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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Ah...but which wood floor?

Ah, Christina so I'm still not sure which floor to choose???  
I know. Relax.  There's a lot more to think about.

Ok now that you know the type of wood floor you need (probably engineered), now it’s’ the fun part – selecting the “look” for the floor.  Really here I’m talking about the species of wood, the finish or “stain” and the treatment, i.e. hand scraped, etc.

First, let’s talk durability.  There is a test called the Janka Hardness Test that rates the hardness of wood, blah, blah, blah...

 Seriously, it’s wood.  
 And all these floors have a thousand coats of various sealers and finishes that really make them a million times more durable than the plain wood so just pick the wood you like don’t worry about the species.

There are several floor finishes, but the 2 main finishes I’m going to recommend are:

Polyurethane (or “lacquered”) or Hard-wax oiled finished wood.

My favorite is the Hard-Wax Oiled.

There are some really amazing wood floors on the market with this finish and oiled wood floors have lots of benefits:
  • Hard wax oil penetrates wood fibers and protects from within
  • Environmentally friendly, natural ingredients
  • Hard-wax oil integrates with the wood instead of sitting on top of it
  • Scratches and spots can be minimized with buffing and application of more hard-wax oil.
What I L-O-V-E about hard-waxed oiled floors is that they look amazing!  They have a more matte natural look instead of a glossy shiny finish because the oil “soaks” into the wood.  I’m in love with hard-wax oiled wood from this company Duchateau. They have some beautiful "white washed" finishes and natural finishes, check it out.

Do you want them in your house?


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