A: Wood flooring can last for decades if properly maintained. Solid wood floors can last 100 years or more, while engineered wood floors have an average lifespan of 20 to 30 years.
A: While wood flooring can be installed in bathrooms and kitchens, it’s important to choose appropriate wood species and take precautions to minimize water exposure. Engineered wood or wood-look tiles are better suited for these areas due to their increased resistance to moisture.
A: Regular sweeping or vacuuming with a soft brush attachment is recommended to remove dirt and dust. Additionally, use a damp mop with a mild wood floor cleaner to clean the surface periodically. Avoid using excessive water or harsh cleaning products, as they can damage the finish.
A: Yes, most solid wood flooring can be refinished multiple times throughout its lifespan. This process involves sanding down the surface and applying a new finish, which can help restore its original beauty.
A: Wood flooring can be an environmentally friendly choice, especially when sourced from responsibly managed forests. Look for wood products with certifications such as FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) or SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) to ensure they meet sustainable standards.
A: Yes, engineered wood flooring is suitable for installation over concrete subfloors. It’s important to ensure the subfloor is level, dry, and properly prepared before installation.
A: Wood flooring can undergo some color changes over time due to exposure to sunlight. Some wood species may darken, while others may lighten. It’s recommended to use window coverings or UV-protective coatings to minimize fading.
A: Wood flooring installation requires some level of expertise and specialized tools. While DIY installation is possible for those with experience, hiring a professional ensures proper installation and reduces the risk of mistakes.