Answering A Couple Of Your Hardwood Flooring Questions

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The floors in your home will be one of the more important factors for determining the level of comfort and beauty that the interior of your house enjoys. Due to this importance, it should be no surprise that floors come in a variety of options, but many new homeowners may feel overwhelmed when choosing a new floor. After you consider these questions regarding hardwood flooring, you should find it easier to decide whether this is the right option for your home:

How Does Ventilation Impact Your Hardwood Floors?

When choosing a new flooring material, many homeowners will almost exclusively pay attention to how the floor will look in their homes. As a result, these homeowners may not consider the factors inside the home that will influence the longevity of their new floors. In particular, ventilation is a major factor for those considering hardwood flooring.

If there is poor ventilation in your home, it is possible for high humidity levels to damage your floors. The humidity will form condensation on the exterior of the wood, which will lead to discoloration and rot. 

Before deciding whether or not you will install hardwood floors, you will need to have a contractor determine if your home has enough ventilation for these floors. When there is insufficient ventilation, these type of flooring may still be an option, but your home will require more extensive modifications to ensure there is enough ventilation for this style of flooring. 

Are The Benefits To Opting For An Engineered Hardwood Flooring?

Interestingly, hardwood flooring comes in numerous styles. In particular, engineered hardwood flooring has emerged as a popular alternative to natural wood. Engineered hardwood flooring is made of a series of layers of wood that are bonded together as opposed to being a single piece of wood. 

Due to the way this type of flooring is made, it can provide you home with a couple of major advantages. In particular, this type of flooring is far stronger than traditional hardwood flooring materials, which will make it the far more durable option. Another benefit of this type of flooring is that it allows you to enjoy floors that have the look of exotic woods without having to pay the full price for these expensive options. This is done by simply placing a thin layer of the desired wood on the exterior of the engineered flooring, which will give it the desired look for a fraction of the cost. 

Understanding hardwood floors is important for those that are needing to upgrade the floors in their homes. By knowing the importance of having a well-ventilated room and the advantages offered by engineered wood flooring, you will be a smarter homeowner when it comes to this renovation project.

Contact a company such as Idaho Hardwood Flooring to learn more.

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7 July 2015

Construction Needs in Times of Disaster

I live in the middle of the desert, so I never thought that flooding would be a problem. However, a few months ago my town was hit with a huge storm. These freak storms are called "Hundred Year Storm" because the chances of them happening are once in a hundred years. Needless to say, no one was prepared for the aftermath--especially not the city sewage system. All this extra water had no where to go, and suddenly, I found my basement flooded. It wasn't a fun experience, but we dealt with it the best we could. Since then, I have spent a lot of time looking into different options for sewage, water lines, and other related things. We're now even looking into building a new house. This blog is the result of my ongoing research.