The Look

Wood has become extremely popular as homeowners are increasingly drawn to natural materials. It’s also becoming more widely used in kitchens.

The Strength

Hardwoods are a practical choice for durability as manufacturers are using aluminum oxides to create harder finishes.

The key to a wood’s durability is its thickness and its polyurethane finish. The typical ¾ – inch-thick flooring contains three to seven layers of wood and the top should be at least 1/8- inch. That’s so the floor can be lightly buffed after losing its luster, typically in seven to ten years.

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The Feel

Wood is a middle of the road – softer than stone or ceramic tile, harder than vinyl and laminate.

The Clean up

Easy, grain hides spills and some scuffs.