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Walk on wood

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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.

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