The Great Rewards of Wood Flooring
Choosing what flooring materials will suit best in your new home is never an easy decision as there are so many available varieties in the market; however, with proper consultation with your architect and much effort at your end to make a survey, your final option should rely more on your house priority, practical value of the material, and fashion style. It is also good to know the advantages and disadvantages of each available floor material so it is easier to decide which will be your final choice.
Wood flooring has over many advantages than the other types of flooring, a proven and tested material which has lasted for more than a century. Wood floors have the advantage of staying longer and durable than other materials, especially when choosing the right wood and allowing also for regular maintenance and repair. Solid wood is by far the best wood material since it does not serve as breeding ground for mold, mildew, or dust mites, therefore, non-allergenic, and the special warmth it provides to the room is comforting. Regular vacuuming and mopping will help the wood floors stay fresh and clean.
There are two distinct solid or hardwood materials to choose from – pre-finished or unfinished. The advantage of pre-finished hardwood material is that there is no need to sander and dry it, therefore, you save on time and upon purchase you can immediately install it. Further, floor varnish and lacquer will only take less than a day to coat the solid wood. Some homeowners prefer the unfinished wood because, coming from the recommendation of their installers, this material gives a better overall and uniform seal, which is needed to guard against the arch enemy of wooden floors – moisture.
The popular hard wood choices are red and white oak, American cherry, hard maple, Brazilian cherry or Jatoba. Both red and white oak are known for their ease of employment during installation, although the red oak is easier to saw and nail. A better and excellent choice is hard maple because of its outstanding abrasion-resistant surface. A material choice for cabinets, American cherry can also serve as floor material and can be installed easily. If your taste is for a luxury material, the Brazilian cherry or also called Jatoba will strike your floor with that rich, reddish brown color and will guarantee your floor to last a lifetime.
Another aspect, when you have decided to rely on wood floor, is to pick out among the mentioned materials the kind that can stand everyday traffic in your home, that has less maintenance procedures, and that the stains applied can withstand longer use. An important advice is to also install what is called a moisture barrier, a small space between the subfloor and the main flooring area for added protection.