Sourced from sustainable European forests our oak flooring products are reliable, and first-class engineered oak flooring, Hardwood Floors Sydney, they are guaranteed to provide a layer of definition, style, and color to your residential and commercial space. The foremost benefit of any visually appealing Engineered Hardwood Flooring is that you need not much maintenance to keep them clean.
Hardwood floors are extremely versatile and can be tailored to suit any space. With a variety of species, colours, styles and finishes available – the options are endless.
Timeless is a word often associated with hardwood floors. When you think back to what was ‘in’ fashion over the years – think shag carpets and patterned tiles – hardwood floors in Sydney steadily maintained popularity and that doesn’t appear to be changing any time soon!
Quality hardwood floors are extremely durable and can last decades if properly maintained. The most damage a hardwood floor can incur is scratches and dents. These can be fixed with sanding and refinishing, a process that can be completed multiple times – extending its lifespan significantly. Hardwood’s counterparts are limited in the amount of times they can be repaired, and while after time they’ll begin to look worn – hardwood floors will retain their character and value for many years. For tips on how to protect your hardwood floors from wear and tear, check out our blog!
Hardwood floors are easy to clean because they don’t accumulate a lot of dirt, dust or debris. When it comes to cleaning all that’s required is a weekly sweep, dust mop or vacuum. Note: Areas that incur more traffic (i.e. entrance ways, hallways, kitchens) may require more regular cleaning.
If you’re looking to make a great long-term investment, you can’t go past hardwood floors. Any realtor will confirm that the presence of hardwood floors immediately adds value to your property. While initially timber flooring may be a dearer option, when you take into account its durability and lifespan, it is extremely cost efficient in comparison to other alternative i.e. Carpets which need to be replaced every 7-10 years.
Unlike carpets, hardwood floors are not a breeding ground for mold, mildew or dust mites. Because they are so easy to clean, any residual dirt and residue is easily removed with minimal effort – making hardwood floors hypoallergenic and well-suited to people with allergies.
When it comes to flooring, wood is not always considered a ‘green’ choice.
Cutting down trees destroys forests, right? Wrong! Wood flooring is a completely sustainable choice that actually gives back more to the environment than it takes. In the case of managed forests, for every tree that’s cut down another is re-planted in its place. And what many don’t know is younger trees actually absorb more carbon dioxide and produce more oxygen than older trees which greatly increases air quality. Wood products also continue to retain carbon dioxide even after they have been harvested!
But that’s not all. Wood floors use less water and energy to produce than other flooring options. At the end of their service life, wood floors can be burned as fuel, recycled or repurposed altogether.
In a study commissioned by Planet Ark, it was found that being surrounded by wood could have positive effects on the body and brain. The study found that the presence of wood had both physiological and psychological benefits that mimicked the effect of spending time outside. The feelings of natural warmth and comfort that wood elicits in people have the effect of lowering blood pressure and heart rates, reducing stress and anxiety and increasing positive social interactions.
Choosing a floor can be a difficult decision. What style? What colour? What texture? And that’s just the aesthetics! Style aside, you need to consider a lot of other things like budget, lifestyle, care and maintenance.
But don’t make up your mind just yet! We put together a list of important Do’s and Don’ts for when it comes to deciding what floor is best for you – and how to enjoy it for years to come.
Do… Evaluate your space
Are you planning on refurbishing your bathroom or laundry? Areas likely to incur moisture, humidity and temperature fluctuations are the last place you want to put hardwood flooring. Perhaps you’re installing Vinyl floors in a big beautiful lobby with floor to ceiling windows… But did you know Vinyl can fade under direct sunlight? Where you want to install your flooring can play a big role in determining what your options are.
Don’t… Forget your budget
When planning your budget, keep lifespan in mind. While hardwood floors are expensive initially, if well maintained they’ll last for decades without needing to be replaced. Carpet and Vinyl on the other hand, has a much shorter lifespan of 10-15 years and will need to be replaced more often. So will your budget cover you in the short-term or long-term?
Do… Keep your lifestyle in mind
Natural stone is beautiful, but it’s probably not the best choice if you have a house full of toddlers taking tumbles. What you want might not always be the best or most pragmatic choice. So when choosing a floor, consider your lifestyle and what will best suit that.