Hardwood has a character that really shines through. From smooth, glossy traditional strips to wide, weathered planks. Hardwood’s beauty and character grow on you. Today’s offerings are milled and finished using techniques that result in much lower maintenance than in years past. So you get the character you want for your home in flooring that’s designed to stay looking great for years.
Nature’s inimitable beauty and strength can live for generations in quality hardwood flooring. A classic choice that complements homes built today, yesterday… and tomorrow. Hardwood has a character that really shines through… and there’s a hardwood floor for every look – from smooth, glossy traditional strips to wide, weathered planks.
Why choose hardwood flooring?
Hardwood’s beauty and character grow on you. Today’s offerings are milled and finished using techniques that result in much lower maintenance than in years past. So you get the character you want for your home in flooring that’s designed to stay looking great for years.
Hardwood is a natural
The natural grains, knots and imperfections of hardwood are true to nature and lend your home a warm, authentic flavor that will impress you for years. Fill your home with character as you prepare to fill it with memories by choosing beautiful hardwood floors.
Versatile hardwood floors
Hardwood sets an indelible tone throughout the home that is time-honored and true. From the warm, pale tones of Southern yellow Pine to the deep, dark chocolate of Black Walnut, there are many species of hardwood to choose from. One of these beautiful hardwood floors is sure to resonate with you.
Hardwood floor care requires that you never clean or mop your wood floor with water. Do not use any wax or cleaner that must be mixed with water such as oil, soap, or paste wax products; or other household cleaners that contain lemon oil, tung oil, or ammonia as this may damage your floor and result in a loss of warranty.
Water can dull the finish and permanently damage the floor. To help eliminate fine particles of dirt and grit that act like sandpaper and will scratch any floor, vacuum or sweep daily. The vacuum head must be a felt or brush type. Be certain that the wheels of the vacuum are clean and do not damage the finish. DO NOT USE A VACUUM WITH A BEATER BAR HEAD.
For hardwood floor maintenance, remove spills promptly using a soft cloth and cleaning products recommended by the manufacturer. Be sure to keep pet nails trimmed and paws clean and free of dirt, gravel, grease, oil, and stains. Place protective pads beneath furniture legs to reduce scratches and dents. Use a dolly and protective sheets of plywood when moving heavy objects, furniture, or appliances. Some objects may be too heavy to move across a hardwood floor under any circumstances.
Certain types of casters on furniture may damage wood flooring. Barrel-type wheels (a minimum 1″ continuous width is recommended) or wide, flat glides are best for hardwood floor care and protection.
A humidifier is recommended to prevent excessive shrinkage of wood floors due to low humidity levels. Wood stoves and electric heat tend to cause very dry conditions. In damp conditions, proper humidity levels can be maintained with an air conditioner or dehumidifier, or by periodically turning on your heating system during periods of high humidity in the summer months.
Exposure to the sun and its UV rays accelerates the oxidation and aging of wood and fabrics. This causes the stain and/or wood to fade and/or change color. It is recommended that you rearrange rugs and furniture periodically so the floor ages evenly.
Remove shoes with spiked or damaged heels before walking on the floor. Spike or stiletto high-heel shoes may cause denting and related damage to wood floors due to the extremely high compressive force they generate. Such footwear can produce dynamic loads in excess of 1000 pounds per square inch, even when worn by someone of slight or average build.
As added protection, use dirt-trapping walk-off mats at all exterior doors to keep sand, dirt, grit, grease, and oil off your floor. By following these recommendations for hardwood care and maintenance, your floors will remain beautiful for a long time.