Walk on wood
The reasons homeowners fall in love with wood flooring go well beyond its beauty. First, there’s the longevity factor. A solid wood floor can last for a century or more, thanks to a durable finish that can be easily repaired whenever it starts to wear thin.
Wood also offers a solid, warm feel underfoot. Mother Nature designed this resource to be an excellent insulator. With thousands of air chambers per cubic inch, wood floors are much cozier than other flooring options. Another great benefit: hardwood floors are a breeze to clean — and simply incorporating them into your home increases its value.
The first step in selecting wood floors for your home is choosing a type, from vintage “found wood” to engineered wood products. But even with the wide variety of options out there, many people (especially wood-home enthusiasts) find themselves coming back to traditional, solid wood floors time and time again. Here’s why:
Why it’s great: Inherently warm and long lasting, solid wood is a natural favorite for homeowners and designers alike. Most solid wood floors can be sanded and refinished multipled times, making them the best choice for longevity. Also, when finished onsite, solid wood floors can be stained to match trim or any other design element, including your frame. Since many timber homes are passed down from generation to generation, solid wood floors make sense from a durability standpoint, too. Some tips: If you choose a solid wood floor in your home, make sure you consider a factory-applied finish, which will make installation much easier. Just think: no dust from sanding, no fumes from finishing and no waiting around for the floors to dry. The finishes applied at the factory are also much stronger than the standard polyurethane applied onsite.
Also consider your home’s activity level when deciding on a wood species. In homes with kids or pets, most floors (especially American hardwoods like maple, walnut and cherry) can weather a little abuse. Softwoods like southern yellow pine are great options, too — as long as you’re prepared for dents and scratches to surface over time.