Hardwood

The natural beauty of hardwood never goes out of style.  It has been a flooring choice for many generations. The warmth and individuality of each hardwood not only makes them durable, versatile and made to last; they are an investment to your home.  With the different flooring options available, hardwood may seem like an expensive option.  However when you consider the overall life of hardwood, the benefits of wood flooring outweigh the initial cost.

Which Hardwood Is Right For You?
-Solid hardwood flooring is made of one piece of wood from top to bottom and can be used in any room that is on or above ground.  One of the many benefits of solid hardwood flooring is it can be sanded and refinished.
-Engineered hardwood is designed to be more stable, allowing you to have the look of hardwood on just about any type of subfloor.
-Unfinished hardwood gives you the option of a custom stained floor.
-Handscraped/Distressed hardwood gives a warm sculpted look to create a rustic antique appeal with old world charm.

How To Care For Hardwood:
Caring for your hardwood is easy and can help extend its life and appearance.  Because no two pieces are alike, you may have grain variations, small knots and natural blemishes such as mineral streaks. By using the correct cleaning methods and proper installation guidelines, you can expect years of beauty and durability from your floors.  Care and maintenance differ by region.  Your hardwood floor may shrink or expand based on climate and humidity.

The Dos and Donts:
-Do sweep frequently or vacuum, since built up dirt can damage the surface of the wood.  DO NOT USE A VACUUM WITH A BEATER BAR
-Do use approved household cleaners that are listed within the hardwoods care instructions.
-Do use chair and table protectors to prevent scratching
-Do not use wax
-Do not pour cleaner directly on the flooring
-Do not wear shoes with spikes or stiletto heels on your hardwood
-Do not forget to use doormats at all entryways

Terms to know:
-Above Grade – the portion of a building that is above ground level
-On The Grade – the portion of a building that is on ground level. When installing our concrete, engineered wood flooring, or laminate work best.  Remember to use moisture barriers
-Below The Grade – the portion of a building that is below ground level (basements). Engineered wood flooring or laminate is recommended with the use of moisture barriers.