Choosing the Right Hardwood Floors for Your Home.

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  • 25 Aug, 2017

Generally, there two types of hardwood flooring- solid and engineered. Whether it's a strip or plank, solid hardwood flooring is a single piece of wood, which can easily be customized and can be re-sanded to change finishes. Engineered hardwood, on the other hand, is made of 3 to 5 layers laminated together with grains running at different angles. There are different advantages for each type of floor. They will both give you a beautiful, natural look for your floors. In fact, once installed, you may have a hard time telling the difference at all. This can make choosing difficult. Here are the important facts you need to consider before you choose between solid and engineered hardwood floors.

Location, Location, Location

Where your hardwood floors will be installed is a very important factor in choosing what is right for your home. Solid wood floors are only appropriate for above ground installation, so if you're looking for flooring for a basement, engineered floors are clearly the appropriate choice. Solid wood floors are also more sensitive to moisture. Even seasonal changes in moisture can affect solid hardwood floors. You may notice that floors contract during drier months and expand when humidity is high. If you manage the humidity levels in your home well, this may not be an issue but it is something to be aware of. Solid wood floors may also not be appropriate for extremely moist areas of the home like a bathroom or even a kitchen.

While engineered hardwood looks like solid hardwood, it is actually more structurally stable and can be used anywhere, even places like basements where moisture may be an issue.

The Look (or Looks) You Love!

While both engineered and solid hardwoods come in many different species and styles, once you choose your engineered floor, you are committed to the stain color of your floors. Solid floors, however, can be sanded and re-stained many times over the lifetime of the floor. Refinishing floors is not an easy process by any means but it can be a more cost-effective way to change your look then buying new floors.

Although most styles of hardwood floors - both solid and engineered - are timeless and classic, you may find yourself drawn to trendier stains and a desire to change your look more frequently. Remember, hardwood floors are very long-lasting. If this is the case, you may benefit from the versatility that solid wood floors offer.

Caring For Your Hardwood Floors

Caring for your hardwood floor is easy and can help extend its life and preserve its appearance. By observing a few precautions and using appropriate cleaning methods, you can expect years of beauty from your hardwood flooring. Be aware, with hardwood, care and maintenance instructions may also differ by region as the flooring may shrink or expand based on climate and humidity. Wood floors perform best when room humidity falls between 30 and 50 percent, and room temperature falls between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. And remember, because no two pieces of hardwood are the same, it may have natural blemishes such as mineral streaks, small knots or grain variations.

Follow this simple 'Dos & Don'ts' guideline for maintaining your Hardwood Floors. 

What to do

  • Do sweep frequently or vacuum to remove loose dirt and soil is all that is required.
  • Do use approved household cleaners only that are listed within the hardwood's care and maintenance instruction.
  • Do use chair and table protectors to prevent scratching.
  • What not to do

  • Do not clean or mop with water or steam.
  • Do not vacuum with a beater bar head, unless the beater bar is switched off.
  • Do not wear shoes with spikes or stiletto high heels.
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    By proadAccountId-365394 25 Aug, 2017

    Generally, there two types of hardwood flooring- solid and engineered. Whether it's a strip or plank, solid hardwood flooring is a single piece of wood, which can easily be customized and can be re-sanded to change finishes. Engineered hardwood, on the other hand, is made of 3 to 5 layers laminated together with grains running at different angles. There are different advantages for each type of floor. They will both give you a beautiful, natural look for your floors. In fact, once installed, you may have a hard time telling the difference at all. This can make choosing difficult. Here are the important facts you need to consider before you choose between solid and engineered hardwood floors.

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