Hardwood floors often bring to mind the picture-perfect high gloss shine that is so well known for this material. However, other finish options, such as hand-scraped, distressed, and vintage, not only offer a different kind of rustic beauty, but they also work to hide wear and imperfections that could otherwise necessitate a refinishing project. While refinishing is a natural part of the wood floor experience, it should only be necessary once every few decades. And with a lifespan that easily reaches 100 years, you should never have to replace these floors once they’re in place.
Hardwood floors can be sealed and finished in a variety of different ways once they are in place. Some homeowners prefer a hard wax sealant, but because it has to be redone every few years, some opt rather for an oil finish. This provides both protection and an amazing richness of color that happens as the oil soaks into the wood. And it doesn’t have to be repeated nearly as often as the hard wax variety.
It’s very important to remember that hardwood flooring should never be installed below grade, in spaces such as basements. An alternative material can be installed instead, that will stand up better to dampness, humidity, moisture, and drastic temperature changes that are often prevalent in these spaces. It should also be noted that these materials must be acclimated before installation to prevent warping, cracking, buckling, or splitting.