Two Incredible Effects of Updated Flooring

Have you recently considered updating the flooring in your home, but aren’t sure if it’s a sound investment? Whether you’ve been shopping for a rustic hardwood floor or soft shag carpeting, the benefits of new flooring extend far beyond aesthetics. A new floor doesn’t just look amazing; it can also drastically change the quality of life in your home. In today’s post, we’ll take a look at how a new floor can improve your family’s lifestyle and increase your home’s resale value.

Floorboards Improve Air Quality

Air Quality

With so much time spent indoors, it may be shocking to hear that the indoor air quality can be anywhere from two to five times more polluted than outdoor air, with the potential to eventually cause allergies or asthma. After a number of years with the same floor, it is inevitable that most flooring will begin to retain a certain degree of dust and other airborne particles. Carpet is most notorious for collecting dirt, grime, and dust in its many fibers, and may even harbor mold particles if spills aren’t allowed to dry properly; however even hardwood floors (which are known to be less prone to harboring airborne pathogens) can begin to collect extreme amounts of dust between and beneath floorboards. Keep in mind, however, that even the newest floors must be regularly maintained and cleaned to prevent accumulations of dust and airborne particles.

 

Improve your Home Value

Aside from walls, flooring is the most continuous feature in your home. As time passes, your flooring is exposed to incredible amounts of wear and tear caused by foot traffic, falling objects, and persistent dirt; as a result of this overuse, scuffs, stains, and tears in flooring materials are common. Because it is such as staple in a home’s utility and appearance, purchasing new flooring can dramatically improve your home’s resale value. In fact, a study of recent movers was conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that 39% of individuals and families that moved within the past thirteen years chose their new dwelling based on its appearance. Because real estate agents consider updated flooring a valuable home improvement, families who plan to sell their home can rest easy knowing that their investment in new flooring will make a difference to their home’s resale value.

 

As you can see, new flooring is more than just an aesthetic upgrade; it’s also a determining factor of your family’s respiratory health and home’s resale value. Whether you plan to buy flooring because of your desire to make your home a healthier place to live, or a result of your home’s new standing on the real estate market, it may be helpful to speak with a licensed flooring company to help you pick the best new flooring material for your real estate market or lifestyle. To start brainstorming at home, take a look at our vast selection of flooring products; once you’ve selected a general style, feel free to contact us to have any outstanding questions answered.

Red vs. White Oak- What’s the Difference?

Purchasing a new hardwood floor is exciting, but picking between different hardwood species, textures, and colours can be confusing if you haven’t already done a bit of preliminary research. If you’ve been considering installing an Oak floor, it’s likely you’ve already mulled over a few white and red oak floor board options. But what are the differences between these two popular hardwood styles? Today, we’ll take an in-depth look at the differences in aesthetics and durability of red and white oak flooring.

red vs white oak flooring

Color

On first thought, it may seem obvious that the colours and tones of white and red oak are the same as their name-sakes; surprisingly, however, these two popular hardwood planks can come in a variety of tones and colours that couldn’t be further from their titles. In its raw state, red Oak flooring has a soft pink tint and a very light tone, while white Oak flooring tends to come in shades of light brown to soft yellow in its unfished state. Once milled and processed, however, white and red oak planks can take on a variety of different shades and tones.

Grain Patterns

Another method of determining the difference between red and white oak flooring is the grain pattern. Red oak flooring tends to have a heftier, more pronounced grain pattern, while white oak is known to have a dainty grain pattern with tighter “growth rings” in the end grain.

Water Resistance

Arguably the most important thing to consider is your floor’s ability to resist moisture and spills. Unlike red oak, white oak flooring is universally known to be water resistant because of the tyloses filling the pours in the wood, and has historically been used to make wine and whiskey barrels as a result of its superb water-tight features. As a result, white oak flooring has become extremely popular with homeowners prone to constant spills, and is entirely suitable for use in moisture-rich areas such as kitchens, bathrooms, and entryways.

Hardness Ratings

Oak in general is one of the most durable hardwood species. Both red and white oak are extremely durable hardwood species, however white oak is known to be slightly harder (and heavier) than red oak. While red oak only features a Janka hardness rating of 1290, white oak is ranked at 1,360; as such, families who know their floor will take an abnormal amount of wear and tear should consider white oak, as it best able to withstand the impact of falling objects, heavy furniture, and spills.

Overall, both red and white oak flooring are extremely durable materials, and can withstand the average wear and tear caused by long term use. Although the two species differ slightly in color and grain patterns, their appearances are extremely similar to the untrained eye. The largest differences between red and white oak lies in their durability and moisture resistance qualities. Because white oak is slightly more durable, and infinitely more water resistant, families with unusually heavy furniture, pets, and young children may want to consider white oak floors due to their elevated hardness rating and natural water resistant qualities. If you have any additional questions about the benefits of either red or white oak, or are ready to explore your options with oak floorboards, don’t hesitate to contact our team of professional flooring representatives.