When it comes to selecting hardwood flooring for your Honolulu home, there are a few things you need to take into account beyond style. Doing so will ensure that your hardwood floors will stay looking beautiful for years to come. Here are three recommendations from the installation experts at Floor Coverings International Oahu to ensure that everything goes smoothly!
Location, Location, Location
Always take location factors into consideration when picking your wood type. For example, if your home is close to the shore then you need hardwood flooring that can handle exposure to sand and moisture. Does your space get a lot of foot traffic? Then you’ll want to select a wood that won’t scuff easily. Hardwood flooring is graded using Jenka scores, which tell you how hard it is. Woods with higher Janka ratings are denser and can better withstand foot traffic, staining, water damage, humidity changes and other factors common in Honolulu homes.
Acclimation is Vital
Something to be careful about when installing hardwood flooring in Honolulu (or anywhere in Oahu) is that wood floors can’t be installed the moment the shipment arrives. This is because hardwood flooring needs a bit of time to acclimate to local conditions. When it first arrives, the wood planks will have different moisture content than the surrounding area. Over time, the humidity in the room will affect the wood moisture content, causing the planks to expand or shrink. If the flooring is installed before this happens, the wood can buckle and warp.
New or Reuse?
If you’re thinking about installing new hardwood because your current wood flooring looks worn or dated, you should consider updating instead of replacing everything. An experienced flooring technician can determine if your current wood floor can be restored. This will entail sanding out flaws, re-staining the wood (you can even change the color if you want a new look), and refinishing the floor to make it look as good as new.
There are many things to consider when getting wood floors for your Honolulu home. Schedule a free consultation with Floor Coverings International Oahu and one of our flooring experts will help you narrow down your choices and pick the best option for your home as well as for your budget.