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Hardwood Flooring: Why Are They A Trend In Interior Designs?

Anyone who is into interior design knows about hardwood flooring. They have always been popular, and they are here to stay. Modern homes seem incomplete without them, and more and more homeowners are upgrading their flooring to wood flooring.

Besides being timeless and elegant, these floors are an easy option for taking your interior design up a notch. They enhance the appearance of a home and look exquisite. Plus, they are pretty low-maintenance, too.

This article will unveil a total of eight reasons why hardwood flooring has taken interior designing by storm, but first, let’s have a little introduction.

oak hardwood floors

What Are Hardwood Floors?

Usually, hardwood floorings use oak, maple, walnut, mahogany, hickory, ash, or other wood species since they are all pretty rigid and elegant. These are all slow-growing trees and hence develop a high degree of hardness that gives them their durability.

A skilled contractor will use suitable materials for their installation to combine wood planks and give the desired look.  And talking of looks, hardwood floorings come in two basic shades:

Light Wood

Maple and oak are lightly colored woods and give very modern and minimalistic vibes to a décor. They brighten up the space and pair exceptionally well with sleek and contemporary furniture. Furthermore, they camouflage dust and scratches, making them ideal for families with kids or pets.

Dark Wood

Dark flooring gives a rustic look, and designers usually recommend heavier and chunkier furniture with them. Hickory is the toughest of all dark flooring hardwoods. Walnut, mahogany, cherry are also excellent alternatives.

 

8 Reasons Why Hardwood Flooring Is So Popular

And now to answer the burning question. Why are hardwood floorings the must have for so many homes? Why do we rarely see any other kind of floor in modern homes now?

Whether someone buys a home for the first time or wants to redecorate their property, hardwood floorings are now almost compulsory. So, here are the top eight reasons that seem to increase their fame amongst homeowners.

  1. They Look So Chic

There’s hardly any house where hardwood floorings look bad. They give the whole space an incredibly chic and modern look. With the natural wood texture and several shades of brown, white, and yellow in a single plank, these floorings are a sure-shot way of making a fine first impression of a designer’s skills.

Plus, there are a thousand wood species, colors, and textures to play with to achieve an interior design masterpiece. So any homeowners looking to revamp their décor, hardwood floorings are a shortcut to show poise!

2. They Go With Almost Any Theme

Scandinavian, modern, rustic, nautical, or vintage, there’s a type of wood that goes with every home décor theme a homeowner wants to try.

Lighter hardwood usually couples with modern, nautical, contemporary, and similar themes. In contrast, the darker shades are more suitable for a rustic look.

Moreover, their versatility allows experimenting with the home decor, furniture, curtains, and other accessories every once in a while. Their natural look doesn’t clash with any combination.

hardwood floor installation
Oak hardwood floor installed

3. They Require Minimal Maintenance

What contributes the most to making these hardwood floors so famous among most homeowners is that they require very little care and maintenance. They usually only need a sweep, a vacuum cleaner, or a mop for cleaning and don’t need any hard scrubbing as carpets do.

Plus, they take spills, scratches, and moisture pretty well and are not easily damaged. Now that’s not something a lot of flooring styles can provide. Tiles, for instance, are somewhat fragile and hard to change once you don’t like the colour or style.. On the other hand, carpets are hard to clean and mostly retain stains even after a thorough cleaning. So if someone wants their flooring to last long without putting a lot of effort, hardwood flooring is the way to go.

4. They Are Economical

What? Now that’s something new!

No, hardwood is not the cheapest flooring option to go for, but it is undoubtedly economical in the longer run. Installing these floors will save maintenance costs since they don’t need much. Then, these floors are pretty rough and tough and can last a good amount of years. So there’s no chance of having to change them every few years. Lastly, even when they start wearing off their finish, they only need a touch-up or refinishing, not the whole replacement.

5. They’re An Investment

When people opt for hardwood flooring, they think of them as an investment in their house. When the said person wants to sell the house, they add the initial installation cost with a margin to benefit the house’s total cost.

Usually, homes with hardwood floors have more net worth than those without them. People also tend to like and buy houses with hardwood floorings. So they are a terrific way of adding value to one’s property.

6. They Can Change Colors

Yep, that’s right! A hardwood floor can easily change its color by simply being refinished. A homeowner has to hire a trustworthy contractor and let them know of their color in mind. The contractor will sand the floors and refinish them with the color and texture of choice.

So even after years of installing them, these floors can still be the most trending color.

birch hardwood floors

7. They Affect A Room’s Vibe

An interior decorator can easily play with the feelings and vibes by adding a suitable shade of wooden flooring. Looking for a bright and lit-up room? Use a light, pale shade of wood. Want a cozy and snug feeling space? Install darker wooden planks with a warm hue.

Since the floor is the most visible surface of a room, it is bound to have the most effect on its appearance.

8. They Fit Into Many Color Palettes

Whether a designer prefers a neutral palette of whites and grays or likes bright contrasting shades of yellows and blues, the wood floors will complement any color. They can lay low and let the furniture or accessories shine through the space or be the most striking piece of the whole area. It all depends upon the designer’s imagination and skills.

They can shift the focus to the most artistic piece of design, whether it’s the flooring itself or some accessory in the room.

 

Methods Of Installation

There are tons of online tutorials for doing it yourself; however, hardwood floors are tricky to install and usually require the skills of an experienced professional. They are attached to the subfloor in one of the following methods;

  • Nails

The wood planks are nailed directly to the sub floor.

  • Glue

Flooring is attached to the sub floor with a full spread of glue.  Glue is standard for engineered hardwood floor installation.

  • Glue and nail

This method is used at times depending on the width of the flooring boards, and if recommended by the manufacturer.  

  • Floating 

Nothing keeps the wood attached to the floor beneath; instead, only the wood board is glued together and placed in the room. Usually, a layer of padding lies between the floor and the wood to fill up the hollow space that traps moisture and produces unnecessary noise.

 

Conclusion

Modern interior designing trends and typical choices of homeowners have put hardwood floorings on top of the flooring choices across most homeowners. It is hard to find a modern house that doesn’t have a wooden floor. 

These are easy to install, quick to clean, and effortless to maintain. And on top of that, they look phenomenal in almost every decor setting.

 

Disposable floors?!

Your hardwood floors should not be disposable!

We here at Evergreen Hardwood Floors are focused on a quality first approach. For the work that we do and the flooring we install. Unfortunately we are noticing an unfortunate trend around our area. Still perfectly good hardwood floors are being ripped out, then installing lesser quality hardwood flooring or even laminate.

There seems to be a lot of misinformation out there regarding the life expectancy of hardwood floors. Good quality hardwood floors should last as long as your home is standing.

The waste and environmental impact is enormous from this practice. The still useful flooring is just thrown into the landfill, where it sits and adds to the pile of garbage. Some of the new flooring installed, it may be hard to tell where your hardwood floors come from, without a lot of research.  Some overseas manufacturers have much lower environmental standards and sustainable logging practices are not a concern.
While this may help lower the price, this has a major impact on the worldwide environment but also the environment of your own home. We know you are concerned about the environment now and for future generations, so why not extend that to what goes in your own home!

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So what do you do if you have hardwood floors that are worn or out of date? We offer the option of refinishing your hardwood floors. With this practice, the environmental impact is much less. We remove as little as possible of your existing hardwood floors and then we build it up through the use of low VOC stain and finish coats. We are committed to always offering you the best options for your health that also have great durability and longevity for your hardwood floors.

The bonus of the refinishing process is that you can have a direct impact on how your flooring looks. The choices that you can make for regarding the colour of your floor are almost endless so we can really tap into what you want your home to look like!
So if your hardwood floors are looking out of date, within a few days we can get them looking modern again, and you can have a hand in the finished product.

Stain samples

Also, if you need to install new hardwood floors we can help you choose the best option for your home. We do our best to offer flooring from mills that are conscious of their environmental impact. Whether that’s an engineered or solid hardwood floor, we want you to love your floors for decades! We would not want you to go through all the inconvenience that come with a renovation, and then have to go through it again with ripping up your floors every few years. I know that may seem far off, but the years seem to fly by.

Contact us today, about your hardwood flooring project, and you may be surprised by the options available to you.

Moisture & your hardwood floors

Crowns are for your head, not your floors.

Recently I refinished a hardwood floor that previously had moisture issues that were not corrected properly, and it got me thinking about this subject.

The floor in question was crowned, where the center of every board bulges up.

hardwood floors

When the house was first built there was a moisture issue of some kind.  The floor then cupped, because the boards would swell from the intake of moisture, and then edges push against each other.  So the builder fixed the moisture issue and got the floor refinished, soon after.

Where I believe the issue happened was that the floor was refinished too soon.  The floor didn’t have time to stabilize the moisture content and lay back down.  So when they sanded it, it looked flat, but when the moisture stabilized later, the process of sanding had taken too much wood off the edges, so now the centers of the hardwood floor had more material and was crowned.

If they had left it longer and let the wood stabilize more, then refinished it, it would have been a flat floor.

This is not the only way your hardwood floor can get crowned.  If there is a difference in moisture within the board, this can happen as well.

Since this moisture issue was well in the past and the it had been stable for a long time, with our refinishing we were able to get the floor nice and flat.

Before&After maple hardwood floor

This was not the only reason the homeowner decided to get their floors refinished, as it was worn and due for an update.  We were  able to get a nice bright custom stain colour that opened up the space and that homeowners were very happy with.

The proper steps must be followed so the issues can be corrected once and for all.  This starts even before install, with proper moisture readings of the space and of the wood.  Allowing the floor to acclimate to the new environment is key.  Proper moisture control during and after install is very important as well.

So this was a good reminder that care needs to be taken with all aspects of a hardwood floor install and refinish.  From proper acclimatization,  and knowing the full history of the floor.

If you want anymore info on our services, contact Evergreen Hardwood Floors today.

Tools of the hardwood flooring professional

Tools of the hardwood flooring trade

I wanted to provide a little insight into my trade after going to see a client who tried to refinish his own floors with some rented equipment.  Some things are fairly DIY safe but some are a little more complicated.  I liken it to car maintenance.  I have no formal training, but I do have wrenches, screwdrivers, and Youtube, so I can do oil changes and basic maintenance but should I take apart my transmission? That is a recipe for disaster, trust me.

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Common questions : How should I clean my hardwood floors?

I get this question a lot, especially right after I have refinished someone’s hardwood floors. They want them to look new for as long as possible. So I thought I could make a list of some things to do and not do.

Cleaning hardwood floors
Hardwood floor cleaner

DO keep a walk off mat, at every outside entry. Make sure it is suitable for hardwood floors. This will catch any dirt or small rocks before they get on your hardwood floor.

DO vacuum or dry mop the hardwood floor regularly. This will remove any dirt or grit before it can damage your floor.

DO clean up any liquid or sticky messes quickly. You can use a damp cloth, or a hardwood floor specific cleaner for this.

DO use any cleaner that’s recommended by your hardwood floor finish manufacturer.  Some hardwood floor finish manufacturers have a specific cleaner they make or recommend.  Such as a hard wax oil, like Rubio Monocoat, has it’s own cleaner.  It’s best to use that.

DO NOT use a steam mop to clean your hardwood floors. These mops force moisture down into the wood, and over time this can break down the finish and the structure of the hardwood. Too much moisture and hardwood floors do not mix.

DO NOT mop your hardwood floor. Again this goes back to the point of too much moisture is a bad thing.

DO NOT use any “soap” or “rejuvenation” products. Most of these products are not compatible with modern polyurethane finishes. Also they can leave a film that attracts dirt and dust, which can build up over the floor, leaving a streaky mess on top of your hardwood floor.

These are a few things that I have found help keep a hardwood floor clean.  If you have any tips of your own, please share.

Thanks for reading.