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What Wood You Know About It?

Nov 20, 2012 12:22:59 PM

Things to Consider Before Investing in Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors have become not just a popular addition to any room of the house, but a “must have” for many prospective home buyers. They’ve become important to home owners and buyers for many reasons. Hardwood floors add a natural and warm feeling to any room and many people believe that they are easier to clean then other types of flooring materials like carpet. Despite the many advantages, hardwood floors can be a substantial investment both in terms of time and money, so before you commit there are a few things you should take into account to make sure that hardwood floors are the optimal choice for you and your home.

Traffic FlowThink about where you want to put hardwood flooring and how much “traffic” that area gets. If the area is highly trafficked, such as an entryway, you may want to consider a harder wood. The durability of a specific wood can be determined by referring to the Janka Scale. The Janka Scale rates wood in terms of its resistance to impact and wear. The higher the Janka rating the more durable a specific wood is. Keep in mind that while woods with a higher Janka rating are more durable, they also tend to produce more and louder sounds and scratch easily in comparison to woods with a lower Janka rating.

Temperature and HumidityAlways keep in mind that wood is a natural product. This means it will expand and contract in response to changes in the temperature and humidity level. Depending on your environment, the changes could be completely unnoticeable or could result in hairline cracks or variations in height or width. If you live in a wet climate, make sure your home is well insulated and consider investing in a dehumidifier. If you live in a dry client consider investing in a humidifier. A humidifier or dehumidifier can be used to keep the humidity level in your home steady and therefore help prevent expanding and contracting. If you are truly concerned about the temperature and humidity level in your home, give some serious thought to choosing engineered hardwood rather than natural hardwood.

Water Exposure Wood has become a popular flooring material in every room of the home - including the bathroom. Hardwood can work in bathrooms, even those used on a daily basis; however, certain things must be kept in mind. Since bathrooms tend to be moist and humid areas you must be aware of the risks this poses to hardwood floors (see the above paragraph about temperature and humidity). Always run a fan after showers to help keep humidity to a minimum and/or invest in a dehumidifier. In addition, never let water sit on the floor. After a shower, washing your hands, or any task that involves water ensure the floor is dry. You can also consult with the manufacturer or installer, as extra coats of varnish may help improve the wood’s durability. SunlightSince hardwood floors are a natural product, their shade will unavoidable fade or change over time. Exposure to sunlight may accelerate this change. Pay special attention to how much sunlight the area you want to put hardwood down in gets. Some species of wood are more prone to this so make sure to speak with the manufacturer or a knowledgable professional before purchasing a specific wood. To minimize fading or changes in shade, invest in window treatments including curtains and/or blinds. Regularly rotate furniture and any area rugs so that all parts of the room, over time, get equal amounts of sunlight and can age similarly. Hardwood floors offer many advantages to any room of your home from cosmetic appeal to cleanliness. However, before investing large amounts of time, money, and energy, make sure to evaluate all the pros and cons of hardwood floors to ensure they are the best choice for you and your home for years to come.


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