Does hardwood flooring increase the value of my home?
Yes! Residential real estate agents say homes with wood floors hold their value better, sell faster and fetch higher prices, according to a recent nationwide survey commissioned by the National Wood Flooring Association. By a 3 to 1 margin, real estate agents claim homes with hardwood flooring bring a higher price with people perceiving the entire house was built with superior building materials.
Does hardwood flooring last?
Yes! With good care and maintenance, hardwood floors look beautiful for a lifetime!
How many times can hardwood flooring be refinished?
With good care, your hardwood floors will last a lifetime and require only periodic refinishing. The best part of hardwood floors is that scuffs, scratches and imperfections can be sanded out allowing your floors to continue to look new!
I've seen wood flooring used in low-traffic areas like formal living rooms and conference rooms, but is it durable enough for kitchens and bathrooms?
Yes! Clients are discovering what basketball players have known for years; hardwood flooring can take a pounding and still look beautiful. The urethane finishes on most new wood floors stand up to water and traffic, bringing wood flooring into bathrooms, kitchens, and other higher-traffic areas. These finishes resist wear and tear better than anything else and require no stripping, buffing or waxing.
People have diverse tastes in interior design, how well does wood flooring go with most styles of decor?
In a recent survey, more than 3/4 of interior designers found wood flooring works well with many decorating styles. "It's the most versatile floor covering there is," says one designer. "Wood goes with contemporary, traditional and everything in between." Designers rated natural materials as superior to man-made materials in beauty, prestige, style, maintenance, and durability. A variety of woods and finishes are available to complement the decor and style of any room. A decorative border or custom in-lade can complement your hardwood flooring and make a big statement in any room.
Are hardwood floors difficult to maintain?
With today’s advances in wood flooring stains and finishes, cleaning your hardwood floors has never been easier. Regular maintenance requires little more than sweeping with a soft bristle broom and vacuuming with a soft floor attachment, if your wood floor includes a beveled edge that could collect debris. You could also clean your floors periodically with a professional wood floor cleaning product recommended by a wood flooring professional.
Are there any products I should not use on wood floors?
Yes, do not use tile floor care products or self-polishing acrylic waxes, since they can cause wood to become slippery and appear dull. Avoid using a wet mop since water can dull the finish and damage wood leaving a residue; instead, wipe up spills with a slightly dampened towel.
How can I prevent scratches on wood flooring?
Place felt pads or fabric-faced glides under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching when moving furniture. If moving heavy furniture, it is best to pick up the furniture completely to protect the wood flooring. Place a mat or area rug at doorway entrances to protect wood floors from outside grit, dirt and sand. A humidifier can be used throughout the winter months to keep wood movement and shrinkage to a minimum.
Can I install a hardwood floor over radiant heat?
Hardwood floors can be installed over radiant heat with success. With the right experience, moisture testing, understanding of the radiant heat system and knowledge of the flooring used, experienced flooring installers can make wood flooring over radiant heat work very well. Some helpful tips on flooring choices can help; including using narrower widths, reclaimed wood, distressed floors and beveled edged flooring. Proper installation of a subfloor will also depend on the radiant heating system you have in your home.
Does wood flooring promote a healthy indoor environment?
Yes! Bacteria, dust and dirt do not embed themselves in wood flooring, as they do in other flooring options such as carpet. Simple regular maintenance such as dust-mopping, sweeping or vacuuming keeps wood floors sanitary.
Why is solid hardwood flooring better than engineered or laminate wood flooring?
With proper care, solid wood floors can last forever and will retain their value better than engineered woods. Unlike engineered or laminate wood flooring, solid wood floors can be re-sanded and refinished, offering lasting beauty.
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