Hardwood flooring has been a staple in home design for centuries. It’s often chosen for its timeless appeal, warm color variations, and ability to coordinate with just about any décor. Over the last few years, however, hardwood has gotten some negative press as new flooring categories such as luxury vinyl have emerged. It’s time to debunk a few of the most popular myths about hardwood.
It’s High Maintenance.
With today’s topical hardwood finishes, waxing is no longer necessary. All that’s really required to keep hardwood in shape is regular sweeping or vacuuming and mopping. For a deeper clean, utilize a hardwood cleaner like Bona with a dry mop. Quickly clean up spills and utilize door mats and pet mats under food dishes.
While the initial investment in hardwood may be more than other flooring types like luxury vinyl, hardwood is going to last for centuries if properly maintained. Hardwood floors also increase your home’s value, so you get more return on your investment should you decide to sell your home. In addition, the development of engineered hardwood has led to more affordable options in wood floors.
Engineered Wood Isn’t Real Wood.
Engineered wood floors are indeed real wood. They are constructed of a finished wood veneer attached to a layered substrate of wood plies. Although all wood is affected by moisture, engineered wood is less susceptible to seasonal shrinking and swelling. In addition, engineered is more flexible than solid, allowing it to be installed directly over concrete sub floors and even sometimes over existing flooring.
All Hardwood is the Same.
There are numerous species of hardwood from traditional oak and cherry to more exotic woods like acacia and bamboo. Each species carries its own variants in color, shades, texture and strength. These unique characteristics are displayed in both solid and engineered wood. Manufacturers are even able to add distressed features such as hatching, etching, and wire brushing to engineered wood to give it an aged, natural appearance.
It Scratches Easily.
As mentioned above, some species of wood are harder than others. The Janka test determines the hardness of wood, and your flooring advisor can use it to help you determine which wood is best for your home. The harder the wood, the harder it is to scratch. In addition, many varieties are available with scratch-resistant finishes. Most surface scratches can be easily repaired, and you can take precautions to minimize every-day scratching. Keep pets’ nails trimmed, and utilized pads under chairs and furniture.
We hope these tips have helped you in your search for hardwood floors. Don’t let common myths deter you from purchasing the hardwood floors you’ve always wanted. Give us a call, and one of our flooring advisors will be happy to assist you selecting your dream floors! 256-231-0008.