For basements and apartments with concrete subfloors, engineered flooring offers an installation advantage. Whereas solid wood is generally installed over one or two layers of plywood, which can raise the height of a floor and interfere with existing doors or marginally reduce ceiling height, engineered flooring can be glued directly to concrete, or over a soundproofing mat.
Add felt protectors to furniture legs to help pick up debris and protect floors from scratches, says Brett Miller, an expert from the National Wood Flooring Association. Replace them as needed, as they`ll wear down and become less effective over time. For furniture that slides around often: kitchen and dining chairs, for example, replace the protectors every month.
A sun-kissed glow looks great on skin but not on wood floors. Inspect floors once a month — don`t forget to peep under rugs, too, and if there`s any discoloration, it`s time to consider a fresh topcoat.
Remember to remove outdoor footwear before walking on your floor. Wipe away spills on your floor immediately. It is also advisable to apply felt protector pads to the bottom of furniture or heavy items.
Hardwood floors are durable and natural, come in a variety of species, are hypoallergenic and easy to maintain. When well maintained these floors can last a hundred years.
Still, on-site finishing allows for a level of customization that appeals to many homeowners and designers. That way, we have a lot more control over the stain and sheen.