Thinking of adding hardwood flooring to your home or office? Here are a few interesting facts that you probably never knew about hardwood floors that can aide in your choice of species and give you peace of mind in your decision.
Choosing hardwood flooring is a great way to increase your home’s value. It truly gives your space a classy look and uniqueness that you cannot get from other flooring materials.
Woodgrain Is Like a Fingerprint
Real hardwood flooring brings a true uniqueness to your home. Just like your fingerprints are unique to you, each tree bears a woodgrain pattern that is unique to it. You get different grain patterns and colors with each cut. No two planks will be exactly that same. This gives you a truly “one of a kind” floor.
The beauty of hardwood flooring is something to behold, but there is much more to consider when deciding on the right one for your space. When choosing a hardwood species, pay attention to its hardness rating scale, referred to as the Janka Scale.
Toughness Is a Science
Your hardwood floors will no doubt be incredibly durable and valuable. But how durable? The Janka Hardness Test measures the resistance of wood to denting and wear. This is a common test used to determine if a species is suitable for flooring. This ensures you have selected the most durable species for your needs.
Don’t be fooled into thinking you are sacrificing sustainability for durability. Hardwood is the most economical choice of flooring out there.
Hardwood the Eco Choice
I know what you’re thinking, “but you are chopping down trees for my floor.” The US Forest Service, in a 2011 report, verified that the average annual net growth for hardwoods is greater than average annual removals. And, it is almost double that of 50 years ago. Plus, hardwood floors are an all-natural, carbon-negative material with zero emissions for methane or nitrogen oxides and are homegrown!
Rest assured that choosing hardwood flooring for your home or office will be the wisest decision you’ve made this year! Especially with these provided tips and facts to help you in your choice.
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