Living in the White Mountains means experiencing heat and temperature variations in the winter that can impact the installation and condition of your hardwood floors. It is important to understand the best type and species of hardwood for your specific heating system, and the best way to care and maintain it.
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Hardwood flooring decisions should be done with care. Hardwood can be very sensitive to temperature and moisture variations caused by radiant heating systems, dirt basements and crawl spaces, home locations near bodies of water, turning heat down or off in a second home when not occupied, etc. The National Wood Flooring Associate (NWFA) is a leading authority on hardwood flooring – we have included some articles regarding hardwood installations and maintenance for your reference.
One key factor to note… wood hardness, or its “Janka” rating, is a good thing to consider when looking at hardwood flooring… obviously a harder floor will scratch less than a soft one. The other key factor to consider, however, is its dimensional stability. So for example, hickory is a harder floor, and its color and grain variation is beautiful; however, it is considerably less stable than oak. Another factor to consider is plank width… as you can imagine, it is much more difficult to get flex in a 2 1/4″ wide piece of flooring than it is a 7″ wide plank. While many like the looks a wide plank floor, it is considerably easier to warp and cup than its 2 1/4″ counterpart.