Hardwood is an ideal material to choose for flooring Vancouver, Canada homes. Not only does hardwood add immediate value to your home, it is an investment that can last for generations. All you need to do is choose the right flooring and finish, ensure that your floor is properly installed and make sure that, once installed, your new hardwood flooring is properly cared for.
Picking the right wood and finish for your home is extremely important, as this is a decision you will be living with for many years to come. Although it is cheaper than many other surfaces over time, there is a considerable upfront investment when putting in a wood floor. Vancouver contractors do quality work that is worth the price. Consult with them to see the various woods and finishes that are available. Ask if they have photographs of houses where they have installed hardwood floors so that you can see what the flooring will look like once it is in your home.
Many people choose dark, narrow boards because of their classic look. This sort of flooring adds a depth and richness to the decor. Other people prefer wider boards to go with a country decorating style. Blond wood floors go well with Swedish or modern designs. Hard wood flooring is also available in warm cherry tones which really brighten a room.
When you are preparing a room to have a hardwood floor installed, you need to make sure first that the sub-floor is properly installed. At least a 3/4″ plywood sub-floor is necessary. Your contractor should also make sure that the floor does not squeak. If the current sub-floor is squeaky, or is not thick enough, some preliminary work will have to be done before your contractor can install your hardwood flooring. Vancouver homes usually have solid construction, so, it is unlikely that you will need very much prep work before your hardwood floor is installed.
Once you have your new floor in your home, it will require some care in order to maintain its appearance. Sweep or vacuum regularly to prevent dirt from damaging the finish. Wash with an oil-based soap designed for hardwood floors when necessary. Exercise care when moving heavy furniture to ensure that you do not scratch or dent your floor. Clean up wet spills and water tracked into your home in order to make sure that the wood does not warp or that the finish does not get water-stained. If your home is humid, you may wish to buy a dehumidifier to keep excess moisture from damaging your floor.
The floor will also have to be periodically refinished to protect the wood below. This is a simple matter of sanding off the old, damaged finish and applying a new varnish or oil finish. Make sure that you make a place in your budget to have your floors maintained, and they will contribute to your home’s good looks for decades to come.