Choosing the Right Hardwood Flooring for your Home

January, 2014 by Alma Abell

Hardwood flooring in Reno NV needs to acclimatize slightly differently to hardwood flooring in the north east of the country, simply because of the average temperatures. When you buy your hardwood flooring it is important to remember that you should not actually lay the flooring for a three to four days after you have placed it in the home. The main reason for his is that the hardwood flooring has come from a large, chilled warehouse and needs to settle into the temperature of your home before you lay it. This can help the flooring last longer as well as lay easier.

Wood expands and contracts in different temperatures, so if you imagine that when you go to the DIY store and the temperature in there is somewhere about fifty-five to sixty degrees, the wood will have contracted somewhat. When you bring it home and the average temperature in your house is, say, sixty-eight, the wood will start to expand a little. Now, if you imagine that you bring the flooring home and start laying straight away and then, once it is down it goes through the expansion process, slowly over a day or two, you could find that you suddenly see it lifting away from the walls and causing ‘bubbling’. Think before you lay the flooring so that you give it the best chance of looking good for a long time.

Choosing Flooring to Suit your Home

You might prefer solid hardwood flooring in Reno, NV made from a lighter wood, rather than a darker wood. When you are contemplating the type of flooring to buy there are a few things you should consider that can help. Firstly, judge how dark your home is naturally. Open all the drapes and blinds and turn off all the lights so that you can see how natural light affects the rooms. If the room is dark naturally or you have smaller windows that prevent natural light getting in, it is probably better to buy light colored flooring.

However, if you live in a huge, open spaced loft type apartment or have a massive light living room, darker wood would not be too much of a problem. You have choose the type of flooring that will serve the home for many years.

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