Add the elegant touch to your home with hardwood floor installation. Make the gathering place of your home more welcoming and warmth!
If you’re considering installing a hardwood floor in your home, you have some decisions to make.
Many different types of hardwood floors are available, with various kinds of wood, installations, and patterns offering all sorts of choices—from planks you can stain with the color you want to easy-to-install prefinished boards.
The classic hardwood floor is oak, but in the stores you will also see maple, fir, walnut, birch, cherry, and beech. Pine is also used a lot in Country-style and reproduction houses, where it’s stained dark for an old-fashioned feel. The thing to note about pine is that it dents and scratches easily.
Bamboo floors have become popular recently. These are hard and durable and—because bamboo grows fast—considered more eco-friendly than other wood flooring.
When buying wood flooring, you will find it comes in three basic installation types:
- Strips: narrow tongue-and-groove boards cut in random lengths
- Planks: tongue-and-groove boards that come in various widths as well as random lengths
- Wood tile: most often patterned and laid in geometric patterns in a parquet style
You may also come across “floating” floor systems that have several veneered strips on top of a tongue-and-groove backing board.
Wood flooring may be factory prefinished or unfinished, with the latter sanded and finished after it is put in place. Most hardwood floor types and woods can be refinished. But a floating system—because it is veneer over backing—is finished in the factory as the boards are being made; it can’t be refinished.
Hardwood for flooring: Pros
The first advantage to a hardwood floor is the look. A classic hardwood floor creates a warm décor, and it also feels good under your feet. Most homeowners and buyers will agree that wood floors are beautiful and much more attractive than tile or carpet.
In addition to a wood floor’s warm look and feel, most homeowners find it easier to match furniture with it than with carpet. Wood is neutral, whereas carpet requires you to deal with a color palette. The neutral quality of wood becomes extra valuable when you are redecorating a room. Tile and carpet can limit your design and furniture choices, but a wood floor—whether you want to go ultramodern with steel and plastic furniture—can be stripped, sanded, and refinished with a light or clear stain to give the room a clean, bright feel.
The warmth of a hardwood floor goes beyond the look, however. A wood floor is a wonderful insulator that retains heat, which makes it comfortable to walk on and gives off a cozy feeling.