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Hardwood flooring from Universal Carpet Inc.

At Universal Carpet, one of our most popular flooring choices for home and commercial property owners is hardwood flooring. There is nothing more charming and aesthetically-pleasing than a wooden floor that is properly installed and cared for. This kind of flooring can last for nearly a century with the right kind of care and maintenance, and it will also add a lot of appeal and value to your property.

Hardwood flooring can add a touch of elegance to any room that it is installed in, and this charm can last for years and years. We have all been in a historic, or older home, that has hardwood flooring installed. It looks simply stunning, even after all those years. Solid hardwood is often the preferred choice for many buildings, and it is typically installed over a plywood surface that will cover floor joists. This provides for a very secure, stable, and durable floor.

Solid hardwood is typically 0.75 inches thick and it can be finished in many different stains and color options, and this makes it an attractive option for property owners who want to match their flooring to the rest of their building's style. If you want flooring in your home or business that will last for longer than 32 years with proper care, then this is the perfect option for you.

Hardwood care and maintenance

Hardwood flooring is one of the most beautiful flooring options available to home and commercial property owners. When properly cared for, it is not uncommon for the hardwood materials to last for 100 years or more. At Universal Carpet, we have a variety of staining and finish options available to provide your location with the customized look and feel that you want.

Cleaning hardwood floors

Hardwood flooring looks stunning after it's been installed. However, it can be one of the most difficult materials to maintain over the years. This is because wood is very delicate, and it can easily be damaged, stained, or scratched. Whenever caring for your hardwood, it is important that you clean up any spills right when you notice them. This can help to prevent the beverage, food, perfume, etc. from staining the floor's surface. It is also important that you routinely vacuum, sweep, or dust mop the floor to prevent dirt, grime, and dust from building up and causing problems. You need to make sure that you never use any type of abrasive tools or cleaners to maintain your floor as these can do a lot of serious and irreparable damage.

Inside of your home or commercial location, it will also be a good idea to keep doormats at entryways so that your family, employees, or customers can wipe their feet off and not track dirt all over the floor which may later prove to be difficult to clean up. Runners and area rugs can also be placed on the floor's surface to help prevent premature wear and tear. The materials should be breathable to prevent moisture from getting trapped between the mat and the surface of the floor. These rugs can be used in areas of your building where there may be direct sunlight to the floor from a window or glass door.

There are some things that you should NOT do when it comes to care and maintenance for this kind of flooring. Never use ammonia-based cleaners, acrylic finishes, oil soaps, or acidic materials on the floor. Also, never use a vacuum with beater bars or hard heads as these can easily scratch and leave indentations on the flooring. You should also never walk across the floor in spike heels, or in shoes that have any kind of sharp object coming off of them which could scratch the top surface of the floor.

To learn more about care and maintenance for hardwood materials, please feel free to give us a call today. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Types of hardwood

There are several different types of hardwood flooring that we can install, including strip, plank, and parquet. Strip wooden flooring is typically available in 1.5-2.25 inch thicknesses and it will be connected using a tongue and groove construction. Plank is available in wider widths, and parquet is wooden flooring that can be installed in a geometric design.

You will also need to consider the amount of foot traffic in the area where you are going to get the flooring installed, as this will also determine what kind of hardwood material is going to be best for your location. This kind of flooring is available with different hardness qualities. See the list below according to the Janka Hardness Rating to learn more to figure out what is going to be best for you.
Gorgeous hardwood flooring in Oak Brook, IL from Universal Carpet Inc.

Hardwood types

  • American Black Cherry - 950
  • American Black Walnut - 1010
  • Yellow Birch - 1260
  • Red Oak - 1290
  • White Ash - 1320
  • White Oak - 1360
  • Hard Maple - 1450
  • Santos Mahogany - 2200
  • Brazilian Cherry - 2345
  • Brazilian Teak - 3540
  • Brazilian Walnut - 3680
  • Ebony - 3692

For more information about our hardwood flooring options, please feel free to give us a call today. We look forward to hearing from you soon!