Hardwood Flooring is thick enough that dents and gouges accumulated over the years can be sanded and refinished lowering long term costs. The marks add character and enhance the final finish of the flooring. Hard wood floors wear well over time and can last for hundreds of years.
Oak, hickory and cherry woods are all different types of hardwood floors, all of which have different physical properties and characteristics. Hickory wood flooring is one of the most durable of all hard wood floors, whether they are made of one single species of hardwood or a variety of hard woods. The biggest advantage of hickory wood flooring is that the wood is extremely flexible, besides being strong. Red oak is the most commonly used wood for hard wood floorings. It comes in a standard width of 2 inches and because it is so cheap it is over-produced and over-stocked, making it a very mundane choice of wood for your flooring. If you are looking for a more exotic wood, look at the other choices available- Walnut, Bamboo and other exotic species. Also take a good look at the various widths that the flooring is available in from 1.5" to 5" wide.
You could mix and match and if you decide to use the wider planks for your flooring you could even use different varieties of wood on the same floor for a completely unique, custom-made look. When checking grades of flooring such as clear grade, remember they always look good in a single, sample piece. This however is no indication of the real effect of all these individual tiles laid out across a larger area. Usually, the select grades do not have the knots holes, grain patterns and other traits of a real wood plank, which give a real hardwood floor its character and warmth. A better way of gauging the ultimate effect is to get a photograph of a floor, which has been laid out, with your choice of material.
This flooring company upholds its tradition by offering the widest range of pre-finished hard wood flooring in styles as varied as strip, plank and wide plank. With this wide variety pre-finished flooring pieces at your disposal, you could create a traditional hardwood flooring surface without the trouble involved in having to sand it and finish it yourself. A hard wood floor does not need to be cleaned very often just once or twice annually. For spills and stains, just a spot cleaning should suffice. While hard wood floors are usually sealed, it is still better to keep them moisture-free. If any liquid spills on the floor accidentally, you should quickly wipe it up and blot the area dry. It is very important to get your hard wood floor the driest you can as soon as possible, or else the moisture could seep into the hard wood floor and warp the wood, damaging it. If your hard wood floor seems to have lost its luster and is looking dull and tired, you do a damp cleaning.
Most home stores and sometimes even local general stores do stock cleaners that are meant especially for hard wood floors. It is important to remember that a little cleaner goes a long way when it comes to cleaning hard wood floors. Use the minimum moisture required and try and speed-dry the floor so it dries in the least possible time. You could first damp-mop the floor with the cleaner and then immediately go over it with a mop or a dry towel to soak up any excess water. If your home has a carpet over a hard wood floor, you could still revive the flooring after taking off the carpet. All it would need is a good wax, seal and buff job and you have a fine-looking hard wood floor that you could be proud of. Unless of course the floor has been extensively damaged, then it would need a lot more work done on it. In the event that you do want to put a carpet over your hard wood floor, proper care should be taken not to damage the floor by nailing or stapling the carpet to the floor. Only someone knowledgeable in hard wood floor protection should be entrusted with the job of installing a carpet over a hard wood floor.