Choosing the Right Hardwood Flooring

Friday, 30 June 2017 14:44
Published in News & Specials

If you want to have natural flooring in your home, then select hardwood tiles or planks. Hardwood floors are beautiful, and the surfaces are easy to clean. Homeowners have been installing hardwood floors in their homes for many years because the materials are durable and create an attractive ambiance. When you want to install wood floor planks or tiles in a home, there are a variety of types available, including:

 

• Walnut

• Cherry

• Maple

• Oak

• Mahogany

 

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You Can Find Hardwood Materials In a Variety of Shapes, Sizes, and Colors

The natural color of each type of hardwood flooring varies, but you can also change the color of the wood by using paint or stain. It is also possible to use multiple types of hardwood to create a decorative effect with parquet designs. You can find hardwood in a variety of shapes, including:

• Square tiles of various sizes

• Narrow rectangular strips

• Wide rectangular planks

Bring a Sample of Hardwood Home To See What It Looks Like In a Room

With modern computer software, you can see how the hardwood floors will look in a variety of rooms with different sizes, colors, and styles of planks, strips or tiles. It is a good idea to bring home a sample of hardwood to see how it looks in a room. The natural or electrical lighting in a room in your home can make the flooring material look different than it does in a store. In addition, the color of paint on the walls along with appliances or furniture can change the way the hardwood material looks.

Avoid Installing Hardwood Materials In the Humid Areas of a Home

Experts don’t recommend using hardwood flooring in areas that have a lot of moisture such as a laundry room or bathroom, but many homeowners do use hardwood tiles, strips or planks in kitchens. A kitchen typically won’t have a high humidity level, but if a water pipe breaks underneath a sink or a dishwasher leaks moisture, then you must remove the water right away to avoid damaging the hardwood materials.

Install Waterproof Hardwood Materials In Entranceways

When you are selecting hardwood materials for a home, there are additional things to consider, including the amount of foot traffic. If you are considering installing hardwood materials in an entranceway, then make sure to select tiles or planks that have a thick waterproof coating to resist the moisture from shoes. The thick coating on the hardwood may also help to protect the materials from the damages of gritty sand. For extra protection, you may want to have a doormat on the main part of the entranceway.

Think About the Natural Color of the Hardwood When Making a Choice

Lighter varieties of hardwood such as oak are easy to stain or paint, and this is important if you want to change the appearance of a room in a few years. However, hardwoods such as mahogany have a deep color that is more suitable for coating with shellac rather than painting or staining. If you choose to install a hardwood that has a natural, darker color, then it is difficult to change its appearance.

Unfinished or Prefinished Hardwood Materials

Manufacturers also create a variety of types of hardwood flooring with different installation methods. You might want to have floor materials installed quickly, and there are prefinished planks, strips, and tiles available. Technicians can install floating or click hardwood materials in only a few hours, but if you want unfinished wood, then the installation process can require several days to complete.

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