When it comes to flooring for your home, there is absolutely no question that wood is the gold standard. Championed by most as the most aesthetic and timeless flooring option, having wood floors in your home will greatly increase its value and visual appeal.
But opting for hardwood flooring comes at a cost, literally and figuratively. Hardwood is obviously an expensive flooring choice, but another major concern is how sensitive it is to both water and physical damage.
Foot wear, pets, furniture… otherwise innocuous items are a threat to your hardwood floors. Because of this, hardwood flooring may not always be considered the most resilient options for higher traffic areas of your home (kitchen, foyers, hall ways).
This is not necessarily the case though! When it comes to flooring, the heart wants what it wants today we will be sharing all the things you need to know before you go ahead with your decision.
- Polish It Off: If you want to have hardwood floors in high traffic areas of your home, you should be prepared to take care of it. This means regular polishing every three years, which will be critical to maintain the finish but also come at an additional cost.
- Choose a Hard Wood: Don’t just choose hardwood, choose a hard wood. Not all wood varieties are made equal, and choosing the hardest variety available is one of the steps you can take to ensure resilient flooring in high traffic areas. Not sure which woods are hardest? Check out the Janka rating scale.
- Hardwood vs Engineered Wood: There are pros and cons to consider when deciding between hard or engineered wood for the high traffic areas of your home. Engineered wood tends to have a strong industrial finish, making it quite resistant to surface damage. By comparison, hardwood floors (depending on the finish) may be more vulnerable to surface damage like scratches, but more resistant to heavy weight being dropped. An additional advantage of hardwood is that it can be repaired and restored in the face of severe damage, whereas engineered wood may need to be replaced.
- Finish Strong: The type of finish applied to your floor will go a long way to help preventing surface damage. Use the most resilient option available to you and inquire with your wood manufacturer to ensure you make the right choice. Keep in mind that pre-applied finish tends to be stronger than varieties applied after installation.
At the end of the day, you will want to pick the toughest wood with the most resilient finish that still meets both your budget and aesthetic needs. In reality, this is easier said than done, but when the proper consideration is taken you will end up with a practical, durable product that improves the look, feel and value of your home and uplifts its highest traffic areas.