Hardwood floors are an excellent choice for your home. Their natural beauty, versatility and durability can add character and value to virtually any house. If you are not familiar with hardwood flooring or are considering replacing your existing floors with hardwood, this article will provide you with some basic information about hardwood floors.
The most widely available type of hardwood flooring and a very popular choice is oak. Oak is highly sought after because it is so versatile. The neutral color of oak looks great with most decorating styles from traditional to modern. Lighter colored woods such as ash or maple and rich, dark choices such as cherry or walnut flooring are also popular. Darker woods tend to make rooms look warmer and more intimate while lighter colored woods can give rooms a brighter and more spacious feel.
The two kinds of hardwood flooring you will encounter when you are shopping for new floors are engineered and solid. Solid is cut from larger pieces of wood and milled according to specifications. Engineered is manufactured by using multiple thin layers of wood which are laminated with a finished hardwood top layer added.
In terms of how to install your wooden floors, you again have choices which may depend on the type of flooring you buy, the room in which you are installing it, or your preferences. Parquet floors are usually made up of square tiles you can arrange end to end in various patterns like a mosaic. You may opt for strips which are usually joined together with tongue and groove joints. Your new floors may be glued, nailed or stapled down to a subfloor, or your floor may be floated whereby you glue planks to each other, but do not fasten them to the subfloor.
With respect to versatility, you can buy unfinished or pre- finished flooring. Depending on the type of flooring you purchase, down the road you may also be able to refinish your floors for a completely different look.
Hardwood floors can last a lifetime provided they are cared for properly and maintenance is pretty straightforward. Routine sweeping and a periodic deeper cleaning with a wood cleaner should suffice. You will also want to use furniture guards to protect the wood from gouges and scuff marks which could caused by furniture.