|Posted on March 17, 2015 at 5:40 PM||comments (0)|
There are lots of reasons to love wood floors. Not only is wood beautiful, but it’s also soft and warm underfoot, easy to clean, and hypoallergenic.
A solid wood floor will last for more than a century, and the finish can be refreshed whenever it wears thin. “Wood is a living material,” says architect Ross Chapin, of Whidbey Island, Wash., “and it brings life to the house.” Having them increases the value of a home.
The good news is that there’s a lot to choose from. Choices today include not only old-fashioned solid wood strips in the usual maple or oak, but also flooring milled from exotic or regional species, or even cut from the remains of 200-year-old barns. The options also include engineered wood products -- authentic-looking surfaces that can take wood floors where they’ve never gone before. And then there’s the growing family of laminates which, while not wood, can satisfy the demand for a wood-floor appearance at a much lower cost..
|Posted on January 13, 2015 at 5:55 PM||comments (0)|
Nearly one in four Americans suffers from asthma and/or allergies. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, that represents 60 million people in the United States. A study conducted by Harris Interactive indicated that the vast majority of US homeowners believe that their family's health is directly related to the cleanliness of their floors. The same study indicated that of all the flooring alternatives available, the majority of homeowners believe that wood floors are most effective at improving indoor air quality.
The Life Cycle Analysis of solid wood flooring conducted by the University of Wisconsin supports this. The study compared five different floor coverings in regard to four substances considered to be harmful to the atmosphere: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrogen oxide and particulate matter. All these substances contribute to atmospheric warming and human respiratory ailments. The results of the study show that wood flooring had no emissions for methane, nitrogen oxide and other particulates, and minimal emissions for carbon dioxide. Wood floors also have the added benefit of not harboring allergens, microorganisms or harmful pesticides that can be tracked in from outdoors. Dust, mold and animal dander contamination is minimal in homes with wood floors, which can significantly improve indoor air quality.
|Posted on November 25, 2014 at 5:05 PM||comments (0)|
Regular maintenance requires little more than sweeping with a soft bristle broom, and vacuuming with a soft floor attachment if your wood floor includes a beveled edge that could collect debris. You also should clean your floors periodically with a professional wood floor cleaning product.
The following are tips on how to maintain your wood floor:
- 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.
- Do not wet-mop a wood floor. Standing water can dull the finish, damage the wood and leave a discoloring residue.
- Avoid walking on your wood floors with cleats, sports shoes and high heels. A 125-pound woman walking in high heels has an impact of 2,000 pounds per square inch. An exposed heel nail can exert up to 8,000 pounds per square inch. This kind of impact can dent any floor surface.
- Put stick-on felt protectors under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching. Replace these often as dirt and debris can become imbedded on the pad and act like sand paper on the flooring surface.
|Posted on November 6, 2014 at 3:50 PM||comments (0)|
- Easy to clean: Hard wood floors are very easy to clean because they do not accumulate too much dirt, dust, or debris. A weekly cleaning procedure would include vacuuming and smopping with Bona cleaning solution.
- Beautiful: Hard wood floors give an elegant aesthetic and age-less look. They offer the warmth, beauty and value of wood. It does not goes out of style. Hard wood floors have also been known to give a room a more spaciousness look.
- Strength and durability: High quality hard wood floors can last for generations. They are tough, hard-wearing, and have long term durability.
- A excellent investment: Having hardwood flooring installed in your home increases the value of your property. It is a great long-term investment and can actually become a strong resale argument, exceeding the initial installation cost of the floors.
- Variety: Hard wood floors offer maximum choices in appearance. There are many colors, styles, stains and species available. In addition you have the choice available to choose pre-finished or unfinished hard wood floors. No matter how diverse and unique your needs are, there is always an option for you with hard wood floors.
- Low maintenance: Hard wood floors are easy to keep and maintain.
- Healthy indoor air quality: These floors are a healthy choice for interior environments. They no not have fibers, grout lines or embossing. Unlike carpet that can trap dust, pollen, particles, animal dander and allergens. They are the best choice of flooring for allergy sufferers and can also improve air quality.