Simply said, hardwood floors are impressive and they look great in most settings. They have a clean look, and are relatively low maintenance. Most hardwoods are of high quality and interact well with specialty lighting, moldings, baseboards, wall treatments, window coverings and furniture. Hardwood floors also play well in transition with other adjacent spaces and environments.
What’s more, with the wide variety of brands, grains, colors and thicknesses available, hardwood may no longer be your most expensive flooring option. No question, for homes and businesses north of Pittsburgh, hardwood flooring remains the most popular and overall best choice for your new floor. And when you consider overall life, the benefits of wood flooring could far outweigh the initial cost these days.
What do I need to know before I start evaluating hardwood options?
When visiting the Wood Floors & More showroom for the first time, it is helpful to have the dimensions of your room and an understanding of where you are in the project. Give some thought to your finances and what you can afford, and remember that we can work within any budget. Photographs are also helpful.
- Is it a new floor?
- Or are you replacing an existing floor?
- What is the condition of the sub-floor?
We do best with customers who have a vision, so we welcome any magazine clippings or electronic links to help evaluate styles and designs that appeal to you.
There so many types of hardwood available today, how can I possibly choose?
Choosing the right flooring for your home can mean all the difference in the world in considering the lifespan of your hardwood. For instance, different varieties of wood, such as oak, hickory, and maple, have different design, wear and performance characteristics.
In addition, you can select from solid hardwood, which is 100% wood, and a homogeneous product from top to bottom and side to side.
There is also engineered wood flooring, which is a fabricated and layered product. It is made of an actual, but thin slice of hardwood on top of a base of high-quality plywood.
The type of hardwood you choose has an impact on selection, finish, thickness…and of course, cost. This variety in choice can work to your advantage. Wait for a good sale and investigate all options. At Wood Floors & More, we understand that you need to take your time. Our low pressure sales approach, our knowledgeable staff and the comfort of our showroom ensures that your flooring decision will be the right one for you and your project.
Why should I care about installation?
Expert installation can make a real difference in the life of your hardwood floor, and you no doubt want the best for your flooring investment. Real wood floors are sometimes laid using clip-together techniques, or by more traditional methods that include gluing tongue-and-groove. Wood can be laid with ease on most subfloors that are level and in good condition.
A critical part of the installation process is moisture. Avoid laying wood or laminate where humidity will be high, as this can cause wood to warp and curve. You should also determine in advance who will dispose of the old flooring, who is responsible for moving furniture, how to address doors and door jambs, and how to install around electrical appliances.
Here are a few other tips to help with hardwood maintenance:
If you have a pet, keep their nails trimmed and their paws clean.
Use a humidifier during heating seasons to help reduce wood shrinkage and humidity.
Wipe up spills and spots immediately.
Use ice to harden tough substances like wax or chewing gum, and then gently scrape with a plastic scraper or a credit card.