Installing hardwood floors in your business will give the space a rustic, luxurious look. There are many advantages to hardwood, including its durability and classic appearance. If you're thinking about installing wood as your flooring, you might have many questions about the material. Here are answers to a few frequently asked ones to help you select and maintain your installation.
A Brief Guide to Hardwood Floors for Business Owners
What types of wood flooring are available?
There are two types of wood floors, solid or engineered. Solid hardwood contains only wood, while engineered wood contains synthetic materials. Solid wood is considered more high-end, and may last longer.
When it comes to hardwood species, acacia, ash, cherry, hickory, maple, red oak, white oak, and birch are among the most popular. They vary in color. For example, maple and cherry are reddish in tone, while white oak and birch are lighter.
What's the difference between prefinished and unfinished hardwood?
Prefinished flooring comes covered with sealant, while unfinished options are sealed after they’re placed. Prefinished flooring can be installed in one session and used immediately, while unfinished planks require applying the polish and waiting for it to dry.
If you’re working on a tight deadline, prefinished planks may be the best option. To customize the look of the wood without needing a stain, look at different species.
What maintenance does hardwood require?
To clean hardwood floors, use a microfiber mop or cloth once a month. Avoid wet products, which can compromise the finish. Pick only solutions designed for wood.
Refinish the flooring every three to five years, and prevent damage by cleaning all spills immediately.
How can I protect it from scratches?
Use rugs to line busy areas, like entrances and reception desks. To prevent scuffs from customers’ shoes, line hallways with runner rugs as well. Put stick-on felt protectors under the legs of furniture.
O'Connor's Carpet Center in the Bronx, NY, is your one-stop shop for commercial floor installation. For over 45 years, this family-run business has installed beautiful floors for companies in all of New York City, Lower Connecticut, and New Jersey. They carry a range of prefinished hardwood planks to help you pick an option that suits your decor and needs. Visit them online to learn more about their products and services, or call (718) 409-2020 to discuss a project.