If you're remodeling your home and want new flooring installed, there are many options to choose from. Some of the most popular flooring options include laminate, vinyl, concrete, and carpet. One other option that is extremely popular is hardwood flooring.
While this is a wonderful and attractive-looking choice, there are some things you should know before installing hardwood flooring in your home.
1. There Are Different Types of Hardwood Flooring
One advantage of installing hardwood flooring is that there are different kinds to choose from, with each type having its own look and color. This makes it easy to match your flooring with the decor of the room it is being installed.
Some of the most common types of hardwood flooring include:
- Unfinished - allows you to apply a custom stain before the final finish
- Prefinished - is already sanded and sealed which allows for quick installation
- Solid – is made entirely of solid wood and can be refinished numerous times
- Engineered - top and bottom layers are wood with layers of plywood in between
Besides the different types of hardwood flooring, there are also different species, including oak, cherry, mahogany, and walnut.
2. There Are Different Kinds of Floor Surfacing
The type of floor surfacing you choose for your hardwood floor will either give it a gloss or matte finish. The different kinds of floor surfacing get used on solid and engineered flooring.
Here are some of the most common kinds of floor surfacing for hardwood flooring:
- Water-based polyurethane - provides a clear finish with a wet look
- Oil sealer - enhances the color of the wood and provides a low-gloss look
- Hard wax oil - provides a natural-looking finish that's easy to apply
- Acid cured - offers smooth-textured flooring that is extremely durable
- Aluminum oxide - provides an added layer of scratch resistance
When applying floor surfacing to your hardwood floor, you may choose to do it yourself or hire a flooring professional.
3. There Are Different Ways of Cleaning Hardwood Flooring
Cleaning your hardwood flooring depends upon what type of finish you have decided on. If your hardwood flooring contains a surface finish, such as one that is acid-cured, water-based, or oil-based, you should be aware that mopping with certain products can damage the finish of your flooring. Instead simply use a dust mop with a microfiber head.
For a deeper clean, use products that are made specifically for wood floors or make a cleaning solution using pH-neutral soap. No matter what type of finish you have, always avoid using cleaning products designed for vinyl or tile flooring.