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Hardwood floors have been around for centuries. This is all thanks to their flexibility when it comes to functionality, design, and natural charm. With each installation, you will get a unique personality and undeniable beauty. At HardWood Planet we are committed to making it easy for you to find high-quality hardwood flooring and offer the best installation services.
Unlike softwood which is harvested from a range of trees mostly pine, cedar, and fir which grow faster, hardwood flooring is harvested from trees that grow a lot slower. As a result, the wood is denser and more durable. You can expect hardwood floors to last longer and with minimal maintenance requirements. The durability of hardwood floors depends on the species and this is rated by the NOMFA (National Oak Flooring Manufacturers Association).
The cost of hardwood flooring ranges from $1 to $10 per square foot. The price may be much higher depending on the species and the manufacturing technique used by the manufacturer.
Harder woods take much longer to grow and are thus scarce and a lot more expensive. While the initial cost of hardwood floors is high, you have to bear in mind that these materials will outlast any other flooring option.
There are many reasons why hardwood flooring is preferred when upgrading the flooring of a home. Here are the top reasons why our team at Hard Wood Planet recommends hardwood floors.
Hardwood floors add a bit of warmth to your home as well as elegance. Some homeowners also believe that installing hardwood floors makes the room look bigger. Hardwood floors offer the best way to make an amazing first impression.
It is very easy to clean hardwood floors. You can sweep, steam-clean, or vacuum them to remove debris or dirt. Hardwoods are also more stain-resistant than carpets. If you spill something on them, you simply wipe it off.
Hardwood floors are selected for their durability. While they may get dented or scratched, the problems are not easy to find. With proper care, your hardwood floors can last for decades.
Buyers pay more for houses with hardwood floors than those with carpets. Moreover, because this is a highly sought feature, having wood flooring will help you sell your house even faster.
Hardwood floors don’t trap animal dander, pollen, dust and other allergens. You will thus enjoy better indoor air quality. These floors are ideal for persons with allergies.
While the installation cost may be high, hardwood floors are easy to maintain. Their durability reduces cleaning and repair costs. You also don’t need to replace them for generations.
Hardwood floors have a steady appearance that is not affected by wear and tear.
Hardwood floors reduce vibrations or hollow sounds. This is the reason hardwood is popular in music and dance studios.
Hardwood is moderately warm. It maintains an even temperature all year. It is warmer than natural stone and is compatible with underfloor radiant heating systems.
You will be spoilt for choice when shopping for hardwood floors. The good news is there are a couple of things you can focus on to make the best decision.
Hardwood flooring is available either as solid wood or engineered flooring. Solid wood are planks of solid timber whereas engineered wood is a plank made using a thin top layer of hardwood which is bonded to other layers. Engineered wood is cheaper and ideal for rooms with a concrete subfloor. The downside is unlike solid wood; most engineered floors cannot be sanded or refinished.
You can either buy hardwood planks that have a raw face, that are finished by a professional after installation, or prefinished which has a topcoat that is already applied. Prefinished wood lets you see exactly how the final product will look like and it takes less time to install. Site finish, on the other hand, allows you to customize the final finish the way you want.
Oak and Walnut are the most popular hardwood options in North America. Walnut is softer than oak but comes with deep colors. Our team will help pick the best type of wood based on your needs. We will also help select the right grain pattern.