Monday, October 27, 2008

The Next Generation Of Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood floors have made a come-back and are the new rage in home design. Hardwood floors are very easy to clean and maintain, and their shine provides a nice touch to a room. Hardwood floors can also now be bought cheaply and still manage to look like rich and add greatly to any room.

Hardwood floors are also now very easy to install, much easier, in fact, than carpet. Most hardware and home improvement stores offer crash courses in installing your new hardwood floors, and individual do-it-yourself packages for hardwood floors include easy to follow directions even for those who are not normally inclined to handiness with their hands.

When choosing the material for your hardwood store, look first at the quality of wood. There are four grades in hardwood floors when it comes to oak, which is the most popular material for hardwood flooring. The highest quality is clear, which is wood that has very few or no flaws. Select has a few flaws and is bright grained, and most pieces will match well. Common one includes both light and dark pieces, and a few marks, while common two allows for all sorts of quality discrepancies and is best used for a child’s playhouse or a doghouse. You should really pick one of the first two grades for a quality looking floor finish.

There are some drawbacks to hardwood flooring. Carpet provides nice cushioning, you can lie on a carpeted floor and watch TV quite comfortably. Hardwood flooring is unyielding and is not comfortable to lie down on or to fall upon. Hardwood flooring also does not provide the warmth that carpeting does. Lastly, hardwood flooring is easier to clean than carpet simply because material does not adhere to it the way dust and motes cling to the fabric of carpets. This is great for a broom, but unfortunate if your guests come into your house with no shoes. Any dust on the floor will cling to their socks, which can be pretty embarrassing. Hardwood flooring requires cleaning more often than carpet would.

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