor can be walked on immediately after installation. Both approaches are perfectly acceptable and will produce identical outcomes. It all boils down to the application and personal preference.
Wood floors require more upkeep than other types of flooring, especially for newly installed wood floors. Because hardwood has an entirely flat surface, dirt and other debris have nowhere to hide, necessitating daily maintenance.
It's also a good idea to consider the sort of wood installed and how long it'll last; some hard-bristled brooms can harm the wood if used repeatedly. For softer woods and to protect the finish, rubber or other synthetic brushes are a better option.
Vacuuming wood floors is also a no-no, but if you must, use the bare-floor mode to avoid damaging the floor with the abrasive vacuum bristles. There are numerous ways to maintain wood floors and make them last longer, but they all need to be sanded and refinished.
Both are beautiful options with distinct advantages. Natural wood planks make up solid wood flooring. Engineered wood floors are made up of multiple layers of wood that have been bonded together. Solid wood is a dependable alternative with outstanding solidity, but it is not the best choice for humid environments.
Engineered wood is more adaptable but can only be refinished once or twice. Many times, solid wood can be sanded and refinished. Both alternatives are excellent, depending on the application and personal preference.
This is perhaps the most exciting and enjoyable aspect of installing hardwood flooring. Choosing which wood species will look best. Oak, maple, and cherry are the most prevalent forms of wood flooring. These three materials are excellent choices since they are readily available, relatively hard, and can be stained to a specified hue. Bamboo, walnut, ash, and mahogany are some more possibilities.
These are also excellent choices; they are slightly more expensive, but they can provide a look and feel that other solutions cannot. Then there's teak, jarrah, and mesquite, which are more costly and exotic possibilities. Other wood selections do not naturally convey these hardwood options' elegance and warmth. It can be challenging to decide, but bringing a few samples home can always help.
After deciding on the wood species, the board style must be chosen. Most wood floors are made out of small strips of wood. These narrow strips can help a room appear more comprehensive and more open by creating a sense of additional space. Another common alternative is planks, which have a more rustic appearance. Squares or rectangles are a third alternative that is less prevalent but gaining appeal. This style of hardwood flooring has a highly formal appearance, making it ideal for entryways.
Hardwood flooring is one of the best options that you can have for your property's interior design. Whether it may be residential or commercial property, you could always count on a hardwood floor.
No matter what you choose would be, always know that Vinyl Flooring and Beyond will always be there for you if you ever want a professional that would lend a hand when it comes to your hardwood installations. So what are you waiting for? Call us today so we can get started on your new floor!