When you determine the style and material for your flooring, it is important to consider the areas to be floored, type of subfloor, your preference for pre-finished or unfinished flooring and stain color. The state-of-the-art technology coupled with an almost limitless choice of stains, finishes, styles and designs makes hardwood flooring one of the most practical and versatile floor coverings available. So if you want a home that is beautiful, if you want a home that stops people in their tracks when they walk in, then you need to put down exotic hardwood flooring.
The exotic hardwood flooring will give you that stopping power that you desire and crave. Hardwood flooring has an inverse relation with the moisture inherent in the wood and is independent of the engineering. Low hardness is chestnut, douglas fir, and north american cherry while hardwood from brazilian walnut, caribbean cherry and bloodwood is extremely hard.
Hopefully you can buy one of the popular types of flooring. As the cost of vinyl flooring and carpeting become lower the wooden floors were reserved for high-end applications. The ratio has changed slightly and now with a good quality engineered flooring it can be refinished two or three times depending on the subfloor’s smoothness and the experience of refinisher.
Laminate floors are ideal for those who want the style and look of hard wood floors but cannot afford the price. These floors are built with a core, sandwiched between a hardwood finish layer on the top and soft wood ply below.
Wood floors on the other hand is not so much more expensive but need to be installed in the rooms. Actually the entire house can now have wood floors but it is always a good idea to leave the bathroom aside. Except for the cost, another drawback of wood floors is that they can be easily gouged and scratched. But, there are century old homes that still have the original wood floors.
Wood floors have great value in several ways as they need no replacement over even a long time and their installment in a house can bring about an enhancement in the value of the house. This in turn will seriously affect the resell value of your home and make your home a health hazard to its occupants. Of course the appeal lies not only in its aesthetic value of its representation of real hardwood, but also due to its incredible durability and ease of maintenance. A good looking floor will add a lot of value to a home.
If you are interested in design a personally customized floor is easy to create by combining a choice of colors, colored chips, and even glitter options. You have dozens of colors to choose from. The darker colors are often found in formal or traditional interiors while lighter shades go well with a casual and contemporary set-up. Draw attention to your floors with dramatic coverings or soften the feel of the room with soft colors on the floor.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I change the color on Brazilian cherry hardwood floors to a lighter color like oak?
You can refinish the hardwood with a light stain. Check out these photos of cherry wood stained with a myriad of different stain colors. Perhaps the walnut might be to your liking?
How can I change the color of Brazilian Cherry laminate floor I hate the color.I dont have the money to have?
Hi, You cannot change the color of the laminate flooring. Find a nice area rug that has some colors that you love and works well with the flooring. This will change the look of the floor and not as much of the cherry color will be exposed. http://www.arearugscarpet.com/ Hope this helps.
can you change the color of Brazilian Cherry laminate floor can they be bleached?
sorry, its not real wood , laminate is basically formica like counter tops the grain pattern is a photo print on plastic composite.
if you really hate it. a cost effective alternate is to paint the floor with a good oil based floor & porch paint, prep is the key, light sanding to give surface some tooth & a quality primer, zinszers makes one that sticks to glass & tile. allow proper dry times between steps, & add 24 hours dry time to your final coat guidelines for foot traffic & heavy furniture traffic
add felt pads to all your furniture for added protection.
oil base paint is the key, it drys via a catylist chemical reaction(like nail polish it bakes), water based paints dehydrate(moisture dries) it takes much longer for latex to harden for traffic the atmospheres humidity affects drying time. ,
I have brazilian cherry in my home and the colors deepen over time, when does it noticebly stop changing?
The hardwoods have been down for 3 years. I have mats and rugs I want to put on the floor and want to know if they have been seasoned long enough to keep from leaving a “shadow”.
I think 3 years is enough time with the assumption that you expose this wood to as much as you can.
i don’t have cherry, but I have teak furniture, which also darkens over time. I haven’t had shadowing problems, but I also don’t keep this furniture in direct sunlight.
I would like to finish the main floor of my house in hardwood including the kitchen.?
What wood should I use for hardness and durability for the main floor of a house?
I love the look of Brazilian Cherry but have been informed that it changes colour in the light. Has anyone any information or experience about using Brazilian cherry hardwood?
PREFINISHED HARDWOOD HAVE A BETTER AND MUCH MORE DURABLE FINISH THAN STANDARD UNFINISHED FLOORS. GET A SAMPLE FIRST AND TAKE HOME AND SEE WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE.IN THE LIGHT. WITH SUCH A DARK FLOOR IT WILL SHOW DUST AND WILL BE HARDER TO KEEP CLEAN ESPECIALLY IN A KITCHEN–BUT IT WILL BEAUTIFUL. MOST PREMIUM FLOORS WILL BE WARRANTIED FOR 25 YEARS.