Flooring advice

Before you shop for wood flooring, it’s important to know a few tips. For example, solid wood flooring often is more costly than options like carpeting. However, when properly maintained, they can be more long-lasting and durable.

There are several varieties of solid hardwood products. Unlike laminate wood flooring, which consists of a paper-thin strip of wood over a strip, solid hardwood products can be sanded and refinished to restore it to its original luster. Engineered wood flooring consists of a thin finish of wood mounted on top of nonfinished plywood, giving it the appearance of traditional wood flooring without as much cost.

If you choose to invest in solid wood flooring, it is important to note the three style choices:

  • Hardwood strip flooring is linear and usually provides a more traditional look.
  • Expect to pay approximately $8 per square foot for the installation of hardwood flooring strips.
  • Plank hardwood flooring provides a more casual look and generally costs about $12 per square foot.
  • Parquet hardwood flooring can range from simple to more complex, depending on individual designs.
  • It can cost anywhere from $7 to $11 per square foot.

Following the installation of your hardwood floors, follow these tips by the Wood Floor Covering Association to keep it beautiful for years to come:

  • Since hardwood flooring is susceptible to dents, walk on it with care when wearing high heels.
  • Place flannel coasters under furniture legs to avoid scratching when moving the chairs away from the dining table or rearranging rooms.
  • Avoid direct sunlight.  Protect the wood with window treatments on windows.
  • Too much moisture can cause warping.
  • If the kitchen floor is hardwood, place rugs in front of the sink and stove to protect the wood area.
  • Grit from foot traffic can scratch the wood. Place rugs at entrances and encourage visitors to remove their shoes.
  • Move area rugs frequently so the floor doesn’t begin to wear in other areas.
  • Never use a soaking wet mop on the wood floor.
  • It’s best to sweep it, run a dust mop over it or vacuum it at least once weekly.
  • If there’s a spill, clean it up immediately with a dry towel.
  • Use a damp towel to clean tougher stains.

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