- Entry / Foyer
- This area is often where Custom One-Of-A-Kind designs
are installed. A popular area for medallions, feature strips,
accents and/or borders. Making a statement in this area is
most recently becoming a wood flooring trend. Using walk-off
mats outside and if there is no design, area carpets inside will
help in keeping wear down. Foyers tend to be more formal than
not, being for show to guest as opposed to everyday use by
Kitchens/Family rooms; this is the number one place for wood
floor installation in new construction. The ease of care, using
both rooms as one, and the flow of traffic make this a very
popular area for wood floors. NOTE: Kitchen wood floors should
be screened (lightly sanded) and recoated as needed, say every
6-18 months, depending on the amount of traffic and cleaning
habits. Good cleaning habits are very important part of
maintaining a wood floor, high traffic or not. Clean
regularly, and always wipe food & water spillage immediately.
Living and Dining Rooms- Most often a more traditional
formal setting, darker in color with the combination of oriental
carpets. This area also often receives border inlays, with
turning blocks or corner accents to add a
floor. Design considerations for this area often will be
compatible with the furniture being used. Not matching the exact
color but a darker or lighter color in the same family of the
floor color, thus complimenting each other. Remember the darker
the floor, the smaller the space will appear, and maintenance
consideration will increase.
- a working day to day bathroom would not fair well with wood
floors, due to continued moisture exposure. On the other hand a
guest bathroom not used on a day to day basis could be
considered. Make sure to use area carpets/mats, and always wipe
up any spilled water.
Home offices, Bedrooms - Often this sets a semi-formal
decor, with area carpets being used. Office settings lean toward
the traditional darker colors, and bedroom are a 50/50 tossup on
colors used. NOTE: Rolling furniture, chairs, TV stands
etc., can damage the finish very quickly, if used day to day.
Make sure the floor is protected and/or the rollers are not made
of metal or other damaging materials. Regular maintenance is
Is this a high
The finish and color will be affected by this.
Darker colors tend to show traffic quicker, where as natural wood
colors of oak and maple do not. High traffic areas need special
attention when it come to recoating. Screening (light sanding)
should be a part of the preventative maintenance program for your
wood floors in these areas. Application of 1 or 2 coats as needed
(every 6-18 months) is a good sound way to protect your investment.
Make sure the finish being applied is compatible with what is there
and is of the shine that will work well in that area. Satin or low
shine urethanes tend to show less traffic patterns than do the
higher gloss finishes. Walk-off mats are strongly suggested for
these areas, ie- working areas of a kitchens, entry ways,
entries/doorways from the outside.
What type of
wood do you like or will fit the area?
Some types are more
traffic friendly than others; Is this species to "grainy" or busy
looking ? Some species are harder than others. Maple is harder than
oak; has less grain, yet maple can not be stained. Remember, the
type of finish and number of coats can also determine how well your
floor will fair in high traffic areas. See
when considering the purchase of a
wood floor products.
What color will
work with the decor?
Some darker colors make rooms look
smaller, show traffic patterns quicker. Lighter, or natural color
( oak & maple being the most popular ) of wood floor species can
give an open, airy feeling, making the room appear larger. With
today's color trends this is of the most popular selections now
being made by the consumer, in home and office alike. Your floor
should complement the fabrics, furnishings and accessories already
present in the space, as well as enhancing the unique personality of
the room as a whole. The most popular color : red oak natural, maple
natural running second, but with today's eclectic decoration styles,
Darker colors - Formal or traditional
interiors, Lighter colors - country, casual and contemporary
settings. There are many choices when selecting the right
floor for the rooms in your home, as there are many species, colors
and grain variations for you to consider. Also See
Wood Floor Species, or Grades & Cuts See
Room Setting Photo's
Who is helping you
make these choices?
Builders tend to stay with they same
product that has worked for them before; decorators tend to use
color as the number one reason for choosing a particular product,
which may not be suited for the area. Whether a prefinished or job
finished product, have a sample of the wood floor material to make
comparisons with other products and materials, such as the fabrics,
paint colors and furniture being used in the room.
maintain these floors?
That person needs to know the product
as does the purchaser, most of time that is the same person, but not
always. Knowing The Do's & Don'ts
Maintenance Procedures is very important.
Make sure that information is provided to you and is a part of your
contract. After the floor is installed, and this material is
provided to you, this is a good time to
purchase a wood floor cleaning kit, right from the get
question, as well as many others, are very important parts of the
process in choosing the right hardwood floor for you. Not knowing
all the answers could cause you concerns down the road.
Most importantly, as we go through the
selection process getting an experienced, and knowledgeable
contractor who knows wood floors is one of the best things you can