Wood flooring has a timeless quality that provides a stunning backdrop for any style of room. The patterns in natural planks create a unique, ageless appeal. Hardwood floors offer a reliable and beautiful choice for your custom home. They are the perfect combination of high-end athletic and easy maintenance.
Advantages of Hardwood Floors
When you are building a custom home, the choice in flooring is a long-term investment. Homes with hardwood floors have higher property value. What makes wood such a desirable flooring option?
- Maintenance – Hardwood doesn’t hold dirt and debris the way carpet does. Weekly dry mopping or vacuuming is all you need to keep the floors clean.
- Elegance – Homeowners love the warmth and beauty that never goes out of style.
- Durability – Quality hardwoods withstand heavy foot traffic without looking worn. Unlike carpets, you can refinish rather than replace them.
- Air quality – People with allergies love wood because there are no fibers or grout to trap dust, pollen, and dander.
Best Rooms for Hardwood Floors
Walnut, maple, or hickory planks create a warm backdrop in your custom-built home. A combination of durability and elegance makes hardwood the perfect choice for various rooms.
- Living – Families spend plenty of time together in the living room, from entertaining guests to relaxing with a good book. Oak, maple, and cherry are elegant and durable choices that are perfect for high-traffic areas.
- Dining – Hardwood floors enhance the dining room’s design. Use padded chair feet to reduce scraping when sliding chairs.
- Den/Office – A den, office, or study is the homeowner’s private sanctuary. The type of wood flooring depends on the ambiance you want to create. Walnut provides a profound elegance, while bamboo gives the room a light airiness.
- Master Bedroom – Hardwood floors are a welcoming feature in the master suite. The judicious use of area rugs keeps feet warm on winter mornings.
Where to Avoid Hardwood Floors
Tile is better equipped to stand up to moisture in some areas of the home.
- Bathroom – Moisture is hardwood’s enemy. Tile is a better option in the bathroom.
- Laundry – Wet towels and spilled detergent make it challenging to maintain hardwood floors in the laundry room.
- Foyer – Grit, and moisture tracked in on shoes settle between the planks. If you do choose a hardwood foyer, be sure to include a walk-off entry mat.
Care and Maintenance
Hardwood floors are easy to clean. Regularly dust-mop with a dry microfiber cloth to trap dust and pet hair. Also, vacuum the floor once a week. Clean up spills immediately to prevent moisture from seeping between the planks. On rare occasions, you may need to wet-mop. Use a cleaner specifically designed for hardwood floors. Other than that, homeowners may want to refinish hardwood floors once every few decades to keep them looking bright for generations to come.
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