In today’s market there are three different styles of wood flooring to choose from such as strips, planks, and parquets. All three styles of wood flooring come in a variety of species, colors, and widths.
There is also a variety of grade types when it comes to choosing hardwood flooring.
If you are looking for wood flooring with minimal character marks that will provide a more uniform appearance, then consider a clear wood or a first grade wood, which has limited character marks, a natural color variation, this will provide a more uniform appearance.
If you are looking for flooring with lots of natural characteristics like knots and color variations, then consider a common wood or a third grade wood, which is rustic in appearance and allows all the natural wood characteristics. If you are looking for wood flooring that is more middle of the road with some natural color variations, knot, and streaks, but not as intense as the common wood, then consider a select wood or a second grade wood.
Today the most common type of wood flooring use is an engineered wood floor; this is a real wood floor that is manufactured using three to nine layer of different wood veneers. Engineered wood flooring is a very stable type of flooring, due to the factor of the grain in each layer runs in different directions. This means the wood will expand and contract less than solid wood flooring during fluctuations in humidity and temperature.
Wood flooring is considered environmentally friendly due to the fact that wood floors use less water and energy to produce, than other flooring options. Wood flooring can also be burned as fuel or recycled at the end of its service life. Since wood floors last for many years, they will not need to be replaced as often as other flooring options.
Recommended Homeowner Maintenance
Modern day wood flooring has never been easier to clean. Regular maintenance requires sweeping with a soft bristle broom and vacuuming with a soft floor attachment. You may generally use a dampened mop to maintain a wood floor, but excessive moisture will cause damage. If water spills on your wood flooring, immediately wipe it up with a clean towel. It is also recommended that you periodically clean your floors with a professional wood floor cleaning product. Do not use vinyl or tile floor care products on your wood flooring. Self-polishing acrylic waxes will cause wood to become slippery and appear dull quickly.
- Use throw rugs both inside and outside doorways to help prevent grit, dirt, and other debris from being tracked onto your wood floors. This will prevent scratching.
- Wipe up spills immediately with a slightly dampened towel.
- Put soft plastic or fabric-faced glides under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching.
- For wood flooring in the kitchen, place an area rug in front of the kitchen sink.
- Over-wax a wood floor. If a wax floor dulls, try buffing instead.
- Walk on your wood floors with cleats, sports shoes and high heels.
- When moving do not slide heavy furniture on wood flooring. It is best to pick up the furniture completely to prevent scratches.
- Wet-mop a wood floor. Standing water can dull the finish, damage the wood and leave a discoloring residue.
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These tips were meant to provide general information and are worded based on our personal experiences combined with online research. We always recommend calling a licensed, trained professional for specifics including warranty information, code requirements, precise instructional information, etc. Since we are a new home builder, some products, materials and processes may change over time and may vary in the different locations we build new homes.
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