Richmond Hardwood Floor Specialist
Hardwood floors are a stunning feature almost anywhere
in your home and suitable in almost every room from lounges, hallways, bedrooms, kitchens, conservatories, and studies.
How does hardwood compare to other flooring materials?
Other floor covering materials simply can’t compare to the natural beauty of hardwood flooring. Hardwood floors outperform and outlast almost any other floor covering material. And hardwood floors are just as easy to care for as any other floor.
Are hardwood floors expensive?
Hardwood floors are much like other flooring materials in that there are many different price points. There are inexpensive hardwood floors and there are more costly hardwood floors. But…when you compare the life cycle of hardwood floors versus other floor covering material, then you realize just how inexpensive hardwood floors really are. Most hardwood floors will last a lifetime while the average lifespan of carpet is 7-9 years. So you could replace carpet 3 or 4 times in a 30-year period, while simply maintaining one hardwood floor.
What’s the best finish for a hardwood floor?
Choosing the right finish for your hardwood floor will enhance its beauty for many years. A finish protects your floor from everyday wear, dirt, and moisture, and provides color and luster that give your floor its own personality.
You can choose from a few types of finishes:
OIL-BASED URETHANE is the most commonly used floor finish. Available in gloss, semi-gloss, and satin sheens, oil-based urethane is generally applied in two or three coats, with drying time of up to 8 hours for each coat.
WATER-BASED URETHANE provides a clear, non-yellowing finish and produces fewer odors than other choices.
Are hardwood floors easy to care for?
Yes. In fact, hardwood floors are just as easy to care for as any other floor covering material. Normal care such as sweeping or vacuuming to remove dirt and soil is generally all that is required. For specific care instructions, please refer to Floor Care.
Where can hardwood floors be installed?
Hardwood floors can be installed almost anywhere in the home. Solid products can be installed on or above the outside soil line while engineered products can be installed on, above, or below grade, including basements. The only place we do not recommend hardwood flooring is in wet areas of the bath.
Can I install hardwood floors myself?
Of course. All it takes is a little planning and a free weekend. Installation can be glued-down, nailed-down, or even stapled-down in some instances.