Whether you’re building your first home or undertaking a renovation, the option of flooring is one of the most basic yet important decisions a homeowner has to make. In spite of having a wide variety of flooring options, wood floors are at the top of the list of a good flooring investment.

There are many great reasons to install wood flooring in your home. It is beautiful and imparts warmth and value to your home. It is also durable and easy to clean and maintain. However, some problems may occur, which may affect the aesthetic appeal of your floor.

Here are some of the most common downfalls encountered with hardwood flooring.

Fading or discoloration

All hardwood flooring will undergo color changes over time. However, fading or discoloration usually happens due to direct exposure to sunlight. This may cause a noticeable difference in the floor’s color. To prevent this from happening, we suggest that you close your curtain or lower the shades during the day.

Dents and scratches

This is one of the most common downfalls with hardwood floors. While wood is considered to be one of the most durable flooring options there is, it is quite susceptible to scratches and dents, especially as its protective finish wears off over time.

You may not realize it, but dust, dirt, and shoes can scratch through your floors. To prevent scratches, we advise that you clean your floor regularly. Also, ask family and guests to remove their shoes before entering the house.

Cupping and buckling

Wood is a natural product that contracts and expands with the changes in atmospheric conditions. Hardwood flooring has the downfall of expanding and buckling when the humidity level inside the house is much higher as compared to what the flooring was acclimatized to when it was installed. Meanwhile, the flooring contracts and leaves gaps when the humidity level drops. These problems are more pronounced during a cold, dry winter or a hot, humid summer.

Identify the source of moisture and take steps to control it. A plumbing leak, leak from a dishwasher hose, water spill or high indoor humidity are among the common sources. Once you have determined the source and you have taken the necessary steps to control it, these problems can possibly be reversed.

Contact Denver Carpet and Flooring today for your best flooring options and more information on the great’s as well as downfalls of hardwood flooring.