Few materials come close to hardwood floors in terms of creating a natural, warm, cosy and luxurious feel, making it a darling for architects and designers. Unlike most flooring materials, a well sanded and varnished wood floor has no visible gaps between pieces. The natural beauty resulting from the variance in wood grains and colour tones cannot be easily achieved using artificial materials. However, if you prefer an uniform flooring where every piece is consistent or identical, a hardwood floor might not be for you. The beauty of a hardwood floor lies in its imperfection. Furthermore, wood tends to look better as it ages and matures.
The good news is that it does not neccesarily cost a bomb to own a hardwood flooring. There is a wide variety of sizes and wood species to choose from. Thus it can range from $8/sqft for a teak parquet flooring to more than $30/sqft for exotic timber strips flooring. Except for laminate flooring which is significantly cheaper, the cost of a parquet floor is not very much different from other flooring options such as vinyl flooring or tiles. Importantly, solid wood floor can increase the value of your property and make it more attractive to potential tenants or buyer in the years to come, making it a worthwhile investment to your property.
You might have heard sayings that wood flooring must never be in contact with water, making it difficult to maintain. If this is true, the wood deckings, bridges and benches you see in the parks will not have lasted for decades and remain as strong as ever. Contrary to popular beliefs, wood flooring is extremely easy to maintain. It only takes regular sweeping or vacuuming to remove dust and occasional wiping with moist cloth to keep clean. No cleaning detergent needs to be used. To bust the myth, water will not damage your wood flooring unless the exposure to water is extensive and prolonged. Soaking your wood floor for hours can cause the wood pieces to swell and destabilises them, but short exposure is no cause for concern due to the water resistant coating. Therefore, the next time you knocked over a cup of water on your wood floor, there is no need to be alarmed and you can take your time to dry it. And remember to close your window before leaving home!
Dents and Scratches
Wood flooring requires care and protection from movements of heavy and sharp objects. Even though modern wood finishes are resistant to scratches, dragging an heavy object across your wood flooring will certainly leave scratch marks on it. Scratch marks can be easily prevented by laying cardboard or protective sheets or cardboard when moving these objects. Felt protection should be attached to the bottom of your furnitures to protect the floor.
What if you still find scratches on your wood floor after a few years and you want it to look new again? You might be surprised to learn how easy it is to restore your wood floor. With a few hundred dollars, you can sand and revarnish your wood floor and make it look brand new once again.
As long as you won’t need to drag your bookshelves or heavy items around every other day, a well constructed wood flooring will prove to be a very durable option that can serve you well for decades.
Children and Elderly
Wood is flexible and warm. It feels really comfortable on barefoot and causes less strain on the feet. It is also able to absorb more shock from falls and impacts as compared to other flooring materials. Thus if you want your kids to crawl and run around with minimal hazard, or if you want your elderly parents to have a warm and comfortable flooring to step on when they get off the bed especially when the airconditioner is on, wood flooring will be an ideal option for you. Final note, do remember to keep markers and crayons away from your children or your floor might become their drawing board!
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