Many homeowners have their own preferences when comes to choosing the right hardwood floor. Where some people prioritize practicality, others prioritize design. No one wants to break their back to keep their hardwood floors looking new and clean. Most homeowners simply want to know which wood floor is ideal take care of. With this in mind, we at Mike’s Custom Flooring would like to offer some insight on some considerations to help simplify maintenance.
What Wood is Good for Humidity
When dealing with wood, humidity is also a concern. The wood planks can make wood wear out really quickly by contracting and expanding, losing its shape, form, and/or color. While there are many types out there that are resistant, some of the best options are engineered woods. The interior of these woods is produced in order to prevent warping. It is important to pick an option with thicker wear layers, as they are more resistant to scratches.
Janka Hardness Scale
The scale was designed is to identify and classify the density of the wood. Making it perfect for most businesses or social spaces, the denser it is, the more durable it can be, which indicates it won’t dent or scratch so easily.
The softest wood ever measured, Balsa, ranked 22 lbf (pounds-force), though the hardest one registered was Australian Buloke, at 5,060 lbf.
What Color Hardwood Floor Shows the Least Dirt?
Even if you have a design in mind, the color wood you’ll pick can play a big role when it comes to the practical needs of the wood floor. Any stains or dirt will be more visible, without the right finish, darker colors can scratch more easily. You are better using for the dark wood in rooms where furniture is not moved around too much or in rooms where there is little to no walking around. Because of the grains, and the color tone of the wood, light colors can hide dust or dirt very well, on the other hand. Quite a bit of the dirt and dust would not be visible on Ash White hardwood floors for instance. Another great option would be multi-tone hardwood floors since it already has a naturally “stained” look to it.
Most Durable Hardwood Finish
The finish on your hardwood floors can help keep them for longer, depending on your choice. The finish options include matte, satin, and gloss. Glossy finishes are great for maintenance, though it is not as popular as it use to be. The base is often considered is another way to classify hardwood floor finishes. The oil-based polyurethane adds a glow to the wood and is able to withstand the natural movement of the wood. Acrylic urethane, also called water-based, makes the resin more resistant to wear such as scratches, though it is not as resistant to heat or solvent. An oil-based finish can make keeping the wood easier in the long-term considering this factor.
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You can find the right design that fits your criteria for the upkeep you have in mind without sacrificing style. The professionals of Mike’s Custom Flooring is readily available to assist you with installation, maintenance, and repair services no matter what hardwood floors meet for you.