January is a time for reflection. A time to focus on ways we can separate from the old in life and move forward in a new direction. When it comes to your home or business, it can be difficult to decide when the time is right to make a change, because anything you change is permanent. That can be scary, which is why you need to make sure you have all of the information available. This is especially true when it comes to flooring. In the middle Tennessee and Nashville area (and probably the entire country), no one knows more about flooring than the professionals at Ozburn-Hessey. It is what makes them the people to inform you about one aspect of your flooring you might not be thinking about if you decide to make a change, which is the finish. It can be easily forgotten, especially when you have to worry about picking out the right material, choosing from laminate vinyl plank, residential carpeting, or regular hardwood. Let’s say you do decide to go with hardwood flooring – then you have to decide between oak hardwood or a softer material, such as bamboo hardwood flooring. But trust us, the finish and texture of the wood is just as important as the other variables when it comes to your home.
Old Textures, Take Care
The texture of your floor is just as important as any other aspect of your hardwood floor. A nice sanded-down and smooth floor has always been the standard. There is nothing wrong with a smooth floor – after all, it’s the most popular for a reason. It adds a sense of class to any room, and makes most hardwood floors look better than they do with a rough surface. Another option, however, is wire brushed. It’s a bit more underground than other options, and involves a wire brush being lightly run over the surface of the wood, revealing a lot of character and leaving the hardest parts. This creates a wonderous and unique look no matter the material. It is one of the up-and-coming looks for 2018, one most hardwood manufacturers are looking into.
Finishing the Job
When it comes to the most popular finishes in the new year, be prepared to squint, because it’s all about flat. Say goodbye to being able to say goodbye to your own reflection when looking at the floor, because the top finishes in the new year are ones like matte. One plus side about matte finishes is they hide dirt and scratches much better than their glossier cousins, since every defect isn’t highlighted. For this reason they are much better options for hardwood floors that get a lot of foot traffic or for families that have dogs and cats.
No matter what finish or texture you decide on, make sure to talk it over with the professionals at Ozburn-Hessey first. They’ll be able to help you from the beginning of the process to the actual hardwood floor installation, making sure you’ll be happy with your new floors for decades.