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Hardwood floors are a great touch for a room, set of rooms, or hallway. Hardwood floors provide an instant touch of elegance for an entryway and serve to set a natural, wooden color for much of the rest of a room's decorating scheme. Moreover, hardwood floors are easier to maintain or clean than carpeted floors and tend to stand up well under common use. This article is going to provide some of the types of hardwood floors available, provide some decorating tips, and will also give some benefits for using hardwood floors and flooring.
There are many types of wood flooring. The most common type of wood flooring is solid wood flooring - or wood flooring that is one solid piece from top to bottom. This wood flooring is one of the most popular types and offers the largest range of possibilities in terms of decorating. Another wood floor type is engineered flooring. This type of flooring has multiple grains running together and is a composite floor. It is more stucturally sound and is better for damp areas.
In addition to types, wood floors can also come in a wide variety of colors. These color types are most often achieved by either stains or finishes. You can likely select a stain or finish that will match the decor or style that you are looking for in your home.
In addition, wood often comes from a large number of species. There are numerous domestic spcies that are popular in a home. Some are dark, some are lighter and each has a distinctive look and feel. Some of the domestic wood flooring species are: ash, walnut, beech, oak, hickory, douglas fir, cherry, etc. In addition, to domestic wood species, there are also numerous types of imported wood species that can be used in wood floors. some of these species include Merbau, Mahogany, Brazilian Cherry, Cypress, and Jarrah.
There are also a number of different "grades" available for hardwood flooring. These grades are all almost the same in terms of stregnth. The main difference is in the appearence of the wood. Clear grade wood is generally free of defects. Select grade wood is close to clear, but contains some defects. Common grade wood contains more defects. There are several levels of common grade wood.
In addition to the grade, the cut of the wood is also highly significant. The angle of the cut determines how the wood appears as well. Most wood is plainsaw. Plainsawn wood can contain a lot of variations and has grwioth rings more visible. Quartersaw and Riftsawn wood are more exensive and generally wear better than plainsaw wood.
When you are selecting a wood floor, you should think about the color that you would like the room to have. You should select the stain and the wood type based on the other pieces of furniture that you intend to place in the room or hallway. Also keep in mind the shape of the house and how the wood will look when it is done. Darker wood floors tend to appear elegant, however, they can give the home are dark and dreary look if not used appropriately. Lighter woods are generaally preferable in a frequently used home since they reflect the sunlight better and can make the room appear warm and inviting.
Clearly a decorator should consider hardwood floors when they are thinking or redesigning a house. Hardwood floors make great floors and can provide the backdrop on which to do further decorating.