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.
If you need an excuse to shop, the one must-have decor item with hardwood flooring is a rug. It will perform double duty as a decorating piece and floor protector.
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.
Unfortunately, they can be difficult to maintain, especially if you have pets or kids. Spills, accidents, scratches, and scuffs are guaranteed to happen at some point. Before you go running to the hardware store to pick up all new flooring, allow me to put your mind at ease because there are a few time-saving cleaning secrets to help you keep your floors looking like new!
But not all hardwood flooring is created equal, and selecting a product isn`t simply a matter of choosing a preferred color. A range of other factors can have an impact on both aesthetics and performance.