For hardwood floor maintenance,regularly cleaning hardwood floors is a must. More
‘Thorntree’, ‘wattle’ and ‘whistling thorn’ are just some of the names the acacia tree is known as. Belonging to the subfamily Mimosoideae of the Fabaceae family, there are over 1300 species of acacia growing mainly in Australia, with some species in Asia. The most commonly used species for timber is Acacia melanoxylon or ‘blackwood’ and grows to a great size. This hardwood has an historical heritage reaching as far back as Biblical times and Ancient Egypt. Coffins were said to be made out of it and the Book of Exodus claims acacia timber was used in the construction of the Ark of the Covenant.
Acacia hardwood is a truly stunning and unique timber. It has a distinctive, highly visible grain pattern and comes in a variety of hues, ranging from dark browns, to reddish and light browns, flecked through with yellows and golds. Due to the quick growing nature of acacia, each plank of hardwood flooring is unique, with its own grain pattern, colouration and quantity of knots. Highly versatile, acacia hardwood flooring is suitable for any room in your property, resistant to damage and easy to maintain. However, as acacia hardwoods offer a great diversity of colours and unique patterns, it is advisable to compare samples of the different woods available before deciding on your hardwood floor.
Beautiful yet tough, acacia hardwood flooring is moisture-resistant and low maintenance. Its strength and durability means that it doesn’t scratch or dent easily. It is such a strong wood that it can be re-sanded between 8 to 10 times during its life. It can also be brushed, stained and varnished, allowing you to change the appearance and colour of your floor as often as you change the décor in your property. Acacia hardwood flooring makes a statement as a sophisticated lifestyle choice, without the hefty price-tag.
Wooden flooring looks absolutely extravagant within a home and can lend it a real sense of character. However it isn’t very ‘green’ to do. So if you are looking into a wood floor project, why not look into the idea of reclaimed hardwood flooring? Let’s take a little look at what this all about.
Firstly, what is flooring from reclaimed wood? Well, it is made from wood that has been salvaged from old buildings and other sources. Put simply this is wood that is no longer needed, mainly down to the demolition of old buildings. Instead of being sent to a landfill or be burned it is instead reprocessed to create hardwood flooring for use in homes.
Unfinished Hardwood Flooring is considered by many people to be the best when it comes to wanting a top quality hardwood floor. However, there are a few things to bear in mind when purchasing flooring that is unfinished which may sway your decision. Let’s take a look at them.
Firstly, what is unfinished hardwood flooring? Well, as the name suggests this is a type of flooring that hasn’t really gone through any manufacturing processes. In fact, in most cases it comes directly from the saw mill. It will be ready to be laid as flooring with a tongue and groove set up and be lightly sanded, however for the most part either you or your contractor will need to do a bit of work to get it looking perfect. This can be expensive however it does have a huge benefit and that is you will be able to stain the hardwood flooring to get it looking exactly how you want it.
In my opinion, there is nothing more aesthetically pleasing than wide plank hardwood flooring. Just imagine it, a beautiful piece of wood stretching across the whole room in all of its splendour. Whilst this method of flooring tends to favour older properties, you can increasingly find hardwood flooring of this kind in more modern outfits. This really is the true definition of a wooden floor.
Hardwood Floor Repair isn’t the simplest problem to tackle sadly. Unlike having carpets and rugs in your house, hardwood floor restoration is going to take a little bit of effort. Some of the jobs you can do yourself, others will involve you having to call out a specialist. Let me run you through some of the major problems associated with hardwood floors.
One of the major problems you will encounter when trying to repair your hardwood floor will be scratches on the surface. It appears that these can occur at almost any time, thankfully though, they are simple to get rid of. All you will need is a ‘color stick’ which you can purchase from your local DIY store. Don’t forget to purchase a similar color to your floor! If the scratch is too deep however you will need to call someone out to replace the floor board.