According to the Environmental Protection Agency, "indoor air pollution is one risk that you can do something about" and added that it is one top health threats. Wood floors can contribute to a healthy living environment since hard surface flooring, such as hardwood, does not trap or harbor dust mites, or mold which could cause respiratory health issues like allergies and asthma.
Since wood is a natural resource, unlike most floor coverings, and sustainable. Long gone are the days when the trees were cut down with little thought for the long term consequences for the future of our world today. Most timber is cut from forests that are carefully managed to ensure continued resources in the future. Recent studies found almost twice as much timber is added every year than is harvested. In addition there is more standing hardwood timber today than there was 50 years ago.
Wood floors have come a long way in the past few years. Today there are more styles of species of wood flooring than ever before. Whether you are looking for traditional pine, exotic Weng? wood or trendy bamboo-you can be sure to find a color or style to fit your taste.
With today's advances in wood flooring stealing and finishes, cleaning your hardwood floor has never been easier. Regular maintenance requires little more than sweeping with a micro fiber mop and when necessary, a light hardwood floor cleaner for those tough spills.
Wood floor is cozy and intimate, it fills your home with the warm spirit of wood.
Beautiful wood flooring does not cost much more than a quality carpet. However, it is cost effective on the long run. Unlike carpet, wood flooring lasts for years, in addition, wood flooring could increase your house value and encourage buyers to make offers.
Engineered Wood Flooring is real Wood from top to bottom, it is not laminate. Laminate is melamine-infused paper on top, wood chip composite on bottom. There are many species of engineered wood flooring such as Hickory, Oak, Maple and much more. Most engineered wood comes with a top finished layer from the manufacturer, which means that it is already sanded and sealed and you could walk on as soon as the floor has been laid.
The basic types of natural stones are travertine, marble, granite and slate. Any of these can take a lot of abuse and last many years. However, Marble, travertine takes a little more maintenance and care. Your lifestyle and your own home design will determine which fits your house.
We suggest Granite because its ability to stand acid among heat and other abuses. Lemon is a citric acid that will not harm granite. However if it's applied to marble, or travertine, for an example, the stone starts to dissolve immediately, and heat could also damage marble and travertine.
Most marble, granite and some travertine and even slate is available with a factory polished finish. These polished stones are still porous, subject to staining, and should be sealed with a penetrating-type sealer.