Hardwood Flooring – More Versatile Than Ever
Hardwood floors are extremely popular in today’s homes, and for good reason! Besides being relatively easy to clean, they give your home a distinctive look that adds to its beauty and value. Whether the vibe you are going for is sleek, modern, rustic or classic, adding a new hardwood floor to your home will set the stage for expressing your style for years to come.
The Benefits of Hardwood Floors
Hardwood floors are:
- Easy to clean – Maintain an attractive and healthy home environment. A broom and the occasional damp mop are all you need to keep dust and dirt at bay.
- Timeless – Enjoy a neutral palette that never goes out of style. You can change your décor to achieve a fresh new look without re-doing your floors.
- A wise investment – Increase the value of your home when it’s time to sell. Homebuyers love the clean feeling and upscale quality of hardwood floors.
- Durable – These floors handle activity well, age gracefully and can be refinished. There’s no need to worry about permanent traffic patterns or annual professional cleanings.
These days, hardwood flooring is available in many colors, patterns and finishes as well as tree species. Imagine a wide-plank floor with a natural finish in a farmhouse kitchen compared to a narrow, stained and highly polished cherry floor reminiscent of a Victorian parlor. An entirely different atmosphere can be created by adding or changing hardwood flooring in your home.
The following are some of the specific aspects of a hardwood floor to consider.
The traditional hardwood types used for flooring include oak, maple, hickory and cherry. Each has its own natural color and grain pattern, which can be enhanced with stains and/or finishes. Bamboo and cork are rapidly growing in popularity as flooring materials. These renewable resources make beautiful, comfortable floors that have relatively low environmental impact.
Size and Color
Flooring planks come in a variety of lengths and widths and can be laid in different patterns to match the style of your home. Wood may be stained in any number of shades from warm ambers to dark browns as well as lightening treatments. Choose the stain color that complements the overall design of the room.
A polyurethane or similar sealant will protect the floor from water stains, scratches, gouges and other mishaps that occur in a busy home. Oil and wax finishes are also available, but they require a bit more maintenance and care with spills. The completed floor can be polished to a high gloss, a medium semi-gloss or a satiny look or have a matte finish – it’s up to you!
With so many possibilities, it can be a bit overwhelming to decide on the best flooring option for your project. So let our experts help you choose a floor that enhances the ambiance of your home and aligns with your design goals. The result will amaze you with its enduring beauty.