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Are Hardwood Floors Right for You? by Cleo Gib





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You’ve decided it’s time to update the interior of your home with new flooring. With all of the options available, it’s hard to make a decision. But you always seem to come back to the beauty of new hardwood flooring in Blaine, MN, or in your vicinity. Hardwood flooring is durable and long-lasting, but you’re wondering if hardwood is difficult to care for and which kind of wood is right for you. Here are some of the topics most frequently brought up by people looking to make the change to hardwood flooring.

Solid vs. Engineered

You may have already encountered the terms “solid hard floors” and “engineered hardwood floors.” What’s the difference? Solid hardwood flooring is, of course, a single piece of wood ideal for nearly every location in your home. Not only is solid hardwood versatile and beautiful, but it can be sanded and refinished many times throughout its life. Engineered hardwood flooring is also real wood, but is made from multiple layers rather than from a single piece of wood. The wood grain of each layer is laid perpendicular to the previous layer, increasing durability. Engineered flooring can be used in places like basements, where solid wood flooring doesn’t work due to considerations of humidity. You can sand and refinish engineered wood as well, although not as many times over the years as you can with solid wood.

Keeping It Clean

Hardwood flooring is easy to clean but needs regular attention. You should prevent a buildup of dirt grains and other abrasive particles that could scratch or mar the finish of your floor. Sweep your floor on a daily basis, if possible. You can also vacuum the floor, but make sure the vacuum’s beater bar doesn’t make contact with the hardwood, or damage to the floor may result. A damp mop used with a commercial hardwood floor cleaner is best applied regularly to maintain the beauty of your hardwood floors. Be sure to wipe up spills as soon as they occur, since any type of moisture can damage the hardwood. You can also place small area rugs at entryways to keep dirt from being tracked onto the floor. Keep pets’ nails trimmed to minimize scratches in the floor’s finish.

Wood Species

Not all wood is created equal. You’ll need to decide what type of wood you want in your hardwood floor based on the look you’d like to achieve and the amount of traffic the floor will sustain over time. If you want an open and casual effect, you should consider lighter woods such as maple and ash. Medium woods like oak and hickory make a room feel comfortable and cozy, while the darkest woods, such as mahogany and walnut, create a more formal effect. But don’t let that limit you; ask to see samples of imported woods, which can offer exciting shades and color highlights. You’ll also want to consider the Janka scale, which rates wood based on its hardness and will give you an idea of the wood’s durability based on the wear and tear you expect the floor to undergo. If you have kids, you’ll definitely want a more rugged type of wood than if you’re an older couple whose kids have left home.

Installation

Hardwood flooring is often a considerable investment, and many people figure if they just buy the materials, installing a wood floor should be a cinch. But hardwood floor installation offers many challenges even to people who are used to tackling their own home remodeling projects. Mistakes in laying a hardwood floor may damage your materials and cause you to spend even more money replacing them. It’s best to let a professional floor installer handle laying down your new hardwood floor for you.

If you decide that hardwood flooring is right for you, contact your specialist in new hardwood flooring in Blaine, MN, today for a complete selection of woods and advice on how to design a floor that you will cherish for years to come.

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