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  • Essie Hendricks posted an update 1 month ago

    Many consumers don’t know that wood Excessive Traffic flooring has some unique characteristics that make it not the perfect choice for everyone. All wood floors, no matter the finish treatment or quality of the wood, will be susceptible to surface scratching. With that being said, make sure you prepare your home for a wood floor before the installation. It’s a good idea to use furniture protectors, floor mats, and area rugs to guard your wood floors from scratches. Also, you might want to consider installing tile in your entry ways, since it’s the area where the heaviest traffic usually occurs. If there are large pets or children in the house, you may want to consider looking at a laminate floor, which is much more resistant to scratches.2) Wood Floors are Guaranteed to IndentWood floors are by no means a soft product, but they may be susceptible to denting from heavy use or drops. No wood flooring is dent-proof, but different species of wood do have different degrees of hardness. The Janka Test is used to measure the hardness of a species of wood. Using this test, wood species are given a score based upon the force required to embed a steel ball into the wood. It is said that the higher the score, the better the species of wood is at withstanding denting and wear. Northern Red Oak, the most common species of wood used in flooring, is the standard to which all other species are measured against. It has a score of 1290. There are species of wood that score over 3000 on this test, and while they may wear better with everyday use, they still will probably dent if something heavy like a hammer or can of food is dropped on the wood. If you are really concerned with your floors ability to withstand indentations, you do have other options. There are “wood-look” high-pressure laminate and porcelain products that are much more resistant to pressure and wear. In addition, a distressed or hand scraped wood floor will do a better job at hiding dents and other wear on your floor.3) Wood Floors are Guaranteed to AgeAging with most floor coverings typically relates to how a floor loses its luster over time due to wear and tear on the floor. If I were to say, “Your carpet has aged”, you would think it was time to get new carpet. However, one of most unique attributes of wood flooring is its ability to actually look better with age. Wood floors already come with a lot of natural character and beauty. With proper maintenance, normal use and traffic should just increase the beautiful character of your wood floor. A real wood floor can also be refinished to restore its original luster and shine. This is something that can’t be done on wood-look products like laminate, vinyl and porcelain.These are all nice attributes, but what I really want to touch on in this section is the photo-sensitivity of wood flooring. Wood tends to change color over time when exposed to sunlight. In fact, some wood floors can take up to a year and a half to mature into full color. Other floor coverings, on the other hand, might be vulnerable to fading or discoloring when exposed to prolonged sunlight.

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