Solid hardwood flooring is an environmentally friendly, smart, and cost-effective way to beautify and add value to your home or business. Solid hardwood is a natural resource that is both renewable and recyclable. Hardwood almost never needs to be replaced (merely refinished when it starts looking worn), and can add thousands of dollars to the value of a residential or commercial building. Solid wood floors also may be installed in multiple different combinations, using different types of wood, different kinds of wood finishes, and various wood floor design patterns to suit your unique aesthetic.
Provide an Instant Upgrade
The look and value of one’s home or business can receive an instant upgrade by installing a solid hardwood floor. What used to be a luxury is now much more affordable, and quality wood flooring can now be obtained at a great price. Therefore, the many benefits of a solid wood floor are now accessible to most people looking to upgrade their floors. With the many types of solid wood flooring available, there are multiple options for unique customization of one’s floors to suit any style or décor.
Red oak solid hardwood flooring is currently the most popular oak hardwood flooring option among people remodeling their homes. Reddish in color with a coarse grain, red oak wood is dense and resists wear. White oak hardwood flooring is brown in color but can have a grayish tone in lighter versions. The grain is similar to red oak, but is more durable. Maple solid hardwood floors are available in both brown and white varieties. Brown maple flooring features many contrasting shades of brown in the wood, while white maple hardwood flooring features a fairly uniform light coloring and clear grain, with only occasional swirls. Brazilian cherry and hickory are also very popular species.
Hardwood flooring has the unique ability to make any room look larger while still remaining warm and inviting. Also, it will fit in with the furniture and décor of any room. It’s also cost-effective: a hardwood floor is a thermal insulator, which means that it holds heat in and thus heating up the room will cost less than with other types of flooring. It’s a great choice for the environment, as well, since some many flooring manufacturers now produce products with sustainability and concern for the environment in mind.
Hardwood flooring is resistant to wear and is very durable, so it can last for many years with proper care. Also, since solid wood is so long-wearing due to its thickness, it does not need to be replaced as often as carpet and is thus far more cost-effective — and much easier to clean. Hardwood flooring in high-traffic areas should be protected by a rug or mat, since it can be susceptible to dents and scratches over time.
Maintaining solid hardwood floors is simple, usually requiring vacuuming or sweeping, and an occasional polishing will improve their look. Spills can be wiped up quickly with little risk of staining if handled in a timely manner. Solid hardwood flooring should not be installed in areas such as bathrooms and kitchens, as wood can become warped when exposed to water or steam. In these areas, there are certain types of engineered hardwood flooring and laminate flooring products made for high-moisture environments that might be a better choice due to their greater plank stability.
It is possible for you to shop around online or at a local store for the best price, and buy and install your own hardwood flooring with the right tools and supplies. However, if you feel more comfortable leaving it to the experts, or you are interested in a custom design, a flooring professional can install your solid hardwood flooring in many configurations to give you a professional fit, as well as the custom look you are going for.