Solid hardwood flooring lends an elegance to your home that few flooring options can. Not only is it a great match for just about any décor, but the color, patterns and designs can be a very personal choice. Even though there are limitations to its use in certain rooms, it has a lifespan that is unmatched by many other materials.
You might think that the harder and denser the wood species is, the better the durability rating. While there is a good amount of truth to that, other factors come into play as well. For instance, the finish plays a big role in durability as well. Polyurethane creates a strong layer of protection, as does aluminum oxide, which is often used. Even an oil
finish adds to the lifespan of most hardwoods.
The “wow factor” that comes with most hardwood floors often lies in the high gloss finish. However, many homeowners are opting for a matte finish. It doesn’t take nearly the amount of maintenance to keep it up, yet protects the finish and looks great. Matte finishes also help to mask light scratches and small dents, since less light is reflected from the surface.