Hardwood is quite honestly one of the most beautiful and traditional flooring choices on the market. Its classic features make it a top choice for homeowners. Although you may love hardwood, you might still have some questions and reservations. To help address those concerns, today we are going to take a look at the top most-asked questions about hardwood. Let’s take a look!
Q: Are Hardwood Floors Hard on Your Feet and Back?
A: In general, hardwood surface flooring can put more of a strain on your feet and back due to the fact that they have no “give.” That being said, area rugs can be strategically placed in areas where you plan on standing for long periods of time (i.e., in front of the sink in the kitchen). The area rug’s added cushion will help give more support and comfort to your lower back and feet.
Q: How Do the Different Types of Hardwood Species Differ?
A: From maple to walnut to oak, there are a ton of different hardwood species on the market, and each species differs in strength, durability, color, and grain. When choosing a hardwood species, you will want to determine if durability is important to you. The types vary slightly in strength, but if it is important to you, you will want to focus on durable species like Oak, Maple or Cherry. Other species, like American Cherry, are less durable but loved for their remarkable beauty.
Q: Can You Install Hardwood Floors in the Bathroom and Kitchen?
A: To make it plain and simple, you will want to think about it this way: wood and water do not mix. Therefore, you should avoid installing hardwood floors in areas that are prone to moisture (i.e., bathrooms). When exposed to moisture, hardwood floors can lead to warping and buckling. That being said, you may be interested to learn about engineered hardwood floors (keep on reading).
Q: Can I Refinish Hardwood Floors?
A: One of the most significant benefits to hardwood floors is its ability to be refinished over and over. Time and time again, you are able to have your floors look like brand new with refinishing.
Q: What Is the Most Durable Hardwood Material?
A: A hardwood’s durable can be determined through the Janka Hardness Scale. The scale ranks hardwood species based on their durability which can help homeowners to choose the proper flooring for their lifestyle. That being said, a hardwood flooring’s finish can also determine its durability.
Q: Will My Pets Ruin My Hardwood Floors?
A: Pets are a factor that you will want to consider when it comes to durability. Since hardwood floors can be scratched by your pet’s nails, you can simply choose a stronger material and keep your pet’s nails trimmed.
Q: How Do Solid Hardwood and Engineered Hardwood Differ?
A: When you think of traditional hardwood floors, you are picturing solid hardwood. It is a timeless flooring option that is 100% solid wood. Engineered hardwood, on the other hand, is often considered more durable than solid hardwood due to its ability to resist moisture. In fact, it allows you to install hardwood floors in moisture-prone areas that you would have never thought imaginable with traditional, solid hardwood.
Q: How Do You Clean and Maintain Hardwood Floors?
A: Like any flooring, you will want to clean and maintain your hardwood floors on a regular basis. To help make sure that you are caring for them properly, be sure to read our previous blog post here.
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