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Why Choosing Natural Hardwood Flooring Is A Great Idea

hardwood flooringWhile everybody loves the feel of carpet under their bare feet in the cold winter months, more and more people are opting for natural hardwood flooring. Many of you are probably thinking, “But hardwood flooring is so cold to walk on, why would anybody choose that over carpet?” The truth is there are many benefits to opting for hardwood flooring versus any other flooring option, and hardwood will never be as cold as tile or stone!

General Benefits To Natural Hardwood Flooring

The majority of people who opt for natural hardwood flooring do so because of how easy they are to clean. With hardwood flooring there is no need to pull out the vacuum every time you need to clean something up. With wood floors, you simply sweep up all the loose dirt and debris and then mop with warm water and a damp mop. On wood floors you never want to use a wet mop, too much water can cause irreparable damage to the flooring.


People who suffer from certain medical conditions, such as asthma and allergies, find natural hardwood flooring to be beneficial to their health. Wood floors do not attract or trap allergens in their fibers, so it makes the air healthier to breathe. Moreover, the ease of cleaning adds to this because the floors are more likely to be cleaned more often, as well as thoroughly.

Something else that makes natural hardwood flooring a great choice for any home is it is an excellent conductor of heat. I know you are probably thinking that I am crazy, wood floors are super cold to walk on, especially in the winter, so how are they good conductors of heat. Well hardwood floors allow your forced air heating systems to work more efficiently than carpet does. Carpet traps the air near the ground, so the system has to work harder to keep the room its desired temperature, not to mention that carpet does not allow heat to pass through as easily as wood flooring does.

Benefits of Natural Maple Hardwood Flooring

Perhaps one of the biggest benefits to choosing natural maple hardwood flooring is the natural beauty of the wood. With natural maple hardwood flooring you can choose from white or brown maple. White maple is perhaps the most common and is a more of a cream color than a true white is, but it also has a straight grain. Brown maple is the outer cut of the wood and is a darker color with contrasting grains rather than the straight grains. If you are looking for something that is durable and unique brown maple flooring is the best choice.

When selecting maple hardwood flooring you need to be aware of the different grades. The First Grade is the best wood of the bunch, it is handpicked, but it reduces the number of variations you find in the wood, most pieces here look the same. Second Grade, also known as Better Grade, is used the most often in flooring. This type of maple has more variations in the wood, but is still highly durable. Third Grade is still a great choice, as it is durable, but it also has the most variations in the wood.

Should You Choose Natural Oak Hardwood Flooring

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Natural oak hardwood flooring is a popular choice for people who are looking to improve the value of their home. Natural oak hardwood flooring adds value to the home because of how durable the materials are, but they also add appeal. Natural oak hardwood flooring works in any room of the home with any type of décor.

 

Natural oak hardwood flooring is the most durable option, both red and white oak are resistant to splits. Not only that but white oak has a high amount of tannic acid inside the wood making it less susceptible to insects and fungi. Homeowners who opt for natural oak hardwood flooring can rest assured that years after they have installed the floor, it will not need replacing, the longevity of this type of flooring is almost unbeatable.

One thing to think about when purchasing this type of flooring is that white oak is stronger than red oak. However, no matter which one you choose you will want to look at the grades before making your final purchase. With natural oak hardwood, you have premium grade, custom grade, and economy grade. Both appearance and usability factor into the grading of the wood, the nicer the wood the better the grade.

How Natural Hickory Hardwood Flooring Stands Out

Natural hickory hardwood flooring stands out from other hardwood choices because of how durable it is, hickory is the second hardest wood flooring option. Natural hickory hardwood flooring holds up to daily wear and tear, but can also handle large, heavy objects being dropped onto its surface. No matter what the floor goes through it never loses its integrity. The beauty of the floor also allows it to stand out; with natural hickory hardwood flooring you can find planks available in a variety of colors, from the reddest of reds to tan.

Like other hardwoods, hickory comes in different grades. However, the important thing to know about for purchase is that hickory wood is going to shrink as it dries. Therefore, you want to buy only wood that has been thoroughly dried, the higher the quality the better because of the drying process. To ensure you are getting what you pay for in terms of hickory due to its expense, you need to use a reliable manufacturer.

Reasons To Use Natural Walnut Hardwood Flooring

Natural walnut hardwood flooring is not as common as other flooring types, but it should be. One of the best reasons as to why you should use natural walnut hardwood flooring is because of the natural beauty of the wood. This is the only type of flooring that is naturally dark, all other flooring types must be stained to achieve this dark color, and even then, it is hit or miss if it turns out right. Natural walnut hardwood flooring is perhaps the only type of wood flooring that does not need to be stained, but it does need to be finished to protect it and keep it clean, the right finish helps protect the floor from stains. Not only is it a beautiful wood, it is can also stand up to normal wear and tear for years to come.

When looking at walnut wood you are going to want to look at the grain pattern, as well as the color of the wood. Walnut wood can come in off white to a dark brown color, depending on the where the wood was cut from. The grain is usually straight, but you can find some nice swirling patterns that will stand out on any floor.

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