Hardwood Flooring

Throughout history, hardwood flooring has set the standard for beauty, richness, and style in the most elegant homes. No other flooring offers the timeless quality of wood with the undeniable warmth and comfort that says “welcome home”.
Hardwood flooring is almost exclusively  manufactured from wood harvested from deciduous tree species, trees that shed their leaves in winter. Woods used in flooring are chosen for how well they wear over time, measured in terms of hardness and dimensional stability, and for color and grain ranging from the palest shade of white oak to the crimson tones of padauk or the rich burgundy black of mahogany.
The huge variety of styles, colors, and species in both solid and engineered woods makes hardwood flooring an option for any decor. While location should be considered when choosing whether to put down a solid or engineered wood, there are so many choices available that you will be able to find a floor that fits your lifestyle, your location and your style.
Care and cleaning of today’s wood flooring is quick and easy. Tedious, back breaking paste wax is a thing of the distant past. The advanced finishes on today’s floors need little more than some sweeping or vacuuming to remove any grit, and damp mopping with a simple solution of white vinegar and water for further cleaning. Occasional use of a professional wood cleaning product made especially for your floor may also be recommended. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for details.

A Word About Sustainability and Value

The watchword today is “green.” People often ask about the sustainability of wood flooring and how its purchase will affect the Earth’s delicate rain forests. Deforestation is due to irresponsible, illegal logging practices, and you have the power to do something to stop it. Every piece of flooring that is farmed and logged responsibly will carry a certificate of compliance with the Lacey Act. If you find flooring that doesn’t, don’t buy it. It’s that simple. To make a difference, buy certified wood.

Consider this: when you purchase a quality wood floor, it can last several lifetimes, and when your great grandchildren or their children finally decide it’s time for new flooring, the boards can often be removed, re-milled, and reused for a new purpose.. .and possibly another hundred years of use. Wood offers the ultimate in sustainability and value, because when you purchase quality wood, you’re buying a century worth of floor. When compared to frequent replacement cost of any other flooring, longevity alone is well worth the initial outlay and no

other flooring raises the value and saleability of your home like warm, natural wood.
Modern Home with Wood Floors
The late 1980s saw the rise of pre finished woods and a return to the clean, classic look of wood planking without the intricate patterning of parquetry. Due to the way the pre finished wood planking was constructed, splintered edges were common. Today’s manufacturing process produces smoother, more durable flooring, far superior to flooring available in the past. Unfinished wood floors are also available that can be finished on site after installation for a more even and impenetrable surface.
Some controversy exists regarding environmental issues of hardwood. Most of the issues center on unethical logging practices that threaten the old- growth forests that produce most of the world’s oxygen supply. At first glance, hardwoods, which take 30 years or more to mature, may seem to lack sustainability. However, considering that some hardwoods are reclaimed and recycled, and installed and cared for properly, hardwood flooring can last a century or more, the question of sustainability is reduced to one of ethical harvesting.

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