Trying to choose the proper wood
flooring product for what room ? . . . .What are the types of wood
floors? ? ? ? MANY considerations must
be given when selecting a wood floor product. Here we will share the many types,
sizes, colors, application methods, and the variety of
wood floor species on
the market today. This information is a general, overall foundation in
helping you start your search. Always look at several product lines, make
comparisons as to wear warranties, thickness, type of construction, type
and number of finish coats, along with the many other important specifics outlined
Entry / Foyer -
Foyers tend to be more formal than not.
Making a design statement in this area has most recently become a
new wood flooring trend. Custom One-Of-A-Kind designs likeAccents, Borders, Inlays, and Medallions
are very popular. Always use outside walk-off mats and if there is no design, area carpets inside will help in keeping wear down.
These are most common spaces for wood floor installation in new construction
and remolding. The ease
of care, open floor plans, and the flow of traffic make this a very
popular area for wood floors. Dark and white/bleached wood floors do NOT
fare well in this area because of the high traffic, food & water
continuously being on the floor. In some very grainy species, the
direction of the wood floor can add to the wear of the product. NOTE: Kitchen wood floors should be screened
(lightly sanded) and recoated as needed, say every 6-18 months, depending
on the amount of traffic and cleaning habits. Make sure the finish used is
recommended by the manufacturer and/or is a compatible with what you have.
Good cleaning habits are very important part of
maintaining a wood floor, high traffic or not. Clean regularly, and always wipe food & water spillage immediately.
Formal Living and Dining Rooms- Most
often a more traditional formal setting, darker in color with the combination of oriental carpets. This area also often receives border
inlays, with turning blocks or corner accents to add a Custom-One-of-A-Kind
Design considerations for this area often will be compatible with the
furniture being used. Not matching the exact color but a darker or lighter
color in the same family of the floor color, thus complimenting each
other. Remember the darker the floor, the smaller the space will appear,
and maintenance consideration will increase.
Bathrooms - A bathroom that receives daily use would not fare well with wood floors, due to continued moisture
exposure. On the other hand a guest bathroom not used on a day to day
basis could be considered. Make sure to use area carpets/mats, and always immediately
wipe up any water.
Home offices, Bedrooms - Wood Floors work well in bedrooms, often with area carpets being used. Office settings
lean toward the traditional darker colors, and bedroom are a 50/50 tossup
on colors used. NOTE: Rolling furniture, chairs, TV stands etc.,
can damage the finish very quickly, if used day to day. Make sure the
floor is protected and/or the rollers are not made of metal or other
damaging materials. Regular
maintenance is required.