Managing Real Wood Flooring

Traditional hardwood flooring is classically beautiful and comes in thick planks of solid timber. However, engineered flooring, also known as laminate wood flooring, has become very popular because of its cost and ease of installation.

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A solid hardwood floor comes in a wide array of wood types such as hickory, maple, and oak. Once stained, it has an elegant appearance and offers an extremely durable surface, both being a plus when it comes time to sell your home.

Types of Hardwood Flooring

The next post provides some insight on some of the different types of wood available for these traditional floors:

Oak: Oak has been used as flooring for centuries and is the most popular flooring choice due to its durability and elegance. The grain oak provides is incredibly ideal for flooring, and the wood actually improves and looks better as it ages.

Bamboo: Bamboo flooring is used for a variety of reasons and among the most useful is simple maintenance. Bamboo is one of the most ecologically friendly flooring options and is also more resistant to water than regular hardwood.

Hickory: This flooring provides most of the same benefits of oak or other harder woods with a cheaper price tag. Hickory is also more stable than other harder woods, like red oak, making it great for more humid climates to help resist warping over time.

Managing hardwood floors

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Walnut: Walnut is an incredibly attractive hardwood that’s also known for being extremely durable. While walnut is often a little more expensive than other types of hardwood, like hickory or maple, it’s also relatively easy to install and maintain.

Maple: This is one of the most durable and inexpensive flooring options available. Maple hardwood flooring is also very easy to maintain, as a simple dusting will do the trick. Or for a fresh, new look, a simple scrub with soap and water will work even years after the original installation.

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Cons Of Hardwood Flooring

There are a number of disadvantages of real hardwood flooring, which have a lot to do with the location of where you plan to install. If you live in an area that is high in humidity, solid hardwood isn’t the best option.

Even if you plan to install it in a basement, which tends to be more humid than an upper floor, it might not be a good plan. This is because the wood takes on moisture and can swell, causing buckling. It can also shrivel due to lack of moisture, which has its own set of problems.

This video shows how the moisture can cause a wood floor to buckle and a possible way to protect it from happening:

 

The cost of hardwood is another factor that causes people to purchase laminate flooring, which can be almost double the price for installation. Installing hardwood can be somewhat tricky and that is part of the extra expense.

Hardwood also requires the harvesting of trees, so not as environmentally friendly as other flooring options. Engineered flooring has floating tongue and groove, making easier for the do-it-yourself type of individual.

As far as the installation of hardwood flooring, it doesn’t float like laminate flooring. It also needs to have a moisture barrier before installing it and the wood may need to be stained.

This post provides a good step-by-step method for the installation of hardwood flooring. However, you would be smart to hire an experienced contractor to do the job.