When the time comes to replace your home’s flooring, many homeowners have their heart set on hardwood floors. Hardwood flooring adds value and elegance which makes it a great investment to any home. They add value and elegance to any home. When shopping for hardwood floors there are a few things you as the homeowner will need to consider. To help find the right hardwood floors for your home, Mike’s Custom Flooring will share some top hardwood floor considerations.
Best Hardwood Flooring for Low or High Traffic Areas in House
When shopping for hardwood floors you must first consider your household and the environment it creates. For example, if you have young children, pets or both, you will want a hardy hardwood floor that is easily cleaned and maintained. White Oak or Australian Cypress is a very durable flooring and can hold up to more abuse. Avoid softer wood like American Black Walnut as they scratch easily. In homes with less traffic you can use softer wood without worry.
Hardwood Floor Color & Appearance
Often the homeowner will have a certain look in mind. Some homeowners want dark or light colored wood floors. Other times, the homeowners want a certain type of patterns. When determining what type of color and pattern you desire, make sure whatever you choose matches the rest of the home. You will want to avoid having too many different wood colors in a single space. Kitchens tend to be tricky unless you match the cabinet color with the flooring. Before buying hardwood floors, look at the space you will want the floor installed and see what colors will look best or match existing woods.
How Does Light Affect Hardwood Floor Color
Another major design element is the light inside the home. The lighter colors as well as the wall color reflect and can influence the color of the floor. When picking a color of flooring, sometimes it will look much different inside the home. Often you can bring home a sample floor to see which one looks right under your home’s lighting. Make sure to take the steps you need to make sure you love your hardwood floors.
Hardwood Floor Maintenance
Hardwood floors require a need to be cleaned often and every few years they need to be refinished. Refinishing often includes stripping the floor surface, sanding it down and then refinishing. When refinishing the wood it renews it each time and you can even stain it a new color if desired. However, if you do not want to commit to the floors future upkeep, know that neglect can reduce the life of the flooring. Hardwood floors are easily cleaned but occasionally may need to be treated to help keep the wood healthy.
Hardwood Flooring Installation Method
Depending on the type of subflooring, installation will change. For example you cannot use a nail down flooring on a concrete subfloor. If you are installing on concrete use a glue down or interlocking method. You can add a nail down base on top of concrete but it will increase the cost of the flooring. Make sure to work with your subflooring when picking on installation methods of the hardwood floor.