Benefits of Hardwood Flooring and Provenza...
Q: What are some of the advantages of hardwood flooring?
A: From NWFA Real Estate Agents Wood Flooring Survey: Real estate results
show that 99% agree homes with hardwood floors are easier to sell, 90% agree they sell for more money, and 82% agree they sell
faster. In addition, more than half agree wood floors increase a home's resale value, promote a healthier indoor living
environment, are beautiful, and are easy to maintain.— Publication Date: November 2006, NWFA
Q: Does wood flooring go well with most design styles?
A: Yes! In a recent survey commissioned by the NWFA, more than
three-quarters of interior designers find that wood flooring works well with many decorating styles. "It’s the most versatile
floor covering there is," says one designer.
"Wood goes with contemporary and traditional and everything in between."
Designers rated natural materials as superior to man-made materials in beauty, prestige, style, maintenance, and durability.
A variety of woods and finishes are available to complement the decor and style of any room. Oak and maple are the most popular
woods, but some homeowners are investing in exotics such as Brazilian cherry and Purpleheart.
Q: There are so many species of wood. How should a specifier select one?
A: Choosing a species of wood involves more than selecting a color to match décor.
Both decorators and installers should be aware of the basic facts about wood species. Other appearance-related attributes
are important for designers too, such as texture, grain, and color. Installers will want to consider mechanical properties
like dimensional stability, machinability, and ease in finishing. And any specifier will need to consider availability and
cost. NWFA’s wood experts offer detailed information about the properties of many wood species.
Q: How are polyurethane or other surface finishes maintained?
A: Surface finishes like polyurethane require only simple care.
Just dustmop, sweep, or vacuum regularly. Always follow the manufacturer’s cleaning recommendations if known. When cleaning
no longer restores shine, recoat the floor with a surface finish. The frequency of recoating depends on the amount of traffic.
Never wax a surface-finished floor. And never use vinyl or tile floor care products on any wood floor.
Q: Does wood flooring promote a healthy indoor environment?
A: Yes! Bacteria, dust and dirt do not embed themselves in wood flooring,
as they do in other flooring options. Simple regular maintenance — such as dustmopping, sweeping, or vacuuming keeps wood floors
Courtesy The National Wood Flooring Association