No other flooring product offers the features and benefits of hardwood. Each floor, each board, each plank is unique in its appearance, coloration and tones.
Figure 1 - Tongue and groove hardwood flooring
Hardwood flooring offers durability, value, easy maintenance, environmentally friendly, non allergenic, selection, beauty and its ability to allow unique patterns and designs when installed. No two hardwood floors are identical!
Hardwood flooring is a wise choice for the environment as it is a sustainable resource and does not promote the growth of bacteria.
With the latest advancements in manufacturing techniques hardwood flooring is a home improvement project that can be successfully carried out by any reasonably competent DIY home handyman.
Hardwood Flooring Is:
Hardwood flooring will definitely add value to your home should you decide to sell and unlike most flooring does not become outdated. In fact one of the reasons that some people purchase older homes is the hardwood floors. People are ecstatic to find hardwood flooring buried under carpeting and other flooring materials. With a little effort old hardwood floors can be brought back to their original beauty. Hardwood flooring takes a basic home and creates a luxury dwelling. It is rich in appearance while being reasonably priced.
Easy to Maintain:
A broom and a vacuum are all that are needed to keep your hardwood flooring looking rich forever. The use of felt pads on furniture legs and area rugs or runners in high traffic areas will reduce scratching. The use of a hardwood floor cleaner will remove ground in dirt and grime. (Always use a quality hardwood flooring cleaner. The use of products not formulated for hardwood flooring can void any warranty, increase surface wear and cause difficulties is and when you attempt to apply a surface recoat.)
Additional information on cleaning and maintaining hardwood flooring.
Very few flooring products are as environmentally friendly as hardwood flooring. Hardwood is a sustainable natural product. North American hardwood forests are closely managed, trees are culled to promote the growth of other trees. Trees are replanted for use by future generations. Today, according to the United States Forest Service, the hardwood forests in North America hold more board feet of timber than they did 50 years ago. For every board foot of timber cut down, two board feet of timber are added.
The pollution that we live with on a day to day basis has increased the allergies that we suffer from. Indoor air quality has become a critical health issue, according to the EPA. Hardwood flooring has a very hard surface which does not allow for the containment of dust mites and/or mold. The use of hardwood flooring in your home helps keeps harmful contaminants from growing and spreading causing respiratory problems in the family. It may be noted that the EPA has recently determined that pesticides, toxic chemicals and toxins, being used in gardening and decorating are being found in home flooring products that have open fibers such as carpeting and rugs. Some people have been found to have allergic reactions to the fibers used to make carpets as well as the chemicals and adhesives used within the manufacturing processes. Hardwood flooring is a non allergenic product and is one of the best choices for people concerned with their indoor air quality.
Selection and Variety:
Hardwood flooring provides a vast selection of products. Each hardwood floor board or plank is unique and the number of patterns, colors (both natural and with the use of stains and bleaches), widths, lengths, and combinations that can be applied means that every hardwood floor is unique. Home owners and designers are only constrained by their imagination as to what can be created.