Monday, October 10, 2011

Reclaimed Wood and Refinishing Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are a beautiful natural product, with every plank filled with varying grain patterns. Their attractiveness and the ease with which they can be maintained have made them the most popular choice for home flooring in numerous countries throughout the world, including the United States and the United Kingdom. Realtor surveys have even demonstrated that houses with hardwood flooring sell a good deal faster than houses that feature predominantly carpeted floors, while many manufacturers of vacuum cleaners have even had to redesign their machines in order to take into account the popularity and growing predominance of wooden flooring.

Reclaimed wood is one style of wooden flooring that is becoming more and more popular. Cut decades ago, reclaimed wood is technically stable and has already endured cupping and twisting, with the unique patina often featuring such things as saw marks, nail holes and worming. Another part of the growing appeal of reclaimed wood for flooring is that it is about recycling, saving scrap wood from being dumped in landfills and giving it a new lease of life in the home. Homeowners also used to be intimidated by the price of reclaimed wood floors – but because of availability and advances in technology, prices have dropped considerably in recent years, making it a lot more accessible and affordable for the average buyer.

When it comes to refinishing floors, matte is also becoming more accepted, while the process of refinishing itself is a lot less inconvenient than it was a few years ago, with many companies now offering dustless floor sanding.


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