Hardwood flooring is both beautiful and durable. It is a lifetime investment that increases both the value and aesthetics of your home. However, it is important to understand some of the inherent characteristics of a hardwood floor before you make your final decision.
Invest in high quality floor mats and protective pads on heavy furniture for an extra layer of protection on your hardwood floors. Place floor mats at entrances and exits—they collect and trap corrosive substances that can be tracked in, like dirt, sand, oil, grit, asphalt, or even driveway sealer. Placing mats in high-traffic areas—in front of vanities, kitchen sinks, and stoves—is an effective way to reduce wear.