Wood is a common type of flooring material, which is used due to its many significant properties, and characteristics. Below are some very interesting facts about hardwood floors that make it the better choice, when compared to other flooring types:
Unlike the other flooring materials, hardwood can come in different and a wide variety of material to suite ones preferred taste. For example, the known exotic woods like the tiger-wood, Sapele, Brazilian cherry or mahogany possess beautiful and warm colors while being very strong and hard, while the popular types such as the oak are heavy, strong yet light colored. Other types include the maple which is commonly used in bowling floors due to its characteristics of being shock resistant and very hard and ash which has a white to brown light color and is relatively cheaper as compared to the others like birch, walnut, cherry and beech.
With proper maintenance, they can last for quite a long time and still look good without need for replacement.
3. Ideal for all seasons
Hardwood floors are ideal for places with varying seasons because some have characteristics of expansion during hot weather and contraction during cold like the maple hardwood when other flooring may crack due to temperatures.
Hardwoods come in different materials with different prices. Exotic woods like the Brazilian cherry are expensive and costly to install, while types such as the oak or maple are cheaper and can be afforded by the moderate standard people, others types like the ash are even cheaper than the oaks and maple hardwoods. It all depends on your budget and which type of hardwood you can afford or like.
Most hardwoods can be stained with color to match different decors, unlike other flooring materials, they can match almost any trend in home fashion regardless the time.
Hardwood floors are a touch of mother nature, nothing makes a living room look more cozy than the floor matching the color of the room and hardwoods provide exactly that. Their variety in natural colors and ability to have them stained makes them the best and ideal choice.
They can get different glosses for different expectations and outcome. For the low gloss, it reduces the appearance of marks or scratches on the floor giving them a newer look for longer while the semi-gloss gives the floors a medium bright finish. The high gloss gives the floor a smooth and bright finish but at the disadvantage of exposing marks and dirt. Whichever your choice, hardwood floors are flexible to change. The semi gloss is also the standard finish for pre-finished hardwood.
8. Width sizes
With hardwood floors, the width sizes can variate starting from as small as 2.25 up to now 5. This will entirely depend on your choice and how you want the room to appear I.e the narrower the board the longer the room will look like, the thicker the board the shorter the room will appear.
9. Heat Retainers
Most wooden floors are warmer than concrete tiles due to them having tiny air chambers inside the hardwood which act as an insulator and retain heat. One of the reasons why a cottage is warmer than an apartment building.
10. Special types
There are special types of hardwoods which have unique characteristics like the Rosewood which is known for its sweet smell, the Redwood which is insect repellent or other tropical hardwoods which are fire resistant which can be used to make floors. Bamboos are also categorized as wood flooring although bamboos are grass instead of timber.