We know that choosing the perfect hardwood floors for your home can be daunting. After all, at Floor Coverings International Waukesha, we help Brookfield homeowners find the right hardwood every day. So whether you’re looking to add subtle elegance to your living room with a dark-stained oak, or use bright maple planks to lighten up your den, we have the products and expertise to get the job done. Here are three tips that we give to our clients who are having trouble deciding on just one hardwood option.
Hardwood flooring is great at taking advantage of natural light to add beautiful warmth to any space. Lighting has a lot to do with how a hardwood will look in your living room, so it’s important to view samples in the proper context. That’s why we offer our mobile showroom option. Keep some samples around and see how they look during different times of the day: sunrise, noon, sunset, dusk, and at night (with artificial light).
Durability Depends on Species
The strength of a hardwood floor depends greatly on its species. Every species of hardwood is rated on the Janka Hardness Scale, which measures how much force is required to embed a steal ball into a piece of wood. The reason that white oak, for example, is so popular with Brookfield families is that it has a rating of 1,360—a great rating for an affordable hardwood option. Softer woods, like pine, clock in at around 700. The strongest woods are “exotics” like tigerwood (1,850), ebony (3,220), and Brazilian walnut (3,684).
Hand-Scraped Hardwood Hides Scratches
Distressed and hand-scraped hardwood flooring has experienced a recent surge in popularity due to its rustic charm. Pet owners and large, busy families often choose this hardwood variety because it is great at hiding dings and scratches. Plus, it looks great!
Your Local Flooring Experts
At Floor Coverings International Waukesha, we take great pride in the work we do for Brookfield families. Call today to schedule your free consultation and find the floors of your dreams!
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