As well as having inimitable aesthetic appeal, real wood floors are naturally long-lasting. They can easily outlast the likes of carpets, linoleum and laminate floors which need replacing within a few years.
But if you really want to get the most out of your wood floors, there are a few ways to extend their longevity even further. In this post, we’ll look at three ways to get even more years of style, quality and durability from your wood floors.
1. Protection from the get-go
The first and most effective way to extend the life of your wooden floors is to have a hard-wearing lacquer applied when they are installed. This will keep your floors protected from any damage for several years after their installation.
With the price of the lacquer as well as the cost of labour to apply, some homeowners are put off. However, it’s important to note that spending a bit more money protecting your floor could save you more in the long run.
2. Regular maintenance
Whether it’s a hard-wearing lacquer or a simple oil finish, the protection applied to your wood floors will eventually wear down over time. That’s where wood floor polish can help. Ideally applied every 18 months or so, it will rejuvenate your floor’s protective layer to stop it becoming damaged by general wear and tear.
Alternatively, you can opt for a wood floor refresh after a few years. A deep clean will remove around 30-50% of your floor’s coating, which can then be reapplied to leave it looking as good as new. Applying a new coating will also re-protect your floor from any future damage.
3. Buy quality, don’t buy twice
Another critical step for longevity is buying the right products from reliable suppliers. Similar to the hard-wearing lacquer, this is about investing in your wood floors to make sure they last even longer. Again, while the best wood floor suppliers won’t be the cheapest, you will save money further down the line as you won’t need a replacement.
Firstly, it’s important to find wood flooring that’s the best quality available. Because it’s a slow-growing tree, oak is a much denser wood, resulting in wood floors that are hard to beat in terms of longevity – as well as their natural beauty.
On top of that, the best companies will be able to offer a flawless installation. Wood floors that are poorly installed are simply never going to stand the test of time. Small cracks can allow moisture and dirt to build up which will affect the floor’s longevity. Or you might experience the frustration of loose panels and uneven floors that come with poor installers.
Beautiful, long-lasting wood floors
At Greyspace Flooring, we tick every box when it comes to the longevity of your wood floors. From state-of-the-art wood flooring and flawless installation to a range of maintenance products and services, you’ll get stunning wood floors that look and feel great for decades to come.