Hardwood Flooring Tampa Bay- FAQs
When deciding to spend the money and beautify your home with wood floors, you may have quite a few questions to research before contacting a flooring expert or wood flooring contractor. It’s good to get a basic understanding of hardwood flooring in Tampa Bay so you’re not overwhelmed with information after you receive a consultation or estimate.
Q – What is the most durable type of hardwood floor available?
There is a certain amount of durability in both soft and hard woods that are available for flooring. The most durable hardwoods are: red oak, cherry, maple, hickory, elm and bamboo. Although soft woods dent easily, some people prefer the way they look over hardwoods. These are: birch, cedar, pine, redwood, fir and larch. In spite of the durability of hardwood flooring, if you have a dog or a cat with claws, you will not find a hardwood floor that will escape being scratched by the dog or the cat. The best way to keep your hardwood floors damage-free from your pets is to see that their nails are clipped regularly.
Q – What are the benefits of hardwood flooring?
Hardwood floors give the home a warm, comforting feeling, a kind of warmth and elegance that you cannot get from any other kind of flooring. There are a variety of wood selections, which allows for the hardwood floor to match any décor. Hardwood flooring is cost effective and durable. When installing hardwood flooring in your home, you should think of it as an investment; you can generally get a better price when selling your home if there is hardwood flooring. For easy maintenance, a hardwood floor is best. Hardwood flooring also creates a healthier environment than other types of flooring. The available variety of hardwood flooring in Tampa Bay gives you a tremendous selection to make a choice from.
Q – What is the best way to maintain my hardwood flooring?
The best way to clean your hardwood flooring is to use a dry dust mop or something like a Swiffer dry mop. If the dirt is stubborn then a damp mop can be used. Some commercial cleaners can be use but be sure to read the label to be certain that it can be used on your particular flooring.
Q – What’s the difference between engineered flooring and laminate flooring?
Engineered flooring is hardwood flooring that is made up of several layers of plywood with a hardwood veneer for the top layer. The hardwood veneer is glued onto the top of the layered plywood. Engineered flooring is made to retain the natural look of various woods. The engineered flooring is more stable, especially where moisture and heat are concerned than regular hardwood flooring; very suitable for the humid Tampa Bay area.
Laminate flooring incorporates a photographic image of hardwood that has been finished. The photographic image is then glued onto a high density fiberboard and laminated together using a layer that is resistant to abrasion.
Now that you know a thing or two about wood floors, you can confidently speak to a contractor or expert on hardwood flooring in Tampa Bay and better understand the service you are getting.