Many people shy away from buying hardwood floor because they are unsure of what type of hardwood floor is best, or they have heard one rumor after the next about how difficult it is to take care of a hardwood floor. The truth is that hardwood floors are not as big a mystery as some people think.

Yes, there are many different types of hardwood floors to choose from, but as with most products, you should be used to this. Just like picking carpet, deciding on a hardwood floor is not much different. You just need to decide on one that best suits the needs of your household.

In contrast to what you may have heard about hardwood floors being difficult to take care of, the reality is that hardwood floors are long lasting, very durable and hold their natural beauty impeccably. What’s more, hardwood floors are not as expensive as you might think. They are actually very affordable, require very little upkeep, and actually provide a healthier environment within your home because they do not provide a breading ground for dust and bacteria spores the way carpet does. This helps stave off allergy and asthma attacks, as well as prevents the grime and dirt that accumulates on streets and sidewalks from creeping into your house. The use of a hardwood cleaner is more adept at keeping these unwanted poisons out of your house; poisons a vacuum cleaner is incapable of picking up.

The maintenance a hardwood floor requires is minimal, requiring a small amount of regular sweeping and vacuuming. While it is durable, as mentioned, just like carpet, high traffic areas on a hardwood floor tend to wear down quicker and become scratched, but just like carpet, this is easily preventable with the addition of an area rug.

Another interesting little factoid about hardwood floors is that they are ecologically sound. Most people believe this to be the opposite. Many believe that our forests are devastated and depleted of their resources because of the whims of homeowners looking to raise the value or splendor of their homes, but hardwood floors are actually created from forests which are managed in a way that allows the trees being cut down to be re-grown. Like vegetables and fruit, trees are cultivated in much the same way today.

The variety of choice when it comes to hardwood floors can make the decision process a tough one. You will have to decide what type of wood, color and grain you want. Thanks to technology, you can mix and match these three choices to create you own unique hardwood floor. Even though red oak and maple happen to be popular choices, you still have the option of being unique.

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Frequently Asked Questions

    Please help, need decorating and paint avice. Pics attached?

    Ok so the last 4 pictures are of how my condo looked before. We have now town out the carpet and we are putting medium oak floors. So now I have to paint the kitchen and I dont know if I should paint the kitchen in with that pattern on the 2nd picture posted. i am getting rid of all my red stuff. I dont want red anymore besides that with the green my house will look like X-mas all year round. I will keep some pf that stoff for my x-mas decorations. But I just am wondering what other color would be a nice color for the kitchen.

    The rest of the house as you can see has been painted green and we are putting down 3 inch baseboards. I am also painting the mill work white. How do you suuggest I decorate with these ideas?

    Do you think the color is too drastic?

    Thank you very much for your opinions.

    How would you decorate?

    maybe some tans, blues, yellows? Our couch is a very dark dark green it almost looks brown.

    • ANSWER:
      Ok I would paint the living room a light tan/grey/yellow mixed to macth the fire place then i would paint the borders black to match the fixtures of the fireplace it will set so well …then get some black drapes to swoop down the sides and midlle of the window with gold /bronze drape hooks and holders…offset the bathroom the same patterns and color….do the kitchen like a light pastel orange with black marble tile with black yuck get all green/grey/black wcerrioes to match….for the couch get like some orange and tan pillows get creative and cute at the same time the table place matts gotta go geet some diff color ones like tan with a diff designs since the table is dark oak hope this works

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