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Understanding hardwood flooring: the nature of wood

Posted on April 2nd, 2012 In: Articles, Floor Sanding Articles

Many people who decide that they want to have a hardwood floor installed in their home are thinking primarily of the aesthetic or ecological values of wooden flooring material.  This is only natural, since it is true that wood has an enduring visual appeal that has stood the test of time.  Moreover, in the modern world in which people often feel increasingly cut off from the natural world, a wooden floor can be a constant reminder of it.  Some people even feel that it gives them more of a connection to the natural ecology of the earth.

All of these reasons to choose hardwood floors, though perfectly valid, overlook one of wood’s greatest strengths: its sheer practicality as a decorating material.  A solid hardwood floor does far more than merely cover the subfloor in an emotionally or visually pleasing way; it also adds stability and strength to the structure of the building in a way that carpet and vinyl cannot accomplish.

Wood also helps reduce heating bills far more than other kinds of flooring can do.  A wood floor that is a full inch thick, for example, has insulating properties.  In fact, you would have to pour a 15-inch thick slab of concrete to gain the same insulation value as that single inch of wood.

Wood is also highly versatile.  It can be stained in many colours besides the standard range of browns and tans, and when the surface needs refreshing, all you have to do is ring up a floor sanding company to come and provide floorboard sanding services.

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