Consider Carefully. Hardwood flooring decisions are unlike other purchases. Once installed, you can’t exchange it. You may live with it for a lifetime. You may wish to consult with an interior designer before choosing your hardwood flooring.
Can You Save By Installing it Yourself? Yes you can. For experienced do-it-yourselfers, it can be a satisfying home improvement project. Follow manufacturer’s directions. If in doubt, use professional installers.
Home Humidity Affects Hardwood. Wood is a living material. It’s susceptible to expansion in warm weather and shrinkage in dry winter weather. Keep your home at a constant humidity level of about 45%.
Hardwood Floor Maintenance. Vacuum it regularly or use a damp mop. Don’t use water or commercial soaps. Use floor care products recommended by the manufacturer or by Markham Flooring staff. Wipe up spills immediately. Put protective pads under legs of heavy furniture to avoid dents. Place rugs in high traffic areas such as entranceways.
Perfection Isn’t Possible. Understand that hardwood is natural and ‘imperfections’ such as knots and mineral marks only enhance the natural beauty of the wood. No two hardwood boards are identical.
Positioning and Sunlight. Never install hardwood in high moisture areas such as bathrooms. Also, constant exposure to sunlight can cause premature aging or fading. Place rugs or furniture in sunlit areas.