Many people look to upgrade their home with hardwood floors. Easily incorporated into any interior design and looking good with any color scheme, wood floors possess a certain charm. Wood floors can be especially beneficial, though they are vulnerable to water, they are easy cared for and maintained. Because of their vulnerabilities, including water damage, wood floors are optimal in some rooms, and a poor choice in others. With that in mind, we at Mike’s Custom Flooring would like to share the best rooms wood floors should be installed and in what rooms wood floors should be avoided.
Living Areas & Other Ideal Rooms for Hardwood Floors
Wood floors would be amazing in the following rooms providing proper maintenance.
Den. Dens are a perfect application for wood floors. The general décor and setting the den offers make rich tones of wood floors pop and the climate is perfect.
Dining Room. A hardwood floor will contribute to the overall style and any spills can be easily and wiped clean for simple maintenance. To prevent any damage it is important they are immediately wiped up.
Living Room. Wood floors in the living room are a comfortable aspect and will always look gorgeous. The wood floor is the perfect touch when you are hosting events with family and friends or just enjoying a quiet night with your family. Soft and shaggy area rugs add color and cozy places to walk or lounge along with doormats at the entrances to minimize the dirt from getting tracked in.
Rooms to Avoid Hardwood Floors
Because of the striking look of wood floors and their versatility, it can be tempting to install wood floors everywhere in the home. There are however, different circumstances that make hardwood floors a little less practical in different rooms.
Bathroom. As mentioned, wood floors are not water-friendly. Being that bathrooms produce a lot of moisture and water with use, the application is just not a logic one. Water constantly makes with the floor often and if the floor is wood, even if you mop it up as quickly as possible, the floors will quickly deteriorate. Vinyl or tile is better suited for the bathroom.
Foyer. Though water is enemy number one to wood floors, dry soil and other particle debris ranks close behind water. Foot traffic creates friction on the natural abrasive substance of dirt and will quickly scratch the floors up. Being that the foyer is the primary area people come and go, wood floors should be avoided unless you insist and large area rugs and runners to offer them protection. Not only can dirt be dragged in but moisture from sprinklers or weather such as rain or snow, can create moisture damage as well.
Laundry Room. The laundry room is another place where humidity and potential water lingers. The washing machine can leak and the humid conditions contribute to damage.