Undeniably the hardwood floors add a certain beauty, warmth and timeless appeal to a living space. As is with any prized possession, a regular schedule of cleaning and maintenance, a few dos and don'ts to be followed, and an open eye for the avoidance of accidents go a long way in preserving the life and beauty of the flooring. Proper care and maintenance is essential for the long lasting performance of any wood floor.
When we think of houses in the olden times, an image of polished wooden flooring dressed with oriental rugs, and opulent lighting comes to mind. The ‘old world charm’ of wooden flooring naturally takes us way back in history and makes us imagine all old houses to be gleaming and crackling under the sound of wooden flooring. This imagination is right but not that way back in history! Wooden Flooring became popular only in the late 19th century. Earlier, wood was used for flooring purposes but not in the refined and stylish appearance that we see nowadays. In fact, it gave a very humble look contrary to the present day stylish and elegant look.
A hardwood flooring brings oodles of style, class and elegance to any living place. The look a hardwood flooring offers is unmatched! People across the globe are turning to the old world charm and look of hardwood flooring for the style it brings in to their homes or commercial spaces. Like everything bold and beautiful, hardwood flooring too requires maintenance and proper care to keep up the good looks. You don’t need to keep changing your flooring if you invest proper time in cleaning and maintaining the look. It’s true, a simple mop and swab is not enough for a hardwood flooring, it requires more attention to detail. But after all, the great looks are worth it!
One of the greatest assets of hardwood floors is that they can be refurbished. If you have been living with your wooden flooring for more than 15-20 years and it has shown signs of ageing, then a round of restoring is due. Hardwood floors can be refinished a few times before they need to be replaced and it is definitely cheaper to refinish rather than replace such floorings. A bout of cleaning and sanding will bring life back to the floor and make it as good as new, besides costing you only a fraction of the total replacement cost. If your hardwood flooring is reasonably old, scratched and discolored, then refinishing that will make it attractive once again. But, before you go ahead with your plans of refinishing your floors, there are a few points that need your consideration.
A wood stain is a colorant dissolved in any solvent or agent. The colorant is usually a dye or pigment and you have to choose a dye based stain or a pigment based stain depending on the type of wood you use for your floor. The solvent can be water, petroleum, or finishing agents like varnish or shellac. It is advisable to use a stain on a wooden floor not only because it is aesthetically pleasing, it also helps to protect your floor. Staining is also helpful in maximising the life of your wooden floor. While staining wood may seem unnecessary at first, you will reap the benefits later on. Staining wood is always better than leaving them unprotected. In the following paragraphs we explain the benefits of staining your wooden floor.
Hardwood floorings have a unique allure because they impart a timeless look to any room they are installed in, be it the bedroom, the living room, the common floor area, the kitchen or the deck. Their versatility and variations make them ideal choice for any decor and furnishing style. With their different colors, textures and cuts, they can be paired with numerous design themes and patterns.
Hardwood floors are a pleasure for the eyes; they make your home look beautiful and classy. Think about taking this experience to the next level by having radiant heating installed under your hardwood floors, so that on those fiery winters you and your family can keep your feet and your home warm.
Who can deny the charm of hardwood flooring? The warmth, natural beauty and class that such a flooring conveys is unmatched even though there are hundreds of synthetic variants in the market. Though most age old interiors boast of natural colors in hardwood flooring, that is no longer the case nowadays. With the technical innovations and new developments in the quality and colors of stains and polishes, you can now choose from a variety of colors for your hardwood flooring to match your style and decor.
A house with genuine wooden floor is a dream of many. Wooden flooring has been used in building interiors for centuries. Because of the skilful labour work engaged in the preparation of the wood and its long term maintenance, wooden floor was only seen with the elite and the wealthiest people in the world. In olden days, there were very less machineries to make the wood suitable for flooring and expert craftsmen laboured for years on the same floor, meticulously cutting each intricate inlay or pattern by hand. The wood flooring industry became popular as today around the 20th century.
So, your fascination with wood flooring has made you decide on that for your home. But if you haven’t given much of a thought to the type of wood flooring that would suit your needs, then know that you have a difficult choice ahead of you. Though hardwood flooring is the gold standard in flooring, there is a need for some research before you go ahead and give it your final nod. The choice of area where the flooring has to be installed, the type of subfloor, the existing decor of your home and the cost of the flooring are some of the factors that would play a role in determining the type of wood that will go as your flooring. Here are some of the details that you may need to brainstorm on before making a final choice.